NHL Blog Beat – June 18, 2012.

Commentaries on the Evander Kane trade rumors, assessing Steve Yzerman as Lightning GM, best and worst trades by Leafs GM Brian Burke, analysis of the Sharks, Absurd Goalie Monday, and more.

Casting doubt on Evander Kane trade rumors.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE/BACKHAND SHELF: Laura Astorian on how a tweet by a reporter regarding Jets winger Evander Kane set off a firestorm of trade speculation, while Cam Charron scold those who traffic in baseless trade rumors.

SMASHVILLE 24/7: Ryan Porth believes a resolution regarding Alexander Radulov’s future is coming soon.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: An interview with “Raw Charge” managing editors John Fontana and Cassie McClellan on how Steve Yzerman has being doing as Lightning GM after two years on the job.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne reports former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom implies technology (cell phones, iPads) and social media (Facebook, Twitter) may hurt locker room camaraderie.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: The latest in a continuing series on the best and worst trades made by Leafs GM Brian Burke. Today, the fourth worst: shipping Kris Versteeg to Philadelphia; and fourth-best: acquiring Cody Franson and Matthew Lombardi from Nashville.

FEAR THE FIN: Examining the possibilities for off-season moves by the San Jose Sharks.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier lists the best defensemen never to win the Norris Trophy. Some of them had the bad luck of playing in the same era as Bobby Orr  and Raymond Bourque.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz checks in with another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: former Blue Jacket and Avalanche netminder Marc Denis.