Analysis of the Lecavalier buyout, the Avalanche-Flames multi-player trade, the rise and fall of Theo Fleury, the CBA and standard player contracts, the upcoming draft and more.

Lightning fans will miss Vincent Lecavalier.

Lightning fans will miss Vincent Lecavalier.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana and Clark J Brooks reflect upon Vincent Lecavalier’s career with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert explains why the Lecavalier buyout is a reminder of the stupidity of long-term contracts for NHL veterans.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: Steve House analyzes the recent four-play swap between the Colorado Avalanche and the Calgary Flames.

GRANTLAND: Kent Russell on the rise and fall of Theo Fleury, while Sean McIndoe delves into his grab bag for this week’s notable news and notes.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: “J.J. from Kansas” explores the impact of the new NHL CBA upon standard player contracts.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on how professional players clear the mental hurdle of getting back in the gym, while Cam Charron cautions against putting too much emphasis upon a marginal player’s strong post-season performance.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana with rambling thoughts on mock drafts and player rankings.

LITTER BOX CATS: Todd Little reviews the five worst first-round picks by the Florida Panthers.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier reports this year’s draft will be a family affair.