By Sarah Kwak
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• The Phoenix Coyotes held their big post-sale press conference yesterday in Glendale, where the backsplash behind the podium displayed the words “Here to Stay.” Better that than, “Which Way to Seattle?” Amirite?
• First the Blackhawks decide to auction off pieces of ice–errr, water, at this point?–and now this: Chicago forward Andrew Shaw is putting his stitches up for sale. Ever dreamed of owning thread that’s been through the face of a Blackhawk? Yeah, didn’t think so, but here, you can have it anyway. Proceeds go to breast cancer research.
• A report out of Buffalo suggests that emerging star center Cody Hodgson, the team’s only outstanding restricted free agent, and his agent, Ritch Winter, are making things hard on the Sabres, who would like to sign the 23-year-old who scored 34 points in 48 games last season. He finished the season second on the team in scoring and was thought to be a big part of Buffalo’s future.
• Being a goalie hurts. For some, like Roberto Luongo, the pain is more psychological than anything else. But there’s plenty of physical pain. One goalie explains how it hurts to stop a frozen rubber disc.