NHL Blog Beat – June 4, 2014

Stanley Cup Final predictions and notes, evaluating this year’s NHL free agent defensemen, the top 10 “sell high” players, responding to Guy Lafleur’s comments about Max Pacioretty and much more. 

Which team will triumph in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final?

Which team will triumph in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final?

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe celebrates 20 years of Stanley Cup futility for Canadians, and previews the current Final between the Kings and Rangers.

GOLBEZ’S GROWLINGS: Jes Golbez weighs in with his Stanley Cup Final predictions.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Dan Rice on why the NHL Western Conference is the best, while Walter McLaughlin lists 5 reasons the Rangers could win the Cup.

RAW CHARGE: Brett Kaylor on how the 2014 Cup Final will reconnect pieces from the 2004 Cup Final.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: An examination of the deployment of the Rangers defensemen.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire critiques Guy Lafleur’s criticism of Max Pacioretty’s playoff performance.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: Peter Tanner on what predicts whether an NHL coach gets fired, and whether it matters.

HOCKEY-GRAPHS: Does Shea Weber deserve the Norris Trophy?

POWERANKS: Andrew Devitt with a guide to evaluating this year’s class of NHL free agent defensemen.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Tom Collins list the top 10 “sell high” players.