NHL Blog Beat – January 9, 2012.

Reaction to the Jackets firing head coach Scott Arniel…What impact will the Penguins recent injuries have upon their trade plans…Stephen Weiss’ improved defensive play…Dispelling myths of the Canadiens language debate…How to vote in the “Shorty” Awards…An interview with former “The Simpsons” producer Mike Scully on a classic hockey episode…How Dustin Penner hurt his back…Absurd Goalie Monday looks at the career of a former Jets netminder.

THE CANNON: Mike MacLean has his reaction to the Columbus Blue Jackets sacking of head coach Scott Arniel, suggesting the Blue Jackets woes weren’t entirely his fault.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mike Colligan examines what the Pittsburgh Penguins recent injuries could mean for their trade game plan, including the salary cap ramifications.

THE RAT TRICK: Patrick McLaughlin looks at how Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss has improved his two-way game this season.

ALL HABS: Rick Stephens nicely punctures the myths of the Canadiens language debate.  The majority of Habs fans don’t give a damn about the language their players and coaches speak, they just want another Stanley Cup banner!

RAW CHARGE: How to vote for the “Shorty Awards”. Don’t know what they are? Follow the link to find out!

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski has a field day with the story of LA Kings winger Dustin Penner throwing out his back whilst sitting down to a breakfast of pancakes. Guaranteed to make you flip, yet the story doesn’t get syrupy, nor does he try to butter up Penner. Sorry, didn’t mean to raise a flap, jack!

"Lisa on Ice".

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore interviews Mike Scully, former producer of “The Simpsons”, who explains how the classic hockey episode “Lisa on Ice” came to be.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of my favorite episodes, including one of my favorite “Lisa lines”: “Look! Ralph Wiggum’s lost his shin guard! Hack the bone! Hack the bone!!”

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz checks in with another “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: former Winnipeg Jet Markus Mattson.