An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• A nice bit of outside-the-box thinking here from veteran reporter Dave Hodge who offers a fresh take on home ice advantage for the Stanley Cup playoffs. I wonder how many organizations, if given this option, would take it?
• Ted Bird says Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has every right to come down hard on P.K. Subban.
• Elliotte Friedman says Evander Kane is too valuable for the Winnipeg Jets to give up on but after the winger copped an attitude about his benching on Saturday night, it’s fair to ask if their bridge is worth repairing.
• Barry Petchesky says the failures of the Maple Leafs prove the genius of advanced stats. I still take issue with the unshakable faith placed by some people in proxy numbers like Corsi, but until the NHL decides to track actual possession time, we’re not going to hear the end of it.
• GM Steve Yzerman’s tenure in Tampa Bay has seen its share of problems — the Martin St. Louis situation and last season’s playoff DNQ come to mind — but there’s no denying that he has the Lightning on the right path. The four-year extension he was awarded on Monday is proof of their faith in his approach.
• What was Vancouver’s problem this year? Jason Botchford has John Tortorella’s answer in this outstanding edition of The Van Provies.