An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Cam Cole says the 15-day suspension handed to Canucks coach John Tortorella proves the NHL only endorses on-ice mayhem, but some provocative questions were raised regarding The Code.
• It’ll now be the Sully and Gully Show for Torts-less Vancouver.
• Flames coach Bob Hartley took a $25,000 haircut for his decision to start Kevin Westgarth at center against the Canucks. Apparently, the league found that to be “provocative.”
• Lost in all the post-brawl agitation: Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin will miss his first game in nearly 10 years tonight. That’s a 679-game iron-man streak coming to an end.
• No surprise that Sidney Crosby would like to see Steven Stamkos healthy in time to skate for Canada in Sochi. What’s eye-catching about this piece is Sid’s take on why Stamkos has become so successful. Crosby’s thoughts on the snub of Martin St. Louis are interesting, too.
• After last night’s 4-2 decision in Phoenix, the Maple Leafs have run their winning streak to five games, their longest in seven years. James Mirtle explains what’s going on.