NHL Blog Beat – July 7, 2012.

Refuting the arguments against signing Semin, the turning point in Brad Richards’ NHL career, a call for term limits on players contract, an examination of playoff success throughout the years, exploring CBC’s digital archives, and suggested hockey books for your summer reading.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Steve Burtch dismantles every argument against the Maple Leafs – or any other NHL team – signing Alexander Semin.

The high point in Richards’ NHL career.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham examines the turning point in Brad Richards’ NHL career, and how big money contracts can turn love into disappointment.

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: Dee Karl makes the case for term limits on NHL players contracts in the next CBA.

PREDLINES.COM: An in-depth examination of playoff success throughout NHL history.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Ross Bonander with some fascinating NHL clips from CBC’s digital archive. Lose yourself in some NHL history.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski present six interesting hockey books for your summer reading. I own one of them (“Gross Misconduct: The Life of Spinner Spencer”) and wrote a review of it way back in December 1999.



  1. Thank god for someone seeing the Semin situation properly!!! If it wasn’t for MSM & Matt Bradely Semin would be regarded so much better as I have been saying for weeks!!! The fact this guy is sitting there unsigned because of Bradley IMO is a joke!!!

  2. Spector

    Do you think that Semin will sign and that the way he is perceived is way overblown. I respect your feedback and am curious to your opinion!

  3. I do believe Semin will sign with an NHL team in the coming weeks.He probably won’t get a long-term deal, but he will get a short-term deal.

  4. It will be interesting to see how he does away from the caps. He is extremely talented and should do well elsewhere.

  5. I read Semin did not do well with the major market and the
    Scrutiny of the press in DC.

    A small market like Carolina would take the pressure off and
    Help him relax.

    Semin, Staal and Staal on the power play could be awesome.

    Your opinions?