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John Tortorella's fiery approach to coaching seems to have gone out of style, but don't be surprised if another NHL team gives him a try when the going gets tough. Photo: Bob Frid/Icon SMI

John Tortorella's fiery approach to coaching seems to have gone out of style, but don't be surprised if another NHL team gives him a try when the going gets tough.

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

Is your team's coach on the hot seat? Dan Byslma and Guy Boucher top this list of five bench bosses who are ready to answer the call when a job inevitably opens up. I'll set the over/under for the first coaching change at 15 games.

• New Capitals coach Barry Trotz says that his relationship with Alex Ovechkin will be fine "until we go into the season and start playing real games.” That sounds encouraging.

Is Dustin Penner headed to camp with the Canadiens on a tryout basis? That's the buzz, although neither side has made commented publicly yet.

Do the Rangers look like a team that can get to the Stanley Cup Final again this season? No, but as Andrew Gross points out, they didn't look like a Cup contender at this time last season, either.

​​Anthony Mantha isn't the only Red Wings hopeful with a shot at making the club this season. George Sipple profiles Ryan Sproul, Martin Frk and a few others who are seeking to make an impact at next week's prospect tournament.

There's a school of thought that says drafting goaltenders is a fool's errand because forwards are easier to assess at an earlier age. But is that necessarily true?

Matt Duchene, Kevin Bieksa and Kevin Westgarth tipped their hats on Labor Day to their hard-working parents and grandparents for teaching them good habits.

Matt Sitkoff examines how the NHL schedule could impact your fantasy hockey roster.

Lyle Richardson looks at the Johnny Boychuk for Nail Yakupov trade chatter in this Rumor Roundup column. Love Boychuk's three-zone effectiveness, but it's hard to believe that Yakupov's value has dropped to this level.

At least one writer expects bigger things from Yakupov this season.

This is some kind of hardcore prank: Someone used the Social Security number of Toronto Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks to sign him up for the Army. Pro tip: If you're looking for a quick exit, try taking the EM-50 out for a car wash.

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