NHL Blog Beat – January 15, 2014

Listing NHL players with broken legs this season, potential destinations for Sam Gagner, analysis of the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Predators, Islanders and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Jo Innes lists the number of NHL players with broken legs, ankles and foot bones this season, while Justin Bourne examines how a player gets into a coach’s doghouse and how they can get out.

Odds are against the Blackhawks repeating as Stanley Cup champs.

Odds are against the Blackhawks repeating as Stanley Cup champs.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Kirk Vance lists five reasons why we’ll never see a repeat Stanley Cup champion again.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Alan Hull looks at potential trade destinations for Sam Gagner in the Eastern and Western Conferences.

SB NATION: The “tricky” thing about finding an “end-all, be-all” stat for the NHL.

HOPE IN THE BIG SMOKE: The uncivil civil war among Maple Leafs fans this season.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato on why the Rangers recent improvement should quell the trade rumors swirling about the club.

SECTION 303: Jeremy K. Gover explains why the Predators futility in shootouts this season could cost them a playoff berth.

FIVE FOR HOWLING: Carl Putnam on why the Coyotes recent record shouldn’t be a surprise.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Chris Wassel looks at the Islanders recent improvement.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow examines the Blackhawks’ performance with Duncan Keith on the ice and without.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back on a 1983 charity boxing match between Muhammed Ali and Oilers enforcer Marty McSorley Dave Semenko.


  1. Not sure why the Rangers would want to look at Gagner. At season’s end they need to evaluate what to do with Richards and if they buy him out, or trade him, which is unlikely but stranger things have happened, then they will surely look for a center to play with Nash.

    Highly doubtful that the Sharks will let him walk, but Joe Thornton and Nash? Wow.

  2. Hey Lyle it was Semenko not McSorley.

    • Fixed, thanks Tom. I read “Dave Semenko” but typed “Marty McSorley”. Having a senior’s moment, I guess…;)