Top Line: Lundqvist's castle; Ex-NHLer busted for bank heists; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Wanna see inside King Henrik's castle? The Rangers goalie is selling his luxurious penthouse digs—asking price $6.5 million—and there are plenty of photos accompanying the listing.
• Life after hockey has not gone well for Patrick Cote. The former winger for the Stars, the Predators and the Oilers was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 months in jail after confessing to a pair of bank robberies. It's just the latest sad episode for Cote, who already has a criminal record that includes armed assault and drug offenses.
• Host nations don't earn an automatic berth in the Olympic hockey tournament, but South Korea has its sights firmly set on icing a team in the 2018 Games. To that end, they've repatriated Jim Paek, the only Korean ever to make the NHL, to coach their national team. Currently ranked 23rd in the world, the IIHF has told South Korea that it will be considered for an Olympic spot if the national team can improve its ranking to 18th by 2016.
• Kyle Dubas is about to find out that he's not in Sault Ste. Marie anymore.
• NHL referee Tim Peel shut down his Twitter account after having it up for less than 24 hours. Probably a good idea.
• In his always excellent Color of Hockey blog, William Douglas looks at how the Subban family is building a hockey dynasty, one child at a time.
• Al Montoya is happy to use his Cuban-American heritage to help promote hockey in South Florida, but he didn't sign with the Panthers to become a marketing tool. He wants to challenge Roberto Luongo for minutes between the pipes.
• Adrian Dater explains why he removed a blog post that called the Avalanche cheap for letting Paul Stastny skate off in free agency and battling Ryan O'Reilly all the way to arbitration. An honest, well thought out piece from the great AD.
• Blues coach Ken Hitchcock took to Twitter yesterday to answer questions from fans and ended up naming his favorite movie, toughest coaching opponents and his favorite players, among other revelations. Great stuff from one of the game's great minds.
• A study by scientists and engineers at Virginia Tech could change the way hockey helmets are made. After early rounds of testing, one of the lead investigators said, apparently without a hint of irony, “This is going to hit hockey like a ton of bricks.” Here's hoping. As someone who suffered multiple concussions in the past, I believe any effort to improve the safety of helmets—even at the expense of style—should be fully embraced.
• Maybe Mike Modano was wistfully yearning for a different type of political leadership. Or maybe he was just curious why he hadn't heard much from former president Ronald Reagan lately. Either way, the kind folks of Twitter were happy to clear up the mystery of the whereabouts of Ronald Reagan for him.
• David Staples offers up the top 10 formerly secret hopes of a diehard Oilers fan. Good luck with No. 7.
• Lou Lamoriello isn't inclined to invite Martin Brodeur or any other veteran goalie to training camp. Consider the ties officially cut.