Hockey Blog Beat – September 16, 2011.

A daily collection of interesting blog posts which caught my eye. In today’s grab-bag o’ fun: Which pays more? Lombardi’s offer or Doughty’s demands?…Isles still hoping for a healthy Rick DiPietro…Jaromir Jagr has nothing to lose…Latest RFA defensemen contracts sets the bar high for Victor Hedman…A tag-team takedown of Puck Daddy’s Minnesota Wild season preview…Questions for Canucks heading into training camp…Former NHL enforcer Stu Grimson on his life after hockey and the recent deaths of three NHL enforcers…A look at several financially hurting NHL teams…The NHL’s social media policy…The remaining active players of “NHL ’94″.

JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: “Quisp” asked the question: Which pays Drew Doughty more? The “low ball” offer from Kings GM Dean Lombardi? Or his salary demands?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The difference isn’t that much, and the only advantage for Doughty is he gets to qualify for UFA status two years earlier.

PUCK UPDATE: Steven Ovadia writes the NY Islanders are still dreaming of a health Rick DiPietro.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just like the one they used to know…Anyway, given his lengthy injury history, that dream could be a pipe one again this season.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: “Teemu H” cites a recent interview Jaromir Jagr gave to a Czech newspaper, in which he acknowledged the low expectations heading to Philadelphia this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Jagr can cash in 20 goals and 50 points, I think he’ll have exceeded expectations. Anything beyond that is gravy.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana observes the recent signings of RFA defensemen Tyler Myers and RFA forward John Tavares sets the bar for Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman when he goes to contract negotiation next year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both were from the same draft class as Hedman, who went second overall in 2009.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS/FIRST ROUND BUST: review Puck Daddy columnist Harrison Mooney’s season preview of the Minnesota Wild, and finds it…lacking.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offense to Mooney, but I completely agree with these rebuttals.

HOCKEY TRACKER: Michael Elias noted several questions facing the Vancouver Canucks heading into this season’s training camp.

GRANTLAND.COM: Chris Jones has a compelling piece on former NHL enforcer Stu Grimson, who discusses his life after hockey and the recent deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak, as well as last summer’s death of Bob Probert.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I highly recommend hockey fans, especially those of “The Grim Reaper”, check this one out.

TOM BENJAMIN’S NHL BLOG: Tom takes a look at the growing list of the NHL’s struggling franchises and their potential impact upon the next round of CBA talks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tom was among the few in the hockey world who was nearly spot on with every prediction he made about how this current CBA would work out. His words carry weight, folks.

OFF SIDE SPORTS BLOG: Eric Macramalla has the details on the NHL’s new social media policy.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz of The Face Off Hockey Show looks at the dwindling number of active players still remaining from the old “NHL ’94″ game.

1 Comment

  1. The Tom Benjamin article is schlocky journalism at it’s best. He completely got the Predators concessions situation wrong and based it completely off a sensationalized story done on a Nashville TV station known for inaccurancy. Hard to take anything else he says with much seriousness when he throws out nonsense like this.