In today’s compilation of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere:  We’re experiencing hockey history…Will Sidney Crosby be treated differently upon his return?…The opening week of the season in review…Another NHL realignment suggestion…Another castoff defenseman thrives in Colorado…Fantasy hockey bargains…Farewell to Orland Kurtenblog…More complaints about Brendan Shanahan.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Jas Faulkner reminds us we’re currently living through a period in hockey which will be fondly remembered, citing as one reason the return of the NHL to Winnipeg, and the response of the hockey world to the plane crash which claimed the lives of every player of Yaroslalv Lokomotiv.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Beautifully written piece by Faulkner, reminding hockey fans we’re experiencing hockey history as we live it.

Will he be treated with kid gloves?

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne wonders how opponents will treat Sidney Crosby upon his return to action.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay there might be a very short period of adjustment, but as the games unfold, they’ll gradually return to playing him as hard as they always did. The only difference will be they’ll be doing so under the now-strictly enforced guidelines of Rule 48.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker reviews the opening week of this season, singling out (among other notables) Dion Phaneuf’s crushing open-ice hit on Stephane da Costa, Don Cherry facing significant backlash for his unjustified rantings against three former enforcers, and Rick DiPietro getting injured again.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Phaneuf’s hit proved you can still be an effective open-ice hitter without targeting your opponent’s head, and puts a dagger through the heart of the lie that the league’s crackdown on head shots and blindside hits would take hitting out of the game. The video of the Phaneuf hit on da Costa (who was shaken up but otherwise unhurt and stayed in the game) should be “exhibit A” for the league in its video compilation of acceptable open ice hits.

PUCKIN’ EH: “Jon S” offers up his suggestion to the realignment question.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A Canadian division without Toronto or Montreal? Don Cherry would froth at the mouth if the league even dreamed of considering that.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: Cheryl Bradley observed another castoff defenseman, this time Shane O’Brien, appears to be finding his game with the Avalanche.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He joins former Montreal Canadiens blueliner Ryan O’Byrne, who appears to be turning into an effective shutdown d-man with the Avs.

CANUCKS ARMY: Jonathan Willis lists several players considered to be fantasy hockey bargains.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The reason some of those in Willis’ list (Tomas Fleischmann, Ales Hemsky, and Andy McDonald) have gone unclaimed by many fantasy hockey GMs is their injury history. I know that’s why I’ve stayed away from them.


SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fear not, Kurtenblog fans. I heard a rumor the authors of that now-late blog will be turning up elsewhere in the MSM in the coming weeks.

DOWN GOES BROWN: presents “Other complaints about Brendan Shanahan”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because some folks just ain’t happy unless they’re bitchin’ about somethin’, and need a whippin’ boy to bitch about!