Just a couple of quick notes on new faces in (sort of) new places:
* Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma
told a local radio station this morning that new additions James Neal
and Alex Kovalev
will join Jordan Staal
on the Penguins' top line. He also said Kovalev will be on the point for the team's top power play unit. Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Kovalev was on the right point this morning with Kris Letang
next to him and Neal, Staal and Tyler Kennedy
It's not Crosby-Hossa-Malone-Malkin-Gonchar, but it's also not the Wilkes-Barre unit, either.
* Cory Stillman
will play on Carolina's top line with Eric Staal
and Erik Cole
, so says Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer. He also reports that Stillman spent the night at Cole's house in his return to Raleigh. Grabbing Stillman on the cheap was another deft move by Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford, who gives his team a little boost without costing any keys assets (prospects or high picks) moving forward.
Don't think the top teams in the East aren't a little concerned about seeing Cam Ward
in the first round of the playoffs -- he doesn't lose in that round.