NHL Blog Beat – September 3, 2013.

Fantasy hockey potential sleepers and busts, plus commentaries on the Predators, Lightning, Islanders and more.

PUCK DADDY: Examining the potential fantasy hockey sleepers and busts for the upcoming NHL season, while Ryan Lambert questions the logic behind the Blackhawks signing Corey Crawford to a six-year, $36 million contract extension.

BACKHAND SHELF: Dave Lozo also wonders if Crawford is worth a $36 million contract, while Cam Charron examines “what exactly is a role player anyway?”

Can Pekka Rinne fully recover from off-season hip surgery to make a difference this season?

Can Pekka Rinne fully recover from hip surgery to make a difference for the Predators this season?

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Will Eldridge wonders if the Nashville Predators can find order in 2013’s chaos, and Mark Wallace Graham wonders what would’ve happened had Eric Lindros stayed with the Quebec Nordiques.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato believes the Rangers will pay Henrik Lundqvist no matter the market value.

RAW CHARGE: John Fontana rambles about Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby, Olympic hockey and more.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Things to get excited about during the upcoming NHL season.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan wonders if the NY Islanders are still a playoff team.

CANUCKS ARMY: Dimitri Filipovic builds a decent team with NHL stars who were never drafted.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks at some of the alternative names were for some NHL teams before they settled on their current ones.