Top Line: Stanley Cup Final Game 6 previews; Bernier to Leafs; more links
By Allan Muir
A supersized annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• We still don't know what's wrong with Patrice Bergeron beyond the fact that he's day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. There's no way he could play tonight in Game 6...could he?
• The Blackhawks expect their own wounded warrior, Jonathan Toews, to play tonight. But given the surprises they've sprung on us in this series (Marian Hossa, anyone?), no one should count on No. 19 being in the lineup until you see him on the bench to start the game.
• It doesn't always work out that way, but the Hawks respect the cliche: The fourth win is always the hardest to get.
• The Bruins won't need a big speech to get their blood pumping for Game 6. This is a team that knows about leaving a series to the last minute before turning on the jets. Not that that should be construed as a compliment.
• There's a stubbornness to the Bruins that the Blackhawks need to respect.
• Here's Boston's Adam McQuaid on allowing one of the team's top rookies to move in with him.
• Kevin Allen has five reasons why the Bruins could force a Game 7. The sixth, of course, being that the Hockey Gods aren't quite ready to send us off into that cruel summer.
• Stephen Harris reminds us that it's not a good idea to bet against the Bruins. Because, you know, it's sports.
• Aiming to miss has been one of the keys to Chicago's success.
• The second Cup in four years would be even sweeter for Chicago than the first was in 2010.
• Every writer is looking for a unique angle to cover during the Cup final. Jared S. Hopkins actually found one. Nice work, Jared.
• And now, the obligatory story on the job every hockey fan wants.
• The Leafs paid a fair price to acquire Jonathan Bernier, but the best part of the deal: no more Luongo-to-Toronto rumors!
• In L.A., they recognize that Bernier needed to leave town in order to move forward with his career.
• Before any Leafs fans start counting down the days until their next Stanley Cup celebration, it makes sense to consider the sorry history of Toronto goaltending over the years.
• Will their experience with Alexander Radulov scare Nashville away from drafting Valeri Nichushkin? I've never liked the kid as a top-10 pick personally. Interesting to see his stock dropping after he tested poorly at the Combine.
• Here's some insight into the draft from one of the best in the business: New Jersey head scout David Conte.
• The success of Boston and Chicago proves that the Jets need to focus on the center position at the upcoming draft.
• Markus Naslund has been recruited to help sell Vancouver on the idea that hiring John Tortorella to coach the Canucks would be the best thing to happen to the franchise since they traded Cam Neely for Barry Pederson. Hey, wait a minute...
• If things don't work out for Nathan Horton in Boston, here's one team he might be a perfect fit for. • The latest Sergei Bobrovsky-to-Russia rumor seems to hinge on the same element as every crazy rumor...real estate.