NHL Blog Beat – Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Dividing the NHL’s star forwards by style, five penalties with no signal, the Canadiens recent stumbles, Chris Pronger’s place among the NHL’s greatest defensemen, marking the passing of Stompin’ Tom Connors, and more.

Brad Richards (L) suffered a "stinger" from this hit into the boards.

Brad Richards (L) suffered a “stinger” from this hit into the boards.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne divides the NHL’s best forwards by style, while Jo Innes explains a “stinger” injury.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier examines where Chris Pronger ranks among the NHL’s greatest defensemen.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney lists five penalties which, according to the NHL rulebook, have no signal.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe checks in on how some big names on new NHL teams this season are faring.

HOCKEY BUZZ: Eric Engels on the Montreal Canadiens recent reality check against the NY Islanders and a tough schedule ahead.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Remembering when fighters in the NHL used to do more than just fight, and could in fact be key contributors to a team’s success.

NEBULOUS VERBOSITY: George Fallar on why the Glendale City government’s delays regarding a new arena manager/owners for the Phoenix Coyotes is costing the NHL money.

SENS SHOT: Jared Crozier believes the NHL is too reactionary on hot button issues, and then does nothing about them.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Andrew Eide on why everyone suddenly loves Mason Raymond.

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: Pat Verbeek, the NHL’s original “Little Ball of Hate”, has no problem with Bruins forward Brad Marchand wearing that title.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan explains the success of the NY Islanders grinding fourth line.

ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag on the impact of the late Stompin’ Tom Connors’ “The Hockey Song” had on his family.