The NHL week in review, analysis of the Islanders acquisition of Tim Thomas, the Capitals woes, the legacy of Boom-Boom Geoffrion, the fifth anniversary of hockey’s top humor blog, and more.

GRANTLAND: Katie Baker checks in with her weekly review of the NHL week that was.

Does the Islanders front office ever want to build a winner?

Does the Islanders front office ever want to build a winner?

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT/BACKHAND SHELF: BD Gallof and Cam Charron offer up their respective analyses of the Islanders acquisition of Tim Thomas solely for salary cap purposes.

ON FROZEN BLOG/JAPERS RINK: An examination of the Capitals “crisis of mismanagement”, while JP examines the moment when everything changed for the once high-flying Capitals.

MCSORLEY’S STICK: “Quisp” believes the Kings are struggling early because too many of their roster failed to play elsewhere during the NHL lockout.

DIE BY THE BLADE: The Buffalo Sabres acceptance of mediocrity starts at the top.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Joey Suyeishi doesn’t see the NHL’s concussion problem resolving itself.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks at the life and legacy of Montreal Canadiens legend Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Happy fifth anniversary to hockey’s best humor blog. Here’s hoping for many more years of laughing at the NHL.

HOCKEY TRACKER: Brayden Roy on the positive early impact rookies Alexander Galchensyk and Brendan Gallagher have had upon the Montreal Canadiens.