What it sometimes takes to make an impression in training camp, the Florida Panthers may be a perfect fit for Tim Thomas, Ryan Nugent-Hopkin’s contract talks, figuring out the Capitals second line, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne explains why a player sometimes has to do things they wouldn’t usually do to make an impression during training camp. Dave Lozo, meanwhile, looks at what it’s like for a player (in this case, David Perron) to be traded.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Matt Schreiber explains why the Florida Panthers may be a perfect fit for Tim Thomas.

Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins receive a bridge contract?

Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins receive a bridge contract?

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe with New Year’s Resolutions for NHL fans.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow on bridge contracts and how they pertain to Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkin’s current contract negotiations.

JAPERS’ RINK: Kevin Klein tries to determine who’ll make up the Washington Capitals second line.

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Mark Parisi on the annoying habit of fans to scapegoat a player for a club’s overall faults.

THE CANNON: Promising Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray looks to make up for lost time after recovering from a season-ending shoulder injury.

IN LOU WE TRUST: Jerry Tierney looks back at some recent tryouts for the New Jersey Devils and how they fared.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Russ Miller highlights a handful of Eastern Conference players who could outperform expectations this season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier highlights the blog Historical Hockey, which lists rarely published stats and trivia.