In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: An interview with Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell…Analysis of the Maple Leafs season so far…Wondering where Cody Hodgson now fits in the Canucks lineup…Brandon Prust’s strong start with the Rangers…What’s next for the collapsing Blue Jackets?

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: recently interviewed Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who talks about his recovery from a career-threatening concussion and his plans beyond this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Mitchell has finally put those post-concussion symptoms behind him. It remains to be seen where he’ll be playing after this season, as by next spring he’ll be 35, and that’s an age when NHL players, especially physical, stay-at-home blueliners, tend to be in their declining years, and find it tough to stick in the NHL.

HOCKEY TRACKER: Brody Craddock looks at the performance of the Toronto Maple Leafs thus far.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The main question today is Leafs Nation is, will James Reimer be all right after getting knocked out of last night’s game against the Habs with whiplash type symptoms?

Does Hodgson have a future with the Canucks?

ARMCHAIR HOCKEY: Jason Chen wonders where Cody Hodgson fits into the Canucks roster with their recent acquisition of David Booth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can’t help but continue to wonder if Hodgson has a future with the Canucks, because more and more, it seems to me he could end up playing elsewhere by next season.

RANGER NATION: Jim Reilly looks at the surprising strong start to this season of Brandon Prust, who’s been contributing far more than fisticuffs this season for the Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be the evolution of yet another “goon” into a quality roster player. 

THE CANNON: Andy Newman wonders “what’s next?” for the sagging Columbus Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As David Bowie once sang: “Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!” What they’ll be remain to be seen, but things can’t keep going the way they have with the Blue Jackets.