Analysis of where we are in the NHL CBA talks, how Yaroslavl Lokomotiv was reborn a year after the plane crash, a look back at the NHL’s great expansion, recalling Game Three of the ’72 Summit Series, and the nonsense of including PIMs in fantasy league stats.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Eric Macramalla examines where we currently are in the NHL CBA talks, and what it might take to finally hammer out a new deal.

PUCK DADDY: Dmitry Chesnokov on how Yaroslavl Lokomotiv was reborn one year after the tragic plane crash killed the entire team.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham on how the NHL and its teams market their young stars, and how fans put their hopes into those players one day becoming their respective franchises’ saviours.

LOWETIDE: The opening volume examining the NHL’s great expansion of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier recalls Game Three of the 1972 Summit Series, in which Team Canada twice squandered two-goal leads, resulting in a 4-4 tie.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne believes fantasy leagues which reward PIMs makes no sense. I agree. In my fantasy leagues, I tend to stay away from players with high PIM numbers. Sure, occasionally you might find a player with good all round stats which includes high PIMs, but they’re few and far between. Selecting a player when high PIMs are his only value isn’t a smart move in my opinion.

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