*A great anecdote from Paul Stewart about the most eventful penalty shot of his refereeing career in the NHL.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Stephen Whyno about the Hartford Whalers era passing with the retirement of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
*The Edmonton Journal's David Staples doesn't seem to like my Johnny Boychuk-for-Nail Yakupov idea all that much. I suspect the B's would have to give up more than No. 55 for the talented young forward, and that was the assumption all along. But Boychuk would be the main thrust of the deal with draft picks or prospects tied into it as well. As I said before, it addresses needs for both sides and Boychuk is a better player than either Fayne or Nikitin.
*Allan Muir takes a look at the NHL expansion options, and ranks the cities from most likely to least likely.
*The NHL’s top 10 worst contracts compiled by the Hockey News. It’s a credit to Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins that there aren’t any B’s contracts on the list, and Nathan Horton’s bloated deal definitely appears on there. Advantage, Chiarelli.
*Blake Wheeler checks in with a Winnipeg radio station on his offseason, and his hopes for next year with the Jets.
*Don Cherry has no inside info on NHL expansion, but he would love to see the return of the Quebec Nordiques. Count me as another person that would love to see the return of the Quebec Nordiques to a starving market that would rabidly worship them.
*For something completely different: a good piece breaking down the dour, serious DC Comics strategy against a Marvel movie strategy that isn’t afraid to be in on the joke once in a while, or a great deal of the time.