NHL Blog Beat – May 21, 2012.

Dressing room distractions, Scott Hartnell’s future with the Flyers, suggesting the Red Wings need Semin, Absurd Goalie Monday, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham wonders why the hockey world makes such an issue over “dressing room drama”.

Does Hartnell figure into the Flyers long-term plans?

HOCKEYBUZZ: Bill Meltzer examines where Scott Hartnell fits into the Flyers long-term plans.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Jeff Stone believes Alexander Semin needs the Detroit Red Wings as much as they need him.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner looks at trade possibilities if the Columbus Blue Jackets tried to peddle Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins.

DIE BY THE BLADE: Zachary Zielonka suggests the Buffalo Sabres recent re-signing of Alexander Sulzer could result in another defenseman being dealt.

THE COPPER AND BLUE: Scott Reynolds examines if Oilers blueliner Cam Barker was the worst defenseman in the NHL last season. Spoiler alert: No.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz looks at “names within a name” (Dwight King starring with the LA Kings), and has the latest installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday“.