Craig Custance analyzes three key questions in the wake of the Thomas Vanek trade to the Islanders. Did the Isles get the right player? And how long will Vanek and Matt Moulson remain with their new teams?
Craig Custance examines each team in the Atlantic Division as the NHL realigns. Can the Bruins maintain their momentum after a tough Cup finals loss and several key departures? And will the Red Wings rise with new addition Daniel Alfredsson?
Rob Vollman of Hockey Prospectus ranks the 10 most impressive NHL players so far this season, highlighting skaters who have made big contributions despite challenging roles. Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek tops the list.
E.J. Hradek hits the mailbag every Thursday. This time out: Chris Stewart deserves more attention (as does Loui Eriksson); the rise of the Thrashers; and whether the Devils can turn things around after their win in Chicago.