In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Revealing the NHL has been funding the Dallas Stars…No full LOD reunion at this year’s Winter Classic Alumni game…The pros and cons of shopping Sergei Bobrovsky…Brent Burns giving the Sharks their money’s worth…Find out which blueliners have Tom Renney’s trust.
MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow discovered the NHL, despite denials from its headquarters, have in fact been funding the Dallas Stars during the search for new ownership for the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Which now begs the question: how many other teams has the league been bailing out? Anyway, David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail has more.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski reports Mikael Renberg, one third of the Philadelphia Flyers legendary “Legion of Doom” line, won’t be joining former linemates Erick Lindros and John Leclair at the upcoming Winter Classic Alumni game in Philadelphia, apparently because he’s too busy in his job as a hockey analyst in Sweden.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindros and Leclair were the big stars on that line anyway. Doubt Renberg will be missed that much. His loss.
FLYERS FAITHFUL: “Nina G” and Marcello de Feo debate the pros and cons of shipping goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nina makes a good case for trading “Bob”, but I’m with Marcello on this, as there’s no need at this point to consider shopping Bobrovsky, to Columbus or anywhere else.
FEAR THE FIN: Defenseman Brent Burns, acquired last summer from the Minnesota Wild, is turning into a gamebreaker for the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only early in the season, but Burns provides the Sharks with an extra measure of offensive skill from the blueline which has proven invaluable, and should only get better as the season progresses.
THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona breaks down the ice time of the Oilers defensemen, discovering Tom Gilbert and rookie Corey Potter logged the most after they lost Ryan Whitney again to injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gilbert, thanks to his experience, might be able to handle the extra workload over the course of a long season, but I’m not sure Potter will be able to.