NHL Blog Beat – February 24, 2014

Final analysis of the Sochi Olympics men’s hockey tournament and more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

Canada clinched Olympic gold with a convincing win over Sweden.

Canada clinched Olympic gold with a convincing win over Sweden.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne with ten thoughts on Canada’s convincing gold medal victory over Sweden.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier wonders if the Sochi Olympics were the last for the NHL.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: A detailed account of Nicklas Backstrom testing positive for a banned substance.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Was failing to medal a step backward for USA hockey?

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: Why the NHL must continue its Olympic participation.

ICETHETICS: The Masked Olympians.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: An NHL waiver wire primer, plus a look back at how former Leafs great Tim Horton started the coffee shop which turned into a Canadian phenomenon.

FIVE FOR HOWLING: Christopher Hair with 21 thoughts about the Phoenix Coyotes post-Olympics.

VINTAGE LEAF MEMORIES: Michael Langlois wonders if Phil Kessel will be clutch for the Maple Leafs down the stretch and into the playoffs.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Andy Boron with a 2014 Buffalo Sabres trade deadline primer.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Johnny Boychuk is your fantasy hockey “Geek of the Week”.