NHL Blog Beat – February 13, 2013.

Ten early season surprises, what Scott Howson did right as Blue Jackets GM, Jarome Iginla’s performance, the struggles of the Blues and Avalanche, and more in today’s collection of notable NHL blog posts.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks at ten players who are early surprises this season.

DOWN GOES BROWN: McIndoe also takes a satirical look at the current NHL injury list.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ryan Lambert notes the Boston Bruins have been winning despite not playing particularly well this season, while Ellen Etchingham has no problem with NHL players engaging in joyous goal scoring celebrations.

Leafs legend Darryl Sittler owns the tape of his historic 10-point game.

Leafs legend Darryl Sittler owns the tape of his historic 10-point game against Boston (above).

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney reports Maple Leafs great Darryl Sittler owns the master tape of his historic ten-point night, and isn’t about to share it.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner looks at the moves recently fired Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson made during his tenure.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Fraser Blair on the changing salary cap floor of the new CBA and how the disincentive to dress young players.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz wonders if Jarome Iginla’s flame is flickering.

THE SPORTS BANK: Ed Cmar wonders if St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock could be facing the same problems he had with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10.

MAN CAVE THOUGHTS: Jeremy Lambert believes it is time to blow up the Colorado Avalanche roster and rebuild.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier with a pictorial of hockey’s worst teeth. It’s comparable with “The Big Book of British Smiles”.