NHL Blog Beat – September 1, 2012.

Reaction to yesterday’s unsuccessful NHL CBA talks, getting to know the EIHL and EPL, the latest on Michal Neuvirth, the benefits of outdoor hockey, and Frantisek Kaberle retires.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner believes another lockout could do serious harm to struggling hockey markets like Columbus.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Justin Johnson explains why the NHLPA has to stand firm this time.

VINTAGE LEAFS MEMORIES: Michael Langlois asks Maple Leafs fans, “If the NHL players started their own league, what would you choose – as a Maple Leaf and hockey fan?”

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz continues his series, “Better Know A European League”. Today, British Hockey – the EIHL and EPL.

BLACK DOG HATES SKUNKS: Putting the NHL CBA talks and the threat of another lockout into perspective.

Neuvirth stirred up some controversy with critical comments toward his teammates.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: Peter Hassett defends his blog’s translation of Michal Neuvirth’s recent comments regarding teammates Braden Holtby and Alexander Ovechkin, which stirred up controversy on this side of the Atlantic.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham’s opinion of outdoor NHL games.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Former NHL blueliner Frantisek Kaberle (brother of Tomas) has quietly retired as a player.