In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: the recent struggles of Erik Johnson and Semyon Varlamov…The Sabres want to meet with bloggers…Daniel Paille’s face following a recent injury…Alexander Semin and his home record…No points or love for Islanders’ Blake Comeau…Brad Richards dating an actress?…What was overheard at last night’s HHOF inductions.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Joe Yerdon noted part of the reason for the recent slump of the Colorado Avalanche is the recent struggles of blueliner Erik Johnson and goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Are the Avs defensive woes of late the result of lack of skilled defensive depth? Poor coaching? Both? I’d love to hear from Avs fans/bloggers on this one.

DIE BY THE BLADE: The Buffalo Sabres are hosting a blogger summit tonight to get feedback on what Sabres bloggers believe the team should or shouldn’t change.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice idea by the Sabres, something more teams should consider and emulate.

One tough hombre.

THE NOSEBLEEDS: Dan Paille is one tough SOB.

JAPERS’ RINK: Analysis of Alexander Semin’s record at home.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Chris McNally examines the offensive struggles of Islanders winger Blake Comeau, suggesting perhaps the reason for his stunning offensive decline this season is perhaps a lack of respect and appreciation from management.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting theory by McNally, which certainly is the best one I’ve seen or heard yet to explain Comeau’s offensive woes this season.

PUCK DADDY: NY Rangers center Brad Richards is apparently dating actress Olivia Munn.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet if Brad will invite Olivia home to Murray Harbour, PEI to meet the folks. Probably haven’t reached that stage yet…;)

DOWN GOES BROWN: presents, “Things overheard at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony”.