Reaction to the recent Leafs-Predators trade, how far the NHL has come since the 2005 lockout, and much more in today’s blog beat. 

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe delves into his NHL grab bag for notable news, and looks at how far the NHL has come since the season-killing lockout of 2004-05.

Cody Franson could be a good addition for the Predators.

Cody Franson could be a good addition for the Predators.

ON THE FORECHECK: Jonathan Garcia believes Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli are solid acquisitions for the Nashville Predators.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Further analysis of the Leafs-Predators trade.

MAYOR’S MANOR: John Hoven lists five myths surrounding the “Mike Richards-to-Toronto” trade rumors.

PUCKOLOGY: Clare Austin examines how the Tampa Bay Lightning can be good at puck possession and still mess up their goalie stats.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Adam Herman believes the NHL’s disciplinary system is broken and insufficient.

MONTREAL HOCKEY BLOG: Examining the contract status of Montreal Canadiens blueliner Nathan Beaulieu.

NHL NUMBERS:  Cam Lewis looks at the front runners for the Norris Trophy.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Top 10 fantasy hockey duos.