Note: My apologies for the brevity of today’s list as I’ve been following the news of the plane crash in Russia which killed almost the entire roster of KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. I’ll have a collection of posts up tomorrow which deal with today’s tragic news…A look at teams the Maple Leafs might be able to catch in this season’s playoff race…Habs predictions by the front man of Great Big Sea…More evidence Panthers GM Dale Tallon is building a winner…Another list of players the Sharks should’ve signed… A flash mob celebrates the Stanley Cup.

THE LEAFS NATION: Jonathan Willis looks at the teams the Maple Leafs might be able to catch in their pursuit of a playoff berth this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hint: one of them is a long-time rival.

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Kevin van Steendelaar writes Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle is a big Habs fans, who recently weighed in with his predictions for the team this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like most Habs fans, he’s predicting his team will win the Stanley Cup this season.

LITTER BOX CATS: Chris S Roberts cites the large number of high-end prospects drafted by the Florida Panthers under Dale Tallon’s watch as further evidence he’s building a winner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the sake of that franchise and its dwindling fan base, I certainly hope so.

SHARK CIRCLE: has the latest in their series of free agents the Sharks should’ve pursued this summer.

OUTSIDE THE BOXSCORE: has a link to a YouTube video of a flash mob in Boston’s North End yesterday celebrating Andrew Ference’s arrival with the Stanley Cup.