An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• James Neal of the Penguins is the poster child for everything that’s wrong with NHL discipline, says former referee Paul Stewart. Neal’s unrestrained recklessness reflects a lack of control on the part of Pittsburgh’s leadership and the league’s justice system.
• The great Dave Stubbs offers up an absolute must-read today with his recreation of the longest game ever played. This is as fine a piece on hockey history as you’ll see.
• It’s not that Henrik Sedin was injured again last night. It’s how he got hurt that reveals how poorly coach John Tortorella has managed his assets this season and explains why he likely won’t be back behind Vancouver’s bench next season.
• Zack Kassian of the Canucks has always had the tools. Last night against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, he played like he had the toolbox, too.
• “Life is a series of adjustments,” says David Poile. Nashville’s GM is making a big one now as he copes with the loss of sight in his right eye.