Hockey Blog Beat – October 26, 2011.

In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Can the NHL legally force its players to wear visors?… Suggestions to improve coverage of women’s hockey…What should the Panthers do with Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen?…Time to shut down “The Monster”…Decision day for Zibanejad…An NBA fan discovers the Washington Capitals…Three different types of shoot out shooters…A plug to buy the October 31st edition of The Hockey News.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla explains why the NHL cannot legally force its players to wear visors, and why it could take collective bargaining to make it mandatory.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Be sure to check out Eric’s blog regularly for regular updates on sports law in all the North American pro sports leagues. 

HOCKEY IN SOCIETY: “markdavidnorman” on the sad state of coverage of women’s hockey in Canada, and offers up solutions for the problem, including increased TV coverage (especially on CBC), and expand to more Canadian and American markets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s pessimistic about any of his suggestions being adopted anytime soon, as am I, but certainly agree they’re worthy of discussion and consideration. It’s a shame we only hear about women’s hockey during their international tournaments. I’m surprised we don’t see more coverage by CBC, or the Canadian sports networks. Given the growing number of women playing hockey, I think there is an audience to be tapped.

Could Markstrom shake up Panthers goaltending tandem?

LITTER BOX CATS: offers up a poll over what the Panthers should do about their goaltending. Jose Theodore is locked into their starter or backup role, Jacob Markstrom has played very well of late, which could leave backup Scott Clemmensen’s future in doubt.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Why not hope over and participate in the poll? You’ll be glad you did! FWIW, I think Markstrom is taking away Clemmensen’s job as backup…and if he keeps playing as well as he has, could push Theodore into the backup role.

PUCKIN’ EH: “Jon S” has seen enough of Jonas Gustavsson as the Maple Leafs backup to know that he’s seen too much. In other words, he doesn’t believe “The Monster” is a capable backup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Gustavsson isn’t working out as the Leafs hoped, and it may be time to start looking around for a possible replacement.

SILVER SEVEN: “Adnan” examines the pros and cons of sending prospect forward Mika Zibanejad back to Sweden for the rest of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like he’s going to be Sweden-bound.

CAPS BASKETBALL: A new blog started by a pro basketball fan who, during the NBA lockout, is giving the NHL in general, and the Washington Capitals in particular, a look-see.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regardless of the NBA lockout, here’s hoping they stick around! Welcome to the NHL community, always room for new fans!

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne examines: “The 3 different types of shootout shooters”.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore has a feature in the October 31st edition of The Hockey News, “on the effort it took to broadcast Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final on CBS”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sound interesting, why not check it out, folks?