Commentaries on Ryan O’Reilly, Phil Kessel, Dustin Penner, the Wild, Red Wings, the Oilers new arena deal, and more.

HOCKEYBUZZ: “Eklund” has an interesting post on Ryan O’Reilly’s contract standoff with the Avalanche, particularly about the relaxing of waiver rules for RFAs who play overseas and are re-signed by their NHL clubs during the season.  I know Eklund’s reputation as a rumormonger, but this post is worth a read.

CBS SPORTS: Adam Gretz points out the problem with Phil Kessel is he’s a good player on a bad team.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham on why the NHL continues to fail players suffering from concussions.

Time for Panthers GM Dale Tallon to push the panic button?

Time for Panthers GM Dale Tallon to push the panic button?

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe with a tongue-in-cheek look at which NHL teams struggling in the early going this season should consider hitting the panic button.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Colin Pineau looks around the league for defensemen who might help the hurting Detroit Red Wings blueline.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona examines what else the $550 million being invested in a new arena for the Oilers by the city of Edmonton could’ve been spent on.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Are the Minnesota Wild in trouble? If so, what would you do if you were their GM?

MAYOR’S MANOR: John Hoven with “The curious case of Dustin Penner”.

HOCKEY ANALYSIS: David Johnson explains why team level shooting and save percentage matters.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Russ Miller recently examined which NHL players currently on early hot streaks are “mirages” or “the real deal”.