Top Line: Tyler Seguin's homecoming; NHL trade talks heat up; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• It's easy to say that it's just another game the first time a player who was traded lines up against his old team, but it never is. The player always wants to show his former bosses they were wrong for getting rid of him. Every player dreams of that perfect night of revenge, but few get to live it quite the way that Stars forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley did last night against the Bruins.
• Mike Heika works an American history lesson into his take on Seguin's perfect homecoming. Trust me: it's way better than you think.
• The NHL is, for the most part, overzealous in reviewing close plays that may or may not have resulted in a goal, which only makes the missed overtime winner last night in San Jose all the more curious. Kukla's Korner stayed up late and did a great job capturing the online reaction to the game-changing decision that led to the Sabres' shocking 5-4 shootout win over the Sharks.
• Of course, it took a career-best performance from goalie Ryan Miller just to get Buffalo to that point.
• The Panthers play eight of their next nine games on the road. Odds are there is at least one significant change in store for the struggling team before it returns home to Sunrise. Anyone betting on it being a new coach?
• The NHLPA says the Flames are violating the CBA by making their players -- who complained to the union -- wear a certain kind of protective equipment. At some point, maybe the players' association will spearhead the study and implementation of safety measures to better protect its constituents. Until then, the players are free to expose their bones to fracture as they see fit. Make sense.
• Most Canadian kids dream of owning a hockey sweater, but Dennis Kane longed for a hockey jacket. And 50 years later, it is finally his. Must-read piece from Dave Stubbs.
• Matt Cade was curious about the origins of hockey's fly-by celebration. Curious enough to do more than sit on a bar stool and muse about it. He actually did some digging around. And this is what he found.
• Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky was on the bench last night for the second straight game because the Blue Jackets needed a win and coach Todd Richards didn't believe that Bob could help them get it. Bobrovsky may be "the guy" in Columbus, but he's not the guy right now, at least until he gets his game back in order.
• For some reason, the folks over at NHL.com decided now was the time to ask NHL stars to name their celebrity crushes. It's a good reminder of how young some of these guys are that Selena Gomez was one answer . . . or maybe just a reminder of how old I am that none of 'em picked Grace Kelly.
• What a magical moment last night for Hurricanes forward Manny Malhotra. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.