Reaction to the Sabres firing Lindy Ruff, opinions regarding ESPN’s NHL coverage, examining Brandon Prust’s contributions to the Canadiens, debating if Dave Andreychuk could become inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and more in today’s NHL Blog Beat.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Andy Boron examines the short and long term consequences of the Buffalo Sabres firing Lindy Ruff as their head coach.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Laura Astorian looks back at what was popular when Ruff was hired by the Sabres in 1997.

SB NATION: Travis Hughes and Steve Lepore offer up their opinions on ESPN’s coverage of the NHL.

Has Brandon Prust been a difference maker for the Habs?

Has Brandon Prust been a difference maker for the Habs?

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire examines if Brandon Prust is a difference maker this season for the Montreal Canadiens.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner examines how hockey fans actually like dirty players when they belong to their team, while Ellen Etchingham offers up her thoughts on Ryan O’Reilly and character in the NHL.

RAW CHARGE: Is former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk worthy of induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow questions the Edmonton Oilers’ wisdom of tapping backup Nikolai Khabibulin to face the LA Kings in a recent game.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Anatoliy Metter looks back on the career of former NHL goalie Roman Turek.

SILVER OAK CASINO: A look at the future of how we watch hockey.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan examines the Islanders goaltending.

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