Where will NHL players go if there’s a lockout, a look at the ECHL, hoping Brian Burke still has a blockbuster trade in mind, a look at how many productive seasons Thornton and Marleau have left, and a critique of how the NHL counts assists.

SBNATION: Cassie McClellan looks at potential destinations for NHL player if they’re locked out once again. Rule out Sweden, unless they’re willing to commit for an entire season.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz continues his series, “Better Know A Minor League”, highlighting options for NHL fans if there’s another lockout. Today: The ECHL.

Do Marleau and Thornton have many productive seasons left?

FEAR THE FIN: Examining how many productive seasons Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau may have left.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mark Ritter wonders if Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has a blockbuster deal in store. Sadly, we might not know for sure if there’s another season-killing lockout. Andrew Eide, meanwhile, explains why “naming names” won’t reduce incidents of embellishment and diving to draw penalties.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham with a critique on how the NHL counts assists and why it needs to be changed.