Top Line: NHL realignment coming, Kari Lehtonen's save of the year, more
By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning's must-read stories around the NHL.
• Realignment is the NHL's "powder keg" but talks are again underway between the league and the NHLPA. The status quo is not an option in Winnipeg, where the Jets expect a move out of the Eastern Conference to happen in time for the 2013-14 season.
• Things are getting back to normal in Phoenix. The Coyotes played a strictly disciplined game. Friends and family dotted the stands at Jobing.com Arena. And Chad Johnson stepped up with a 21-save shutout. Wait...who?
• I was asked this trivia question at dinner just last week: Who is the last active player to have skated for the Hartford Whalers? If only I'd read this article from the great Adrian Dater first. I suck at trivia.
• While Buffalo's Mikhail Grigorenko waits to hear where he'll finish the year, Alex Galchenyuk and Dougie Hamilton got word yesterday they'll be sticking in the NHL this season. [HACKEL: Decision can be tricky and costly] After that pass he made to set up David Krejci's game winner last night, Hamilton should probably be inducted directly into the Hall of Fame.
• Cam Ward has allowed 15 goals in just 10 periods of work, but there was a sense the Hurricanes' netminder is starting to find his game. It'd be nice if he'd just start finding it earlier -- Ward has given up eight goals in the four first periods he's played.
• Has Canada's obsession with hockey gotten out of hand? "At least our national identity isn't guns."
• I'm always entertained or irritated by articles written expressly for non-hockey fans. This one from the Wall Street Journal about Islanders' forward Matt Martin manages to do both.• Rest easy, PyeongChang. The long national nightmare is over. The Korean Ice Hockey Federation has finally elected a new president. Actually, it does matter a little bit, what with the Koreans hosting the 2018 Olympics where they hope to ice a team that could maybe give a game to a AAA midget team out of the GTHL.