Examining the potential effects of the 2013-14 NHL schedule, speculation over the next captain of the Blue Jackets, examining the possibility of NHL expansion into Europe, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne examines the effects of travel the 2013-14 NHL schedule will have upon the players and how they’ll cope.

Don't expect the Flyers to trade Wayne Simmonds.

Don’t expect the Flyers to trade Wayne Simmonds.

HOCKEY BUZZ: Eric Engels offers up his thoughts on some recent NHL news and trade rumors.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire breaks down the Canadiens 2013-14 schedule.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner muses over possible candidates for captaincy of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Mark Parisi believes the few Senators are invited to the Olympics, the better for the club’s Stanley Cup hopes this season.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Andy Boron suggests there’s still hope for struggling Sabres winger Drew Stafford next season.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Who are the NY Islanders centers for next season?

DEFENDING BIG D: Huw Wales wonders if the NHL should forget about expansion to Quebec City or Seattle and focus instead on expanding into Europe.

ICETHETICS: The Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks plan “throwbacks” to celebrate their 20th anniversaries, which could include the Ducks returning to their former moniker of “Mighty Ducks” for the season.