Top Line: Yzerman looking for help; milestone night for Crosby; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman would prefer that someone from the organization stepped up to fill the void created by Steven Stamkos' injury, but he's willing to consider a trade for a veteran scorer to keep his team afloat if that's what it takes. Smart move. With at least two spots in the Atlantic up for grabs, he can't wait much longer for this group to prove they're up to the challenge.
• You think maybe he's had second thoughts about returning Jonathan Drouin to junior? You won't believe what that kid did this week to the Q.
• The captain can finally buy a round for the boys in Colorado.
• Does the filming of HBO's "24/7" impact team performance?
• A young Red Wing will be in Detroit for the rest of the season, thanks as much to waiver rules as his two-goal performance the other night.
• Here's another great piece of hockey history: a remembrance of the Allan Cup champion Windsor Bulldogs and their 1963 trip to Russia. Hockey, spies and cockroaches are only part of the story.
• Is one of Subban's potential rivals for the Norris facing a shift to forward?
• There's a very good reason for Philadelphia's recent run of success.
• Adam Proteau says Jonathan Toews deserves consideration alongside Crosby and Ovechkin in any discussion of the world's best player. Wait...was that still up for debate?
• Who knew that "unbelievable save by Tadeas Galansky" meant the same thing in Finnish as it does in English? Either way, this is a pretty insane stop. Fast forward to the 7:25 mark:
• Here's a photo gallery of what one statistical metric says are the NHL's 20 most efficient teammates.
• Some team is going to sign WHL overaged Mitch Holmberg to an NHL contract. Should it be your favorite club?
• The ability to stay ahead of the times has Ken Hitchcock on target for a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. • Loui Eriksson isn't finding the goals where he used to, so now he's looking for free bunnies instead.