Amid the NHL CBA talks taking place today in the shadow of the US presidential election, here’s the latest notable posts from around the NHL blogosphere.

GRANTLAND: Charles P. Pierce has found a substitute for the NHL: the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Monrreal wonders if Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi is truly among the NHL’s “hardline” owners driving this lockout.

HOCKEY GEAR HQ: Dirk Hoag reports  NHL sponsors are beginning to move advertising away from the league due to the lockout. Wonder if that might’ve also spurred the league into re-opening talks this week with the NHLPA?

FIVE FOR HOWLING: Carl Pavlock reports the Phoenix Coyotes deal with Glendale could be signed soon. With respect to Pavlock, who’s only passing along the news, I’ll believe it when I see it. Those reports have become a monthly occurrence since June.

Does Lindros belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

BACKHAND SHELF: Chris Lund believes Eric Lindros is a Hall of Fame player. I agree, as does Lindros’ former GM Bob Clarke, who feuded big time with Lindros and his family during the big center’s final years in Philadelphia. Lindros will get in one day, but it will probably take a while. He and his family burned some bridges with the NHL hierarchy, some of whom bear grudges for a long, long time.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier reviews “Empire of Ice”, a history of the old Pacific Coast Hockey Association, which would go on to make notable contributions to the NHL, not the least of which were the Patrick family.


DOWN GOES BROWN: Checking in on the NHL stars playing in Europe during the lockout.

THE COMMITTED INDIAN: Things Owners Believe, like how it’s bad for other owners to sign players to expensive, front-loaded contracts, unless you do it, then it’s a wise investment in your team.