*Ilya Kovalchuk blew up the hockey world yesterday buy announcing his retirement from the New Jersey Devils. Did anyone see this coming? Those poor, poor Devils fans. All 47 of them.
*Not surprisingly, it looks like Kovy is bolting for the KHL team he played for during the lockout. (Puck Daddy)
*It would appear that Paul Holmgren made the best signing of the offseason thus far. (CSN Philly)
*Praise Eric T. for keeping the hits coming this offseason. This time, on the hidden value of penalty differential. (BSH)
*NHL Salary Arbitration: damaging or hilarious? (Backhand Shelf)
*Finally, who will be the next captain of the eight teams that are currently lacking one? DGB speculates. (Grantland)