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Jonathan Toews and Patrick KaneJonathan Toews and Patrick Kane: The next Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull? (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• Did you miss Patrick Kane on Letterman last night? Kukla's Korner has the video. Brilliant throwaway line from Dave about Kaner taking the Cup to a Jimmy Buffett concert. The guy's still got it.

• Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull are still the two greatest Blackhawks of all time, but Jonathan Toews and Kane are closing in fast.

• Chicago GM Stan Bowman says he is hopeful the he can re-sign Bryan Bickell this summer. Also hopeful that entire Red Wedding sequence was just a dream.

Patrice Bergeron just put every football, baseball and basketball player in America to shame.

• Forget about that 17-second meltdown and Tuukka Rask had himself a pretty decent postseason. That's why it's going to cost the Bruins plenty to resign the RFA.

• This is one of those things you wish could have worked out another way: Andrew Ference is done in Boston.

• Hockey Canada is retooling its management to address recent failures on the world stage. Unless the job description of newcomer Sean Burke involves convincing goalies from other countries to get a Canadian passport, I'm guessing that this is more of a long-term project.

• Seems as though Kris Letang is feeling a little butt-hurt about his standing in the Pens' organization and he wouldn't mind taking his toys to Toronto. Wait...seriously?

• Good news for Letang: Not everyone is convinced that Paul Martin is Pittsburgh's best defenseman.

Bernie Miklasz writes that the cozy St. Louis dressing room needs to become a lot more uncomfortable before the Blues can be taken seriously.

• The very reasonable new contract signed by St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk might cost some other blueliners a few bucks.

• Here is Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts column for the week. Seems like he's doing a lot of thinking about Alain Vigneault in New York.

• The Rangers don't have a pick in the first two rounds on Sunday, which gives them plenty of time to talk contract extension with Henrik Lundqvist.

• Jonas Siegel has an in-depth look at the drafting process of the Maple Leafs. It's pretty good, but he leaves out the part about the darts.

• Apparently, the city of Glendale is exploring a whole new way to lose money with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Seth Jones knows he might be passed over by his hometown Avalanche with the first overall pick on Sunday. And he's okay with that.

Kevin Allen writes that Jones is one of a kind.

Pierre LeBrun chimes in with some buyout talk and the possible return of Tim Thomas. Dear eight-pound, six-ounce baby Hockey Gods ... please make this happen!

• Um, Bryz? Not sure that trolling an NHL owner by thanking him for securing your family's financial future is a smart idea for a guy hoping to play in this league again. Unless...

Steve Mason says he's ready to step up as Philly's new No. 1 goalie. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren isn't quite so sure about that.

• Calgary GM Jay Feaster really wants to move up in the draft.

• Harrison Mooney honors the unsung heroes of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

• Sounds like some changes are coming to the bottom end of Detroit's forward corps.

• Memo to aspiring bloggers: Make stuff up about Dustin Penner and he will call you out.
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