NHL Blog Beat – August 18, 2014

Reaction to the NHL updating its terms of service for stats usage, discussing helmets and concussions, who should become the next captain of the Canadiens and much more in today’s collection of notable hockey blogging goodness.

PUCK DADDY/THE COPPER & BLUE: The NHL’s recent updating of its terms of service for stats usage could affect hockey analytics.

UNDISCLOSED INJURY: Eric Morris offers up his take on concussions in hockey and the effects of helmets to reduce those injuries.

Could Tomas Plekanec become the next Canadiens captain?

Could Tomas Plekanec become the next Canadiens captain?

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks back on the explosive offense in the NHL during the 1980s.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Eric Engels examines potential candidates to become the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

THE SCORE: Justin Bourne looks at what part of the season really sees referees “put away their whistles”.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Wilson makes the case that the NHL is now in a new “dead puck era”.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Eric Daoust looks at the rising cost of depth players.

ICETHETICS: A nifty graphic illustrating this season’s NHL minor-league affiliations