NHL Blog Beat – June 5, 2012.

The NHL’s failure to care for damaged players, Drew Doughty and the Kings lead in the Cup Final, reaction to the Canadiens hiring Michel Therrien as head coach, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham with a thought-provoking piece highlighting how the treatment the late Derek Boogaard received for the pain – physical and perhaps mental – caused by his performance suggests how poorly the NHL treats former and active “damaged players”.

Doughty has helped put the Kings on the verge of a championship.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker looked at how Drew Doughty and the Kings took an early lead in the Stanley Cup Final over the Devils.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE/LIONS IN WINTER: Andrew Berkshire and “Topham” on why it’s a bad idea by the Montreal Canadiens to bring back Michel Therrien as their new head coach. Essentially, if it didn’t work out the last time, why does anyone think it’ll be better this time around?

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: A look at the options facing the Boston Bruins if Tim Thomas follows through with his stated intent to sit out next season.

THE RANGERS TRIBUNE: Nick Montemagno on why it’s a bad idea for the NY Rangers to consider adding Alexander Radulov to their lineup. Did I mention he believes it’s a bad idea?

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan on where goaltender Kevin Poulin fits into the Islanders goalie scheme next season.

CANUCKS ARMY: A Canucks fan, looking at the fact the LA Kings seem poised to win a Stanley Cup before Vancouver does, believes there’s no such thing as hockey gods.

DOWN GOES BROWN: A look back at the captains who’ve raised the Stanley Cup. I particularly like the caption under the photo of Commissioner Bettman presenting Mark Messier with the Stanley Cup in 1994.