Opinions and analysis on the Sochi Games, Shea Weber, Bobby Ryan, Ilya Bryzgalov, David Desharnais, Ville Leino and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.
BACKHAND SHELF: Given Russia’s discriminatory laws against homosexuals, Dave Lozo wonders if NHL players should boycott the Sochi Games, or if any supporters of “You Can Play” will make their opinions known at the games.
EYE ON ISLES: Andy Graziano wonders if a young Team USA can win gold at Sochi.
SMASHVILLE 24/7: Robb Stanley commemorates the anniversary of the Predators matching the Flyers offer sheet for Shea Weber.
MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow explains why the Predators succeed when they lose neutral zone faceoffs.
HOCKEY HURTS: Ryan Wilson believes Bobby Ryan will have a career year in 2013-14.
SB NATION: Matt Brigidi on Ilya Bryzgalov’s drastic descent in value in the free agent market.
VINTAGE LEAF MEMORIES: Michael Langlois takes stock of where the Maple Leafs are right now.
IN LOU WE TRUST: Mike Stromberg hopes age is just a number for the ageing New Jersey Devils in 2013-14.
HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Arik Parnass defends Canadiens center David Desharnais and his expensive contract.
DIE BY THE BLADE: Why it’s not time for the Buffalo Sabres to give up on Ville Leino.
ICETHETICS: The first look at the Heritage Classic 2014 logo.
DOWN GOES BROWN: So you’re an NHL player headed to salary arbitration? Here’s a “helpful” list of do’s and don’ts.