NHL Blog Beat – Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Commentaries on the upcoming Sochi Olympics, Nazem Kadri, fantasy hockey and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne with his list of those he expects to make Team USA’s Olympic roster, Ryan Lambert weighs in on Nazem Kadri’s contract standoff, and Daniel Wagner risks incurring the wrath of advanced stats fans by insisting hits and blocked shots stats are still important.

Jimmy "Crazy Eyes" Howard.

Jimmy “Crazy Eyes” Howard.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshnski on the hype over Olympic ice surfaces, and Harrison Mooney with “The 10 most spectacularly awkward U.S. Olympic glamour shots.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS/PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Igor Kleyner and Laura Astorian with their takes on Ilya Kovalchuk’s and Pavel Datsyuk’s opinions on their country’s anti-gay laws and the subsequently fallout.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Jeff Angus with a list of short- and long-term sleeper players for Toronto, Vancouver, Washington and Winnipeg.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Brady Trettenero lists some risky players who nevertheless might be worth the gamble for fantasy hockey GMs.

ICETHETICS: Team USA unveiled their Olympic Team jerseys yesterday.

DOWN GOES BROWN: The top secret agenda for Team Canada’s orientation camp. No, really, it honestly is. Well, okay, not really, but still worthwhile for the laughs.