If his Flyers
continue to struggle, coach Peter Laviolette could end up looking for work. (Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Everyone who has Philly's Peter Laviolette in the first-to-be-fired pool has to be liking their odds right now. The Flyers have yet to score an even-strength goal through two games, and mustered just 11 five-on-five shots in last night's 4-1 loss to Montreal. His seat is now officially hot.
• There aren't many players Montreal's fans love to hate more than Vincent Lecavalier.
• Joel Ward had some serious bathroom issues in Dallas yesterday morning. He may never hear the end of this.
• With Nathan MacKinnon all but headed to the Hall of Fame after his first two games, the fate of Paul Stastny draws into focus. It's a good bet he'll be traded before season's end, writes Adrian Dater, to ensure MacKinnon gets his minutes. If GM Joe Sakic can turn Stastny into a reliable defenseman, it would put the team on the fast track to playoff contention.
• The struggling Predators make sense as a possible destination Stastny. They can't score and they have defensive prospects to spare.
• Referee Mike Leggo wanted to be certain Shawn Horcoff understood why he earned a penalty in last night's Dallas win over Washington. Funny stuff.
• Alex Ovechkin scored a beauty in the game, but he can only dream of being as unstoppable as Dallas' Alex Chiasson.
• Tonight could mark Teemu Selanne's last visit to Winnipeg, but Olli Jokinen isn't so sure.
• Here's what some current Jets have to say about Selanne, and here's a list of his top-five career moments.
• The Kings are producing a new series of promotional videos and the first three out of the blocks are all pretty awesome.
• Beau Bennett stands to be one of the key beneficiaries with right winger James Neal out indefinitely.
• Steve Simmons touches on Jake Gardiner and the challenge he poses for Randy Carlyle, and a memo sent out by the league asking teams to tone down the promotion of fighting in this week's Sunday column.
• Former Leaf Clarke MacArthur came clean about his own relationship with former coach Carlyle. Sounds like they weren't planning family vacations together.
• Paul MacLean is whining about the spin-o-rama move used by Mason Raymond in Toronto's shootout win over his Sens. Is he just butt-hurt, or does he have a point?
• Veteran columnist Larry Brooks puts in his two cents on the NHL's fighting debate. It's a good read, as always, from Brooksie.
• Wait a minute...Hot Stove is a pre-game feature now? That's like moving the Denny Crane/Alan Shore cigar-smoking epilogue before the opening theme song, for cryin' out loud! At least Hockey Night in Canada didn't screw up Coach's Corner.
• Do Phoenix fans have something to worry about here? Impending UFA Radim Vrbata has told the Coyotes he won't negotiate a new contract during the season.
• I took a bit grief over my preseason pick for the Calder Trophy. With a pair of goals last night, Tomas Hertl made me feel a lot better about it. This backhander was a real beauty.
• Have the Boston Bruins finally figured out how to score on the power play? A 2-for-4 performance against the Red Wings suggests they are on the right track after changing the role of Zdeno Chara.
• Stephen Harris considers Patrice Bergeron and his candidacy for Team Canada in Sochi.
• If you don't pick up the print copy of The Hockey News, here's your chance to finally read Ken Campbell's excellent piece on the Red Wings and their place as a beacon of hope in the decaying landscape of Detroit. This is a really solid read.
• Taylor Hall
and Devan Dubnyk
were flat-out brutal again in last night's 6-2 loss to Vancouver. Bruce McCurdy has the gory details.