Ryan Lambert has What We Learned from the NHL for last week, and he thankfully asks if its time for the league to stop trying to pit the players against union leadership. It simply isnt going to work.
Massachusetts native Cory Schneider says theres a very real possibility that the NHLPA will opt to decertify as a union, according to the Pro Hockey Talk boys, and paints a picture of how the negotiations have been perceived from the player side of things.
Erik Gudbranson suffered a non-hockey related injury over the summer and comes clean about it with the Florida Panthers. So now hes rehabbing on his own and locked out just like everybody else.
Craig Custance from ESPN.com offers up some middle ground for each of the issues still at play for the NHL and the NHLPA. Unfortunately its not going to matter until the NHL starts offering to move toward the middle.
Pat Hickey from the Montreal Gazette offers some insight into the rich people that hold the NHLs fate in the palm of their hands.
A Fourth Period Magazine feature piece on the LA Kings ice crew: I must admit the opening picture instantly drew me into the story.
Good piece from Ken Campbell chastising the players for their public and social media outbursts against NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The personal shots and sniping back-and-forth isnt doing anybody any favors.
For something completely different: a review of Ray Lamontagnes show at the Orpheum last weekend.