In today’s collection of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: more analysis of the NHL CBA talks, the boring life of an NHL player, your fantasy hockey “Geek of the Week”, the softer side of famous hard-ass Eddie Shore, and of course, Absurd Goalie Monday.

MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow examines the narrowing financial gap between the NHL and NHLPA. They’re closer than you think, folks.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin suggests negotiations could still stretch on for some time until there’s a new CBA.

 PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert suggests a shortened NHL season could potentially be a good thing.

CBS EYE ON HOCKEY: Eric Macramalla on the “organic nature of CBA negotiations”, suggesting it’s a process which is cause for optimism.

Capitals offense would suffer without Ovechkin.

THE PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATOR: doesn’t believe Alexander Ovechkin will follow through with his threat to remain in the KHL following the NHL lockout, but examines the consequences for the Washington Capitals offense if he did.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham examines how the hockey system turned most NHL players into such incredibly dull people.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Terry Campkin’s fantasy hockey “Geek of the Week” is Montreal Canadiens left wing Erik Cole.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier on the night Pat Quinn knocked out Bobby Orr.

PUCKS, GUTS AND GLORY: NHL History Girl Jen reveals the softer side of renowned hockey hard-ass Eddie Shore.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Frank Caprice.