NHL Lockout Blog Beat – January 4, 2013.

Ongoing NHL lockout coverage, a look at which players the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Canadiens and Sabres could buy out, Wren Blair has passed away , and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham explains why sports nationalism is good nationalism.

OFFSIDE: A SPORTS LAW BLOG: Jacob Zelmanovitz explains the NHLPA’s recent response to the NHL’s civil suit against them.

THE CULT OF HOCKEY: Jonathan Willis isn’t taking seriously the supposed threat the NHL could cancel the season on January 10th if no CBA is in place by then.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Chris McNally examines what could take place during a shortened NHL season.

Could Mike Komisarek become a buyout candidate?

Mike Komisarek could become a buyout candidate for the Leafs.

THE LEAFS NATION: Cam Charron on the possible amnesty buyout options for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

BLUE SEAT BLOGS: Predicting the two amnesty buyout players for the New York Rangers. (Spoiler alert: one of them is Wade Redden).

DIE BY THE BLADE: Andy Boron wonders if the Sabres should use both buyouts.

LIONS IN WINTER: The advantages of buying out Scott Gomez, as well as the advantages of retaining him.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Wren Blair, the first coach of the Minnesota North Stars, passed away.