Refuting the arguments against signing Semin, the turning point in Brad Richards’ NHL career, a call for term limits on players contract, an examination of playoff success throughout the years, exploring CBC’s digital archives, and suggested hockey books for your summer reading.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Steve Burtch dismantles every argument against the Maple Leafs – or any other NHL team – signing Alexander Semin.

The high point in Richards’ NHL career.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham examines the turning point in Brad Richards’ NHL career, and how big money contracts can turn love into disappointment.

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: Dee Karl makes the case for term limits on NHL players contracts in the next CBA.

PREDLINES.COM: An in-depth examination of playoff success throughout NHL history.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Ross Bonander with some fascinating NHL clips from CBC’s digital archive. Lose yourself in some NHL history.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski present six interesting hockey books for your summer reading. I own one of them (“Gross Misconduct: The Life of Spinner Spencer”) and wrote a review of it way back in December 1999.