NHL Blog Beat – August 21, 2014

Reaction to the Leafs hiring more hockey analytics staff, the NHL’s “race to the bottom”, changes to the Central Hockey League, NHL traditions and much more are the topics in your latest collection of hockey blogging goodness. 

Will the Oilers be among this year's worst NHL teams?

Will the Oilers be among this year’s worst NHL teams?

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe lists the NHL teams likely to finish near the bottom of the league standings this season, and believes the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders are making news for the right reasons this summer.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE/HOCKEYBUZZ:  Andrew Berkshire and Eric Engels respond to former Montreal Canadiens star Alex Kovalev’s bizarre rant against current Habs superstar P.K. Subban.

FACE OFF HOCKEY SHOW FARM REPORT: Scotty Wazz looks at the recent changes in the Central Hockey League.

THE SCORE: Justin Bourne explains how to filter through this season’s “he’s in the best shape of his life” stories.

HOPE IN THE BIG SMOKE/THE BLUE AND WHITE BROTHERHOOD: Reaction to the Maple Leafs hiring hockey analytics bloggers Daniel Medcalf and Cam Charron.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: With the advanced stat site ExtraSkater now dead, why not start up a new stats site?

THE LEAFS NATION: Steve Dangle offers up pearls of wisdom regarding the ongoing feud between hockey bloggers and the mainstream media.

JENLC13: A thoughtful piece on hockey twitter and social change.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: In today’s installment of “Getting to Know the NHL Rulebook, we learn what constitutes abuse of officials.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Allison Baker lists the top five traditions in hockey.