NHL Blog Beat – January 11, 2013.

Katie Baker’s adventures in Russia covering the recent World Junior Hockey Championships, media criticism of Evander Kane and Nail Yakupov, recapping the off-season’s notable moves and much more.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker with a must-read essay on her time spent in Russia covering the recent World Junior Hockey Championships, comparing her culture shock to what Russian players must feel when they come to the NHL. Sean McIndoe, meanwhile, ponders five lingering questions about the NHL’s new CBA.

The Winnipeg media is working itself up over Evander Kane.

The Winnipeg media is working itself up over Evander Kane.

PUCK DADDY/JETSNATION: The Winnipeg media is giving itself the vapors over Evander Kane not returning to Winnipeg three days before the start of training camp.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow scolds the Edmonton media for their recent criticism of Nail Yakupov during the World Junior Hockey Championships.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Should the Maple Leafs now trade Phil Kessel? It might be folly if they did.

NEBULOUS VERBOSITY: Shane Doan continues to impress off the ice; in this case, he may have played a significant role ending the NHL lockout.

SUNBELT HOCKEY JOURNAL: Meesh Shanmugam recaps the NHL’s biggest off-season transactions.

OIL ON WHYTE: Jeffrey Chapman explains how “the Cap Benefit Recapture Formula” works.

MR. IRRELEVANT: “Five Things You Need To Know Now That the Caps Are Back”.  For one, John Carlson’s hair got a lot longer.

DEADSPIN: An entertaining excerpt from Sean Pronger’s new book, “Journeyman”, detailing the time he briefly played on Wayne Gretzky’s line during their days with the New York Rangers.

NHL HISTORY GIRL: Luc Robitaille ate a lot of hot dogs the day he got drafted by the LA Kings.