NHL Blog Beat – December 11, 2013.

Analysis on the death of the enforcer’s “code”, the Maple Leafs,  calls for the Predators to fire Barry Trotz, a reborn World Cup of Hockey, ten hockey history facts you didn’t know and much more.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on the NHL forwards helping or hurting their teams the most in penalty plus-minus, while Ryan Lambert commemorates the death of the enforcer’s “code”, if it actually ever existed at all.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne doesn’t believe there’s any white hats in minimizing recklessness in hockey.

Nine goalies were selected before Braden Holtby in the 2008 NHL Draft.

Nine goalies were selected before Braden Holtby in the 2008 NHL Draft.

FLYERS FAITHFUL: Erik Bond wonders if it is time to change the NHL’s suspension policy.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Matthew Speck examines the nine goalies selected before Braden Holtby in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, while S.J Ientile explores Leafs GM Dave Nonis’ dilemma over what to do with Dion Phaneuf.

BLEACHER REPORT: Jonathan Willis on what history says about the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff hopes.

SECTION 303: Jeremy Gover explains the folly of calling for the firing of Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz.

HOCKEY BROAD:  Has an open question to manufacturers about replica jerseys.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Steve Lepore envisions a reborn World Cup of Hockey.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier lists ten hockey history facts you did not know.

DOBBER HOCKEY: It’s the 7th Annual Mid-Season Guide!