Top Line: Teemu Selanne calls for tougher punishments; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Teemu Selanne, perhaps the most respected player in the league, says recent NHL disciplinary actions haven't been strong enough and that it's time for the league to finally hand out a big suspension so players can no longer afford to play so recklessly. He'd also like to see coaches, general managers and owners held accountable. That would change things in a hurry, wouldn't it? And it's also the sort of punishment that wouldn't be dictated by the CBA. What do you think... is Teemu on to something here?
• Suddenly, the team regarded as the league's most notorious divers isn't flopping around so much anymore. It might have something to do with the new coach...which doesn't say much for the old one.
• This column won't go over well in Nashville, but Adam Proteau is absolutely right: the Predators could be better served by making the bold decision to trade Shea Weber. Properly executed, that's the sort of deal that could give the franchise the traction it needs to move out of neutral and into the league's upper echelon.
• Things are about to get really ugly for Carolina. Already playing without backup goalie Anton Khudobin, the 'Canes lost starter Cam Ward for up to a month with a lower-body injury. Anyone out that way feel good about Justin Peters carrying the mail for an extended period?
• The Wild won the game, but lost the red-hot Josh Harding indefinitely to a lower-body injury. That's a tough break for the Masterton-winning goalie who is off to the best start among NHL goalies this season.
• He might be pleased with his steady recovery, but Parros isn't too happy with his name being front and center in the fighting debate.
• By scoring his second of the season, defenseman Braydon Coburn became Philadelphia's second-leading goal scorer. Pretty much sums up how this season has gone in Philly, doesn't it? But hey, at least the Flyers won a game for a change, right?
• The IIHF web site takes a look at Team Canada's Sochi hopefuls.
• Alex Ovechkin scored again, but the bigger news in Washington's win in Edmonton was that all four goals came at even strength. If they can get the offense going at five-on-five, this becomes a much more dangerous team.
• Apparently, the Oilers spent whatever rage they felt over being labeled a junior hockey team against Montreal. Nail Yakupov was a big minus-4 on the night. Might be another night or two in the press box ahead.
• This might be the best story ever involving a hockey player and a metal detector.
• If you've ever wondered what Brazilian race car drivers think about hockey players, this is the link you've been waiting for.
• One of the NHL's most puzzling slumps finally came to an end last night. Oh, and Dwight King scored a hat trick. Dwight King. • It had to be that guest appearance on "Ellen" that made the difference.