Top Line: Time to trade Chara? Johansen talks go on; must-reads
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
Is it time for Boston to consider trading Zdeno Chara? He was a Norris finalist last year and remains one of the most impactful players in the game, but Big Z can't play at this level forever. It's almost impossible to imagine a scenario where the B's look to move him this year, but next season? I wouldn't rule it out.
Both sides in the Ryan Johansen-Blue Jackets contract impasse have dug in their heels, leading Aaron Portzline to ask the question the team's fans have been dreading: Is it time for Columbus to plan on starting the season without him?
Jonathan Willis says Justin Schultz's new contract gives the Oilers all the negatives of a bridge deal without the positives.
Matt Larkin works up a list of the league's 10 worst contracts. You can probably guess who's at No. 1.
Marc Staal is entering the final year of his contract. Do the Rangers have a ready replacement in Brady Skjei?
Anaheim enters the season as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, but without any certainty between the pipes. NHL.com's 30-in-30 series focuses today on the Ducks and the questions facing them this season, including the battle between Frederik Andersen and John Gibson to be the starting goaltender.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere's retirement this week marked the end of an era, but it also highlighted the the enduring love affair with the Hartford Whalers.
Could a couple of former No. 1 picks be on the move? Lyle Richardson examines the trade buzz surrounding Joe Thornton and Vincent Lecavalier.