Top Line: NHL trade deadline rumors; Sochi security concerns; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The NHL's trade deadline arrives just 10 days after the Olympic flame will be extinguished in Sochi, and TSN's panel has some thoughts on some of the prime targets contending teams could be pursuing.
• Evgeni Malkin has reassured Sidney Crosby that everything will be all right in Sochi. Security concerns aren't scaring athletes away from the Winter Games, but terrorism is more than a back-of-the-mind issue for many players, Malkin's confidence notwithstanding.
• Make that eight losses in nine games for the Canucks. Going 0-for-7 on the power play in a 1-0 loss is bad enough, but blowing a four-minute advantage to end the game? Brutal. How long until GM Mike Gillis does something, anything, to shake up his underachieving group of forwards?
• A dark horse candidate is emerging in the race for the Calder Trophy.
• Meanwhile, Patrick Roy says he couldn't do what Brodeur has done.
• Here is what Paul Maurice brings to the Jets ... and it's something they sorely need.
• Mike Heika offers an introductory course on the collected works of Kurt Vonnegut while breaking down the intricacies of yet another Stars loss.
• Former NHL referee Paul Stewart tells about the time he called two penalty shots in a game ... during the same play.
• The Flyers have demonstrated some amazing resiliency of late, coming back seven times from a third-period deficit to win during the past five weeks. But the fact that they find themselves always needing late heroics is a troubling trend.