Top Line: Jarome Iginla tops 30, Maple Leafs trapped in glass case of emotion
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Jarome Iginla reached the 30-goal benchmark in yesterday's win over the Caps. His scorching hot March proves he's not just a valuable part of the present. He can be a big part of the future, too...if the Bruins can figure out how to work him in under that cap.
• While Iggy's been on a roll, the hands of another Boston scorer have turned to stone. And that might necessitate a shake-up in the team's top six.
• As Toronto's epic swing swoon reaches eight games, Chris Johnson points to an upside: the organization can no longer ignore the sizable cracks in the team's foundation. That probably doesn't bode well for the future of Randy Carlyle, right?
• Mike Zeisberger offers his take on the big changes coming in Hogtown.
• Fluto Shinazawa takes a look at two former players who helped shape the St. Louis Blues into a leading Cup contender, an equipment concept to help fighters and the breakthrough season of Ryan Johansen. I must admit I initially backburnered the Boston Globe's Sunday hockey column after Kevin Dupont moved on, but Shinazawa has done an outstanding job maintaining its must-read status. He's a gem.
• Here's Bruce Garrioch on the rapid decline in the career of former superstar Dany Heatley. I suggested earlier this week he may be done after this season, but Uncle Bruce believes there's at least one time might take a chance on him for a low-dough, one-year deal.
• With the Hawks in town to play the Pens, Joe Starkey imagines what it would be like if the two would-be dynasties met up again in the Cup Final. No comment here on Joe's ability to dream big.
• The Pittsburgh Tribune assembled this awesome infographic to put Pittsburgh's devastating string of injuries into perspective.
• The Coyotes went a stretch of 22 minutes without a shot last night, including the first 18 minutes of the third. Captain Shane Doan conveniently found someone to blame who wasn't wearing a brick red sand jersey, because it couldn't possibly have been his team's fault, right?
• Red-hot Gabriel #Mandeskog, er, Landeskog has played a key role in Colorado's remarkable turnaround season.
• The Lightning won one of the most exciting shootouts of the year last week, but that doesn't mean the team's coach and star players support the game-ender.
• Adrian Dater says quit whining about the shootout, then talks up a slow-cooking a hot prospect and the coach of the year race in this week's Sunday column.
• After taking another torpedo to the hull last night, it's clear the Vancouver Canucks need to be brought back to port and overhauled. But what exactly will that look like? There's one easy decision to be made, but several others will require some nuanced thinking--a quality the organization has lacked for the past couple of years.
• The best line in the league right now might be wearing bleu, blanc et rouge.