Top Line: Huge concussion suit in works; class honor for Suter; more
An annotated guide to today's must-read hockey stories:
• A concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL earlier this week by short-timer Cory Larose barely earned a mention even during a slow news cycle, but it just got a whole lot more intriguing. According to Rick Westhead, the court filing says Larose is seeking to sue as part of a larger class of litigants that include approximately 10,000 former players. Yep. 10,000.
• Could this technological breakthrough prove to be an effective defense in the battle against concussions?
• Funeral plans for U.S. Olympic hero Bob Suter are still pending, but a large contingent from the Wild will attend whenever it does take place. Minnesota owner Craig Leipold is planning to fly his entire team to the ceremony as a sign of support for star defenseman Ryan Suter. Class move.
• Bruce Boudreau still hasn't proven that he can lead a team past the second round of the playoffs, but that hasn't shaken the faith of Bob Murray. The Ducks' GM expressed his faith in Boudreau by signing the coach through the 2016–17 season. Smart call. That's not only long enough to give him a chance to make something happen with the current group of players, but it's also short enough to remind him that there are limits to Murray's faith.
• Sidney Crosby really likes the addition of Patric Hornqvist. The Penguins' captain raved about the net presence of the former Predators winger, something that Pittsburgh has lacked in its recent playoff failures.
• Excellent piece here from Lance Hornby on the evolving roles of assistant coaches and general managers. He follows that up with this piece on Rob Zettler, the former Maple Leafs assistant who is now the coach of AHL Syracuse.
• Brandon Saad and Vladimir Tarasenko top this list of 10 players whose advanced stats hint at a breakout season in 2014–15.
• Flames winger Curtis Glencross loves the Calgary organization so much that he signed a contract for a significant hometown discount back in 2011. But if the team wants to keep the 31-year-old around after this season, it should know that he now expects full market value for his services.
• Flames coach Martin Gelinas is lucky he walked away from a serious fall.
• The Capitals revealed the patch they'll wear to celebrate their 40th anniversary season. Clean, simple, sharp.
• The Kings were forced to come up with a short-notice alternative after learning on Wednesday that visa issues will prevent a team of Russian legends from participating in a charity game on Sunday.
• Marian Hossa will drop the puck for the ceremonial face-off ahead of Dukla Trencin's Slovak Extraliga home opener on Friday night. Then he'll try to score a crazy goal for charity. The video is in Slovak, so you might not get much out of it ... until you get a look at his failed practice attempt.
GALLERY: Team owners behaving badly