Top Line: C for Subban?; Red Wings-Capitals trade rumors; more links
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.
• 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.