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Top Line: Bryzgalov “doesn’t care” if he’s bought out, Kovalchuk back soon, more links

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Ilya Bryzgalov's latest comments won't still well with Flyers fans.

Ilya Bryzgalov’s comments to the Courier-Post on Tuesday may not sit well in Philadelphia, but they were misconstrued. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Ilya Bryzgalov says he has no control over the future and isn’t giving a lot of thought to remaining with the Flyers after this season. Note: this initially drew heavily on the Courier-Post headline, which suggested that Bryz “didn’t care” about staying in Philly. Read the story and you’ll see why that wasn’t a fair characterization.

• The Devils are 0-3-4 and have scored just 12 goals since Ilya Kovalchuk went on IR, so the news that he’s skating and will be back soon gives a boost to their sagging playoff hopes.

• Remember that pic of Rihanna rocking a Senators jersey like it was a Betsey Johnson mini? Yeah, apparently that’s a thing now in Ottawa. It would be a lot less disturbing if it weren’t leading to the revelation of so many pasty man-thighs.

• The Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 5-3 win over Carolina. They also got word that All-Star defenseman Kris Letang could return to the lineup later this week.

• The return of Justin Faulk couldn’t stop the Hurricanes from dropping to 1-8 since signing Alex Semin to a long-term deal.

• Ben Bishop stuck it to his former teammates, but let’s be honest: the big story out of the Lightning’s win was the first NHL goal for the wildly-coiffed enforcer Pierre-Cedric Labrie, right?

• The Isles earned a gut-check win over the Flyers. This looks like a playoff team, doesn’t it?

• They also announced plans for a preseason game in Brooklyn next fall against the Devils.

• Sergei Bobrovsky posted his fourth shutout in his last 15 starts and the Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid with a 4-0 win over the Sharks that puts them right back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

• The Washington Capitals continued their late-season surge with a 3-2 win over the Habs. That’s five straight for the Caps and nine in their last 11, but here’s a reality check for the team’s fans: this was the first regulation win for Washington against a team currently in a playoff position. Wow.

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2013
  • Top Line: Peter Laviolette looks finished in Philly, third period blahs, more links

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    Peter Laviolette may be fired as coach of the struggling Flyers.

    Flyers bench boss Peter Laviolette seems primed to take the fall for one of this season’s most disappointing teams. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Is the Peter Laviolette era coming to an end in Philadelphia? The Flyers’ rock-bottom effort in a 5-2 loss to New Jersey had all the hallmarks of a team playing to get its coach fired.

    • That little deal to acquire Andrei Loktionov keeps paying dividends for the Devils. A lousy fit for the physical style of the Kings, he’s looked right at home in New Jersey.

    • Is a willingness to settle games in the shootout leading to third-period malaise?

    • After his effort to win tickets to Thursday night’s game in Dallas was denied, we’ll have to wait and see if Bobby Ryan shows up for the game against the Stars.

    • Jamie Benn and Brenden Morrow are doubtful against the Ducks, meaning that the scouts who have been trailing the Stars may end up hanging out downstairs like they did Tuesday night.

    • Sidney Crosby opens up on visors, fighting and concussions with Mike Zeisberger.

    • Brad Marchand is mixing in a little more skill with his customary swagger for the Bruins. Come on, admit it…no matter how much you hate him, you’d take him on your team in a heart beat.

    • It’s amazing that Jake Gardiner didn’t fire his agent immediately after Tuesday night’s freedom tweets. If he was going to be called up to Toronto at some point this season, that door has probably slammed shut.

    • The Vancouver Canucks are wondering why it’s open season on Alex Burrows. No doubt he takes a beating out there, but I’m not sure he gets it any worse than anyone else who makes a living in the goal mouth.

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  • Published On Mar 14, 2013
  • Top Line: John Tortorella blasts Rangers, NHL trade buzz, more links

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    John Tortorella and New York Rangers

    But how do you really feel, John? The Rangers’ bench boss is likely too blunt for his own good, at least in one case. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports(

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • John Tortorella offered a frank assessment of his team after last night’s 3-1 loss to the Sabres. “I couldn’t be more disgusted and disappointed with the way our top guys played, with the way we handled ourselves,” he said. He wasn’t wrong, and I’m guessing more fans of underperforming teams would like to see their coach call them on the carpet like this. But keep these rants in mind when the U.S. bypasses Torts for Olympic coach. I can’t see them risking embarrassment like this in Sochi.

    • The great Kevin Allen examines the trade buzz surrounding 10 NHL teams.

    • The NHL had no problem with the Mason Raymond shootout goal that proved to be the difference in Vancouver’s 2-1 win over Columbus. The Jackets felt differently. Take a look for yourself. I think they have a legitimate beef here.

    The Philadelphia Flyers are done if they don’t sweep a home-and-home with the Devils, according to Ilya Bryzgalov. Gotta love that. Guy is taking the pressure for these games and putting it squarely on himself with those comments. Philly fans should appreciate that.

    • Carolina’s win over Washington highlights two teams that are going in different directions. The Canes are happy to ride a pair of backup goalies while Cam Ward convalesces. Meanwhile, in Washington, they’re rallying to protect Alex Ovechkin from taking the blame for the team’s struggles. It’s fine to point out organizational failings, but letting Ovie off the hook is asinine.

    • Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini won’t sacrifice young talent for a quick fix ahead of the playoffs. No one’s looking for a quick fix, Steve. Just a hint that you understand this team needs some different pieces to make a legitimate run.

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  • Published On Mar 13, 2013