Top Line: Henrik Lundqvist style tips; new outdoor game; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• We all could benefit from a little style advice from Henrik Lundqvist, hockey's own Beau Brummel, but there's one guy who needs it more than most.
• While rumors are circulating that Washington's big announcement on Saturday could involve an upcoming Winter Classic, plans already are afoot for another outdoor game for the Penguins and Flyers, this time at Penn State's Beaver Stadium.
• With the Pens in Chicago for a preseason tilt on Thursday, the league cranked up the hype machine for their March 1 rematch at Soldier Field.
• For once, Gary Bettman was able to speak without having to shout over the boos.
• Time is running out on Joe Colborne in Toronto. The 2009 first rounder has always underwhelmed, but his inability to stake a claim to a job this time around might lead the Leafs to close the book on the enigmatic center. (Note: that adjective can, in fact, be applied to players of non-Russian origin.)
• Injury update II: Almost a year after having his Achilles' tendon nearly severed, Erik Karlsson finally is skating like himself again. Awards voters, feel free to turn in your Norris Trophy ballots early.
• Gotta love Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper's response to the suspension of forward Adam Erne. "He does have to answer the bell for what he did," Cooper said. "There was no intent on Adam's part, but we're trying to pull that out of the game. We don't want guys getting injured."
• Injuries are opening the door for Jarred Tinordi to start the season in Montreal. Now the hard-hitting former first rounder has to make something of the opportunity.
• You say you love hockey and think you'd be a great player agent? That's not enough, according to long-time rep Ian Pulver.• And now, because it sucks that there's still three more days until the next "Breaking Bad," here's Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in drag as their TV better halves. Remember, what you see can't be unseen.