NHL Blog Beat – July 18, 2014

NHL offseason “bizarro rankings, players who will never win the Stanley Cup, why goals-against average should be abolished and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness. 

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe has your NHL offseason “bizarro rankings”, evaluating the strangest moves by each NHL club this summer.

Will Shea Weber even win a Stanley Cup?

Will Shea Weber even win a Stanley Cup?

THE SCORE: Justin Bourne explains how the role of enforcer became specialized in the 1990s and the 12 players who cashed in, while Justin Cuthbert lists six players (including Jarome Iginla, Alexander Ovechkin and Shea Weber) he believes will never win the Stanley Cup.

BLEACHER REPORT: Jonathan Willis makes his case for abolishing goals-against average.

ILLEGAL CURVE: Richard Pollock examines the trading tendencies of Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. Put simply: it ain’t pretty.

SB NATION: Adam Gretz on the Nashville Predators low-risk, high-reward offseason moves.

RAW CHARGE: Kyle Alexander on where Jonathan Drouin will fit into the Lightning lineup next season.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Matt Drake recalls the great career of Canadiens legend Larry Robinson.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Scott Reynolds analyzes the Oilers lineup following their recent offseason moves.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Walter McLaughlin examines the possibility of Seattle getting an NHL franchise

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: Advanced stats are surprisingly easy to understand.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: A look at the Detroit Red Wings’ relationship with the media.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Eric Daoust has your cap league free agency losers.