NHL Blog Beat – January 21, 2013.

Among today’s goodness from the NHL blogosphere: P.K. Subban’s contract talks, Joffrey Lupul’s new contract, HNiC’s 60th anniversary debut, the KHL, and Absurd Goalie Monday.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe of “Down Goes Brown” reviews the NHL’s opening weekend.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire believes P.K. Subban is justified holding out for a better deal from the Montreal Canadiens.

Could a rival team sign away Subban with an offer sheet?

Could a rival team sign away Subban with an offer sheet?

THE FEATHERED WHEEL: Chris Letterio believes the Detroit Red Wings should try to pry Subban away from the Habs with an expensive offer sheet. Don’t hold your breath, Chris. The Wings don’t do offer sheets, and if they did, the Habs would match.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Two views of Joffrey Lupul’s new contract with the Maple Leafs, and a critique of Hockey Night in Canada’s 60th anniversary debut show.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Should Red Wings fans panic after their club suffered a season-opening beatdown by the St. Louis Blues? My advice: one game doth not a season make. Panic if they string together a bunch of humiliating losses.

BATTLE OF CALIFORNIA: Why NHL players need a thriving KHL. NHL owners ignore the threat of the rival Russian league at their peril. The day is coming when a major superstar (likely a Russian one) will opt for the KHL over the NHL, and the latter will be a lesser league because of it.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron explains “PDO”. Caution! Some math ahead.

DOBBERHOCKEY: Looking at “hits” in fantasy hockey and how it affects a player’s value.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: A brand new week means Scotty Wazz brings us another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: one-time Canadiens goalie Claude Bourque.