NHL Blog Beat – July 30, 2012.

Dustin Brown’s day with the Stanley Cup, commentaries on the Predators, Maple Leafs and Avalanche, a summer hockey history lesson montage, a notable anniversary for a Capitals blog, and Absurd Goalie Monday.

 

Brown put his day with the Stanley Cup to good use.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney on LA Kings captain Dustin Brown’s day with the Stanley Cup, which he used to honor US military families. Thumbs up, Dustin!

THE VIEW FROM 111: The changing expectations and perceptions of the Nashville Predators, who’ve proven they’re willing to spend to keep their best players (or at least, as many as possible).

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Lukas Hardonk believes the Toronto Maple Leafs have the top-six talent to make the playoffs. Now, if they could only do something about their goaltending.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: David Driscoll-Carignan examines the off-season moves of the Colorado Avalanche.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham reviews a cool NFB short showing highlights of the 1966-67 season, the last of the Original Six era. I discovered that clip via Youtube back in January, and it never ceases to entertain, because it’s the best footage of NHL players in action from that time period, set to Mexican brass, no less. Arriba!

THE PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATOR: Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy seventh birthday, Peerless Prognosticator, happy birthday to you!

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Sam St. Laurent.