NHL Blog Beat – June 11, 2012.

How hockey discourages personality, the Devils hope to equal the ’42 Maple Leafs, analysis on free agency,  Absurd Goalie Monday, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham explains why hockey players are famously boring.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back at the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the only team in NHL history to rally from a three game deficit to win the Stanley Cup.

Are the Flyers trying to swap van Riemsdyk for Rick Nash?

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Travis Hughes explains why a rumored “Rick Nash for James van Riemsdyk” won’t happen.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore reports TV ratings for Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final were series highs.

OVERTIME: Anatoliy Metter on why this year’s early post-season exits by the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t cause for concern.

HOCKEY ANALYSIS: Examining the 2012 NHL free agent defensemen.

BLUE SEAT BLOGS: Why Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh won’t get a contract extension this summer.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz looks at the ongoing effort to keep the Coyotes in Arizona, plus has his usual “Absurd Goalie Monday” segment. This week, WHA and USA Hockey goalie Mike Curran.