Among today’s roundup of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: more analysis of the lockout, the high cost of hockey for youngsters, a look at the careers of NHL goalies Bruce Gamble and Doug Grant, and a satirical look at “NHL replacement player training camp”.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski on the folly of buying into the “cracks in owner unity” meme.
PUCK DRUNK LOVE: David Rogers on why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman may be the most brilliant idiot in NHL history.
BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato wonders if the NHLPA might be stalling CBA talks in hopes the owners blink first, pointing out the PA leaders are likely to be disappointed if they assume that could happen.
PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: “NHL vs NHLPA: the battle of who can care less – Part 1”.
BACKHAND SHELF: Cam Charron on the hazards of a possible 40-game NHL season, Chris Lund examines how the high cost of hockey is driving down enrollment in the sport, and Ellen Etchingham examines how different the NHL game was twenty-five years ago.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz was busy, busy, busy during my Thanksgiving sabbatical, suggesting Jeff Skinner is doing himself no favors by not reporting to the AHL during the lockout, the pros and cons of NHL players using social media to complain about the lockout, and of course, Absurd Goalie Monday, featuring Doug Grant.
PUCKS, GUTS AND GLORY: The sad story of how hockey broke the heart of former Maple Leafs goalie Bruce Gamble, in more ways than one.
DOWN GOES BROWN: Enjoy the hilarity of “Welcome of NHL replacement player training camp”. And in case you missed it late last week, check out the delightfully Pythonesque “ The discarded out-takes from the NHLPA’s message to fans”.