Top Line: Where Subban's heart is at; 'Canes Staal called out; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Good news for Habs fans: P.K. Subban isn't simply desirous of being a Montreal Canadien for the rest of his career, he's adamant about it. No coy have-it-both-ways answers here. Subban wants to be part of the program. That doesn't mean he's going to go easy on GM Marc Bergevin in contract talks, of course.
• Nice to see that P.K.'s not too superstitious about the Stanley Cup. Here he is with Seth Rogen, a couple pitchers of suds and the old mug at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival.
• Fluto Shinzawa's must-read Sunday column leads off with effusive praise for the leadership of Brendan Shanahan in Toronto, the fallacy of San Jose's stockpiling of tough guys and the looming potential for offer sheets in Montreal and Columbus. Not sure I see any real chance of the latter happening.
• Like hockey's version of Henny Youngman, Stan Fischler has established himself as a master of one-liners. Today's quick hits column touches on his disdain for Corsi, his pick for breakout player of next season and the inevitable decline of the Colorado Avalanche.
• Steve Simmons ponders the upside of James Reimer's new deal and concludes that the Eastern Conference has it all over the West in one particular category.
• New Carolina coach Bill Peters knows he can't lurk in the background in Raleigh the way he did in Detroit. He's made a quick adjustment to life in the spotlight, calling Eric Staal's performance on the power play unacceptable and promising his 'Canes will intimidate with speed, not size.
• The Capitals have one roster spot available and just over a million bucks left to spend. Chuck Gormley wonders whether they might use it on Daniel Carcillo, Saku Koivu or possibly Antoine Vermette. I'm thinking the cap cushion might be a more valuable asset than another body at this point, but we'll see if new GM Brian MacLellan is inclined to use the last bullet in his chamber or save it for later in the season.
• 2014 draftee Matt Berkovitz has a bit of Ryan Suter in his game, which suits the Anaheim Ducks just fine.
• Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin top Ryan Kennedy's list of the top-10 prospects for the 2015 NHL draft. Kennedy also reveals his early favorites to be called first in 2016 and 2017.
• Jonathan Willis considers some recent Edmonton drafts and wonders why the Oilers keep wasting picks on second-tier forwards from mediocre leagues? This qualifies as something short of an endorsement of team strategy.
• And finally this: the greatest bit of non-hockey news you're likely to read today. We truly live in an age of miracles.