NHL Blog Beat – January 16, 2013.

P.K. Subban’s contract talks, ten players to expect big things from this season, the Stars hire their own beat writer, and Scott Gomez’s impending buyout are among the topics in today’s NHL blog beat.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski wonders what it will take for the Montreal Canadiens to re-sign P.K. Subban, including my recent take on the subject.

Is this Mark Scheifele's season to shine?

Is this Mark Scheifele’s season to shine?

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne expects big things from ten notable NHL forwards, including Pittsburgh’s James Neal and Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe lists Teemu Selanne and “nine other dudes” to watch this season, while over at his blog DOWN GOES BROWN, McIndoe offers up his unique preview of the NHL’s Western Conference.

DEADSPIN: Barry Petchesky notes the Dallas Stars have hired long-time Stars blogger Mark Stepneski as their personal beat reporter, and hopes the NHL won’t meddle with his work as it did during the recent lockout with former LA Kings beat reporter Rich Hammond.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Would LA Kings backup Jonathan Bernier really be an upgrade over the current Maple Leafs tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens?

FEAR THE FIN: Should the San Jose Sharks consider signing Scott Gomez when he’s bought out later this week?

THE CANNON: Mark Wagner explains why the Columbus Blue Jackets low season ticket base isn’t as big a cause for concern as some bloggers and pundits make it out to be.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow examines if third pairing defensemen, like the Oilers recently-acquired Mark Fistric, really improve after age 25.

SBNATION: Steve Lepore presents a complete guide to NHL hockey on television this season.

BATTLE OF CALIFORNIA: A listing of the biggest “potty mouths” in the SB Nation hockey blogosphere. Whole lotta “f-bombs” dropping on some of ‘em.