Good morning one and all,
The Penguins wrapped up their otherwise successful road trip with a total clunker in Calgary. Loss aside, it was clear why Fleury can't forever make things look good.
The top pairing of Letang and Cole is officially a dumpster fire. They have a few days to sort it out and hopefully try something new, because this isn't working. [HockeyBuzz]
Jason Mackey argues that Olli Maatta should be moved up to play with Letang. I actually have another idea - Brian Dumoulin has played well so far, and his game is kind of a Paul Martin-lite and he's a lefty. Why not? [Trib]
Flames prospect Mason McDonald suddenly has an empty passenger seat in his car driving to Charlottetown practices, as his buddy and teammate Daniel Sprong stuck around as the youngest person on an NHL payroll this year. Nice story. [Calgary Sun]
Sidney Crosby is a better person than he is a hockey player. Always making time for kids and always remembering how much a little bit of his time means to them. [Calgary Sun]
The perfect retirement of the perfect defenseman. It's funny how Nicklas Lidstrom can stand out in the HHOF class that includes Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger. [Detroit Free Press]
TSN's Bob McKenzie will receive the Hockey Hall of Fame's Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism today, but James Duthie exposes the world to TSN's Real Hockey Insider. [TSN]
Yesterday's game between the Devils and the Canucks was a little too crazy for two teams that don't play one another very often. Adam Larsson was ejected for this bad hit on Jared McCann, Bobby Farnham fought Jake Virtanen (and was later ridiculed by Prust on Twitter) and Jordin Tootoo claims Alex Burrows insulted his family from the penalty box. [Sportsnet]
We end with a crazy story out of Flint, MI. Following their come-from behind win against Oshawa, the entire Flint Firebirds (OHL) coaching staff was fired (reportedly the owner was displeased with his son receiving too little ice time). In protest, the entire team quit, including the owner's son. [CBS Sports] As an update, there will be a noon meeting involving the OHL commissioner and all parties.
Don't forget to watch the HHOF induction tonight. 7:30 Eastern, NHL Network. Fedorov, Housley, Lidstrom, Pronger, Ray, Ruggiero, and some cruddy owner.