After promising that the Stars
would play for their fallen teammate, Jamie Benn
was Dallas's hero. (Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The Stars honored ailing teammate Rich Peverley with a gritty overtime win in St. Louis on Tuesday night. Dallas fan or not, you had to be rooting for the Stars to pull the game out.
• Jiri Fischer knows better than anyone that Peverley's life will never be the same after he suffered a cardiac event on Monday night. Here's what actually happened to the Dallas forward's heart and how it could affect his future.
• Peverley's collapse put his teammates through an emotional wringer. Good to hear that Alex Chiasson is feeling better.
• The question has to be asked in Vancouver: Has coach John Tortorella lost the room? Another effort by the Canucks like the one in the third period of their 7-4 loss to the Islanders on Monday night and he might not get to finish the season.
• So much for all the talk about the potential for radical rules changes coming out of this week's general managers meetings in Florida. Although there may be some minor tweaks, it doesn't appear that any significant tinkering is in the cards.
• Josh Harding, who is battling multiple sclerosis, has returned to the ice for the first time since December. There are still hurdles for the Wild's goalie to cross before he sees game action, but it's great news that he's feeling well enough to take this step.
• Scoreless through his first four games in New York, Martin St. Louis is struggling to help his new Rangers teammates.
• A top NHL official says that the political goals of media mogul Pierre-Karl Peladeau, who is now a separatist party candidate in an upcoming provincial election, won't have any impact on his bid to bring an NHL expansion team to Quebec City.
• Aggressive revenue goals and cash on the table means that it won't be long before we see corporate logos on NHL jerseys.
• Doesn't matter where Blackhawks bench boss Joel Quenneville slots Brandon Saad. The energetic winger gets results. Tracey Myers explains why.
• TSN had an interesting sit-down with Taylor Hall in which he discussed the frustration of losing, his disappointment over not making Team Canada and not having a clue about what his advanced stats mean. Some great stuff from Hall in here about being interested in the numbers, but not understanding what he can do as a player to improve them. Kind of telling.
• How's this for a damning stat? Over the past four seasons, the Thrashers/Jets franchise has been a combined five points out of a playoff spot at the trade deadline and has zero postseason berths to show for it. Maybe that's why Winnipeg fans were ticked off when GM Kevin Cheveldayoff decided again to not go for it this year.
• The Scorpion denies Evgeni Kuznetsov his first NHL goal:
• Jacob Trouba talks musical tastes with his Jets teammates. Bad choices and bad singing ensue.
• He may have been the MVP of the Olympics, but Teemu Selanne barely sniffs the ice in Anaheim these days. And he's starting to get frustrated with his limited role.
• The Blue Jackets survived a rocky first period to earn a win of seismic proportions. It's starting to feel like this might be their year, isn't it?
• Martin Brodeur has done this so many times that he doesn't even need to look anymore:
• The Sharks put on a clinic in puck possession for the visiting Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, illustrating why they're a legitimate threat to win the Stanley Cup this year.
• With 14 points in his past nine games, this Senators center
has picked up his game when his team needs him most.