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.
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.