NHLPA decertification, cap circumvention, holding Rick Nash to the same standard as Alexander Semin, Tim Thomas and social media, five reasons the Panthers should bring back Roberot Luongo, and more.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin rebuts  a reader’s claim decertifying the NHLPA would be a bad idea for lesser players. It’s unlikely the PA will decertify during this round of CBA negotiations or even afterward, but Benjamin makes a solid case as to why it might be a good idea for the players.

Could the Red Wings come to regret Franzen’s long-term contract?

SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Meesh Shanmugam ponders if long-term, heavily front-loaded deals (which is a legal form of salary cap circumvention) is worth it. Spoiler alert: It’s not.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron believes good Canadian boy Rick Nash should be held to the same standard as “enigmatic, dressing room cancer Russian” Alexander Semin.  If he were, Nash pales in recent comparison to Semin, who isn’t the one-dimensional slug his critics make him out to be.

HOCKEY RODENT: “Chip” examines the circumstances which eventually led to the Rick Nash trade.

 THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Michael Rappaport on Tim Thomas and social media, suggesting the focus needs to be more upon what a hockey player does on the ice, and less on his personal opinions.

LITTER BOX CATS: Alexander Calloway lists five reasons the Florida Panthers should bring back Roberto Luongo. Calloway’s reasons are sensible, but of course, it comes down to the Panthers willingness to pay, especially if the Canucks demand a couple of top prospects in return.

FEAR THE FIN: Does Sharks goalie Antti Niemi perform better when he plays more frequently?

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan on where NY Islanders forward Nino Niedereitter should start next season.

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