NHL Lockout Blog Beat (Day 86) – December 10, 2012.

More commentary on the NHL lockout, how Derek Sanderson learned hockey was a team game, and Absurd Goalie Monday.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow on why the NHL seeks a lengthy CBA and why the players are opposed to it.

BACKHAND SHELF: Chris Lund on the difficulty of covering a locked-out league, noting it has forced a number of quality bloggers and pundits to up their game.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has shown many faces during this lockout.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato examines league commissioner Gary Bettman’s chameleon-like role in CBA negotiations.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: Andrew Bucholtz on Grantland.com’s Bill Simmons lament over the lack of coverage of the NHL lockout in the American media.

THE COPPER AND BLUE: Thoughts on what a shortened NHL schedule might look like.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Chris McNally wonders if Rick DiPietro could become a candidate for an amnesty buyout. If the league gets it way, there won’t be any amnesty buyouts this time.

PREDLINES: Jason Kirk hopes this lockout won’t hurt the progress the Nashville Predators have made building its fan base.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with this week’s installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”, examining the short career of Flames backup Doug Dadswell.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier with an excerpt from Derek Sanderson’s new book, “Crossing The Line”, in which Sanderson learned the hard way in Junior hockey the meaning of teamwork.