Thursday Morning Bits


    An article in the London Free Press explains that the reasons for the earlier 7pm ET start times for home games this season: to cater to a younger audience and to allow for more efficient getaways in the case of a road game the following night. A slew of other small headlines including contract details for Komisarek, the Grabovski-Kostitsyn feud, and Justin Pogge.

    The Capgeek website has updated their numbers to include some of the details of the more prominent free agent contracts handed out this summer. Jay Bouwmeester, Marian Gaborik and Brian Gionta (really?) will all receive no-trade clauses, while the group of Mike Komisarek, Mattias Ohlund, Patrick O’Sullivan and the Sedin twins will be privileged with no-movement clauses.

    The Ottawa Sun is reporting that former Leafs goaltender Martin Gerber has signed on to play with Atlant Mystichi of the KHL, as the heir to Ray Emery. The Sun also lists F Mats Sundin, D Sergei Zubov,  F Brendan Shanahan, G Manny Fernandez; D Derek Morris, Dennis Seidenberg, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Francis Bouillon; and Fs Robert Lang, Petr Sykora, P.J. Axelsson, Jason Williams, Taylor Pyatt, Maxim Afinogenov, Mike Grier and Miro Satan as potential bargain free agents who may still be able to contribute effectively to a team.

    The National Post outlines some of Justin Pogge’s current predicament, citing his mental makeup as a major contributing factor to his struggles over the past few years.

    A Belarus news source is reporting that Mikhail Grabovski and Sergei Kostitsyn are prepared to publicly end their feud today by shaking hands and making up in front of the media. This move will ease a bit of the tension between the Montreal-Toronto rivalry, and is comforting news for the Belarus national team.