NHL Blog Beat – Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Analysis of Team Canada, Claude Giroux’s recent injury explained, the “Brady Andersons of the NHL”, the Maple Leafs cap crunch, potential “bounce-back” NHL players and more.

Claude Giroux should probably give up golf.

Claude Giroux should probably give up golf.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne examines which players he believe could make Team Canada’s Sochi lineup, while Jo Innes explains Claude Giroux’s recent hand injury while playing golf.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe examines the one-year wonders (or “Brady Andersons”) of the NHL, including Jim Carey, Haaken Loob, Bernie Nichols and Steve Penney.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Katie Flynn looks at the Maple Leafs current cap crunch and the effects upon their contract talks with Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.

JAPERS’ RINK: A Caps cap comparison of Mikhail Grabovski and Joel Ward.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin looks at the possibilities of Scott Hartnell, Michael Del Zotto and Milan Lucic having bounce-back performances this season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier wonders why there’s a difference in the size of ice surfaces in North America and Europe.