Top Line: Players file for arbitration; Heritage Classic blowback; more links
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Tony Gallagher writes that the Heritage Classic is a test "to find out just exactly how stupid and gullible people are when it comes to NHL hockey" You think maybe he'll warm up to the idea in time?
• The players, at least in Ottawa, aren't quite as cynical or crotchety ol' Tony about the event.
• Hockey legends past and present gathered in Winnipeg to say goodbye to one of the most influential men in the sport.
• There are plenty of reasons for Edmonton fans to like the deal that sent David Perron to the Oilers. They got the more accomplished player and moved out an ill-fitting part.
• It appears to be a much-needed win for GM Craig MacTavish, but acquiring Perron is not without risk. A player who has dealt with series concussion issues is always one hard hit away from having his career ended instantly.
• Bernie Miklasz thinks everyone is pretty happy with their end of the deal in St. Louis, too. Not just because of the financial implications, but the chance that Magnus Paajarvi could blossom given the opportunities Perron had with the Blues. Miklasz is right about the money, but I'm not sure how many more chances Paajarvi needs to prove he's something other than a guy who has little interest in using his size down low.
• David Shoalts explains how the NHL lockout saved the Arizona Coyotes. There is going to be a special place in heaven for Shoalts, who has done a thorough (and thankless) job of guiding us through the entire Phoenix fiasco.
• Bo Horvat is learning to deal with the pressure that comes with replacing one of the most popular players in Vancouver. It might help if he can make an immediate impact with the Canucks this season. With his size and mature game, that's not out of the question.
• Good to see Dominic Moore back with the New York Rangers after sitting out last season to spend time with his dying wife. If you're looking for someone truly worth cheering for, Moore's your guy.
• He's older than most of the kids attending Calgary's development camp -- a lot older -- but Swiss league vet Reto Berra asked to attend in order to get used to the smaller ice. Good chance he's part of the tandem guarding the twine for the Flames come October.
• In Nashville, they're counting on a recent high-school graduate to play significant minutes next season. Coach Barry Trotz says he has "the it factor," which is something the Predators' offense desperately needs.
• The Preds also got 2013 first rounder Seth Jones under contract. Not that it was ever in doubt, but the sooner he was in the fold, the better.
• Sounds like the fans in Nashville were excited to get their first look at Jones.
• Teenager Malcolm Subban took the news of Tuukka Rask's new deal in stride. Smart kid. He's a long way from being NHL-ready, and Rask's situation means there's no need to rush Subban's development.
• Development camps, like Trix, are for kids, but one veteran NHLer is skating this week hoping to prove he's ready to make a comeback from a serious off-ice injury.
• The additions of Tyler Seguin and Shawn Horcoff give new Dallas coach Lindy Ruff a lot of options at center. That depth may come in handy, especially early on if Seguin struggles after spending three years as a winger in Boston. • Here's a pleasant reminder that not all of Wayne Gretzky's kids are social media time bombs. Trevor Gretzky is making his own way in baseball's minor leagues.