NHL Blog Beat – February 7, 2012.

Should the Bruins make a trade?… The best use for Loui Eriksson…Candidates for NHL coach of the year…Destinations for Jeff Carter…Questions for a player agent…Reasons for the Canadiens poor play this season…Defending Johan Franzen…The NHL’s top non-fighter fights.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Bob Mand on why the Bruins don’t need to make a trade, but  it wouldn’t hurt to bolster their depth.

Should Eriksson play alongside Benn or Ribeiro?

DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley examines the best use for Stars winger Loui Eriksson, suggesting he’d perform better with Jamie Benn than Mike Ribeiro.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Ryan Porth looks at potential candidates for NHL Coach of the Year honors this season.

MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE: Mitch Smith looks at the teams which make the most sense for Jeff Carter.

AGENTS OF CHANGE: NHL player agent Ritch Winter responds to readers questions.

LIONS IN WINTER: A look at several rational, non-snarky reasons why the Canadiens have struggled this season.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Josh Howard defends Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen. Must be nice for a team to have so much depth their fans can actually complain about a quality winger like Franzen.

BACKHAND SHELF: Presents: the top ten non-fighter fights.