The NHL’s ugly offseason, the decline of Russian players in the NHL and much more in today’s collection of hockey-blogging goodness.

VICE SPORTS: Joshua Kloke on the NHL’s ugly offseason, with the lowlight being the Patrick Kane rape investigation.

Dougie Hamilton's trade from Boston to Calgary was one of this summer's surprising moves.

Dougie Hamilton’s trade from Boston to Calgary was among this summer’s surprising moves.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe on the NHL’s surprising offseason moves, while Katie Baker examines the Flames high-pressure pitch for a new arena in Calgary.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert looks at the effect Patrik Berglund’s injury could have upon the St. Louis Blues, and Josh Cooper interviews former Nashville Predators goalie Mark Dekanich on the frustrations he’s experienced trying to get paid by his former KHL team.

THE SCORE: Justin Bourne on the declining number of Russian players in the NHL, and the five Russian players who could help boost those numbers.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Tom Collins critiques some of ESPN.com’s fantasy hockey ratings.

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PUCKJUNK:  A look back at the late Al Arbour’s career in hockey cards.

THE SIN BIN: Scotty Wazz on this season’s outdoor AHL game between Stockton and Bakersfield on Dec. 18, marking the first outdoor minor-league game in California.