Welcome to December! For many of you, this is the first time you've seen your upper lip in three weeks. Remember to compliment it on the weight it's lost and how happy it's looking this holiday season.
Big news late last night out of Anaheim: Randy Carlyle delivered a win over the Montreal Canadiens at home and was handed his walking papers shortly after he left the bench. Bruce Boudreau will take over as the Ducks new head coach, leaving many people wondering if Columbus GM Scott Howson missed the boat...or if he might consider Carlyle as an option. The guys at Puck Daddy havetheir reaction, while PHT wonders if that puts the end to the Bobby Ryan trade speculation.
If you're keeping an eye on the NHL's next round of CBA talks, it looks like there are concerns about rising values and associated costs that could affect negotiations when they start early in 2012.
Over at Backhand Shelf, Bourne has a little rant about the so called "professionalism" of lying to the media, three teams are exceeding expectations, Jo talks about jaw fractures, some goals of the week, and the problems with some scorers not scoring.