Commentaries on the Seattle NHL expansion/relocation rumors, why you don’t want your team’s goalie in the Olympics, transfer payments under the new CBA, Mike Ribeiro, Tim Thomas and more.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert finds the timing bizarre for those recent NHL Seattle expansion rumors, while Greg Wyshynski – noting the NFL is borrowing the NHL’s all-star fantasy draft concept – suggests other things the NFL should steal from the NHL.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner explains why you don’t want your team’s goaltender playing in the Olympics, while Justin Bourne reminds us that August 1 is, for the players, the unofficial start of the new season.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: How the bankrupt city of Detroit is building a new arena for the Red Wings, plus an explanation of how transfer payments are made under the new NHL CBA.

Is Mike Ribeiro a "contract year player"?

Is Mike Ribeiro a “contract year player”?

FIVE FOR HOWLING: Jaime Eisner dispels the myth of Mike Ribeiro as a contract year player.

LITTER BOX CATS: Alexander Calloway believes the Florida Panthers should sign Tim Thomas.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Joffrey Lupul might not believe in advanced stats, but his team does.

THE PREDATORIAL: James Nelson analyzes the Nashville Predators off-season moves.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Last season’s penalty minutes per game per country.

IN LOU WE TRUST: John Fischer reviews Rob Vollman’s Hockey Abstract.