The ten best unsigned RFAs of this summer, the forgettable final years of 17 NHL veterans,  Henrik Lundqvist’s new pads appears to indicate the NHL has approved a new rule change, Ales Hemsky’s status with the Oilers, which players could form the core of the Dallas Stars and more.

Mike Modano's final NHL season was a forgettable one.

Mike Modano’s final NHL season was a forgettable one.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe examines the sad final seasons of 17 NHL Stars, including Mike Modano, Brett Hull, Mats Sundin and Chris Chelios.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner ranks this summer’s ten best unsigned restricted free agents.

SB NATION: Henrik Lundqvist’s recent twitter picture of his smaller goalie pads suggests the NHL has approved a rule change which they apparently haven’t made official yet.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Why is Ales Hemsky still an Oiler? I’d say it’s a combination of his $5 million salary, lengthy injury history and the declining salary cap for 2013-14.

FIRST ROUND BUST: begs the Minnesota Wild to “just say no to Thomas Vanek” if the opportunity presents itself to acquire him.

DEFENDING BIG D: Derek Neumeier examines which players could form the future core of the Dallas Stars.

IN LOU WE TRUST: Mike Stromberg wonders if the Olympic break could help the New Jersey Devils this season.

SECOND CITY HOCKEY: Greg Boysen doesn’t understand why some Blackhawks fan are upset the “Madhouse on Madison” signs have come down in their home arena. That’s because you don’t need a sign to know the United Center doesn’t need a sign to be known as “the Madhouse on Madison”.

NUCKS MISCONDUCT: A look at the Canucks prospects.

 HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: It’s another episode of “Fancy Stat Summer School”. Today: “quality starts”