The NHL week that was, examining the slumping ratings for the Stanley Cup Final, why hockey isn’t boring, why Crosby is poised for a great performance next season, and more.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker checks in with her weekly look at the latest NHL happenings.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski lists the reasons for the decline in the TV ratings for this year’s Stanley Cup Final. Perhaps, ratings-wise, it might have been better if the NY Rangers made the Cup Final after all.

BACKHAND SHELF: The always eloquent Ellen Etchingham has a unique way of viewing hockey games, and explains why the game is never boring.

Career year coming for Crosby?

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Michael Rappaport explains why next season will be a career year for Sidney Crosby.

ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag looks into the accusation Alexander Radulov was an ice hog.

THE COPPER & BLUE: The Edmonton Oilers re-sign GM Steve Tambellini. Oilers Nation responds, “The hell?!”

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore on why Blues team president John Davidson should return to the broadcast booth.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow takes issue with two Toronto sports columnist over hypocrisy.