NHL Hockey Blog Beat.

The line between player safety and entertainment…The curse of the slow start for the Capitals…The 2011 People of the Year in NHL Broadcasting…An interview with former Calgary Flames forward Perry Berezan…Promotions and relegations for this year’s WJC…The Art of the Goalie Mask…In Memoriam: 2011.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski examines the difficulty the NHL faces balancing player safety with entertainment. The league won’t want to do much to derail how entertaining their product has become in recent years, but they have to find a way to better protect their players in the process. Not an easy task.

JAPERS’ RINK: The curse of the slow start for the Washington Capitals this season, one that appears to be occurring too frequently.

PUCK THE MEDIA: presents this year’s People of the Year in Hockey Broadcasting. Some you know, some you don’t, but should.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier interviews Perry Berezan, who “scored” one of the greatest goals in Calgary Flames history.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz examines the topic of World Juniors promotions and relegations.

TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE: Carol Reese on “The Art of the Goalie Mask”. One has to be impressed with the work and artistry which goes into the creation of the art found on goaltender’s masks.

BROAD STREET HOCKEY: Rectifies, in its own way, ESPN’s snubbing the passing of several notable hockey players this year in their Sportscenter Year-in-Review, honoring every player who passed away this year. Sadly, it’s a much long list than expected. A nice gesture to remember them all.