NHL Blog Beat – January 21, 2012.

Advocating the Sabres trade Ryan Miller…Kyle Turris a welcome addition to the Senators…John Tavares stepping up for the Islanders…an evaluation of Darryl Sutter’s performance as Kings head coach…What the Canadiens must do to rid themselves of Scott Gomez’s contract…Evaluating the Devils acquisition of Alexei Ponikarovsky…The Maple Leafs as a public institution…Comparing All-Star Game captains Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: J.P. Quayle on why the Buffalo Sabres should trade goaltender Ryan Miller.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS:  Derek Neumeier on how Kyle Turris is making Senators GM Bryan Murray look smart.

Tavares carrying the Islanders.

LIGHT HOUSE HOCKEY: As a rising tide lifts all boats, so the rising performance of John Tavares is lifting his Islanders teammates.

SURLY & SCRIBE’S LA KINGS BLOG: Lists (with tongue planted firmly in cheek) the reasons why Darryl Sutter is working out for the Kings as head coach.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla on what the Canadiens must with the Scott Gomez contract. I still say if there’s a one-time-only, penalty-free buyout period at the start of the next CBA, the Habs will use it to buy out Gomez. Otherwise, burying him in the minors appears the likely choice, unless he retires.

DOWN GOES AVERY: Assessing the Devils acquisition of Alexei Ponikarovsky.

HOCKEY IN SOCIETY: E. Martin Nolan explores the notion of the Toronto Maple Leafs as a public institution. Beware, Leafs fans, you may not like what you find.

DOWN GOES BROWN: An “in-depth comparison” of All-Star captains Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson. Something funny’s going on here…