A poll of players rate Dion Phaneuf most over-rated…Why is fighting on the decline in the NHL this season?…Can the Predators get by without Ryan Suter…The cost of acquiring Suter…Will the real Capitals finally show up?…Mike Cammalleri’s recent comments about the Habs performance…Dustin Penner responds to those who mock him hurting his back eating pancakes…The Senators were pioneers of “no-trade” contracts…Hockey on an aircraft carrier?


Most over-rated NHL player?

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne looks at why Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was voted “most over-rated” in a poll of NHL players. My guess? They wanted to make Brian Burke’s head explode.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski examines several factors as to why fighting is down in the NHL this season.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Ryan Porth examines if the Nashville Predators could get by without defenseman Ryan Suter if management chose to move him. I think they could, but they would need to ensure Shea Weber was re-signed first.

SBNATION: Geoffrey Detweiler explains why it wouldnt’ be easy for the Philadelphia Flyers, or any other team, to pry Suter out of Nashville. Nice work to spike the fantasy trade theories flying around suggesting the Flyers could get him without parting with key players.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Will the “real” Washington Capitals show up this season? Sorry, but what you see is what you get.

LIONS IN WINTER: Mike Cammalleri’s recent comments about the Canadiens piss-poor performance have created a justifiable stir.

MAYORS MANOR: Dustin Penner with an open letter explaining how he suffered back spasms whilst sitting down to eat “vegetarian” pancakes. Maybe if ate “Aunt Jemima’s Steak Pancakes”, this wouldn’t have happened.

SILVER SEVEN: Discovers the Ottawa Senators, way back in the 1920s, were the pioneers of the “no-trade” clause. So now you know who to blame.

SBNATION: Hockey on an aircraft carrier? Why not? The space shuttle’s out of service…