from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,
• With the NHL now into its second quarter, weaknesses and strengths are revealing themselves.
That said, you can add the Los Angeles Kings to the potential list of teams that will be in pursuit of forward Brad Richards should the potential unrestricted free agent be put on the market by the Dallas Stars.
The Kings need someone to play on the left side of Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown to fill out the club’s top-six group and give them two solid offensive lines....
• Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff doesn’t have any doubt Sidney Crosby could have put up Wayne Gretzky-like numbers if Crosby was playing 20 years ago. “He would have ran away with the game, just like Gretzky did,” Ruff said. “The game is a lot tougher now. He’s still thriving in a tougher game. The depth of players in the game now is a lot better going back to the early ‘80s, when teams usually had one good line or possibly two.”