NHL Blog Beat – September 5, 2013.

Check out the latest blogs regarding Corey Crawford’s new contract, why you can’t build a team solely through free agency, why NHL players head to Europe, other cases of NHL players being attacked by animals, and more.

MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow offers up his take on the Blackhawks lengthy, expensive investment in goalie Corey Crawford.

Should the Predators part ways with David Legwand?

Should the Predators part ways with David Legwand?

ON THE FORECHECK: Jeremy Sargent wonders if the Nashville Predators should trade long-time center David Legwand.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Bill Meltzer muses over the Philadelphia Flyers blueline and upcoming roster battles.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: “You totally can’t build a team via free agency”. Steve Burtch, meanwhile, checks in with a look at the theoretical goaltending ageing curve .

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Ted Warren explains why NHL players head overseas, and Brady Trettenero makes 40 “bold” fantasy hockey predictions for the upcoming season.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona with the post-lockout save percentages and assorted goaltending numbers.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski with the Twitter history of the NHL.

DOWN GOES BROWN: In honour of Mike Fisher being recently attacked by a chipmunk, here’s a satirical look at other instances when NHL players were attacked by animals.

DEFENDING BIG D: Dallas Stars blogger Brandon Worley rides off into the sunset. He will be missed by the hockey blogging community.