More lockout analysis, suggesting Alexander Ovechkin may be undergoing the same transformation as Brett Hull did, the flaws of plus-minus, a Thrashers fan still laments the loss of his team, Absurd Goalie Monday, and more.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert explains Commissioner Gary Bettman isn’t bad for the NHL,  the poorly negotiated CBAs are. Greg Wyshynski, meanwhile, gleaned five facts from Bettman’s latest interview with the Winnipeg Free Press. Did you know the Commish loves the players? Must be that “tough love” I hear so much about, because the players sure don’t see to be feelin’ it.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Laura Astorian explains why NHL players, especially the lowest-paid, are fighting to retain their contract rights.

 JAPERS’ RINK: Could Alexander Ovechkin undergo the same transformation as Hall of Famer Brett Hull did in his career, changing from a free-wheeling scorer to a more defensively responsible one?

BLUE SEAT BLOGS: The flaws of the plus-minus system.

Saku Koivu was an inspiration for many Canadiens fans.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: How Saku Koivu inspired one fan to love the Montreal Canadiens, and hockey.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Jeff Ponder reports on one Atlanta Thrashers fan who still laments the relocation of his team, believing it never got a fair shake.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin’s “geek of the week” (for last week) is NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

 THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with this week’s installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Fern Rivard.

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