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.
• Weakerthans singer John K. Samson has posted an online petition making the case for Reggie Leach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. • And finally, check out this amazingly failed interview with the very charming Mila Kunis.