NHL Blog Beat – Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

A look at who’s left in the NHL UFA pool, late-bloomer Francois Beauchemin, the NHL’s Olympic “trade freeze” period, and more.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe characterizes the players still remaining in this summer’s NHL UFA pool.

Francois Beauchemin is an example of a late-blooming player.

Francois Beauchemin is an example of a late-blooming player.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron examines the career of late-bloomer Francois Beauchemin, while Daniel Wagner explores the claim Rob Scuderi is past his prime and overpaid.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: Making the case for Jets Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler as a bonafide top line.

OILERS NATION: Jason Gregor examines the lack of quality center options available to the Oilers for the upcoming season.

SB NATION: Matt Brigidi reports the NHL has announced the Olympic “trade freeze” period will run from February 7 to 23 2014. I anticipate the NHL Trade deadline will be just over a week later (first full week in March), as that’s when it was held following the last two Olympics.

IN LOU WE TRUST: John Fischer asks Devils fans which Devil disappointed them the most last season.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Why all shot attempts aren’t created equal.

DEADSPIN: The Philadelphia Flyers set a bogus record for the most people to watch paint dry.

ITUNES:  Check out Michael Langlois’ new e-book, “The Maple Leafs of my Youth”.