NHL Blog Beat – Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Why the NHL hasn’t banned fighting, more predictions for this NHL season, expectations for the Avalanche , Canucks and Jets, your NHL season checklist and much more.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski explains why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman hasn’t banned fighting.  Basically, because the players and fans want it in the NHL.

What slogan would be best for Teemu Selanne's retirement tour?

What slogan would be best for Teemu Selanne’s retirement tour?

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe previews the NHL season, plus unveils the best slogans for Teemu Selanne’s farewell tour.

BACKHAND SHELF: Jo Innes with your preseason injury rundown, ranked according “The Gag” factor (in honor of Sam Gagner’s horribly mutilated face after he got nailed in the head by Zack Kassian’s errant stick).

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Laura Astorian examines if the captain role in the NHL is losing its importance.

ON THE FORECHECK: Predictions for this NHL season.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: Steve House raises nine points which could determine the outcome of the Colorado Avalanche’s season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Eric McKelvie wonders if expectations are too high for the Winnipeg Jets this season.

NUCKS MISCONDUCT: A Vancouver Canucks season preview.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: The five most ridiculous Blues items on Shop.NHL.com.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire with your NHL season checklist.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Brandon Dubinsky is your fantasy hockey “Geek of the Week”.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back on the career of former Maple Leaf Gardens PA announcer Paul Morris.