An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Looks like Ovi had fun kicking off the Olympic torch relay. And check out how he works in the sponsor’s name like a pro!
• Here’s a great piece on Ovechkin from Dave Sheinin, who writes that maturing relationships are redefining The Great 8 and helping him take aim at two significant career goals in 2013-14.
• Remember how the Maple Leafs fleeced the Bruins in that Tomas Kaberle trade a couple of years back? Well, Kaberle helped the B’s win the Stanley Cup (kind of), while Joe Colborne, the key piece sent to Toronto, never quite managed to crack the lineup. Faced with losing him on waivers today, the Buds shipped him to Calgary for a conditional fourth-rounder. It becomes a third if he scores 10 goals and 35 points or Calgary makes the playoffs. So, pretty much it’s going to be a fourth rounder.
• The Flames say Calgary-native Colborne “fits in very well with our rebuild,” but honestly, there are no guarantees that he makes that roster, either.
• This is just a reminder that Bobby Orr is nearly as good at life as he was at hockey. And he was the best ever at hockey.
• It’s not often that a PR department forwards a YouTube link, so I figured it had to be something pretty sweet. It is.