Hockey News: Wings, Jackets Clinch; Linden Back to Canucks

It would be absolute robbery if Sidney Crosby didn’t win the Hart trophy, but here’s some points in case you still aren’t convinced. [Chipped Ice]

Interesting stats from the Olympics that seem so long ago. [Pensburgh]

Remember Claude Giroux’s playoff guarantee? Well he was right. [Sports Media 101]

Claude Giroux Goals
Philadelphia Flyers – Claude Giroux – Photo by Andy Martin Jr

It’s official. Trevor Linden is the President of Hockey Ops in Vancouver. [National Post]

Here’s how Linden told his parents about the new gig. [Global]

One point was enough for the Detroit Red Wings to clinch a playoff spot for the 23rd consecutive season. [Puck Daddy]

Mike Babcock’s thoughts on superstars in hockey. [Nichols on Hockey]

The Columbus Blue Jackets also clinched a playoff spot last night, for just the second time in their existence. Hard not to be thrilled for that organization. [NHL]

(Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
(Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

The Capitals were officially eliminated from playoff contention. What went wrong in Washington? Ted Leonsis has some thoughts. [Washington Post]

Jaroslav Halak plans to test the market, so the Caps also need a new goalie. [The Forth Period]

And they need to stop crashing into one another before someone gets hurt. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

Who would have thought? Ilya Bryzgalov leads the Minnesota Wild into the playoffs. [Gone Puck Wild]

And finally, check out Marc-Andre Fleury going all Hasek in the shoot-out. [Eye on Hockey]