Top Line: Stars are NHL's Justin Bieber; League set for gay player?; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Somehow, Mike Heika has managed to draw a parallel from Justin Bieber's rise to stardom and recent DUI arrest to Dallas' young Stars learning how to win. This is gold, Jerry.
• OK, so does this mean that the Maple Leafs' parade is off again?
• Given all the efforts made to increase awareness and tolerance during the past few years, is the NHL actually any closer to having an openly gay player?
• Some candid, and business savvy, comments from Thomas Vanek regarding the upcoming NHL trade deadline. The most eye opening comment? He says he'd be open to signing with the Islanders as a free agent in July even if GM Garth Snow decides to swap him at the deadline.
• Eric Duhatschek ponders the engineering marvel that is laying, and keeping, ice at Dodger Stadium.
• Aspiring country singers dream of a Nashville debut as successful as Michael Del Zotto's.
• Here's the moment when Darcey Kuemper learned the hard way that it's wise to keep a spare goalie at the rink.
• This works for me: A hockey legend will be the flag bearer for Canada at the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi next month.
• Lost in all of Thursday night's wonderment: a nice, disciplined performance by the goal judge in Columbus. • With both Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlamov playing the best hockey of their careers, which goalie gets the nod to start for Russia in Sochi?