In today’s roundup of NHL blogosphere goodness: more reaction to the Islanders move to Brooklyn, continuing analysis of the seemingly endless NHL lockout, and finding salary cap bargains for your fantasy league.
THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan on the good and bad points for Islanders fans of their club moving to Brooklyn.
CBS LOCAL NEW YORK: B.D. Gallof blames the “perpetual dysfunction” of Nassau County politicians for forcing Islanders ownership to move the club. He’s right, y’know?
LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: “Mark D” on the “new hope” for the Islanders in their move to Barclays Center in 2015.
THE SIXTH SENS: A brief history of recent media-generated rumors (OK, all coming from Sportsnet hockey analysts) suggesting Eugene Melnyk might sell the Ottawa Senators, including Melnyk’s recent denial.
HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Another NHL blogger and fan growing apathetic over the NHL lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fan apathy, more than fan anger, is what the league and the PA must worry about. If fans no longer care about a work stoppage, that means they’re losing interest in the league, and if they start losing interest, the league starts losing money, as do the players. The NHL and NHLPA must do a better job improving their labor relations to ensure no further work stoppages occur once the current one is over.
RUNNING TO STAND STILL: Michelle Kenneth is growing weary of the NHL and especially the players using Twitter to air their grievances with each other.
THE PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATOR: Mr Spock finds the NHL lockout illogical. We’re all Vulcans now!
BACKHAND SHELF: Ryan Lambert wouldn’t miss most NHL players who are threatening to remain in the KHL once the lockout ends. OK, we’d miss guys like Ovechkin, Malkin and Datsyuk. Sergei Kostitsyn? Not so much.
SECOND CITY HOCKEY: Hoping those ad heavy jerseys they wear in the European leagues never make it to the NHL.
DOBBERHOCKEY.COM: Finding the next salary cap bargains for your fantasy team.