Top Line: Pens/Jackets trade rumors fly, Schneider's sweet new mask, more links
By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Three members of Columbus' front office took in last night's Penguins-Bolts game, leading to speculation that Jack Johnson could be headed to Pittsburgh. The Pens are looking for a signed, veteran blueliner, and have some young D-men to deal, making them an ideal partner for the Jackets. Add in Johnson's friendship with Sidney Crosby and this one makes a lot of sense. We'll see...
• Whether they make a deal or not, Jarmo Kekalainen and the Jackets' crew picked a good night to take in a game. Evgeni Malkin added another clip to his highlight reel as the Pens edged the Lightning in a thriller.
• Cory Schneider is having a new mask painted up to wear when the Vancouver Canucks wear their Millionaires tribute sweaters. And it is a beauty. And since we're on the subject of masks, here's the look that new Carolina starter Dan Ellis will be rocking.
• Someone at Lucasfilm heard about Ilya Bryzgalov's Star Wars mask...and made him change it.
• Here's the perspective from Buffalo on Patrick Kaleta's five-game suspension. Shockingly, shockingly, I say, it is sympathetic to a player who says, "I have changed my game." That's probably true. Last year, Kaleta would have crosschecked Brad Richards in the head instead of the back.
• A survey suggests that Canadians favor adopting the larger European-sized ice surface. This idea isn't going away any time soon.
• Boston Globe columnist Eric Wilbur calls Montreal "a gutless hockey culture." Ooh, boy...
• Brent Sutter says young players need to get involved in other sports and ditch the 12-months-a-year hockey schedule.
• Calgary enforcer Brian McGrattan has been sober for four years now. He's using his experience to help other players who are battling substance abuse.amazingly failed interview with the very charming Mila Kunis.