Top Line: Canada's Junior camp opens, Ottawa still coping with post-Alfie era
By Sarah Kwak
An annotated guide to this morning’s short list of must-read hockey stories:
• Canada's Junior National team evaluation camp has gotten underway, and Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin, the third overall pick last June, is sitting out with a sore foot, but all eyes are on teen phenom Connor McDavid, who would be just the sixth 16-year-old to rep Canada at the World Juniors, if he is selected.
• In Ottawa, the Senators are still coping with life without Daniel Alfredsson. Something tells me this will go on for quite a while.
• The Under-18 Select Team USA is out in Slovakia for the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Follow along @USAHockeyScores.
• A heartwarming story about the power of generosity and how Theo Fleury helped some little girls in Minnesota get to play hockey this year and years to come.
• Another former Devil Alex Ponikarovsky joins Ilya Kovalchuk, signing with SKA St. Petersburg on a two-year deal.
• Chris Chelios signs on with Fox Sports 1 as an Olympic and NHL analyst.
• Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is preparing for a very busy year. Named an Olympic assistant for Team USA, he also has to revive Philadelphia after a subpar season.
• Guy Carbonneau was back behind a bench, coaching the Canadian side for the Maccabiah Games (a/k/a the Jewish Olympics), and came out of Israel with gold.
• The Coyotes sale is supposed to go through officially today. And on NHL.com, Phoenix is the next team featured on the ongoing 30-in-30 series.
• The Detroit Free Press's Helene St. James has been taking a deep look at the Red Wings roster this off-season. Her entries on defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, veteran forward Johan Franzen and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
• The Buffalo Sabres couldn't buy a d-zone stop last season. Literally?
• "Ten years later, Chad LaRose exits the scene as quietly as he entered it. His contract with the Hurricanes expired June 30. He didn’t show up for his end-of-season exit interview, according to Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford. He has not been reachable through multiple phone or text messages this summer."
• One year after Nashville re-signed Shea Weber, still looking worth it? • TSN.ca has a separate section of its site devoted to the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles, a deal that "changed hockey" and is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this Friday.