NHL Blog Beat – March 11, 2014.

Why so many players are taking pucks to the head, David Clarkson’s buyout-proof contract, end of an era in Tampa Bay and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne examines the increasing number of players taking pucks to the head and what can be done to reduce it.

Can the Canadiens find the right linemates for Thomas Vanek?

Can the Canadiens find the right linemates for Thomas Vanek?

HOCKEYBUZZ; Eric Engels questions the Canadiens putting Thomas Vanek with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta, Lars Eller’s ongoing struggles and the Habs defensive concerns.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana explains why last week’s Martin St. Louis’ signals the end of an era for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

EYE ON ISLES: Andy Graziano looks at what Islanders fans could call “Vanek depressive”.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brad Gardner wonders if the Dallas Stars can maintain their hold on a playoff berth without Kari Lehtonen.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Forget about the Leafs one day buying out David Clarkson’s contract. That probably won’t happen.

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Is Senators coach Paul MacLean using his roster correctly?

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Prashanth Iyer examines if Carolina’s Justin Faulk is over-rated.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Martin St. Louis is your fantasy hockey “Geek of the Week”.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier explains why Ryan O’Reilly going unpenalized all season doesn’t guarantee him the Lady Byng trophy.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe uncovers the NHL’s top-secret trade request application.