In today’s roundup of interesting hockey blog posts: A fond farewell to Mike Modano…The Islanders “three-headed monster” in goal…A Blues fan lists their expectations for this season…Will Niclas Bergfors step up offensively for the Predators?…A note on the preseason excitement.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley offers up a fond farewell to the greatest Star ever, Mike Modano.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While I believe Modano should’ve packed it in about two years ago, I also consider him one of the greatest American-born players in NHL history.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: BD Gallof looks at the Islanders “three-headed monster” of Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya in goal to potentially begin the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The expectation this summer was the Islanders would shop Nabokov, but a trade never materialized. It might come perhaps a couple of months into the season, depending upon DiPietro’s health.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: “gallagher” tells us what they want, what they really, really want, from the Blues this season. The biggest want? No more excuses.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blues fans have been patiently waiting for their club’s youth movement to finally bear fruit. Another so-so season (especially if they stay healthier than a year ago) and that patience is going to be tested.

INSIDE SMASHVILLE: Amanda DiPaolo wonders if Niclas Bergfors will emerge as this year’s Sergei Kostitsyn for the Nashville Predators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’d better if the Preds hope to build upon last season, and Kostitsyn had better have a better effort than his career-best of last season too.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz of The Face Off Hockey Show has a few thoughts on pre-season play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand the excitement folks feels about pre-season, as there’s finally hockey to watch, and I do enjoy watching the prospects try to earn spots on NHL teams, playing the guessing game of which promising kid will be this season’s Logan Couture or Jeff Skinner. Otherwise, however, the games are a yawn, they’re not serious, and certainly aren’t worth getting upset over if your favorite team loses more of them than they win. The only concern I would have is if the best player on my team suffers a serious injury in one of these games. Otherwise, relax! The real season kicks off in a couple of weeks, and those are the ones which mean more. Even then, I don’t get as excited about October games as I do those much later in the season.