By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• “There better be no information coming out of the locker room with that damn Twitter. It’s nothing but trouble, to me,” said Canucks coach John Tortorella, while wearing a ratty housecoat and shooing good-fer-nuthin’ kids off his lawn.
• Will Torts force the Sedins to become shot-blocking fiends? Oh, he’ll ask, but don’t expect big numbers. It’s tough to block a shot when you’ve got the puck all the time.
• Remember when Stan Bowman thrilled Chicago’s fans by saying that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would be Blackhawks for life? Well, good ol’ 88 brought a bucket of cold water to that party. “That’s what you hope for”, Kane said. “That’s obviously the ultimate goal to win championships and then play for an organization like this, but, you know, I’m still a young kid. I’m 24, turn 25 this year. To say what’s going to happen the rest of my career, I just don’t know. I mean obviously it would be ideal to stay here, but we’ll cross that path when we get to it.” And so the crazy Kane-wants-out-of-Chicago rumors start . . . now.
• Larry Brooks reports that free agent Derek Stepan is open to a short-term deal, but just because he’ll except fewer years doesn’t mean he’ll play for peanuts.
• Brooks also says that backup goalie Martin Biron will return to camp today, but there might not be a job waiting for him when he gets there.