Ryan O’Reilly’s contract standoff, the Tim Thomas trade, the tale of a Canadian Coyotes fan, a call for Rogie Vachon’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and more.

Sheldon Souray thriving in Anaheim.

Sheldon Souray thriving in Anaheim.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert offers up his take on Ryan O’Reilly’s contract stand-off with the Colorado Avalanche, while Cam Charron reports big money castoff defensemen Sheldon Souray and Wade Redden are thriving with the Ducks and Blues respectively.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe dips into his NHL Grab Bag and examines two-goal leaders, two Nicklas Backstroms, and an ancient Don Cherry techno video.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Fraser Blair present the first of a two-part series on whether or not the Tim Thomas trade constitutes CBA circumvention.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: The Tim Thomas trade is yet another example of the NY Islanders fading into absurdity.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow examines the Edmonton media’s recent fixation on Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney.

FIVE FOR HOWLING: Ben Shroyer present the tale of a living, breathing, honest-to-goodness Coyotes fan based in Canada.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Andy Boron has a quiz for Sabres fans to determine the biggest reason for the Sabres slow start.

FROZEN ROYALTY: An open letter calling for the long-overdue induction of former Kings great Rogie Vachon into the Hockey Hall of Fame.