Holy cannoli, there was too much hockey news yesterday to handle. NHL schedule released, Hall of Fame class announced, retirements, new head coaches, more trades and free agent signings, salary cap news, and of course more draft stuff. There's so much here that I don't even have room to post Bucky Gleason's annual GM-for-a-day column (we'll do it tomorrow). After the break, it's all broken up into categories for your reading pleasure.
FUNTIME SABRESLAND: October results - NickMendola.com
Nick's already played out the month of October! I'm sure this is exactly how the beginning of the season will be played out, no matter how many NHL rules are broken.
Eastern Conference Scout 2010 Mock Draft - NHL.com
A mysterious Eastern Conference scout takes his try at a mock draft, giving Buffalo the super-American-sounding Nick Bjugstad.
Selling Etem: How agents market top players at the NHL Draft - Puck Daddy
An article about how agents, such as Eustance King, market their players. Tyler Ennis story included.
PS - Go Team USA!
Schedule highlights are plenty for 2010-11 season - NHL.com
A viewer's guide to must-see NHL action in the 2010-11 regular season.
Puck Daddy’s can’t-miss games of the 2010-11 NHL season - Puck Daddy
Puck Daddy takes a slightly different approach to their must-see games than the NHL.
A numerical look at the 2010-11 NHL schedule - NHL.com
A look at some of the figures from the NHL's 2010-11 regular-season schedule.
Nathan Horton Trade:
Bruins make trade with Panthers; Horton to Boston, Wideman to Florida - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Bruins will send Wideman, the 15th pick in Friday's draft and a 3rd round pick in 2011 to the Florida Panthers in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton and center Gregory Campbell.
Panthers deal Horton, Campbell to Bruins for Wideman, 2010 15th pick, 2011 3rd rounder - Litter Box Cats
It's all about the picks as GM Tallon improves Cats through subtraction.
Canadiens sign Plekanec to six-year deal - The Globe and Mail
Montreal rewards leading scorer with $30-million contract.
Matt Cooke agrees to three-year deal with Penguins - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Left wing Matt Cooke has reached a verbal agreement on a three-year contract with the Penguins for just $1.8 million a year.
Habs re-sign Darche - SLAM! Sports
The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed forward Mathieu Darche to a one-year contract.
Hall of Fame:
Ciccarelli, Granato, James to Hockey Hall - NHL.com
Dino Ciccarelli, Cammi Granato and Angela James are the Class of 2010 for the Hockey Hall of Fame.
2010 Hockey Hall of Fame class inducted; who was overlooked? - On the Forecheck
The 2010 hockey hall of fame class has been inducted. Who was the greatest omission?
What were the Hockey Hall of Fame voters thinking? - The Globe and Mail
Inducting women for the first time is fine, but the snubs of worthy male players have caused quite an uproar.
Scott Niedermayer retires after stellar career, 4 Cups - NHL.com
Defenseman Scott Niedermayer announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a stellar career that saw him win 4 Stanley Cups and 1 Conn Smythe Trophy.
Five things we'll remember about Scott Niedermayer - Puck Daddy
On another day, the "100 percent" retirement of defenseman Scott Niedermayer(notes) would have been the most significant story in hockey.
Oilers Name Tom Renney Head Coach, Pat Quinn Now "Senior Advisor" - The Copper & Blue
Pat Quinn has been promoted under the Dilbert Principle, Tom Renney takes over. What's in store for the Oilers?
NHLPA elects to raise cap 5 percent - NHL.com
The National Hockey League Players' Association Executive Board has elected to maintain the 5 percent Growth Factor for the 2010-2011 season.
San Jose Sharks to let goalie Evgeni Nabokov leave as free agent - ESPN
The Sharks are cutting ties with goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
NHL teams at the movies, Pt. 2 - THN
Last week we looked at the West, so this week we look at the East in an annual tradition of breaking down each team's season.
I Will Solve Our Goaltending Woes - Pension Plan Puppets
John Ferguson Jr. will solve Toronto's goaltending problems in comic book form.