Top Line: Do Jets have the guts to trade Evander Kane?; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Does Evander Kane want a trade? Are the Jets looking/willing to accommodate him? If you're hoping for clarity, there's none forthcoming from Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. Maybe Chevy is a master of keeping his plans under wraps, but after three years of draft-and-hold organization building we're starting to wonder if he has a big deal in him.
• With Jason Spezza removed from the equation, the pressure is on Kyle Turris to step up as Ottawa's new first-line center. And that's not even the biggest challenge facing him next season.
• Ed Tait had one assumption confirmed at Winnipeg's development camp: first-rounder Nikolaj Ehlers has some serious game.
• Wow. Six years and $35.1 million. Why was Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen willing to give offer Brandon Dubinsky such a generous contract? ”He plays like we want every Blue Jacket to play.”
• This is some kind of customer service: A long-time Phoenix Coyotes season-ticket holder suggested in his year-end survey that the team draft his nephew. So they did. Okay, maybe there's more to the story...
• Complaints? Yeah, officials hear a few. Here's former NHL ref Paul Stewart on how to turn the tables when someone doesn't like a call.
• Vancouver's talent pipeline ran so dry last season that there wasn't anyone in Utica worthy of a call-up. That's shouldn't be a problem in the future. Judging by what he's seen so far at their dev camp, Jason Botchford says next year's farm team will be a snipe show.
• After sitting out a season, veteran Chad LaRose is looking to make a comeback with the Hurricanes. It's nice that the organization is giving him a shot, but a year away from the game is tough at any age. At 32? We wish him luck.
• Stephen Weiss didn't bring much to the Red Wings during his first season with the club, but a report out of Detroit suggests he's fully recovered from the groin problems that dogged him and is ready to make an impact this season. If he can be a solid defensive presence who chips in on the second power play and kicks in 50-55 points, he'll be a godsend.
• You know how there are some kids you see and you're immediately convinced that they're going to make it? That's how I feel about Boston prospect Rob O'Gara.