May 13, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the third period in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won the game 2-1 and took the series 4 games to 3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Metropolitan Division Notes: Devils Captain, Niklas Backstrom, Michael Raffl

Every Thursday we’ll bring you news and notes from FanSided network, focussing on the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.

*The Carolina Hurricanes had a productive off-season by doing nothing. – Cardiac Cane

*Julia Lawrence wonders if the Columbus Blue Jackets can get off to a better start this season. – Union and Blue

*Jim Finelli believes that the New Jersey Devils need a new captain. I nominate Martin Brodeur. – Pucks and Pitchforks

*Patrick Comia revisits the Michael del Zotto for Kevin Klein trade. – Blue Line Station

*Is Matt Martin the most expendable New York Islander? Kenny Conrade believes so. – Eyes on Isles

*After not making the team out of training camp last season, Michael Raffl could be on the Philadelphia Flyers top line this season. – Broadstreet Buzz

*Pascal Dupuis might be playing alongside Evgeni Malkin this season. – Pens Labyrinth

*Dave Stevenson previews Niklas Backstrom‘s season. – Stars and Sticks

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