NHL Blog Beat – May 23, 2014

Playoff analysis, the ongoing debate over advance stats and much more. 

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe on how the Kings and Blackhawks infrastructure for success doesn’t bode well for their conference rivals.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mike Colligan with the first part of his look at the rise and fall of Ray Shero’s Penguins.

Ryan McDonagh has come back to haunt the Habs.

Ryan McDonagh has come back to haunt the Habs.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: Neil Paine on how trading Ryan McDonagh to the Rangers has come back to haunt the Canadiens nearly five years later.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS/THE LEAFS NATION: “SkinnyFish” and Cam Charron take Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons to the woodshed over Simmons’ recent column dismissing advanced stats.

SB NATION: “No matter the method, don’t make snap judgments when evaluating players.”

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow looks at a lawsuit filed by Maple Leafs’ defenseman Cody Franson over a car accident in 2008.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire wonders what Canadiens coach Michel Therrien will do with underachieving winger Thomas Vanek.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier on the history of the Blackhawks logo and the playing career of new Canucks GM Jim Benning.

DEADSPIN: Timothy Burke presents “The Doc Emrick Soundboard”.