NHL Blog Beat – August 20, 2012.

More commentary on the NHL CBA negotiations, the scariest mask in the NHL, every edition of “Don Cherry Confused Me”, and of course, Absurd Goalie Monday!

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin reminds us this current round of NHL CBA negotiations isn’t about stabilizing the NHL, but rather, it’s all about the money. He also finds some reasons for optimism regarding future labor peace.

 BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron on the importance of player unions..

 PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski looks back on an interview given by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in 2004 where he suggested, under the right system, ticket prices could be reduced, and how that has haunted Bettman ever since. Wyshynski also reminds us, quite rightly, that ticket prices are based upon supply and demand, what each market can bear, and not on players salaries or franchise values.

VINTAGE LEAFS MEMORIES: Michael Langlois wonders what the new owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs feel about a possible lockout so soon after they purchased the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They probably don’t care. As long as they get a system which ensures the value of the franchise goes up, without having to share too much revenue with their poorer cousins, they’re likely prepared to accept a partial or entire loss of a season.

Good ol’ fashioned nightmare fuel.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Dallas Stars goaltender Richard Bachman has based his new mask on “The Shining” (above). Excellent work!

ABSURD GOALIE MONDAY: Scotty Wazz with another of his Monday installments on obscure goalies in pro hockey history, Today, Nick Ricci.

THE LEGION OF BLOG: OK, I’m months late to the party on this one, but I recently discovered “Don Cherry Confused Me”, which offered “analysis” of Cherry’s Coach’s Corner rants over the past season. Check it out, have a few laughs, and see if you, too, can be confused by Don Cherry!