NHL Blog Beat – January 17, 2013.

Several NHL players really let themselves go, an elegy to Brian Burke, examining Travis Zajac’s new contract, the NHL tries again to make nice with fans, and more.

Brent Burns? Or a Wookie in a Sharks jersey?

Brent Burns? Or a Wookie in a Sharks jersey?

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski has photographic proof  Wookies walk among us. In this case, San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (seen at left).

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner points out Burns isn’t the only NHL player with creative hairstyles, Justin Bourne looks at this season’s NHL rookie crop, and wordsmith extraordinaire Ellen Etchingham offers up a touching elegy to Brian Burke.

IN LOU WE TRUST: John Fischer explains why Travis Zajac’s new contract is a good deal for the New Jersey Devils.

PENSBURGH: “What do Athletes owe Fans?” In my opinion, give their best effort, and don’t behave criminally away from the arena and playing field.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Should the NY Islanders use the early compliance buyout for Rick DiPietro?

HOCKEY ANALYSIS: David Johnson on Tim Connolly and individual PK percentage.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Dobber examines post-NHL lockout cap crunch.

BATTLE OF CALIFORNIA: An amended version of the NHL’s latest apology to its fans.