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Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins lies on the ice after suffering a concussion. The NHL's anti-head trauma efforts may go into overdrive due to the lawsuit that has been filed against the league. (Getty Images)
By Allan Muir With our coverage this morning today focused on two breaking developments, here's an abbreviated edition of today's must-read hockey stories: • Could the pending lawsuit by 10 ex-players actually force the NHL to rewrite its rule book? Adam Proteau suggests a day of reckoning could be at hand for the league. • Here's a little bit of idle speculation on what the NHL's new Canadian broadcast deal might mean. Read between the lines. Does it sound to you like the future of Donald S. Cherry could be affected? • Brian Burke weighs in on his choice for Team Canada's goalie, the scariest team in Sochi, and how he'd like to see the international community respond to Russia's anti-gay legislation. This is the Burkie we've missed since he promised to keep a low profile with his new job in Calgary. • Mark Spector argues that the Chicago Blackhawks have surpassed the Detroit Red Wings and become the NHL's gold standard organization. Given what GM Stan Bowman has accomplished during the past few years, especially while trying to deal with salary cap issues, it's hard not to agree. • Zdeno Chara explains why there would never be a Richie Incognito situation in a locker room where he was the captain. This is a must-read for leaders, and would-be leaders, at every level of the game. • Was the penalty assessed to Dion Phaneuf after last night's big hit on Artem Anisimov evidence of the league's sensitivity to head contact? Clearly the call was wrong, but the reaction of the officials shows how little tolerance there is these days for any gray-area collision. • Looks like a nasty, but clean, hit to me. Have a look and judge for yourself. • A day after he was crowned the best goalie in the NHL by the Toronto Star, James Reimer was jeered by his hometown fans after a brutal performance against the Blue Jackets. target="_blank">Cue Sinatra. • Big night for Martin St. Louis, who was honored for playing in his 1,000th game last week. He also picked up three points in a big win over the Rangers, but there was one unfortunate moment... • Here's the local angle on Steven Stamkos and his surprisingly ambulatory press conference yesterday. • Nice piece here from Jason Kay, who adjusted the numbers to determine just how historical the career of Jaromir Jagr could have been. • The Minnesota Wild lost leading scorer Zach Parise to a foot injury last night, and it looks serious. Could it impact his participation in Sochi? • Dealing with embarrassing mistakes helped Seth Jones and Ryan Murray make quick, successful transitions from junior hockey to the NHL. • In case you missed Sarah Kwak's piece on Colorado's surprising season in this week's issue of SI, there was a very interesting sidebar involving Semyon Varlamov's accuser. Adrian Dater adds his take to the story. • Things are not going well for Rick DiPietro as he attempts to get his game back on track with Charlotte of the AHL. Confidence is a tricky thing to regain once it's been lost, and right now he's struggling to find the self-assurance that defined him as a young prospect. At this point, his chances of an NHL comeback look pretty dim. • The only sure thing about the Ottawa Senators this season is their inconsistency. • Ken Campbell says his dream Stanley Cup Final would feature the Bruins against the Blues. Team loyalties aside, most fans would be up for that. • Daniel Sedin had one to put under his pillow last night:

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