An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• There’s already talk that the NHL will skip the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, but could it also take a pass on next month’s Games in Sochi? That possibility is in play as the league evaluates security concerns ahead of the highly anticipated tournament. As Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told SI.com last week, the league has the right to pull its players at any point.
• According to a new survey, seven percent of Canadians say they will skip work to watch Olympic hockey games. The other 93 percent are liars.
• Don Cherry can’t believe that this player was left off Team Canada’s roster.
• As the Lightning embark on a six-day tour of Canada, more eyes are on who isn’t dressing for the Bolts than who is. Steven Stamkos had Canadians pressing the panic button when he skipped practice on Monday, but he says his decision should not be read as a step back in any way. We’ll see …
• “It’s not like guys are trying to sabotage the Montreal Canadiens,” says Max Pacioretty in response to questions about coach Michel Therrien’s control of the team. “We all want to win.” But that desire has been in short supply over the course of the team’s four-game losing streak, leaving some doubt as to whether Pacioretty is being truthful … or merely diplomatic.