In today’s roundup of interesting posts from the NHL blogosphere: A Toronto fan bashes the city as a sports town, prompting the inevitable rebuttals…Criticizing the Canucks for not playing their veterans during preseason…Photoshopping fun with a shirtless Ron MacLean…Hilarious tips on dominating your fantasy hockey draft.

GRANTLAND.COM: Stephen Marche (a native Torontonian, no less) considers his hometown the worst sports city in the world.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS/HOUSES OF THE HOCKEY: “Chemmy” and Rick Moldovanyi offer up rebuttals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the surface, Marche appears to talks a good game when it comes to the Maple Leafs and their fans, but read deeper and you’ll find “Chemmy” and Rick do a fine job picking apart his argument. I’ll side with the two who are obvious hockey fans over the guy who, while a talented writer, appears to be more of a casual fan.

TOM BENJAMIN’S HOCKEY BLOG: Tom acknowledges the Vancouver Canucks strategy of not playing their veterans in preseason to avoid injuring them in meaningless games and providing them more rest following a short off-season, but scolds them for not providing fans attending those games the full entertainment value for their overpriced tickets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I usually agree with Tom, but in this instance, I don’t. Folks, it’s preseason hockey. If you’re dumb enough to pay big bucks to watch preseason hockey, you take your chances with the roster of your favorite team. Preseason is for evaluation, and I have no sympathy for anyone who pays expensive ticket prices to watch an inferior product.

OFF THE STANCHION: Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean was recently photographed shirtless in a bar, leading to the inevitable fun with photoshopping.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hey, who does MacLean think he is, Tyler Seguin? Brad Marchand?


DOWN GOES BROWN: offers up tips for dominating your fantasy hockey draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those who lack a sense of humor should probably avoid this, lest they take this as serious fantasy draft tips.