NHL Morning Links - Aug. 8

With Daniel Alfredsson gone -- an in somewhat acrimonious fashion -- the Senators need a new captain. Will it be Jason Spezza?

A very early look at a player that could be the first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft: Sam Reinhart.

An update on the timeline for the Red Wings to get RFA Gustav Nyquist signed to a new deal.

What kind of a role should we expect out of Sergei Gonchar in Dallas this season? Here's one argument that he'll be their No. 1 D-man.

The NHL and the NHLPA agreed to a reduction in the size of goalie's pads for this season. At least one goalie seems fine with that development.

A ranking of the Top 10 goaltenders in the Metropolitan Division for 2013-14. No surprise at the top, but some controversial choices later on.

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher is hoping to avoid the notorious sophomore slump -- as befell Adam Henrique and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in recent campaigns. Will the Habs give him enough of an opportunity to do so? Meanwhile, here are five other Canadiens under intense pressure this season.

The second part of a three-part series on players with stats that did not line up with where they were drafted, this one focuses on defensemen.

Another look at the negotiations between the Blues and RFA D-man Alex Pietrangelo.

The Flyers made three big acquisitions this offseason -- Vinny Lecavalier, Mark Streit and Ray Emery. Who will have the biggest impact?

Speaking of Emery, he's no longer Corey Crawford's backup in Chicago. Will that job belong to Nikolai Khabibulin or Antti Raanta?

Will the Kings have Robyn Regehr paired up with Drew Doughty this season?