NHL Blog Beat – Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Commentaries on why fans seem to hate their teams’ best players, why the the Leafs must retain Cody Franson, why the Minnesota Wild aren’t moving, six NHL veterans whose fantasy value is in decline, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron explains why fans sometimes seem to hate on their teams best players.

It would be a big mistake by the Maple Leafs to trade Cody Franson.

It would be a big mistake by the Maple Leafs to trade Cody Franson.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe flashes up his new “Bizarro-meter” to rank the Maple Leafs off-season moves this summer.

STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER: Wayne Whittaker pictures a Chara-less defense for the Bruins, which could be approaching in a few years.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Why the Leafs must not trade Cody Franson. Seriously, demote a player or two, buy out another post-arbitration (which they’re allowed to do), or trade someone elsewhere, but don’t move Franson.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Even if the Minnesota Wild lost $30 million last season, the team isn’t moving.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Rick Roos lists six NHL veterans whose performances are in decline. Buyer beware, fantasy GMs.

JAPERS’ RINK: Comparing the Capitals forwards with their peers around the league.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona breaks down last season by country.

Happy eighth anniversary to THE PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATOR.