Another preseason contest for the Blackhawks on Thursday night -- one game in, I already feel like we're all just hoping to make it through the exhibition schedule unscathed. There probably won't be as much coverage of the matchup against Detroit since it doesn't appear to be on TV, but we'll still be keeping up through various channels. Onto the news.
**Stan Bowman has generally done a very good job as GM, but Sam Fels points out some of the recent missteps that have led us to our current cap crunch. (The Committed Indian)
**How will the Rangers overcome losing Stepan? (Puck Daddy)
**Well, this certainly would've been interesting. The Jets and Flyers were apparently "close" to a big deal involving Evander Kane over the summer. Who knows what the particulars of that trade might have looked like. (Pro Hockey Talk)
**Barry Trotz wants to see better success in faceoffs from his young centers, Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov, as they battle for the Caps' No. 2 center spot (Washington Post)