The end of Grantland, remembering Jimmy Roberts, the Tortorella effect on the Blue Jackets and more in the final edition of NHL Blog Beat. 

GRANTLAND: In his final two columns for the now-defunct Grantland.com, Sean McIndoe examined the stock value of several notable NHL stars and dipped for the last time into his NHL grab bag.

DOWN GOES BROWN: McIndoe subsequently weighed in on the end of Grantland.com, highlighted some of his favorite posts and weighed in with his future plans.

Is Paul Kariya HHOF worthy?

Is Paul Kariya HHOF worthy?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hope McIndoe lands another hockey-writing gig soon. I’ve been a fan of his work for years. He’s not only among the funniest hockey bloggers out there, but also among the most knowledgeable and insightful.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier examines if Paul Kariya is Hockey Hall of Fame material, and recalls the life and career of the late Jimmy Roberts.

NHL  NUMBERS: Ryan Lambert lists his early Calder Trophy candidates, while Cam Lewis believes the Anaheim Ducks aren’t as bad as they currently seem.

INSIDE HOCKEY: Ed Cmar wonders if “the Tortorella effect” will work with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Trevor Beggs examines the depth of promising young talent on the Vancouver Canucks.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Tom Collins lists 10 NHL players who can maintain their present hot start.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And thus, we come to the end of the Blog Beat. Along with Canadian Corner, it is being dropped from the site. I don’t make this decision hastily. In 2011, I created the Blog Beat to both expand this site’s coverage and to showcase the work of the best hockey bloggers.

It was done both for reasons selfish (to increase this site’s traffic and therefore its revenue) and selfless (promote the work of others, especially those aspiring for careers as sportswriters). Sadly,  Blog Beat and Canadian Corner weren’t as popular as I had hoped they would be. Going forward, I’m focusing more on the more popular Rumors and Headlines sections. 

 I will, however, continue to spotlight the work of my favorite hockey bloggers through my Twitter feed and Facebook. If you’re a hockey blogger with a story you’d like to share, feel free to shoot me a link at spectorshockey@gmail.com.  Cheers!