Morning Skate: How Ken Hitchcock's time with Mike Modano helped Tyler Seguin


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while shaking my head at reports of snow flurries back in Boston. 


*Ken Hitchcock says that his time with Mike Modano this season has helped him work with Dallas Stars star Tyler Seguin to get the best out of him. That sounds nice, but I’m willing to bet the timing of Seguin’s contract status has something to do with it as well. If Seguin truly has turned the corner as an all-around player then good for him, and good for Hitchcock getting it out of him. The Stars, meanwhile, will once again be a DNQ for the playoffs. 


*Much like the Incredible Hulk, you wouldn’t like Evgeni Malkin if you were hungry. Here’s why he was so mad the other night


*It’s the end of an era with the Vancouver Canucks as both Sedin Twins have announced they’ll be retiring at the end of the season. One would imagine both could have kept playing, but didn’t want to play if it wasn’t going to be together as they’ve been in Vancouver for almost 20 years. 


*It doesn’t look like Jack Eichel is going to be joining up with Team USA at the World Championships after his run with the Sabres is over. 



*A Ryan Suter broken leg is a truly difficult, possibly fatal blow for the Minnesota Wild as they prepare for the playoffs. 


*For something completely different: I think the Improper Bostonian did a good job of capturing the essence of Felger and the Wood