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Besides committing to P.K. Subban with a new contract extension, the Canadiens might be wise to establish him as their team leader.

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

The Canadiens need a new captain after cutting Brian Gionta loose and Adam Proteau knows exactly who deserves to wear the C: defenseman P.K. Subban.

The Lightning and the Panthers finished in the top three among free-agent spenders this summer. Any guesses on which team dished out the most cash?

• Turns out that Barry Trotz is as good a salesman as he is a coach. And that has proven to be critical to the Capitals.

The Red Wings need a righthanded defenseman who can help on the power play. Washington has Mike Green, who appears destined to be dealt at some point. Is this a trade waiting to happen? My take: Green's salary would be as much of a burden on Detroit as it is on the Caps, and his injury history is a red flag. I'm not sure there's a deal here.

Fans frustrated by the Maple Leafs' lack of activity this summer won't like Rosie DiManno's prognosis for the rest of the off-season. She says that no one is interested in trading for Dion Phaneuf or James Reimer, and that Marty Brodeur is a lousy fit, so what you see might be what you get next season.

Former referee Paul Stewart reveals a startling bit of his professional history, and also makes the case that Dan Boyle was a perfect signing for the Rangers -- or for pretty much any team, for that matter.

• Brian Boyle explains why it made sense for him (and his swimsuit model girlfriend) to sign with Tampa Bay.

• In his potpourri column, Eric Duhatschek says a chance for a championship, and not cash, motivated Jarome Iginla to sign with the Avalanche. Duhatschek also explores the Canucks' deal for Radim Vrbata and takes a look at the impact of salary arbitration.

John Gibson's got a fever, and the only cure is more Pac-Man.

NHL development camps aren't just a proving ground for recent draft picks. Every year they offer a chance for undrafted players to prove that they belong in the league. Here's a look at the 10 most noteworthy free agents attending development camps this year.

• In addition to on-ice skills, development camps also focus on teaching prospects how to live off the ice. Here's a look at how the Red Wings are teaching their players to eat properly so that they can get the most out of their physical training. Sounds pretty delicious!

Someone call Snooki! The Stanley Cup is headed to the Jersey Shore!

The Blackhawks are bringing back one of their own to serve as the team's new goaltending coach.

The Stars have signed the best goalie in Finland to a two-year deal. Ostensibly, this is about providing an experienced minor-league partner for prospect Jack Campbell, but given the spotty play of recently-signed Anders Lindback, the newcomer could see time as Kari Lehtonen's backup.

A one-year, $1 million deal for veteran defenseman Anton Volchenkov? That sounds like a smart, cost-effective add for the Predators.

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