NHL Blog Beat – February 10, 2014

Analysis of the upcoming Men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament, Kris Letang’s stroke, reviewing Mike Gills’ tenure as Canucks GM and much more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne with an idiot’s guide to “ice hockey” at the Winter Olympics.

Could Oliver Ekman-Larsson stage a breakout performance at the Sochi Games?

Could Oliver Ekman-Larsson stage a breakout performance at the Sochi Games?

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Mike Salerno lists ten NHL players who could have breakout performances at the Sochi Games.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: The flaws in the the North American rhetoric about European and Canadian players.

UNDISCLOSED INJURY: Eric Morris with a detailed analysis of the type of stroke suffered by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.

GRANTLAND: Bryan Curtis profiles HockeyFights.com and how they chronicle NHL fisticuffs.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin lists fantasy hockey overachievers at the Olympic break.

NUCK MISCONDUCT: An updated history of Mike Gillis’ tenure as Canucks GM.

VINTAGE LEAF MEMORIES: Michael Langlois with ten reasons why the Maple Leafs could be contenders in the Eastern Conference.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Colin Mills on what Nathan MacKinnon is the best NHL draft pick since 2008.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow disputes the notion of NHL schedule compression during this Olympic season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier lists hockey players who played other Olympic sports.