Friday Chum Bucket: Burns to join team on road trip

Your daily assortment of links to news and analysis from around the hockey world.

  • Brent Burns will be going on the Sharks' upcoming, six-game tennis road trip, which is probably a good sign that he's getting closer to returning to the lineup. [CSN Bay Area]
  • After a perfect 7-0-0 start, the Sharks have dropped three in a row. Is it time to panic? (No, it isn't.) [CSN Bay Area]
  • New Sharks controlling owner Hasso Plattner can be hands-off and hands-on. And hands to the side. And hands slightly off but also slightly on. Presumably. [Mercury News]
  • We have a trade to announce: Los Angeles acquired former first round pick Keaton Ellerby from the Panthers in exchange for the 5th round pick they got from New Jersey in the Andrei Loktionov deal two days ago. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • And if you missed it yesterday, the Islanders acquired bunker-dwelling goaltender Tim Thomas to probably not be a goaltender. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Thomas, for his part, promptly went ahead and reformed the Bull Moose Party. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • How the Washington Capitals' failure to understand variance led them to systematically dismantle one of the best teams in the league. Incredible writing here. [Japers' Rink]
  • Will any Canucks play for Team Canada next year in Sochi? Probably Luongo, until they trade him to the Swedes. [Canucks Army]
  • Speaking of Olympic predictions, all the cool kids are doing it this week. Here's Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun with their complete Team USA rosters, both including Jack Johnson lolololol Joe Pavelski. [ESPN]