NHL Blog Beat – May 29, 2012.

A call for more accountability for NHL officials, the surprising mobility of bloated contracts, five reasons to cheer for the Kings, Absurd Goalie Monday and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Neil Corbett believes NHL officials need to be more accountable. Most NHL fans and a number of pundits would agree, but it remains to be seen if the league  brain trust feels the same. Ellen Etchingham, meanwhile, marvels over how some teams (especially the NY Rangers) have been able to shed bloated contracts under a salary cap system. Which only goes to show that no CBA is “idiot-proof”.

RAW CHARGE: “CAustin” examines if the NHL draft system rewards failure.

Could Quick follow in Thomas' footsteps?

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Patrick Hoffman wonders if LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick could follow in Tim Thomas’ footsteps and win the Conn Smythe and Vezina trophies while carrying his team to a Stanley Cup. He could certainly help the Kings win the Cup, and would have to be considered the favorite for the Smythe, but the Vezina in all likelihood will be going to Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers.

JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: John Carroll with five reasons why you should cheer for the Kings. Reasons four and five are quite compelling.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato speculates on the possibility of the Rangers shopping Michael Del Zotto in the off-season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back at the career and life of former Kings star Juha Widing, one of the first European stars in the NHL.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with Absurd Goalie Monday (my fault for being a day late on this): this week, former Kings goalie Wayne Rutledge.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Kings vs Devils, the Stanley Cup preview. Hilarity ensues.