Reaction and analysis to some of the action of the opening day of the NHL free agent market.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert observes the feeding frenzy that is the opening day of NHL free agency is usually not warranted. Every year, NHL GMs overpay for usually second-tier talent or ageing stars.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on how players with “off-ice” issues slowly work their way off teams, like Tyler Seguin with the Bruins.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz doesn’t fault Daniel Alfredsson for moving on to the Detroit Red Wings to pursue a Stanley Cup.

Erik Karlsson could form part of a new era for the Senators.

Erik Karlsson could form part of a new era for the Senators.

SILVER SEVEN: The Alfredsson era is over in Ottawa, the Karlsson-Ryan epoch begins.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS/THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Criticism of the Maple Leafs for re-signing Tyler Bozak, overpaying for David Clarkson and for cutting Mikhail Grabovski.

HOCKEY BUZZ: Dee Karl slams Hockey Night in Canada analyst Glenn Healy for his criticism of the Islanders re-signing Travis Hamonic to a seven-year deal. Methinks Healy doesn’t pay much attention to his former team these days. They’re not the circus they once used to be.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow offers up a last defense of Shawn Horcoff’s tenure as captain of the Oilers.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: TJ Maughan on the Winnipeg Jets acquisition of winger Devin Setoguchi.

SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Andrew Hirsh believes Viktor Stalberg could be the forward the Predators need.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Analysis of the Flyers bringing back Ray Emery. I believe Emery’s second tour with the Flyers will be better than the first.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: Cris Cohen on the minor moves made by the NY Rangers.

THE HOCKEY GUYS: A look at who’s available in this year’s free agent bargain bin.