NHL Blog Beat – Monday, July 29, 2013.

Analysis of the recent long-term contract, waivers under the new CBA, the ten most surprising transactions this summer, and more in this collection of the weekend’s notable hockey blog posts.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert explains why we’ve seen so many long-term contracts this summer.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: “J.J. from Kansas” with the latest in the series “Getting to Know the CBA”, examining the rules on waivers.

Cory Schneider's trade ranks among this summer's most surprising transactions.

Cory Schneider’s trade ranks among this summer’s most surprising transactions.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: David Rogers looks at the ten most surprising NHL transactions this summer.

VINTAGE LEAF MEMORIES: Michael Langlois explains how Dave Nonis’ new contract explains the influence of MLSE president Tim Leiweke.

THE COPPER & BLUE: A roundtable discussion of the Oilers depth at center.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: Would the Winnipeg Jets be better off if they retained Rick Dudley as their general manager?

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana on “long reads, generalizations and NHL defensemen.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan on the Islanders new top line winger.

DEADSPIN: ESPN VP Vince Doria doesn’t believe hockey translates well to a TV audience. NBC Sports probably disagrees.