In today’s collection of hockey-blogging goodness: history of ridiculous NHL All-Stars, buyers and sellers at the trade deadline, why Mark Giordano is the best NHL defensemen, the ascension of Sean Monahan and much more. 

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe on the NHL’s history of ridiculous All-Star selections, and a look at the Pacific Division.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Matt Brauckmann with five things the NHL needs to change in 2015, while Chau Vo lists the buyers and sellers leading up to the NHL trade deadline.

Sean Monahan is making tremendous strides in his development into an NHL star.

Sean Monahan is making tremendous strides in his development into an NHL star.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski believes the supporters of Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo are justified in defending the embattled bench boss.

SB NATION: Andrew Hirsh explains why Calgary Flames blueliners Mark Giordano is the NHL’s best defenseman this season.

THE COPPER AND BLUE: Alan Hull examines the Edmonton Oilers’ amateur scouting department.

THE CANNON: Andy Newman on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ all-stars and how they got there.

ISLANDERS INSIGHT: Andy Graziano on the statement game the New York Islanders recently played against their rivals, the New York Rangers.

FIVE FOR HOWLING: Brendan Porter looks at the Arizona Coyotes’ attendance figures at midseason.

MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE: The ascension of Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan.