An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Martin Brodeur doesn't fear hanging around the game too long. He fears leaving too soon. This is Nick Cotsonika with a fantastic look into the motivations that drive the legendary goaltender to play another year in the NHL.
• Mike Modano's number goes to the rafters of the AAC in Dallas tonight. Now's a good time to invest in Kleenex and look back at what made him one of the greatest American-born players of all time. Here's the view from Minnesota where he started his career, and from the Lone Star state where Tim Cowlishaw considers the three moves that defined Modano and helped the Stars reach their destiny.
• Daniel Alfredsson hasn't made a final decision on next season yet, but if he comes back for another year he hopes it will be with the Red Wings. Considering the impact the 41-year-old has had this year, they'd probably be happy/lucky to have him.
• Ottawa coach Paul MacLean didn't have a problem with Chris Neil and Jared Cowen dropping the gloves and throwing punches at practice. He just wants to see more of that energy between the whistles.
• A new film mythologizing Russian legend Valeri Kharlamov takes a truncated look at hockey history.
• Olympic gold-medalist Shannon Szabados is turning pro with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League. It's an unusual arrangement, but it's not a publicity stunt. The Team Canada star won a Canadian college championship with three members of the Cottonmouths just last year, so she should be able to compete at that level.
• Here's a look back at the five women who paved the way for Szabados in men's pro leagues.
• Now that the trade deadline is passed, it's time to ask the tough question: what does it all mean for my hockey pool?
• You might not see a sicker goal all year than this one from Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sergei Tolchinsky. Good lord, those hands...