Quick Hits: Tortorella Fired; Halak Traded To The Islanders

Red Wings News

Police recover stolen bobblehead head of Detroit Red Wings' Jimmy Howard | Detroit Free Press
Howard lost his head for a second.

Who will back up Howard next season? | FOX Sports
I would prefer if the Wings signed Gustavsson for a one-year deal. But, they may chose to find a cheaper netminder in free agency or promote Petr Mrazek. Letting the Monster go would unbalance the number of Swedes on the team.

Red Wings' Tomas Tatar seized opportunity to shine | The Detroit News
Tatar is probably my favorite of the young guys. His skill, along with his Instagram posts, make him a likable guy.

Five Detroit Red Wings Attending The World Championships - Octopus Thrower
DeKeyser, Abdelkader, Kindl, Tatar, and Nyquist will all play for their respective countries at the WC's.

NHL News

Canucks fire coach John Tortorella | USA Today
No surprise here. Tortorella was never the right coach for the Canucks.

Lightning’s Malone pleads not guilty to DUI, cocaine possession | ProHockeyTalk
In a case like this one, where Malone's career is on the line, would it not be advantageous for him to plead guilty?Unless he has some evidence that the police acted inappropriately, or that it's all a big understanding, I don't see how he can win his case. Then again, I am not a legal expert.

Islanders acquire Jaroslav Halak from Capitals; can they sign him? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If the Islanders can manage to sign Halak, this move will be one of the best of this offseason. I don't know if Halak wants to play for the Islanders though.

Defenceman Poti retires after 14 NHL seasons - Sportsnet.ca
Tom Poti was a member of the All-Star team in 2003 and won a Silver Medal for the U.S. at the 2002 Olympics.

Kings vs. Sharks, Game 7: How did Los Angeles pull off a comeback for the ages? - SBNation.com
The Kings seem to have this playoff thing down pat.

Report: Lightning’s ’12 first-rounder Vasilevski to leave KHL | ProHockeyTalk
While no one is stealing Ben Bishop's job away from him, the Lightning seem to have a very good goaltending prospect with Vasilevski.

Stanley Cup playoff preview: Round 2 | Post-to-Post
The Bruins and Canadiens may have played last night, but there are still three other series that have to start.

Crosby, Getzlaf, Giroux named Hart finalists - Sportsnet.ca

Since they chose to exclude Nyquist from this award, Crosby is the obvious winner.

Puck Daddy’s Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 Staff Prognostications | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Only one writer (Wysh) predicted that it would take the Blackhawks more than five games to beat the Wild.

Todd McLellan Should Start Checking the Classifieds | The Hockey Writers
I wouldn't be so quick to write off McLellan. But, the Sharks keep on choking in the playoffs, and someone has to take the blame.

Stanley Cup playoffs: Nathan MacKinnon is here, so let's all get used to it - SBNation.com
I think it's fair to say that MacKinnon exceeded everyone's expectations. We knew he was good, but I didn't expect him to be this good.

Let's Go Griffins!