An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Some interesting details have emerged that (slightly) change the complexion of Sunday's blockbuster deal between the Isles and Sabres. It still looks like a rout for Buffalo, but Isles GM Garth Snow managed to protect his backside a bit better than it originally seemed.
• The Sabres need to do more than rebuild, say some fans. They need to reform. Hey, if they're not willing to go that far, the NHL may take care of that for them.
• My kid is going to freak out when he sees me taking a saw to one of his favorite sticks this morning . . . until he reads this piece that gives some insight into Matt Duchene's early-season success.
• Eric Duhatschek writes that Team Canada is still in the "we'll see" stage for Sochi, but the picture is definitely clearing up for some players who are considered to be on the bubble. Others, meanwhile, are playing themselves out of the picture.
• Every player would love to get more ice time, but is more always a good thing? John Tortorella's use of his top-three forwards will provide an answer to that question this season in Vancouver.
• Get to know Dallas rookie Alex Chiasson. This kid is the real deal.