It seems like Ilya Kovalchuk's contract signing yesterday has kick-started the hockey world from its mid-summer slumber, with discussion heading in almost every conceivable direction regarding the consequences of this massive, gimmick-laden contract.
What does it mean for New Jersey and their cap situation? What about the Kings, who missed out and have to look elsewhere for scoring help? Will the negotiations between the players and owners for the next CBA (in two years) try to close the loophole which allows the Devils to take just a $6M cap hit against a player they'll pay $11.5M annually in coming seasons?
There's all this and a whole lot more after the jump...
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How the Preds could win the Stanley Cup in 2012 - geek thoughts
Paul offers up an idea as to how David Poile could assemble and All-Star team next summer and make a run at the Stanley Cup...
What The Puck: My Good Intentions Are Still Failing Me
A creative idea from Rachel, taking a look at hockey movies this summer in order to bridge the gap until training camp. Who's up for some MVP?
30 Goals In 30 Days: #3 vs. DAL, Oct. 31 " PredsBlog
The 3rd goal in Sam's series highlights an effort where Patric Hornqvist ended up taking a pretty big hit as he scored a critical goal.
Around the NHL
Down Goes Brown: Leaked: Ilya Kovalchuk's contract
The Mighty DGB has the definitive take on this whole nonsense!
Kovalchuk, Christmas, And Kings Fans - View From My Seats
Matt Reitz explores the feelings of Kings fans who were looking forward to signing the big sniper.
Lombardi quotes, part I " LA Kings Insider
Rich Hammonds talks with the Kings GM about how far he went to try and sign Ilya Kovalchuk.
Which Contracts Will Lou Dump Now? Look at New Jersey Devils Cap for 2011-12 for Ideas - In Lou We Trust
See, if only the Devils had added another 10 years at $525K to bring Kovalchuk's cap hit down even further, they'd be able to keep their other star players!
Just for grins, should the Stars try to get Jamie Langenbrunner? - The Dallas Morning News
Meanwhile, Mike Heika starts looking at the Devils' cap situation and wonders if there might be an opportunity to bring back a former Star.
Tampa Bay Lightning acquires Simon Gagne from Philly for Matt Walker, draft pick | Lightning Strikes
Right after the Kovalchuk deal was announced, the Lightning acquired the injury-riddled but prolific goal-scorer from Philadephia. In exchange they send an overpriced 3rd-pair defenseman to the Flyers.
Flyers moves leave me scratching my head to the point of baldness - Behind The Net
The title says it all here!
A Divisional Look: Central GMs | Hockey Quarterly
Mark reviews the front office leadership within the Central Division.
DBD List-O-Matic: Top 5 Stars Of All time - Defending Big D
What? No Craig Ludwig?
Grading the Islanders: Frans Nielsen, who walks on water - Lighthouse Hockey
Dominik highlights one of the league's overlooked success stories on Long Island.
Blueshirts By The Numbers: Number 2-Brian Leetch - Blueshirt Banter
The greatest #2 in Rangers history? That's a pretty easy choice...
Is it too soon to worry about another NHL lockout? | All Things Avs
Adrian Dater considers the unthinkable. His numbers regarding the Predators, however, appear to be completely off base (losing $10-15 million a year? They would have left already).
Donald Fehr emerging as NHLPA boss with new constitution - SI.com
Jim Kelley reviews the recent developments that have brought the NHLPA to its current status, including a new constitution and a report that they railroaded their former executive director, Paul Kelly, out of the job.
RIP Andyman (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Aaron Portzline commemorates the passing of a landmark figure in the Columbus hockey community.