Top Line: James Neal gets away with mayhem; longest NHL game; more
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• James Neal of the Penguins is the poster child for everything that's wrong with NHL discipline, says former referee Paul Stewart. Neal's unrestrained recklessness reflects a lack of control on the part of Pittsburgh's leadership and the league's justice system.
• The great Dave Stubbs offers up an absolute must-read today with his recreation of the longest game ever played. This is as fine a piece on hockey history as you'll see.
• It's not that Henrik Sedin was injured again last night. It's how he got hurt that reveals how poorly coach John Tortorella has managed his assets this season and explains why he likely won't be back behind Vancouver's bench next season.
• Zack Kassian of the Canucks has always had the tools. Last night against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, he played like he had the toolbox, too.
• "Life is a series of adjustments," says David Poile. Nashville's GM is making a big one now as he copes with the loss of sight in his right eye.
• While the guy who went the other way in the deal has struggled, Ryan Callahan is thriving in Tampa Bay.
• Bill Meltzer explains what's behind the Philadelphia Flyers' recent surge.
• Goalie James Reimer has been awful during the past week or so, but he doesn't deserve to be scapegoated by Toronto's fickle supporters.
• Not sure what makes some people think that attacking a player's wife on Twitter is a reasonable response to a loss, but here's to April Reimer for rising above it.
• Putting early-season struggles and trade rumors behind them allowed this pair of veterans to help push the Dallas Stars toward the playoffs.
• Jim Matheson explains why the Edmonton Oilers need to ignore the common wisdom and draft another forward this June.
• Matty considers a player who is crying to be bought out, an overlooked Jack Adams candidate, and the NHL prospects of a Hobey Baker favorite in today's This 'n' That column.
• Bruce Arthur teed off on Edmonton's mismanagement in yesterday's edition of "The Reporters."
• Carey Price isn't back in golden form just yet, but the Montreal Canadiens netminder hopes to take another step forward tonight with the red-hot Bruins on the menu. • Gift-wrapping goals for the opposition is a lousy strategy for a team that's fighting for a playoff berth like the Blue Jackets.