Top Line: Canucks-Flames line brawl raises Code questions; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Cam Cole says the 15-day suspension handed to Canucks coach John Tortorella proves the NHL only endorses on-ice mayhem, but some provocative questions were raised regarding The Code.
• It'll now be the Sully and Gully Show for Torts-less Vancouver.
• No surprise that Sidney Crosby would like to see Steven Stamkos healthy in time to skate for Canada in Sochi. What's eye-catching about this piece is Sid's take on why Stamkos has become so successful. Crosby's thoughts on the snub of Martin St. Louis are interesting, too.
• The Ducks' equipment manager is prepared for the worst at Saturday's Stadium Series game in Los Angeles. With temperatures set to soar near 80 degrees, he has a plan for sharpening skates to deal with the conditions.
• Martin Brodeur has a new mask for Sunday's outdoor game at Yankee Stadium ... but does he have the starting job? You have to believe that his stature gives him the inside track, but with two points on the line, no one should blame coach Pete DeBoer for tapping Cory Schneider as the starter.
• Will Hossa stick around long enough to see Chicago actually trade for the No. 2 center it has needed for the last three seasons?
• Remember how we all had a good laugh when Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he would hire a CSI team to prove that Matt Cooke intentionally injured Erik Karlsson last season? It turns out he wasn't joking. I know the guy is the boss, but can't someone in the organization gently let him know that he's embarrassing himself?
• Mike Heika calls last night's loss to the Predators "an amalgamation of frustration" for the Stars and says it might signal the death knell of Dallas' season. Big game at home tonight against the Wild. Lose this one and it's time to start focusing on the trade deadline.
• Ken Campbell argues that the NHL needs to expand its use of video review to prevent a recurrence of Niklas Kronwall's off-the-netting goal on Saturday. If the league is committed to getting the call right, this seems like a smart move -- even if it only comes into use a couple of times each season.
• The demotion of Philipp Grubauer puts an end to the Capitals' three-headed goalie monster, but was it enough to convince Michal Neuvirth to withdraw his trade request? I'm gonna guess no ... but that doesn't mean Washington is in any hurry to accommodate him.