Top Line: Rookie hazing in the NHL; Martin Brodeur talks trade; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The practice of hazing rookies in the NHL has become much more civilized in recent years. Washington coach Adam Oates and star forward Alex Ovechkin swap stories about their introduction to the fraternity here.
• Chuck Gormley explains why Washington's lethal power play and penalty kill are the league's best.
• Varlamov tells a Russian journalist that "many people understand" his situation in this exclusive interview.
• Ryan O'Reilly introduced his Colorado teammates to yoga on Monday. The practice is gaining favor as a training approach to improve both the physical and mental readiness of athletes across a variety of pursuits.
• You can never see enough of hits like this:
• How about this puck patience from Patrick Kane?:
• If the Habs are looking for something that's both exotic and homey for their next road trip, they might want to give this place a shot.
• Darren Pang knows who he'd start in goal for Canada in Sochi.
• John Tortorella has assigned the Sedins more defensive zone starts and time on the penalty kill in an effort to get them more involved in the game. So, naturally, they've gone off on a scoring spree.
• Claude Giroux hasn't scored yet this season and the stress is beginning to show on Philly's captain.
• Well, here's a piece of unfortunate news. The way homecomings have been going in Boston, this guy probably would have posted a shutout and his first career hat trick against his former team.
• Ever since a frustrated Erik Karlsson told the press "I'm not an [effing] god," that's exactly how he's played. Just for the record then, I'm not an [effing] Pulitzer winner. • The Red Wings have finally addressed their logjam of forwards by placing a veteran on waivers. They're also taking a hard look at a lingering problem that's plagued their blueline corps.