NHL Lockout (Day 97) Blog Beat – December 21, 2012.

10 most absurd moments of the NHL lockout, examining the factors behind the Winnipeg media’s criticism of Evander Kane, two Anaheim Ducks bloggers bid farewell, Christmas gift tips for  Islanders fans, the ten worst NHL team logos and more.

PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney lists the ten most absurd moments of the 2012 lockout. Tough to narrow that list down to ten.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: TJ Maughan suggests race is behind the criticism leveled at Jets star Evander Kane.

The WJC (held this year in Russia) provide first glimpse of future NHL talent.

The WJC (held this year in Russia) provide first glimpse of future NHL talent.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker on the wonders of the World Junior Hockey Championships; for many, the first real glimpse of future NHL talent.

BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron reveals the NHL’s version of Tim Tebow. Yes, it’s a slow news day.

DEEBO’S SPORTS SMACK: “NHL & NHLPA: What the puck?”

BATTLE OF CALIFORNIA: Earl Sleek and RudyKelly bid farewell to the world of hockey blogging. You will be missed.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Some last-minute gift ideas for the Islanders fan in your life.

ICETHETICS.INFO: The top ten worst NHL logos of all time. This should stimulate some debate.

THE PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATOR: The latest in a series of NHL lockout carols. Tis the season to be grumpy, apathetic, pissed-off, depressed, or all of the aforementioned if you’re an NHL fan.