NHL Blog Beat – April 24, 2012.

More analysis of the Canucks and Red Wings respective first round eliminations, plus various commentaries on the NHL’s disciplinary system.

Should the Canucks retain Schneider?

CANUCKS CORNER/NUCKS MISCONDUCT/ARMCHAIR GM.NET/CANUCKS ARMY/RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Tom Benjamin, “Central Canada Canucklehead“, and Jason Chen examine what went wrong for the Canucks which led to their first round exit at the hand of the LA Kings, as well as over the course of the season; Thomas Drance looks ahead to GM Mike Gillis’ potential off-season moves, while Ryan Porth believes the Canucks must retain goalie Cory Schneider.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: A look ahead to the potential off-season plays by Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on calls for an independent arbitrator to handle player discipline, but believes current department of player safety head Brendan Shanahan should have another season in his job before there’s any serious consideration to rethink how the NHL hands out supplemental discipline.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham weighs in on the NHL’s supplemental discipline, and the difficulty of imposing it in a climate where hitting is encouraged, as well as the paraodox of a system whereby star players are given time to recover from serious head  injuries, while lesser lights such as Toronto’s Colby Armstrong hide theirs for fear of losing their jobs.  My favorite line in this piece: “To have the slightest hope of being implemented, any revised disciplinary structure must speak to the interests and desires of the players who will be playing under it.”

DEFENDING BIG D: Erin Bolen explains how profit drives NHL suspensions, as more team owners grow concerned over losing top players to serious injuries from headshots.

DOWN GOES BROWN: A look behind the scenes at Raffi Torres’ recent suspension hearing.