Top Line: Trade deadline talk, more links
By Allan Muir
A notated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Cam Cole says Trade Deadline 2013 boasts a flimsy plot. Safe to say it will be more about supporting roles than leads.
• Jim Matheson writes that there's still plenty of talent available.
• The Stars must move into sell mode after Monday night's loss to the Kings. Two soft efforts in a row should be enough to convince GM Joe Nieuwendyk to stop kidding himself about the present and face the future.
• Here's David Staples with an insanely detailed breakdown of Jay Bouwmeester's season with Calgary and how good the Blues should expect him to be.
• David Marsden asks the question about the Jarome Iginla trade that occurred to none of us: What happens to all those Calgary Flames Iginla jerseys?
• Hard to believe it's been 22 years since we've had a postseason Battle of Alberta.
• Former Penguin Rick Tocchet can relate to the pain of Sidney Crosby's jaw injury. "The blender is about to become Sid's best friend," he said. Tocchet missed only one game with a broken jaw, which occurred just before the playoffs.
• Mike Ribeiro's contract status remains unresolved, but the Capitals are more likely to hold on to their leading scorer than deal him with a playoff berth still within reach.
• Vancouver's top prospect, 20-year-old Dane Nicklas Jensen, made his debut on the Canucks' top line. Hopes are very high for the power forward, as this opportunity proves.
• Both the Islanders and Rangers won on Monday night keeping the race for eighth in the East deadlocked at least one more day.
• The Isles bolstered their pool of young talent by signing Notre Dame captain Anders Lee to a two-year deal. The hefty forward could see action on Long Island before season's end.
• Here's how they saw the Robyn Regehr deal in Los Angeles.
• Montreal's first-ever Autism Awareness Night had special meaning for goalie coach Pierre Groulx and player personnel director Scott Mellanby.
• I can't imagine Tuesdays without Montague. You shouldn't, either.
• With the Women's World Championships starting today in Ottawa, here's a look at Team Canada, Team USA, and the Alexei Yashin-coached Team Russia. SI.com's Nick Zaccardi looks at the USA-Canada rivalry, which has had some pretty heated moments.• There are more questions than answers in the Hobey Baker race after last weekend's regional play.