In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Why are the Vancouver Canucks hated so much?…Possible coaching candidates for the NY Islanders…Examining the Kings and Devils trade rumor…A look back at recent “Turkey Day weekend” trades…Icky Pierre McGuire comments about Sidney Crosby’s return…Ways the Maple Leafs would be different if Gretzky owned them.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Why People Loathe the Vancouver Canucks. One reason: they dive more than the Canadian Olympic Diving team.

Could Isles replace Capuano as head coach?

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: Possible replacements for NY Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, provided management opts to go that route.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: GM Garth Snow recently said he won’t replace Capuano, but this is still a worthwhile assessment of the pros and cons of a coaching change for the Islanders.

SURLY& SCRIBE’S LA KINGS BLOG: examines what might be behind the recent rumor of the Kings and New Jersey Devils talking trade, what both teams might need, and if the Devils could provide it.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Devils are offering up Zach Parise – and I don’t believe they are – they have nothing of interest for the Kings right now.

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: Matthew Barry looks back at recent trades made around the “Turkey Day” weekend, reminding everyone there hasn’t been an impact deal in six years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This idea that “NHL teams start seriously talking trade, or start making serious deals around the American Thanksgiving long weekend” is nonsense. Good job by Barry to point out that fact. Yes, trades have occurred, but nothing on the scale of what one would consider “major moves”, unless you consider a “major move” to be Tomas Fleischmann for Scott Hannan, or Guillaume Latendresse for Benoit Pouliot, or Lee Stempniak for Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski presents: “The 11 ickiest Pierre McGuire lines about Sidney Crosby’s return”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I feel dirty just reading them *shudder*

DOWN GOES BROWN: presents: Ways the Maple Leafs would be different if Wayne Gretzky owned them.