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Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux dodged the media after a loss to the New Jersey Devils. It's been a tough season so far for Claude Giroux, who has yet to score a goal. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• Nice use of the Monty Python classic bit "Brave Sir Robin" here by Marcus Hayes to illustrate how it looked when Philadelphia's Claude Giroux dodged the media after an embarrassing loss to New Jersey. This is exactly the kind of moment when the captain is supposed to stand up and take heat off his teammates, not heap it on them.

• Here's what was said in the players-only meeting that followed the Flyers' 3-0 shutout by the Devils. Not sure polite and quiet gets it done, but we'll see.

• Paint was peeled off the walls by plenty of yelling and cursing in the Florida's dressing room after the Panthers lost last night's game in Boston. No surprise that coach Kevin Dineen and assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay have been sent packing.

• Coach Todd Richards let his stumbling Blue Jackets have it with both barrels after they were outworked (again) at home by the Rangers. Changes may be coming to Columbus as well.

• Who can figure out Bruins fans? They boo Tyler Seguin, a guy who was traded away from Boston, but offer an entirely different response to a guy who quit on their team. Okay.

• There clearly are some folks out there who want fighting out of the game. You know who doesn't? The players.

• So this is why the Colorado Avalanche have gotten off to such a great start.

• Here's another reason: Coach Patrick Roy puts players in positions where they're most likely to succeed. Case in point: the "demotion" of Nathan MacKinnon from second line to third in order to put him back at center, where he's most comfortable.

• Mike Heika says last night's OT win in Detroit shows that the Dallas Stars are taking on the personality of general manager Jim Nill. Not sure I've seen enough yet to fully agree with that, but I'll say this much: it's time for Dallas fans to start filling all those empty seats at the AAC. After sweeping a three-game roadie, this team is proving itself worth the price of admission.

Sergei Gonchar says he almost lost an eye in Tuesday's win over Boston.

Corey Perry's hot hand has the Ducks perched atop the NHL standings.

• How has that late-season trade that sent Jay Bouwmeester from Calgary to St. Louis worked out? Here's how Jeff Gordon sees it.

• Brett Hull can still bring the funny.

• Alex Steen wants to be left alone. The way he's scoring goals these days, the Blues should do everything possible to accommodate him.

• The end of John Scott's suspension and the anxious press box nights of two top prospects are covered in this Buffalo Sabres catch-all from John Vogl.

• The Minnesota Wild are hemorrhaging points in the shootout. They've yet to score a goal in three attempts at the skills competition.

• Lance Hornby offers up profiles of Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer ahead of their induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

• Sportsnet's insiders answer questions on problems in Carolina, Edmonton's top needs, and a potential fire sale in Calgary.

• The Senators appear to have an extra defenseman on hand and there are 8-10 teams looking for one. Could we see movement soon?

Joe Thornton says the Sharks stunk up the joint on the way to their fourth consecutive loss. Is this the inevitable regression to the mean after a red-hot start, or do they really miss the mysteriously ailing Brent Burns that much?

• Jim Jamieson sat down with the legendary sniper Mike Bossy and got his take on the game today, his new job and the latest on his chronically bad back.

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