By amuir29
March 01, 2013

Ryan O'Reilly will return to the Colorado AvalancheRyan O'Reilly's return to Colorado left some questioning the sanity of the Calgary Flames. (Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• Here's a sampling of reactions to the Ryan O'Reilly offer sheet drama from Calgary, Denver, the national media and yours truly.

• Here's a radio interview with O'Reilly conducted right after Colorado matched.

• "Obviously, [suicide] is not something you should joke about." Rick DiPietro qualifies the remarks that stunned the hockey world early Thursday. Here's another take.

• Watch DiPietro's comments for yourself. Does he sound like he's being facetious when he talks about driving his car off a bridge? Not so much...

• Chicago's season-opening point streak hit 20 games with a 3-0 win over the Blues, but the Hawks lost starter Corey Crawford to an upper-body injury. A bigger concern: they continue to take a rash of third-period penalties. It's going to catch up to them.

Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane reflect on the third anniversary of the epic 2010 Olympic gold medal game.

• The return of Rick Nash helped the Rangers snap a four-game losing streak. Good to see Brad Richards with a jump in his step. He looked hopeless out there during Nash's convalescence.

• This is what Evgeni Malkin can do when he's hurt. Oh yeah, I could totally do that, too.

• Viral videos are turning top prospect Jonathan Drouin into a social media legend.

• The Jets got two goals from Andrew Ladd and an ugly win over the Devils to move into playoff position.

• Tough to tell the bigger problem for the Stars: a looming suspension for Jamie Benn or the pervasive lack of discipline that's led them to become the league's most penalized team.

USA Today has the latest 2013 draft update from The Red Line Report.

Nazem Kadri put on a show against the Islanders, scoring his first career hat trick. I'm still trying to figure out what Travis Hamonic was thinking on that one, though.

• "One day in the summer, we were playing golf in Halifax. We were the first ones out, just get up and hit it. [Gordie] shoots 68. Lou Boudreau told me he watched Gordie hit baseballs in Tiger Stadium and tried to sign him to a contract with the Indians. So I said: ‘Gordie, you’re the greatest hockey player of all time, you just shot 68 and you could have played major league baseball. It doesn’t seem fair.’ He said, 'You should see me bowl.'"

• Any list of the NHL's top GMs has to include Boston's Peter Chiarelli.

Henrik Lundqvist Casual Friday

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