NHL Blog Beat – March 28, 2014

Analysis of Canada’s NHL teams, Mike Keenan’s Russian adventure, Don Cherry rages against NCAA players and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness. 

Former NHL coach Mike Keenan now plies his craft in the KHL.

Former NHL coach Mike Keenan now plies his craft in the KHL.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe on the lousy state of all but one of Canada’s NHL teams, while Katie Baker profiles former NHL coach Mike Keenan’s adventures coaching in the KHL.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on the two types of “players-only” meetings and their effectiveness.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow offers up a brief defense of Dion Phaneuf.

SB NATION: Travis Hughes on Don Cherry’s “old man yells at cloud” hate-on for NCAA players getting signed by NHL teams.

DIRTY DANGLE: Comparing David Clarkson’s contract to other bad NHL contracts. Yep, Clarkson’s is still the worst.

MATCHSTICKS & GASOLINE: Looking back on the Jarome Iginla trade one year later.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Prashanth Iyer analyzes Gustav Nyquist’s recent scoring spree.