More reaction to the Vanek-for-Moulson swap, the NHL weekend in review, notable NHL stars with fewer goals than Mike Smith, the illusion of officiating consistency, the new CBA and the Sharks “Big 3” and much more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Dave Lozo wonders if Islanders GM Garth Snow got fleeced in the Vanek-for-Moulson trade of if his hands were tied by ownership.

Why did the Islanders trade for Thomas Vanek?

Why did the Islanders trade for Thomas Vanek?

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: B.D. Gallof explains why the Islanders acquired Thomas Vanek.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Why the Vanek trade symbolizes the end of an era for the Buffalo Sabres.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe reviews the past weekend’s NHL action.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski lists a number of notable NHL stars who currently have fewer goals this season than Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Salary cap circumvention is examined and explained in the latest installment of “Getting to Know the CBA”.

IN LOU WE TRUST: Mike Stromberg examines how weak the Metropolitan Division is so far this season.

THE CANNON: Andy Newman on the illusion of consistency in NHL officiating.

FIVE FOR HOWLING: Jaime Eisner examines how Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal is equal parts impressive and frustrating..

FEAR THE FIN: Does goalie fatigue play a role in the shootout?

SUN BELT HOCKEY: How the new CBA could affect the efforts of the San Jose Sharks to re-sign their “Big 3” of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle.