31 Thoughts: Byfuglien decision will have major ripple effect

• Western race depends on Byfuglien• What’s Laine thinking for AAV?• Chabot raises second-contract bar for D-men Dustin Byfuglien followed the normal path as training camp approached. He moved back to his NHL city, brought his family with him, enrolled his children in school. He participated in informal skates with teammates, readying for the real thing in the […]

31 Thoughts: Tense RFA waiting game hits final stages

• What’s holding up Marner, Boeser deals?• Should NHL shrink exhibition schedule?• Ovechkin wants Gretzky’s goals record Now we find out who is serious, and who isn’t. A few years ago, one particular player remained unsigned as the season approached. There was a lot of rhetoric about his situation. He agreed to terms days before […]

31 Thoughts: Sharks still have shot at keeping Erik Karlsson

• Blues complete unexpected playoff run• Trade talks are getting louder• Decision on Roberto Luongo‘s future expected soon An hour after becoming a 10-time Stanley Cup champion, Larry Robinson peeked into the Blues’ champagne-soaked dressing room. Someone was drinking from the Cup, surrounded by players roaring the opening beats from “Seven Nation Army.” “Never gets […]

31 Thoughts: Penguins’ big decisions include what to do with Malkin

Michael Lewis of Moneyball fame has a new podcast, Against the Rules. The first episode features an interview with Joe Borgia, the NBA’s Senior Vice President of Replay & Referee Operations. Borgia told Lewis that his league learned American military command centres devised a new method of communicating with their field forces. It was through […]