Should the Predators pursue Bobby Ryan?…Assessing the introductory press conference comments of new Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller…The players with the best bang for the buck in November…Thoughts on the Devils at the quarter-mark…A Denver Post columnist shoots venom at the Avalanche…The Rangers unveil their Winter Classic jerseys…Five reasons why “Rick Nash for Tuukka Rask” would make no sense…A lighthearted look at potential issues in the next round of NHL CBA talks.

ON THE FORECHECK: Rumor has it the Anaheim Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan, so could the Predators land him? Maybe.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree the Preds probably wouldn’t be front-runners, but they could put together a package which could having them in the running, provided, of course, Ryan is being shopped, and if the Ducks were willing to move him to another Western Conference team.

CANES COUNTRY: looks at the comments by new head coach Kirk Muller during his introductory press conference to see what he might have in store for the Carolina Hurricanes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hurricanes fans shouldn’t get their hopes too high for a big improvement, but at the very least, Muller should be a breath of fresh air for this club, and hopefully will have a positive impact going forward.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Sykes presents his November edition of the ten NHL players providing the “best bang for the buck”. Notables includes Sheldon Souray, Kyle Wellwood and Brian Elliott.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I like the concept behind this listing, and look forward to future editions. I’m also in agreement with Sykes’ assessment of the player providing the “best bang for the buck” in November. Hint: It’s a member of the St. Louis Blues.

RUNNING WITH THE DEVILS: A not-particularly optimistic assessment of the New Jersey Devils first quarter.

THE BIG LEAD: Looks at Denver Post columnist Adrian Dater unloading on the free-falling Colorado Avalanche.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Love him or hate him, and judging by the reaction to this, some fans love to hate him, but Dater has never been shy about expressing his opinon, especially about the Avs, who really are sucking on toast right now. Besides, he’s a KISS fan, so he can’t be all bad…;)

Rangers Winter Classic 2012 jersey.

BACKHAND SHELF: The NY Rangers unveiled their Winter Classic jerseys.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My verdict: thumbs up.

BLEACHER REPORT: Nicholas Goss lists five reasons why trading Tuukka Rask for Rick Nash would make no sense.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Goss is spot on with each one. Nicely done.

DOWN GOES BROWN: takes a lighthearted look at the issues in the next round of NHL CBA talks.