Among today’s compilation of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: A look back at the origins of the NHL, the 20th anniversary of the North Stars leaving Minnesota for Dallas, NHL lockout economics, a review of “The Last Gladiators”, and of course, “Absurd Goalie Monday”.

Mike Modano was among the North Stars to move from Minnesota to Dallas.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne believes the NHL leadership is underestimating the damage this lockout will do to its fanbase,  Ellen Etchingham with the first part of a series on the origins of the NHL, and Chris Lund observes it’s been 20 years since the North Stars moved from Minnesota to Dallas.

 PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Dismissing the notion the NHL lockout hurts economies in NHL cities.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Justin Glock with a review of the new documentary on NHL enforcers, “The Last Gladiators”.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin with his “Geek of the Week”: Miikka Kiprusoff.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with the latest installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Doug Keans. Scotty’s also been playing the cancelled games of this NHL season each day via NHL 94, so why not follow along and see how your favorite team is making out.