NHL Blog Beat – June 17, 2012.

Reaction to the Lightning’s acquisition of goalie Anders Lindback, a look at possible moves by the Maple Leafs, assessing some of the best and worst draft picks and phenoms in NHL draft history, and more.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS/BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Godfrey examines the Lightning’s acquisition of goalie Anders Lindback, considering it GM Steve Yzerman’s “latest gamble”, while Cam Charron believes the Lightning overpaid to land Lindback.

Could the Leafs chase Getzlaf this summer?

VINTAGE LEAFS MEMORIES: Michael Langlois wonders if the Maple Leafs chase Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf or the first overall pick.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Ken Bungay looks at how some draft picks and phenoms worked out, both in the NHL and MLB.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner notes the Blue Jackets have a new slogan, and wonders if Columbus fans ware willing to “Join the Battle”?

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier on former NHL player and coach Steve Ludzik’s battle with Parkinson’s disease.