*Big news over the weekend was the extension of Matt Read, who has been locked up for the next four years. Good contract, too! (BSH)
*ASF on Michael Raffl's chances at landing the final spot on Vincent Lecavalier's left wing; at this point it seems to be between him and newcomer Chris VandeVelde.
*ASF also takes a look at the expectations for the four Flyers heading into their third NHL season. (Flyers)
*With the signing of Read, Brayden Schenn is the last player Homer needs to extend. (CSN Philly)
*Meltzer with a few thoughts on the Read contract as well as a few prospect updates. (Hockeybuzz)
*Reports indicate that the NHL plans to maintain this "multiple outdoor games" nonsense that they're beginning this season. (SB Nation)
*Some NHL fans are worried that the league's new hardline uniform enforcement might have something to do with the introduction of Euro league-style advertising. (Sporting News)
*A further look at the development of a new hockey metric and a comparison the six year FenwickClose% of every team in the league.
*NHL player prop betting odds straight from Vegas. Spoiler alert: put your money on Crosby. (SB Nation)
*And finally, a community outside of Montreal has built an underground ice skating rink. It's pretty impressive. (Globe and Mail)