Top Line: First rounders make impact; Chris Pronger's sad days; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• There are 14 first rounders from the 2013 NHL Draft still in camps around the league. Here's a look at seven who could be in uniform on opening night.
• Former Windsor Star great Scott Burnside takes a look at the new normal for Chris Pronger. Love him or hate him, it's a pretty sad story.
• An amazing antique shop find has spawned a fundraising campaign to return one of hockey's oldest trophies to its proper home.
• Uffe Bodin says Florida's signing of Tim Thomas could be the best thing to happen to No. 1 hopeful Jacob Markstrom. Unless you're fluent in Swedish, you might want to open this in Google Chrome or employ some other instant-translate service.
• A report in the New York Post has the Panthers on the verge of being sold. I'm guessing that awesome crowd at the exhibition home opener sealed the deal.
• Here's the challenge that John Tortorella faces in Vancouver: containing the worst of his profanity-soaked excesses while rousing a group of players whose competitive fires seem to burn a little less brightly than his own. Should be smooth sailing, right?
• Patrick Roy says he's ready to handle the criticism that comes with being an NHL coach. Still in the honeymoon period, I see.
• Owner Ted Leonsis is always happy to talk about how he reshaped the media coverage of his Capitals. If you haven't heard it before, it's interesting stuff . . . once you get past the business jargon, anyway.
• Salary cap issues are about to start pushing some vets onto the unemployment line.
• Sounds like Damien Brunner made a decent first impression in New Jersey. He's expected to make his exhibition debut with the Devils on Thursday night with an eye on turning that PTO into a real contract.
• If you're a fan of real estate, or awesome Photoshop work, you'll love this piece on Simon Gagne selling his Quebec mansion. A little belt-tightening before retirement, perhaps?
• Henrik Lundqvist, Phil Kessel and the Sedin Twins top the list of 30 players entering their contract years. Luke Fox considers the season ahead and the likelihood of each remaining with his current team.
• I'm not sure if this is ammunition for or against fancy stats, but I'm gonna guess both.
• Apparently, "The Amazing Race" is a show on TV that people watch. If you are not among them, perhaps these two L.A. Kings Ice Girls will give you a reason to.
• Only 99 more go-to-sleeps until the World Juniors . . .• Less than two weeks into the season and they're already firing coaches in the KHL. That's two, so far. Hope Mike Keenan has an escape plan.