NHL Blog Beat – January 18, 2013.

Check out today’s collection of notable post from around the NHL blogosphere. Loaded with 100 percent goodness!

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert prepares NHL fans for what could be some ugly hockey this season, especially in the early games.

BACKHAND SHELF: Lambert also  believes there won’t be an increase in offer sheets under this new CBA, while Cam Charron pokes holes in the myth that “every game counts” in a 48-game season.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Chip McCleary points to the “early compliance buyout” as another example of the NHL & NHLPA making up the CBA as they go along.

MCSORLEY’S STICK: An explanation of how Travis Zajac’s new contract is governed by the old 100 percent rule, not the new CBA.

Zajac's new contract governed by old 100 % rule.

Zajac’s new contract governed by old 100 % rule.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Travis Hughes points out the Philadelphia Flyers demotion of defenseman Andreas Lilja indicates they still don’t know how the new CBA works.

GRANTLAND: Katie Baker examines the key story-lines for the upcoming NHL season, while Sean McIndoe provides a helpful guide for the NHL’s opening day on January 19.

DOWN GOES BROWN: That McIndoe guy has once again teamed up with Bloge Salming to present another hilarious NHL satire video.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz takes a look at some notable story-lines for the upcoming season.

THE VIEW FROM 111: The NHL is back and everything’s good, right? Well, not so fast…

SB NATION: Steve Lepore reports the CBA intends to double-down on Don Cherry on HNiC this season.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Jeff Angus unleashes his predictions for this NHL season upon an unsuspecting world.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: One fan celebrates the return of their beloved team.