NHL Blog Beat – Saturday, March 31, 2012.

More commentary on the ongoing follies of the Toronto Maple Leafs, a debate over breakout player of the year, the Oilers embarrassing attempt to recall Magnus Paajarvi, and other ways NHL teams are going green for Earth Hour.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Stephen Stoneman on the aftermath of the Maple Leafs stinker against the Philadelphia Flyers.

HOCKEY ANALYSIS: David Johnson on how much things have changed for the Leafs, and sees more reasons for pessimism than optimism.

Has Phaneuf been a worthy captain?

MAPLE LEAFS HOT STOVE/TORONTO SPORTS MEDIA:  looks at the role of Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf in the club’s disappointing performance.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: A debate over the breakout player of the year: Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, or Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul. For me, it’s Karlsson, no contest.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow examines the Edmonton Oilers embarrassing attempt to recall Magnus Paajarvi.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Others ways NHL teams are going green for Earth Day. Here’s a sample:

Winnipeg Jets - Will switch to more environmentally friendly bulbs on the giant neon signs reading “I have quit on this season and just want to go home” that every player has been carrying around for the last three weeks.