Ten most “offensively annoying” NHL players, the Maple Leafs had the worst team Corsi last season, how divisional realignment both necessitates and complicates NHL expansion, identifying the worst Devils player last season, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF:  Justin Bourne recently listed ten “offensively annoying” NHLers you’d least to to play on an off-day.

Given the choice between Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel, which one should the Maple Leafs re-sign?

Given the choice between Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel, which one should the Maple Leafs re-sign?

VINTAGE LEAF MEMORIES: Michael Langlois asks Leafs fans which player they would re-sign – Phil Kessel or Dion Phaneuf – if it came down to a choice. Also, Michael has a new book out, called “The Maple Leafs of my Youth”. Why not check it out.

KUKLA’S KORNER: The Toronto Maple Leafs had the worst team Corsi last season. No reaction yet from noted Corsi naysayer Joffrey Lupul.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Ryan Pike on the lack of an heir apparent to the departed Jarome Iginla for the Flames captaincy this season.

LITTER BOX CATS: Todd Little explains how the NHL’s recent divisional realignment both necessitates and complicates expansion to 32 teams. Because as we all know, the NHL can’t do things the easy way.

IN LOU WE TRUST: John Fischer looks at which Devils player was the worst last season.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan wonders if Islanders prospects Ryan Strome or Brock Nelson will make the cut this season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back on the brief NHL career of Boston Bruins goalie Blaine Lacher.

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