In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Reconsidering the Kovalchuk contract…How matching the Thomas Vanek offer sheet worked out for the Sabres…Why age hasn’t been a factor so far in the NHL this season…Pondering Cody Franson’s problems with the Leafs…Two views of Dustin Penner’s scoring woes with the Kings.

THE GOOD POINT: Pal Patrick Hoffman interview Puck the Media’s Steve Lepore regarding Ilya Kovalchuk’s impact with the New Jersey Devils and the value of his big contract with them.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, the results haven’t been what the Devils hoped they would get when they went through the laborious process last year of signing him.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Ned Naukam looks back on the Buffalo Sabres decision to match the Edmonton Oilers’ offer sheet to Thomas Vanek in the summer of 2007, rather than let him go and accept four first round picks from the Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Although some might argue the Sabres should’ve taken the draft picks, sometimes it’s best to stick with the talent you’ve got, rather than gamble on the unknown. I think it worked out for the Sabres.

DIRTY DANGLE: Examines the greybeards and young pups who’ve so far had strong starts to this NHL season.

PREDLINES: asks the question, “What the heck happened to Cody Franson?”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A question the Toronto Maple Leafs are asking, too.

Why isn't Penner scoring?

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski offers up his take on why he feels Dustin Penner has been struggling to score with the LA Kings.

KUKLA’S KORNER: Former blogger Jes Golbez believes the reason is Penner isn’t that good, and never has been.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Always good to see Jes offer up his opinion. Wish he’d return to blogging full time again.