Top Line: Ottawa's next captain; latest free agent signings; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The Sens have another job to fill as well and they're hoping they can find the answer internally.
• Steve Simmons' Sunday column kicks off with the thought that this week's Mikhail Grabovksi-Randy Carlyle conflict sounds a lot like the 2012 krefuffle between Nazem Kadri and Ron Wilson. It doesn't matter who you are or how good you are. Somewhere there's a coach who is going to hate you.
• St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong signed center free agent center Derek Roy then described him as "low-risk, high-reward." I'll be interested to see if he revises that impression 20 or 30 games into the season.
• Jaromir Jagr is still weighing his options for next season.
• Apparently there are several teams interested in Grabovksi. I'd guess they're all in hockey Siberia, one way or another.
• Here's the great Rosie DiManno writing about seeing the groom naked ahead of hockey's royal wedding yesterday in Prince Edward Island.
• The Dallas Stars just stole half of Detroit's scouting staff. Wow. Seriously. Wow. I don't know how there wasn't a no-compete clause in place to prevent Jim Nill from doing this. Mark this down as one more coup in a week where he has proven himself to be every bit as brilliant as everyone always said he was.
• George Malik wonders why the Wings again failed to do their due diligence and adds his thoughts on a few other pertinent Notown topics.
• Despite those losses, Mike Babcock says the Wings are moving in the right direction.
• The Stars also got first rounder Valeri Nichushkin under contract and expect the big winger to compete for a job in 2013-14.
• What Nill is getting done in Dallas should be making everyone in Buffalo crazy.
• The departure of several well-established vets opens the doors of opportunity for Minnesota's young, talented prospects.
• When everything is considered, maybe the league's general managers didn't spend like drunken sailors on free agents after all. In fact, they may have shown a little restraint compared to years past.
• The Flyers are toying with the idea of skating Vincent Lecavalier on a line with Claude Giroux. In hockey parlance, that would be called "putting all your eggs in one basket."
• The Avalanche will be a very different team next season, but one thing remains the same: their lousy defense. Granted, Adrian Dater actually calls it "mediocre" but can you come up with five that are worse?
• Danny Cleary wants to play in Detroit, and the Wings would love to have him. But to find room for the veteran under the cap, someone else has to go.Hurricanes got better quietly and cheaply. Anton Khudobin might turn out to be one of the better value signings this summer.