NHL Blog Beat – July 9, 2013.

More analysis of this year’s free agent market, a prospect’s journey from draft day to training camp, plus commentaries on the Stars, Senators and Predators.

BACKHAND SHELF: Dave Lozo ranks the winners and losers of the opening weekend of NHL free agency, while Justin Bourne tracks the summer progression of a prospect’s life from the draft to training camp.

Evander Kane was one of this summer's biggest names.

Evander Kane was one of this summer’s biggest names.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe with the ten biggest names of the NHL off-season (so far).

DOWN GOES BROWN: McIndoe’s satirical ratings for this year’s potential Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow with a critical review of David Clarkson’s new contract.

DEFENDING BIG D: Josh Lile on the Dallas Stars new top six forwards.

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Praise for Senators GM Bryan Murray’s ability to build his club on a budget.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato praises Rangers GM Glen Sather for his work this summer with limited cap space.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Michael Amato believes Seth Jones landed in the perfect spot with the Nashville Predators.

ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag wonders if Predators GM David Poile has done enough for his team via free agency.