Top Line: Chicago's Stanley Cup Final hole looks deep, more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• It's a rare day that the Boston Globe pulls Dan Shaughnessy out from behind the pay-wall. Take advantage of this while you can.
• There's Danny Paille, scoring his second winner in as many games. Because apparently Moe Lemay wasn't available.
• How easy did Tuukka Rask have it? Bruce Arthur writes he was "as casual as a lemonade stand."
• Three Stars weren't enough to recognize all the heroes of a disciplined, exhaustive effort last night by the Bruins.
• The Bruins were worried about respecting Chicago's speed and avoiding dumb penalties. Should have been the other way around, writes Roy MacGregor.
• Here are five takeaways from the Boston win.
• Given a little time and space, Jaromir Jagr is showing he still has a bit of the ol' razzle-dazzle in his game.
• Maybe that word means something else in Finnish.
• A tentative lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena will be presented to Glendale city council tonight. If they agree to what amounts to $15 million in subsidies within a week, the Coyotes may just make it. If not, Plan B -- Seattle -- is all but a done deal.
• The league may love the thought of a franchise in Seattle, but a club facing at least four or five seasons in an outdated rink might be just as big a financial drain as one in the desert.
• The sheer goofiness of some of the voting for this year's NHL awards may lead to greater transparency in the future.
• Philly clearly needed to bolster a sub-par blueline. But is Streit the answer or just another expensive, aging risk?
• The Flyers have their eye on Donovan McNabb's nephew in this year's draft. If that's the case, they might want to think about moving up from 11. I don't see defenseman Darnell Nurse dropping that far.
• Speaking of the draft, here's a look at the top-five picks from the perspective of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
• Owner Jeff Vanderbeek missed a loan payment deadline and now the Devils are looking for some angel investors..and a couple of guys with failed ties to the Lightning are at the front of the line. Somewhere, a documentarian is getting ready to start shooting B roll for Big Shot 2. • The Mississauga Steelheads vow that they won't rush the progress of Sean Day, the 15-year-old defender who is drawing comparisons to Paul Coffey.