The Hurricanes were wise to re-sign Jeff Skinner now, but they could face defensive issues, Leafs GM facing another potentially bad season, how Dale Tallon rebuilt the Panthers, defending shot quality, and commemorating the anniversary of Wayne Gretzky’s trade to the LA Kings.

 

The Hurricanes were wise to re-sign Skinner now.

SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Andrew Hirsh examines the benefits of the Carolina Hurricanes opting to re-sign Jeff Skinner to a long-term contract now.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz suggests the Hurricanes could have defensive problems this coming season.

HOCKEY TRACKER: Andrew Pinsent believes Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is facing another potentially bad season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Adam Stafki looks back on how Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon rebuilt his once-moribund team into a playoff contender in just two short years.

HOCKEY ANALYSIS: David Johnson defends his belief in shot quality.

 THE ROYAL HALF: It was 24 years ago today (August 9) that Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Man, do I feel old!