NHL Blog Beat – March 11, 2012.

How Alexander Radulov could improve the Predators…Habs GM ducks Montreal media to announce Markov’s return…Could allowing teams to “eat” salaries improve player movement?…Shhh, the Blues are the NHL’s best team…Why the Islanders shouldn’t “Fail for Nail”…Other NHL coaching problems.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on how Alexander Radulov could turn the Nashville Predators into legitimate Cup challengers, while Chris Lund highlights Montreal Canadiens embattled GM Pierre Gauthier displaying his contempt for the Montreal media by announcing Andrei Markov’s return to the lineup through the Hamilton media. Who says “The Grey Ghost” lacks personality? That’s a definite sign of mischief.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on whether or not allowing teams to “eat” salaries could result in more player movement, as well as stop the practice of big market teams burying high-salaried mistakes in the minors. If it’s regulated properly, it could be a good idea, but as I recently noted in my blog on Kukla’s Korner, the league has rejected every previous suggestion – spearheaded by Brian Burke – to allow this sort of thing, so I have my doubts it’ll be implemented in next CBA.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: “gallagher” bemoans the fact the Blues are getting little coverage in their ascension to first overall in the league. Hey, I’ve been covering it, but it’s a valid point, as the Blues haven’t received as much attention as they deserve. A strong playoff run this spring could change that.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan on why the Islanders shouldn’t “Fail for Nail” Yakupov.

DOWN GOES BROWN: takes an irreverent look at other problems facing NHL coaches.