Reaction to Rogers Communications’ new TV deal with the NHL, a trade gone wrong, the best new hockey books, how to ruin an NHL prospect and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

Rogers Communications 12-year, $5 million deal with the NHL marks a dramatic shift in Canadian hockey broadcasting.

Rogers Communications 12-year, $5 million deal with the NHL marks a dramatic shift in Canadian hockey broadcasting.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski lists the winners and losers of Rogers new TV deal with the NHL.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on how the new deal will affect hockey viewing in Canada. Bourne also notes the proper time for a player to take a shot at the opponent who wronged him, and the importance of players’ body language.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: Steve Lepore weighs in with his take on the Rogers-NHL deal.

A ROUGE POINT: How this deal affects TSN.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Eric Engels offers his take on the new deal, among other NHL topics.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looked back on last weekend in the NHL, and examines the options for Senators fans when Daniel Alfredsson returns.

BOOKISH: Looking for a Christmas gift for hockey fans? Kristen Mascia lists the best new hockey books, plus some other classics.

JAPERS’ RINK: How the Martin Erat trade went bad for the Capitals.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Looking for ways to ruin an NHL prospect? Joseph Vito Deluca lists five ways, using the Buffalo Sabres’ mishandling of Mikhail Grigorenko as a prime example.

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