NHL Blog Beat – August 25, 2014

Analysis of the Sharks offseason, five NHL teams which could surprise this summer, plus commentaries on the Leafs, Oilers and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness. 

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert looks at what he considers a baffling offseason for the San Jose Sharks.

SB NATION: Adam Gretz believes Sharks management has lost its mind this summer.

DOBBER HOCKEY: “The Contrarian” believes the Sharks offseason turmoil is overrated.

Could the Florida Panthers be a surprise team this season?

Could the Florida Panthers be a surprise team this season?

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Walter McLaughlin ranks the five NHL teams most likely to surprise this season, while Cam Kerry believes the NHL is suffering because no superstar has emerged.

VINTAGE LEAF MEMORIES: Michael Langlois on the imminent departure of MLSE president Tim Leiweke and how it could affect the Maple Leafs.

COPPER & BLUE: Ryan Batty has hope for the Oilers in the upcoming season.

FEAR THE FIN: How much does a standings point cost in the NHL?

THE COLOR OF HOCKEY: Williams Douglas on Jamaica’s efforts to build a national hockey team.

ICETHETICS: A look at the new NHL chrome jersey crest.