By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• “A boycott won’t change anything,” Patrick Burke tells Kevin Allen. The You Can Play founder believes that athletes can make a more powerful statement about Russia’s discriminatory anti-gay laws by participating in the 2014 Sochi Games than by staying at home, and I’d have to agree. The threat of protests breaking out against the laws every day of the Games is exactly the sort of embarrassing pressure that could force the Russians to abandon their stance. Burke also said he is making himself available to Hockey Canada and USA Hockey to talk to players about the current situation.
• Russia’s sports minister says everyone in the West needs to chill out about the whole thing. They’re just thinking about the kids!
• What once was a little fan gathering took a serious turn for the cool yesterday in Columbus when a surprise guest showed up.
• It’s hard sometimes to accept that D2: The Mighty Ducks was based on a lie. Iceland isn’t a world hockey power to be feared. It’s a program that’s still taking baby steps, but apparently there is hope . . .
• The Washington Capitals paid a steep price — first rounder Filip Forsberg – to acquire Martin Erat at the deadline. The veteran winger didn’t bring much to the table down the stretch, but is expected to make his presence felt this year.