Skating Backwards Is the New Black

I kind of wish I was an NHL defenseman this season. They sure seem to be in short supply.
The Lightning are expected to sign Marek Malik this week. Malik was unsigned at the start of this season but I guess teams are getting more desperate. Malik was pretty immobile last season. I can’t imagine what he’s like now, with all of that rest. He might have sprouted roots already.
The Flyers, who also needed blueline help, traded for Andrew Alberts.
And don’t forget, the New York Rangers have gone 5-0 without carrying an extra defenseman.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are fighting the defenseman-as-rare-element trend by converting blueliner Dustin Byfuglien to a forward. For some NHL teams, that must be like watching someone light a cigar with 100-dollar bills.
It’s not all about your defenemen, though. Adian Dater reminds the Avs that they should spend some money on goalies since it’s kind of an important position.
Also, Tampa rookie Steve Stamkos is keeping a blog for The Tampa Tribune. In his first entry, Stamkos talks about how hard it is to find a place to live. If he thought that was hard, wait until he finds out he’s putting up Malik for a few weeks.
Finally, over on RotoRob, my five early fantasy hockey signs.