Top Line: NHL eyes advanced tracking; Lundqvist haunted; more
An annotated guide to today's must-read hockey stories:
• Reports indicate that the NHL is looking into a new chip-based tracking system that would allow the league to better understand player movements on the ice and, hopefully, produce truly advanced information for teams to use.
• Will any leash be shorter this season than the one wrapped around the neck of Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle? The team's new boss isn't expecting miracles, but he is expecting Carlyle to adapt to new input. Can the old dog do it?
• Rogers Communications has unveiled the 25 stops on its Hometown Hockey Tour. Did your city make the cut?
• Henrik Lundqvist says he still dreams about the shot that Chris Kreider rang off the post in overtime of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, as well as the other missed opportunities that cost the Rangers a chance to beat the Kings last spring.
• Mike Tyson talks about beating up Jeremy Roenick, Ray Emery's tribute mask and the great Dreadrick Tatum in this interview, which previews the former heavyweight champ's highly anticipated appearance in Toronto to do his one-man show.
• According to Vincent Damphousse, the Canadiens have reached out to the agent of Martin Brodeur to see if the Hall of Famer is available. Despite the awkward wording (Is he available? Really?), this makes for a great story if true. If the future Hall of Famer is going to play anywhere other than New Jersey, it should be in his hometown of Montreal.
• Apparently there are still a few bugs to be worked out in NHL 15.
• Skating in New York yesterday, Rangers hopeful Ryan Malone apologized to the Lightning for his poor decisions last season. Good for him. Here's hoping that he gets his life back in order—whether it involves hockey or not.
• No Iggy? No problem, says David Krejci. The newly re-signed Bruins center says that he'll probably score more often playing with Loui Eriksson.
• Word out of Winnipeg is that Ondrej Pavelec has arrived for camp in better shape than ever. That's awesome if he's worried about doing any shirtless photo shoots, but will a chiseled frame help the beleaguered keeper stop more pucks?
• Another day, another concussion-related lawsuit filed against the NHL. I don't like this one's chances of success.
• Following the best season in franchise history, the Blue Jackets are a hot ticket in Columbus.