NHL Blog Beat – July 4, 2014

Analysis of several notable unrestricted free-agent signings, Claude Giroux’s Canada Day adventure, the NHL’s unbreakable records  and more. 

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks back on the past week’s free-agent madness and more.

SB NATION: Evan Sporer examines the work of Jim Nill in build the Dallas Stars into a contender.

Should the Rangers take a chance on Mike Ribeiro?

Should the Rangers take a chance on Mike Ribeiro?

ISLANDERS INSIGHT: Peter McEntee wonders where new Islanders Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin fit into the Islanders lineup.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato examines some free-agent risks the Rangers should consider.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow on the Oilers addition of Benoit Pouliot.

UNDISCLOSED INJURY: Progress and Significance of current concussion research: developing a blood biomarker for brain injury.

COPPER & BLUE: Assessing the free-agent moves made this summer by Oilers GM Craig MacTavish.

FEAR THE FIN: The San Jose Sharks decision to hire “Ice Girls” is a middle finger to their female fans.

NUCKS MISCONDUCT: Are the Canucks retooling or rebuilding?

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Forbes lists the NHL’s unbreakable records.

DIRTY DANGLE: Claude Giroux joins the NHL’s list of funniest arrests.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: The details of “Butt-Gate.”