By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• "Until our ownership is resolved, we're going to table Mike's contract and hope things work out later." That's Phoenix GM Don Maloney paving the way for Mike Smith's virtually inevitable departure via free agency.
• Rick Nash is eligible to come off IR today, but his absence from practice on Monday says that isn't happening. So when will the Rangers come clean and admit that he suffered a concussion?
• Dallas Stars fans need to learn to "enjoy the chaos" that comes with following a promising, but mistake-prone, group of youngsters.
• The Blackhawkstrailed entering the third period for just the third time this season, but got a tying goal from Viktor Stalberg to push their streak to 19 games, and an OT winner from Marian Hossa for good measure.
• The amazing Senators beat the Habs to complete just the second sweep of a four-game homestand in franchise history.
• There's no problem with Mike Yeo's dump-and-chase system, says Zach Parise. So, that 28th-ranked offense is apparently just a fluke? Or maybe a sign of a team that has less finishing touch than expected.
• The Maple Leafs applied a lesson learned from their last-minute loss to the Senators to avoid a similar collapse on Monday night against the Flyers. The win gives Toronto 12 in 20 games, making it their best start in 20 years.
• The Detroit Red Wingsdare to be different and the NHL is better for it.
• There are plenty of reasons why the Florida Panthers have taken a huge step back this season, but winning is tied directly to one: the power play. Nine of their 11 power play goals have come in the five games they've won.
• Florida's slump, couple with his recent stretch of uninspired play, makes it likely that Stephen Weisswon't be rocking Panthers' red much longer.
• Ian Laperriere talks talks concussions, his new life in the Flyers' front office and his part in the Judd Apatow film, This is 40.