Top Line: Heritage Classic for Winnipeg?, Crosby likes Leafs for playoffs, more
By Allan Muir
A notated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Will Winnipeg host the 2016 Heritage Classic? As long as it's held in early September, they can probably get the PA to sign off on that one.
• The Flyers had their own closed-door meeting after a listless loss to the Bruins yesterday, but coach Peter Laviolette was in charge. The message: play with more urgency. He probably should have held a meeting with GM Paul Holmgren. The message: get some competent NHL defenders.
• The great Stu Hackel and Jeff Z. Klein review a whirlwind first half of the season and take a look at what's ahead.
• This stat is so crazy I had to double-check it: After going 0-for-3 yesterday against Columbus, the Detroit Red Wings have still not scored a road power play goal this season.
• A couple of league execs say that anyone 21 and over on the Florida Panthers roster is available in a deal. There are some tough contracts to swallow, but I'd guess the Cats will be busy. Look for George Parros to draw a lot of interest.
• Don Cherry called out Frazer McLaren on Coach's Corner for knocking out David Dziurzynski earlier this week.
• Ryan Suter said Nashville's fans will have sore throats this morning after booing him mercilessly throughout last night's game. Hey, he only has 12 more years of this friendly treatment to look forward to!
• Are hockey players at the vanguard of the the next wave of style icons? • Wild coach Mike Yeo wants his players to venture into the high-traffic areas. Those who don't, like like Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mikael Granlund are finding themselves a seat in the press box. Bouchard is struggling terribly and might benefit from a change of place, though the return he'd bring probably means the Wild holds onto him...for now.