In today’s accumulation of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: CBC’s roundtable on head injuries in hockey, Ryan Suter is headed for a big payday, questioning the Blue Jackets preparedness for this season, low attendance in Dallas a worrisome issue, another take on realignment, and the reason why Linus Omark is in the doghouse in Edmonton.
BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne provides a link to a recent CBC roundtable on headshots in hockey, featuring Elliotte Friedman, Scotty Bowman, Cassie Campbell and Ken Dryden.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For my American friends, this is another example of how popular hockey is in Canada, when an issue like player safety is worthy of an 18-minute segment on the national news.
ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag illustrates why Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter is headed for a big payday on his next contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The question is, does he get that payday from the Predators, or from another team via free agency next summer?
THE CANNON: Andy Newman examines the Blue Jackets 0-3-1 record and wonders if this club was properly prepared for this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: 27 scouts in attendance at last night’s Blue Jackets-Colorado Avalanche game suggests not, as changes could be in store.
TOM BENJAMIN’S NHL BLOG: Tom looks at the Dallas Stars attendance woes, and how it bodes ominously not just for the club, but also for the next round of collective bargaining.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With stable ownership and management, the Stars could rebuild back into a solid draw again in Dallas, but it’s going to take time, which in turn means probably a few seasons of losses for the new owner. I agree with Tom that it would be upsetting if there’s another NHL work stoppage, this time based on the poor revenues of a handful of teams, but hopefully it’s not going to come to that, though it will be among the central issues in the next round of collective bargaining.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz of The Face Off Hockey Show examines the realignment issue and how it pertains to the Detroit Red Wings, the club rumored to be moving from the Western to the Eastern Conference next season. Scotty concludes the Wings are damned if they do, damned if they don’t.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, there will be some wailing and gnashing of teeth among some fans and pundits regardless of what move the league makes, and then they will adjust and find something else to complain about.
MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow on why Edmonton forward Linus Omark is in the doghouse with Oilers head coach Tom Renney.