Top Line: Top NHL trade targets, Wild surge into first, more links
By Allan Muir
A notated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Jim Matheson offers a look at the top-20 UFA eligible players likely to be dealt before the April 3 trade deadline.
• Is Jarome Iginla getting used to the idea of a move as the embarrassing losses mount for the Flames?
• Alain Vigneault has earned the right to battle through this crisis, but it won't be long before the security of his job becomes a legitimate question.
• Crazy moment in New York, where Alex Ovechkin drew two penalties on the same play. It's a great call that should be seen more often, considering how frustrated players commonly take additional liberties after seeing the ref's hand go up. Interesting thing this time: The Rangers scored on the delayed call, taking one penalty off the board, but stayed on the power play. The Blueshirts went on to win, 4-1.
• High-scoring prospect Tyler Toffoli could make his NHL debut tonight for the Kings. Meanwhile, the Flames will be without their top prospect after returning struggling Sven Baertschi to the minors over the weekend. You have to think the team's problems are stunting this kid's development. He's the real deal, but he's looked lost out there.
• The Calgary Flames woke up this morning in the Western Conference cellar. Another loss in Los Angeles tonight and they might have to learn to get comfortable in their new digs.
• Dave Feschuk buys a stove, preheats the oven and roasts Brian Burke after Toronto's former GM raised hackles with his "You do all the work, you set the table, somebody else eats the meal..." comment.
• The Flyers used quick feet and physical play to snap a skid that saw them lose three times in five days. Nice that they beat Buffalo, but if they can't find that formula with some consistency against winning teams, their season could be over in a couple of weeks.
• The Blues this morning became the second team this season to decide against signing Jason Arnott after taking him for a test drive. His name will continue to pop up in rumors, but he appears too slow to be of any use at this point.
• Legendary Boston University coach Jack Parker is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference this afternoon. He led the school to three national titles over his 40-year tenure. • The only way to tell the story of Twitter star Paul Bissonnette is is 140 characters at a time.