NHL Blog Beat – Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Commentary on Dion Phaneuf’s value to the Maple Leafs, P.K. Subban’s new contract, concussions, social media’s impact upon hockey news, and a primer for NHL goal celebrations.

ALL HABS: Avi Goldberg on how social media is changing how hockey news is reported, with insights from Darren Dreger, Elliotte Friedman, Michael Grange and Larry Brooks.

Can the NHL do more to protect its players from concussions?

Can the NHL do more to protect its players from concussions?

SB NATION: Travis Hughes points out Gabriel Landeskog’s recent injury proves the NHL needs to be more in protecting its players from concussions.

HOCKEY BUZZ: Eric Engels explains why this year’s Montreal Canadiens are a far cry from last season’s train wreck.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ryan Lambert isn’t among those showering Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin with plaudits for re-signing P.K. Subban to an inexpensive short-term deal.

FIVE MINUTES FOR FIGHTING: Dion Phaneuf is more valuable to the Toronto Maple Leafs than his critics would have you believe.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Nail Yakupov’s exuberant goal celebration inspired this primer on goal-scoring celebration etiquette.


  1. Eh, never read Ryan Lambert’s stuff and I’m not totally sure I like it. I mean, 100% if Tomas Kaberle isn’t traded this season, he’s bought out. So his point there isn’t valid.

    But to the meat of it, I think a main reason Marc Bergevin wanted a 2 year deal, is to bring PK into the fold to see how he meshes with his vision of where he wants the team going. PK is oozing talent, and if it can be harnessed and focuses towards MB’s vision, perfect. MB will pay.

    If not, PK will still be an RFA, and MB can go the trade route without worry of losing him for nothing via UFA.

    Oh, and Ryan Lambert didn’t mention anything he would have done, just wrote a negative article and walked away. Who can’t do that?

  2. That Backhand Shelf article was a waste of time. Lyle, talk to that boy about writing articles and articulating logical opinion. He may have a point deep down but conveyed it as a habs bash with no reason (ie:what he thinks would have made sense). He just says the habs should have paid Subban a lot of money because they won’t have any D in two years, which is false and unpredictable. He operates under the assumption that Diaz, Emelin, Gorges (not even mentioned), Tinordi, Beaulieu, aren’t there and that kaberle and Markov will have their contracts expire and the habs won’t have any core. If Subban plays well he will get his giant extension, gorges under contract, I’m sure the habs will be looking into retaining Diaz and emelin. Markov will be expected to take a pay cut. So that leaves openings for rookies and a depth D signing. Ugh, I’ve already vented too much on this. Taker easy, go habs

    • Not up to me to talk to Lambert about his work. I merely posted it because his take ran counter to many I saw on the subject, and I felt that was worthwhile. Doesn’t mean I agree with it.

      Later this afternoon, I’ll be posting my take on the Subban situation. I think you’ll find it more even-handed than Lambert’s…;)

      • Thx for the reply. I know you can’t go and step on his toes, I was merely stating that he would be well served to heed some professional advice on writing. I’ll be sure to check out your post bro. Have a good one.