NHL Blog Beat – June 25, 2014

NHL offseason primer, reaction to 2014 HHoF inductees and the Hartnell-for-Umberger trade, best and worst things about this year’s NHL Awards show and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

 GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe’s got your NHL offseason primer.

The NHL Award show had its share of highs and lows.

The NHL Award show had its share of highs and lows.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert on the 5 best and worst things about this year’s NHL Awards show, which in my opinion is becoming an annual train wreck.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier believes the Hockey Hall of Fame disappointed this year by not selecting Eric Lindros or any women among this year’s inductees.

MONIKA MORAVAN, on the occasion of Pat Burns’ overdue induction into the HHoF, recalls her feelings about Burns’ life and legacy when he passed away four years ago.

THE SPORTS BANK: Ed Cmar offers up his take on this week’s Scott Hartnell-for-R.J. Umberger swap.

POWERANKS: Andrew Devitt believes the Blue Jackets won the Hartnell trade.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana wonders why TSN doesn’t keep its old content online.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Sebastian Hedley-Noble on the Ryan O’Reilly conundrum.

SB NATION: Adam Gretz believes teams shouldn’t be afraid to pursue Ales Hemsky via free agency.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Dallas Guzzwell calls upon the Sharks to retain Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau.

NHL NUMBERS: Byron Bader examines how to draft for success and which NHL team to emulate.

HOCKEY BUZZ: Dee Karl on how the Islanders are a tough sell in any borough.

SIDELINES: Alex Hoegler picks potential landing spots for the top-25 NHL free agents.