Top Line: Fleury's miraculous save; Stamkos sets return date; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• "Unfortunately, I'm going to be on the highlights for quite a time with that one,” said Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on Monday night after being victimized by the highlight-reel save above. Save of the year? Maybe. What do you think of Marc-Andre Fleury's larcenous glove grab?
• Sidelined by an unidentified illness, Kris Letang sat out his third consecutive game for the Penguins. Team doctors are running tests on the All-Star defender, but haven't come up with any answers for what might be ailing him, or how long he'll be out of the lineup.
• The TSN panel talks NHL trade rumors, including the latest on Ryan Callahan (he wants how much?), David Legwand and Thomas Vanek, who reportedly is willing to leave money on the table to sign with the team he wants. Wonder who that could be ...?
• Are the Canucks the the NHL's worst third-period team? They certainly played like it -- again -- as John Tortorella made a fruitless return to the bench in last night's 2-0 loss to Detroit. Tortorella's frustration led him to call for changes to the lineup ... or at least, changes more significant than the Dale Wiese for Raphael Diaz swap.
• Speaking of Thomas, he says he has an idea of where he'd like to play next season.
• The NHL's best rivalry could be headed outdoors in 2015.
• The Olympic hockey head shots are online ... and let's just say they are not particularly flattering. I mean, poor Alfie.
• More Olympic talk: Sidney Crosby says it can be a challenge staying focused on his NHL job with the Olympic tournament just days away. Meanwhile, after being snubbed by Team USA, Bobby Ryan plans on ignoring the Winter Games.
• They didn't introduce the entire Swedish Olympic team at last night's Sochi send-off in Detroit, but they came pretty close.
• These Olympic dorms aren't likely to earn that elusive fourth star ... but they'll sleep at least three:
• Here's another great piece from hockey historian Joe Pelletier, this time focusing on what could have been an early European invasion of the NHL.• The largest minor hockey association in the world is thinking about removing bodychecking from leagues where players have little chance to advance to high-level competition. Ken Campbell thinks this is a brilliant move, and the more I think about it, the more I'm inclined to agree with him, especially in light of the latest medical research.