Monday September 8th, 2014

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

• Who's at the top of NHL.com's list of the 14 best goaltenders in the league? It's not 2014 Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask. However, the B's keeper does rate as the best for fantasy leaguers.

• Could potential Norris Trophy candidate Victor Hedman make Swede music with a countryman on the Lightning's blue line this season?

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• Bobby Ryan signed a new long-term deal in Ottawa ... with a fan.

• George Malik has all the latest on the Red Wings, including an in-depth interview with Tomas Tatar, Jimmy Howard's high hopes and updates on a couple of top prospects.

Now that the 2015 Winter Classic finally has a home, Chuck Gormley ponders the possibilities for giving the game a uniquely Washington twist. Might we recommend a Minor Threat/Bad Brains pregame double bill?

Gotta love the Dallas Morning News for having the courage to post video of Mike Modano being fitted for his Hall of Fame jacket. They also squeeze in a quick interview with Mo that includes some intriguing thoughts on what's ahead this season for Tyler Seguin.

Sportsnet reposted this award-winning story on the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl tragedy. Even if you read the piece when it first appeared back in 2011, it's well worth another look.

Tomas Plekanec has a way of making every player around him better. Dave Stubbs examines his impact, and what might lie ahead for the veteran as he enters his 10th season with the Canadiens.

On Friday, it looked as though troubled free agent Ryan Malone would return to the Penguins on a tryout basis. Today, the Rangers look like they could be the front-runners for his services. Even with his legal troubles (mostly) cleared up, it's hard to see how Malone makes any other team better. Heavy legs and heavy hands make for a bad combo in the go-go NHL.

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Get to know Swiss defenseman Mirco Mueller, the player who is most likely to benefit from the Sharks' desire to shake up their lineup.

• A move to Arizona allowed goalie Devan Dubnyk to pay tribute to his favorite movie.

If the three Reinhart brothers end up sticking in the NHL next season, they'll need to keep mom's rule in mind.

Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau is recovering from a bout with pneumonia. Get well soon, sir.

 

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