NHL Blog Beat for Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Ranking the 30 NHL cities in desirability for free agents, a look at several free agents still available, Corsi & Fenwick stats explained, the best and worst Leafs of all time, and much, much more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Dave Lozo combats off-season boredom by dreaming up NHL headlines, Justin Bourne ranks the 30 NHL cities by desirability to free agents (some fans won’t be happy where their teams wound up on this list. I’m lookin’ at you, Calgary), and Ryan Lambert wonders why some decent free agents (like Mikhail Grabovski and Damien Brunner) remain unsigned.

Will Ilya Bryzgalov find another NHL team?

Will Ilya Bryzgalov find another NHL team?

CBS SPORTS EYE ON HOCKEY: Brian Stubits wonders if Ilya Brzygalov will find a new NHL team before next season.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski (with an assist from Hockey Prospectus founder Rob Vollman and HockeyAbstract.com) ranks last season’s luckiest and unluckiest NHL teams.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Are you a hockey fan who doesn’t understand advanced stats like Corsi and Fenwick?  Don’t worry, Andrew Berkshire explains them in his “Fancy Stat Summer School“.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: The votes have been tallied and the results revealed for your Best and Worst Maple Leafs of all time.

VINTAGE LEAFS MEMORIES: Speaking of the Leafs, Michael Langlois is no fan of new team president Tim Leiweke’s planning the Leafs Stanley Cup parade route and burying part of their memorabilia at the ACC.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Andy Boron begs Sabres fans to be patient with GM Darcy Regier during these slow summer months.

DOWN GOES BROWN: A satirical look at Tim Leiweke’s plan to bring the Stanley Cup to Toronto.