Waiting for Parise’s decision, analysis of the Derek Roy trade, how the Senators circumvented the salary cap twice on Alfredsson’s contract, the Price of commitment, commentary on the Oilers, the CBA negotiations, and a peek behind the scenes during the opening day of the NHL’s “free agent frenzy’.

SPORTSRANTZ.COM: Wishing Zach Parise would just get it over with and let the Devils and their fans know of the bad news quickly.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Andy Boron on why the Derek Roy trade marks the end of an era for the Buffalo Sabres.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on how the Ottawa Senators managed to circumvent the salary cap – twice! – with Daniel Alfredsson’s contract.

 LIONS IN WINTER: The high cost the Canadiens paid committing to Carey Price.

Can Yakupov maintain his outgoing ways in the NHL?

THE COPPER & BLUE: For all you Oilers fans still giddy over your club drafting Nail Yakupov, winning the Justin Schultz sweepstakes, and re-signing Ryan Smyth, Derek Zona brings you back to reality by pointing out the obvious holes still in the roster.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne hopes life in the NHL doesn’t beat the fun out of obvious free spirit Nail Yakupov. Unfortunately, his first name is “Nail”, and as we all know, nails exist to be pounded down.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin on what the NHL’s strategy will be in this round of CBA talks: squeezing the players for more money, whilst doing nothing to change the fate of the zombie franchises the current CBA was supposed to save. Wash, rinse, repeat.

DOWN GOES BROWN: A hilarious peek behind the scenes during the opening day of this year’s NHL “free agent frenzy”.