–Many Canadiens fans in Montreal are thrilled that the team decided to move on from Michel Therrien. As the Montreal Gazette’s Stu Cowan points out, there’s still a few things that need to fall into place for the Habs to be successful again. It all starts with Carey Price and Alex Galchenyuk finding their game. (Montreal Gazette)
–The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup thanks to their depth and that included the line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel. The line was nicknamed “HBK” and it caught the attention of former WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels, whose nickname was also “HBK”. Finally, the Pens forwards got to meet the pro wrestler. (NHL.com/Penguins)
–Predators GM David Poile hasn’t been shy about pulling the trigger on big deals. He swapped Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen and he also traded away captain Shea Weber for P.K. Subban. Poile likes the way his defense looks, but can he go out and make another big deal to add some scoring. (The Tennessean)
–The Hockey News’ Matt Larkin breaks down the top 30 players that are expected to be available before the March 1st trade deadline. At the top of the list is Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who is a pending UFA. Interestingly enough, Gabriel Landeskog didn’t make the top 3. (The Hockey News)
–We still don’t know if NHL players will play in next year’s Olympics, but it’s still fun to project ahead to what each team’s roster might look like. That’s exactly what ESPN hockey analysts Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside did for Team Canada and Team USA. In a bit of a surprising move, a pair of Avalanche forwards, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, are both on LeBrun’s edition of Team Canada. Phil Kessel, who didn’t make the American team in the World Cup, is part of Burnside’s team.