An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Martin Brodeur was unimpressed by Sean Avery’s brief turn on Dancing With The Stars. Sean Avery was unimpressed by Brodeur’s criticism. Just like old times.
• Coach Randy Carlyle might want to get his Maple Leafs straightened out in a hurry or he’s going to get straightened out by a boxing legend.
• Avalanche forward Matt Duchene on his buddy Ryan Kesler: “Last four years every time I skate behind the net after a whistle he comes and hits me. So I hit him back and he didn’t like it very much.”
• There will be plenty of reasons cited if/when John Tortorella is fired by the Canucks, but this one from last night’s loss to Colorado may top them all.
• The fact that the Canucks can talk about their prospects’ potential without sounding completely delusional is a significant step for the organization.
• Dejan Kovacevic is unimpressed with a Penguins team that can only offer a flicker of physical presence.
• Hockey’s advanced statistical analysts tell us that accruing a lot of hits is bad. Until they tell us that it actually is good. Which is probably why many in the sport continue to regard the push for more number crunching with some skepticism.