On the seventieth anniversary of the date which will live in infamy (Google it if you’re historically challenged): Five things about the Calgary Flames,  wondering what the Devils will do with Ilya Kovalchuk, an anonymous NHL player on the possibility of mandated visors and the politics of player safety, why the Canucks won’t trade a goalie, puzzlement over why Jordin Tootoo got suspended for running Ryan Miller but not Milan Lucic, a breakdown on how to cycle the puck, and the Patrick Roy-Mario Tremblay blow-up, sixteen years later.

FLAMES NATION: Ryan Lambert brings up five things he’s been thinking this week about the Calgary Flames. Yep, Jarome Iginla is one of them.

THE HOCKEY GUYS: Mike Luciano on what to do with Ilya Kovalchuk.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s a penalty-free buyout period in the next CBA, I’m guessing the Devils do that.

PUCK DADDY: “The Player” weighs in on mandatory visors and the politics of visors.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A worthwhile read, and it’ll be interesting to see if visors become mandatory in the next CBA. I believe they should be. After all, no one questions players wearing gear which protects the rest of their body, yet there’s debate over protection of one of the important parts of the body. If a bone is broken, it’ll heal. If teeth get knocked out, they can be reinserted or replaced. Lose an eye, or partial or all the sight in one or both eyes? That’s forever, as well as the end of an NHL career.

TERRACE STANDARD: Greatest Hockey Legends blogger Joe Pelletier on why the Canucks are unlikely to trade a goalie this season. Main reason: playoff depth.

MC79 HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow wonders why Brendan Shanahan brought down the hammer upon Nashville’s pesky checking forward Jordin Tootoo for running Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, yet didn’t bother when the more talented Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins did the same earlier last month.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Is Shanahan continuing the NHL tradition of coming down harder on spare parts than upon star players? I really hope not….

THE COPPER & BLUE: A primer on cycling the puck, nifty informative diagrams included!

Another December date which lives in infamy.

ALL HABS: A look back the infamous Mario Tremblay vs Patrick Roy feud culminating in Roy’s infamous final game with the Canadien, and assessing blame for the situation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was the moment which in my opinion significantly changed the course of Canadiens history, sending them plummeting into a pit of mediocrity they’ve yet to fully emerge sixteen years later. Who was to blame for the Tremblay-Roy feud and its inevitable conclusion? Everyone, from Roy, Tremblay,through  former coach Jacques Demers, to team president Ronald Corey. The aforementioned post considers Corey bears the most responsibility, and I can’t say I disagree. Doesn’t change things, what’s done is done, and the Canadiens still haven’t really recovered from the aftermath of Roy’s final game as a Hab. I remember how surreal it felt when I was watching that game. It was a disaster unfolding in slow motion, and you just knew it was going to end badly. When I saw Roy’s actions on the bench immediately after Tremblay finally pulled him from that game, I knew at that moment I had just watched his final game with the Canadiens.