Gary Bettman’s likeness makes a target for gun enthusiasts, the ongoing saga of Nicklas Backstrom’s KHL number, six defensemen picked before Erik Karlsson, Pekka Rinne isn’t doing that well in the KHL, how the Islanders move to Brooklyn affects fans in Uniondale, and more.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski notes a report that a Vancouver gun range is using a likeness of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as a target.
RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: Good news, Gretzky fans! Nicklas Backstrom is no longer “defiling” the Great One’s #99 in the KHL. Instead, he’s now wearing #69. Insert crude sex joke here: _______________________.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Ian C McLaren examines the six defensemen selected before Ottawa Senators Norris-winning blueliner Erik Karlsson in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
THE PREDATORIAL: Kristopher Martel on how Pekka Rinne, widely considered an elite goalie in the NHL, is so far the worst goalie in the KHL.
HOCKEY ANALYSIS: David Johnson identifies the top defensive centers in the NHL.
LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Uniondale’s loss of the NY Islanders to Brooklyn in 2015 could’ve been avoided.
BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne lists the NHL’s scariest humans.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Former NHL goalie Gary Bromley had the greatest Halloween goalie mask ever!