Commentaries on Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, NHL realignment, the Flyers and Sharks woes, and more.

Sidney Crosby is running away with this season's scoring race.

Sidney Crosby is running away with this season’s scoring race.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski observes Penguins captain Sidney Crosby’s offensive pace this season puts him among elite company, examines how Kirk Muller became the man who “solved” Alexander Ovechkin, doesn’t think much of Sports Illustrated’s cover story on the Chicago Blackhawks, and notes the Phoenix Coyotes’ unique way of honoring their player of the game.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier believes Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin has an average hockey IQ. He’s not the only one.

BACKHAND SHELF: Jo Innes examines how a depressed skull fracture forced Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion into premature retirement.

SILVER SEVEN: “Amelia L” on what we mean when we say we love players like Chris Neil.

THE M-DASH: Jason Menard believes realignment offers the NHL a unique opportunity to rename its new divisions in honor of some of hockey’s greatest stars.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Bill Meltzer on what’s gone right and (mostly) wrong for the Philadelphia Flyers this season.

FEAR THE FIN: tries to determine who’s responsible for the drop off in the San Jose Sharks offense this season.

CBS SPORTS EYE ON HOCKEY: Brian Stubits noted Jake Gardiner’s agent is stumping (via Twitter) for his client’s return to the Leafs (or perhaps another NHL team?).

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: Brian D’Ambrosio looks back on the career of Brendan Witt, and what he’s now doing in retirement.

DOWN GOES BROWN: A brief, satirical history of Chris Pronger.