NHL Blog Beat – Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Reaction to proposed NHL realignment, the 2014 Winter Classic jerseys, Rick DiPietro’s demotion, former NHL stars on Twitter and much more.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski offers up his take on the NHL’s proposed realignment plan, which would shift the Winnipeg Jets to the West, and move the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets to the Eastern Conferences.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne reveals what could be the 2014 NHL Winter Classic jerseys for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.

Is Rick DiPietro's NHL career over?

Is Rick DiPietro’s NHL career over?

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan’s analysis of the NY Islanders demotion of goaltender Rick DiPietro.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Peter Chau examines the two degrees of separation between Rick DiPietro and Roberto Luongo.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz believes DiPietro could still be a serviceable NHL goalie if not for his hefty contract.

NEBULOUS VERBOSITY: George Fallar dismisses the notion of the Phoenix Coyotes trading Keith Yandle.

SHARK CIRCLE: Ryane Clowe faces a possible ten-game suspension for leaving the bench during a Sharks-Blackhawks game to attack ‘Hawks center Andrew Shaw.

HOCKEY BROAD: How has a shortened seasoned been affected by travel schedules?

DOBBER HOCKEY: Jeff Angus examines Tyler Myers’ performance by the numbers.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier has a lengthy list of former NHL stars who are on Twitter.