NHL Blog Beat – July 21, 2014

Why leading the NHL in hits is a bad thing, plus  analysis of the Canadiens, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Sharks, Avalanche and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

THE SPORTING NEWS: Dimitri Filiopovic explains why ranking among the NHL leaders in hits isn’t a good thing.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Eric Engels on why the Canadiens and P.K. Subban have to work toward getting a new contract done before Subban’s arbitration hearing on August 1.

Can Leafs coach Randy Carlyle change his style next season?

Can Leafs coach Randy Carlyle change his style next season?

VINTAGE LEAF MEMORIES: Michael Langlois wonders if Leafs coach Randy Carlyle can really adjust his style.

ON THE FORECHECK:  Dan Bradley presents the Hater’s Guide to the Metropolitan Division during the 2014 offseason.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Is everything going to work out in the Red Wings efforts to re-sign head coach Mike Babcock?

PUCK PONDERINGS: A look at the San Jose Sharks roster for next season.

ICETHETICS: Guess what? The Colorado Avalanche was originally slated to be called the Rocky Mountain Extreme.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin lists 10 signs that you’re not ready to be in his fantasy league.