An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Now that he’s passed his old buddy Mario Lemieux on the NHL’s all-time scoring list, Jaromir Jagr has his eyes set on Wayne Gretzky, even if it takes him until he’s 70 to catch him. He was joking … we think.
• The way Martin Brodeur is playing, Jagr might have some company along the way to an active old age.
• It’s a good thing that Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz are scoring for the Penguins, because pretty much no one else is.
• Speaking of the Penguins, Third String Goalie digs up a 1999 episode of the PBS show Frontline that looks back at the attempt of former Pittsburgh owner Howard Baldwin to rescue the legendary Russian Red Army team from bankruptcy … until the Russian mafia got in the way.
• Here’s how to read between the lines of what Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said during Sunday’s press conference so you’ll understand what he really meant while announcing the firing of coach Claude Noel and the hiring of Paul Maurice.
• Players who skated for Maurice in Carolina expect him to work wonders with the Winnipeg Jets.
• Mark Spector says solving the dilemma of “immature freelancers” Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane will be Maurice’s greatest challenge.
• Here are six areas of concern that Maurice has to address to get the Jets back on the right flight path. Yep, only six.