Top Line: Kris Letang relives stroke horror; trade rumors swirl; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Speaking for the first time since he suffered a stroke earlier this month, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shared the horror of his life-altering experience. There's still no word on when he might be able to return to the ice, but the fact that he has an eye on this season is the best possible news.
• Darren Dreger checks in with his take on trade rumors surrounding Ryan Kesler, Chris Phillips and Tyler Myers. I can see Myers moving at some point, but at the draft in June seems like better timing than the March 5 deadline. We'll see.
• Tonight could mark the last home game for several players who are expected to be moved in the Sabres' fire sale.
• It's nice that Teemu Selanne was the MVP of the Olympic hockey tournament and all, but now he has to show that same zip in Anaheim if he wants to be more than a bit player for the Stanley Cup-contending Ducks.
• Here's an Olympic angle I haven't seen covered yet: the players were allowed to keep one of these as a souvenir of Sochi.
• The Blackhawks and the Wild are scouting the Devils. Are the two teams hoping that Martin Brodeur can shore up their goaltending depth? The NHL's all-time wins leader will get the start on Saturday night for what could be a showcase game before the trade deadline.
• Tony Gallagher says that Zack Kassian deserves a spot on Vancouver's top line immediately ... and if his defensive game is an issue, that's the fault of coach John Tortorella and his staff.
• Check out the latest NHL to Seattle buzz in the wake of a fact-finding trip by more than 30 local dignitaries. Interesting to read about a second arena proposal to go along with Chris Hansen's well-known bid for the city's downtown area.
• Kristen Odland looks at how having a baby in-season can be a game-changer for an NHL player.
• With season ticket renewal notices starting to circulate, some fans are bound to be shocked by what it will cost to attend games next season. • Upper Deck has been granted an exclusive license to manufacture hockey cards beginning next season.