NHL Blog Beat – May 9, 2014.

Reaction to the Leafs retaining Randy Carlyle as head coach, playoff analysis and more 

Guess who's back? Back again? Randy's back. Tell friend.

Guess who’s back? Back again? Randy’s back. Tell a friend.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: JP Nikota and Chemmy aren’t exactly thrilled with the news of Randy Carlyle returning as Leafs head coach.

THE LEAFS NATION: Neither are Steven Tzemis or Cam Charron.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Sean McIndoe is inconsolable.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Travis Hughes on the Flyers promoting Ron Hextall as GM, while Kevin Christmann reflects on the ten best and worst moves of Hextall’s predecessor Paul Holmgren.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe, prior to his reaction over the Leafs retaining Randy Carlyle, examined the playoff success of the Bruins, Blackhawks, Kings and Penguins.

SB NATION: Adam Gretz explains why P.K. Subban is the Canadiens only hope to eliminate the Bruins, while Eric T. explains how to measure forechecking and puck retrieval off the dump-and-chase.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: Steve Lepore reports ratings for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs are looking good.

LITTER BOX CATS: JC Smith wonders if its a good idea for the Florida Panthers to re-sign Tom Gilbert.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: NHL CBA: Daniel Cleary and the verbal agreement.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier reflects on the career of now-retired NHL goalie Mathieu Garon.

ON THE FORECHECK: Farewell to long-time Predators blogger Dirk Hoag, who’s hanging up his keyboard. The hockey blogosphere is a little less interesting now.