An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Canucks GM Mike Gillis made one thing clear about his team’s future in a shockingly frank interview on Vancouver radio yesterday: ownership needs to choose between retaining him or coach John Tortorella. Given that Torts was hired by owner Francesco Aquilini, Gillis is probably expecting that his neck will be the one in the noose.
• Whoever is left to call the shots might need to cut loose one of Gillis’ mistakes.
• “It’s been long time no play; I forget I’m hockey player.” Welcome back, Pavel Datsyuk!
• A Top-10 list of David Letterman’s greatest hockey moments in honor of his announcement on Thursday that he’ll retire from his long-running TV talk show in 2015.
• With five losses in their past six games, the fading Philadelphia Flyers are in danger of losing their grip on a playoff spot.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a franchise first in extending Philly’s misery.
• The St. Louis Blues set a record of their own on Thursday night. Naturally, coach Ken Hitchcock wasted no time popping the balloon.