By Allan Muir
A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Cam Cole says Trade Deadline 2013 boasts a flimsy plot. Safe to say it will be more about supporting roles than leads.
• Jim Matheson writes that there’s still plenty of talent available.
• The Stars must move into sell mode after Monday night’s loss to the Kings. Two soft efforts in a row should be enough to convince GM Joe Nieuwendyk to stop kidding himself about the present and face the future.
• Here’s David Staples with an insanely detailed breakdown of Jay Bouwmeester’s season with Calgary and how good the Blues should expect him to be.
• David Marsden asks the question about the Jarome Iginla trade that occurred to none of us: What happens to all those Calgary Flames Iginla jerseys?
• Hard to believe it’s been 22 years since we’ve had a postseason Battle of Alberta.
• The Oilers scored on their first two shots for the second consecutive game to power their fourth straight win.
• Former Penguin Rick Tocchet can relate to the pain of Sidney Crosby’s jaw injury. “The blender is about to become Sid’s best friend,” he said. Tocchet missed only one game with a broken jaw, which occurred just before the playoffs.
• Ryane Clowe sat this one out, but the Sharks managed to hold off the Canucks, 3-2. All indications are that Clowe has played his last game with San Jose.
• Mike Ribeiro’s contract status remains unresolved, but the Capitals are more likely to hold on to their leading scorer than deal him with a playoff berth still within reach.