In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: The early edition of the Calder Trophy watch…Listing reasons for the Red Wings current slump…Which team is the real Montreal Canadiens?…Why are the Blues struggling?…Looking ahead to Ryan McDonagh’s next contract…Wondering what Alexander Ovechkin was mouthing at his coach…The reason for Sean Avery’s staying power.


An early Calder Trophy favorite.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: Fred Poulin checks in with the early edition of this season Calder Trophy watch: Among the notable candidates: Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Buffalo’s Luke Adam and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s gonna be fun watching these kids and finding out which one will eventually seize rookie of the year honours.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: X reasons (that’s X, as in the Roman numeral for 10) why things are getting “Rediculous” for the Wings following their recent loss to the Minnesota Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After winning their first seven games of the season, the Wings have gone winless (0-4-1) in their last five. Weird.

ALL HABS.NET: Rick Stephens on the up-and-down month of October endured by the Montreal Canadiens, and what to look for going forward.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Stephens, by the end of November, we should have a good idea on what kind of team the Habs will be this season.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: A look at the reasons for why the Blues are struggling early in this season, and it’s more than just their starting goalie.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was expecting a much better effort from the Blues so far, but they’ve yet to really get it together so far.

BLUE SEAT BLOG: speculates on how much Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh could be worth when it’s time to re-sign him to a new contract, and if it’s better to re-sign him sooner or later.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he keeps playing as well as he has thus far throughout the season, he could be in line for a hefty raise over his entry level salary.

ROCK THE RED: Lists what Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin may have said upon finding out head coach Bruce Boudreau was benching him for the final minute of last night’s game against Anaheim.

PUCK UPDATE: Steven Ovadia discovers Sean Avery’s incredible ability to return to the NHL: he’s a pixie!