Top Line: Blackhawks get wake-up call; 2013 NHL Draft revisited; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Marian Hossa says that the Blackhawks' losing streak is "a wake-up call." That can be a valuable thing at this time of year, provided that a team is willing to listen. That's no sure thing considering the way Chicago has routinely ignored such calls this season.
• Pro scouts have an easy solution to the Maple Leafs' woes: strip the C off of Dion Phaneuf's sweater. It's probably a good place to start, but acquiring one or two physical, defensive-minded blueliners would have a greater impact.
• Michael Traikos needs two hands to point fingers at everyone who deserves blame for the mess in Toronto.
• The Bruins' roster is going to go see some changes ahead of the playoffs.
• Want a free Jarome Iginla sweater and a year's subscription to NHL Center Ice? Just be willing to do what this lifelong Canucks fan did.
• John Tortorella has been charming with the media in Vancouver, but his charm hasn't gone over so well on the Canucks' bench, which is where it actually matters. That's why Larry Brooks expects his old nemesis will be fired after this season.
• Now that the coaching situation is settled, here's the next step to take in Buffalo.
• Big night for the Wild, who authored their second consecutive third-period comeback victory to tighten their grip on the first wild-card berth in the West. Minnesota then signed UMass Lowell defenseman Christian Folin, the top free agent in college hockey. Wild fans should get a good look at Folin's heavy shot before the regular season is out.
• If that wasn't enough excitement for Minnesota, then how about the fifth-leading scorer in franchise history tending the twine at practice on Monday? Fortunately, the Wild were able to find someone a little more qualified to play goalie for the actual game against the Kings. Rob Laurie made his third career appearance as an emergency back-up. One of these days he's actually going to get into a game, right?
• The action was equally thrilling in Anaheim, where the Ducks set two franchise records in their stunning comeback win over Winnipeg.
• This old trick actually worked last night:
• The Mounties had to be called in to break up a minor league hockey brawl after a linesman was assaulted on the ice.
• No one should begrudge Martin Brodeur's desire to play one more NHL season, but someone might need to talk some sense into him if he really thinks he can still be a starter in this league.
• Dan Rosen really wants to get Pierre McGuire's opinion on advanced stats. Pierre ain't bitin'.
• Does anyone cut to the quick quite like an editorial cartoonist? Here's a succinct jab at the forever rebuilding Oilers.• Maybe you have to know Daryl Reaugh to appreciate this.