Monday Chum Bucket: Niemi key to win in opener

Your daily assortment of links to news and analysis from around the hockey world.

  • Recaps of the Sharks' 4-1 win over Calgary in the season opener. [Fear The Fin] [Mercury News] [CSN Bay Area] [AP] [Flames Nation] [Matchsticks & Gasoline]
  • "He's been great throughout training camp, and he was great again tonight." - Logan Couture on Antti Niemi. [CSN Bay Area]
  • San Jose won 61% of faceoffs against the Flames. [Working the Corners]
  • By the way, the Sharks still haven't made a decision on Scott Gomez. [Mercury News]
  • Here's Elliotte Friedman's take on #GomezWatch in his always-excellent 30 Thoughts column: "Interesting dance between the San Jose Sharks and Gomez, but it makes a lot of sense. Because he was cut by Montreal and unable to skate at a high tempo as the NHL and NHLPA negotiated an opening, he gets a few extra days to tune up. Meanwhile, the Sharks, who are close to the cap, save pennies by holding off for a few days (rumbling is one year at a prorated $700,000). Smart by both sides." [CBC]
  • Awesome to see Jonathan Cheechoo land an AHL contract. With Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle now in Edmonton, the Oklahoma City Barons signed the former Rocket Richard winner to a deal. [Cult of Hockey]
  • Do the Sharks have the pieces in place to make a Cup run this season? [SF Chronicle]
  • The league has finally implemented a rule change that makes sense: Being Steve Ott is now apparently a minor penalty. [Imgur]
  • Toronto signing Joffrey Lupul to a five-year, $26.25 million contract extension was a dumb move. [Leafs Nation]
  • Jeremy Jacobs: still a douchebag. [Puck Daddy]
  • Really awesome stuff on how a shortened season should affect player evaluation. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The Flyers and Rangers started the season 0-2, Edmonton defeated Roberto Luongo and the Canucks in a shootout, Josh Harding pitched a shutout in his first game after being diagnosed with MS and more in yesterday's NHL action. [SB Nation]
  • Speaking of, here's Mike Smith throwing a tantrum after allowing six goals against Chicago: