NHL Blog Beat – September 9, 2013.

Analysis of Derek Stepan’s contract talks, the KHL, 10 key players on the injury recovery trail, the greatest Canada Cup/World Cup of Hockey games, and more.

Have the Rangers poorly handled Derek Stepan's contract negotiations?

Have the Rangers poorly handled Derek Stepan’s contract negotiations?

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert believes the NY Rangers deserve criticism for their handling of Derek Stepan’s contract negotiations.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Joseph Vito Deluca believes the emergence of the KHL is good for hockey.

THE M-DASH: Jason Menard explains why there’s no place like home for Russian players, and everyone else.

THE HOCKEY GUY: A list of ten key NHL players on the injury recovery trail.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona examines the contract value of Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Anthony Lancione examines the new NHL Central Division.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Hey, remember those Canada Cup/World Cup of Hockey tournaments? Joe Pelletier does, and lists the ten greatest games of those tournaments.