NHL Blog Beat – January 8, 2013.

Check out all the latest from around the NHL blogosphere in today’s expanded version of the NHL blog beat.

GRANTLAND: Bryan Curtis with an excellent piece on the NHL media’s stakeout of the NHL headquarters during the final, frantic month of the lockout. Sean McIndoe of “Down Goes Brown” fame says goodbye to the ten horrible people we met during the NHL lockout. I must confess, I saw a couple of those personality traits in myself during the lockout. I’m grateful to Sean for pointing those out…the bastard…;)

BACKHAND SHELF: Chris Lund looks at each team and possible candidates for the two amnesty buyouts.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski looks at the “winners” and “losers” of the NHL lockout. Notable winners include PA director Donald Fehr, TSN legal analyst Eric Macramalla,  US federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh and of course, #DregerFace.

CBS SPORTS EYE ON HOCKEY: Adam Gretz doesn’t believe NHL owners are truly sorry for staging the lockout. He’s right.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: David Rogers on how the NHL Network didn’t even cover the end of the lockout, which is only the biggest freakin’ story of the NHL this season! The NHL Network has been a joke for years, and this only further highlights what a farce it truly is.

SBNATION: Steve Lepore  of “Puck The Media” explains why free NHL Center Ice probably won’t happen as a means of wooing back unhappy NHL fans.

FEAR THE FIN: Examining how “the Luongo Rule” (the “cap-recapture system”) could not only hurt the Vancouver Canucks, but also the Minnesota Wild if Zach Parise and/or Ryan Suter retire before their 13-year contracts expire.

Stars must move quickly to re-sign Benn.

Stars must move quickly to re-sign Benn.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley on why the Stars top priority is re-signing Jamie Benn.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla explains why the Montreal Canadiens have no choice but to buy out Scott Gomez this summer.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: Does the new NHL CBA help the Blues? In the short term, yes.

ANAHEIM CALLING: Jen Neale offers up some suggestions for the Ducks to woo back unhappy fans.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow ponders if the Edmonton Oilers are a playoff contender during this shortened season.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Chris McNally on how injuries could impact the Islanders this shortened season.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz looks at the trickle down effect upon the minor leagues with the end of the NHL lockout.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Marc Lapierre on the borderline case for Paul Kariya entering the HHOF in 2013.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Who’s better: Mark Howe or Phil Housley?

DOWN GOES BROWN: Surprises in the new NHL CBA.