NHL Blog Beat – Thursday, June 27, 2013.

The resurrection of the Blackhawks, important NHL off-season dates, unsung playoff heroes, a look back at the NHL lockout, and much more.

After years in the wilderness, the Blackhawks since 2009 have been resurrected as an NHL powerhouse.

After years in the wilderness, the Blackhawks since 2009 have been resurrected as an NHL powerhouse.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham on the glorious resurrection of the Chicago Blackhawks, Daniel Wagner presents the “Dino Cicarreli  Award for best rookie in this year’s post-season, and Justin Bourne on what locker clean-out day is like for professional players.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe with a humorous look at the NHL off-season calendar, while over at his blog DOWN GOES BROWN, he “reveals” other previously hidden NHL injuries.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney lists five of this year’s most unheralded playoff stars. No surprise Bryan Bickell was one of them.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Eric Engels speculates on possible destinations this summer for Vincent Lecavalier, Daniel Briere and Jaromir Jagr. yes, the Canadiens are among them.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz is no fan of vindictive reporting.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Looking back at the “fun” that was the NHL lockout. A good time had by none.