Top Line: Pens lose Vokoun indefinitely; Barclays good, Isles not; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• The discovery of a blood clot in the pelvis of Tomas Vokoun has shelved the Pittsburgh goalie indefinitely. He'll be held off the ice as long as he's taking the blood thinners used to dissolve the offending mass. Scary stuff, since clots can be lethal if undetected. There is however, a bright side to this for the Pens...
• The Rangers made a mess of the Derek Stepan situation by leaving their No. 1 center for last on their summer negotiation list, writes Larry Brooks. And while they have all the leverage in these botched talks, it's time for them to give a little in order to get something done.
• Tim Thomas' defining trait is proving his doubters wrong, writes Fluto Shinazawa. Recovered now from the mental exhaustion that led him to temporarily abandon his career, Thomas could be a difference maker for the Panthers.
• Steve Simmons praises the fiscal responsibility of the Isles, Habs and Leafs and likes the chances for a Mikhail Grabovski bounceback season in this week's Sunday column.
• Ryan Miller talked his contract situation, the Olympics and the new equipment rules with Elliotte Friedman on "Hockey Night In Canada."
• Kari Lehtonen and Dan Ellis stand behind the NHL's decision to increase scoring by shrinking goalie equipment. What, does the league have their children or something?
• The cap crunch may force this team to roll with a 21-man roster--two under the limit--in order to stay in compliance.
• Forget the shootout silliness in Buffalo last night, Chris Johnston writes. The 65 minutes leading up to it was important hockey for several young players.
• "Great kid. One of the best . . . and I mean, talk about a story, right!?" Oh yeah. The life of ex-U-Mass Boston captain Jim Ennis is some kind of story, alright.
• You don't need to hear Philly forward Jake Voracek say it. The image of his mangled blue Ferrari shows how lucky he is to be alive.
• The Canucks have a little over $2 million available under the cap and it's burning a hole in their pocket. They wouldn't mind spending it on a third-line center, if some team is willing to oblige them by putting one on waivers this week.
• Here's a headline you don't see everyday: Vancouver winger David Booth is hurt. Oh wait...yeah, you do.
• I'm guessing it'll be at least two years before stories about Edmonton defender Darnell Nurse stop mentioning Donovan McNabb, but with his impressive play in camp turning heads, I'm hoping for the under.
• Here's something I'll include only because I swore an oath to link to any hockey news that ever appeared in the "NME". Pretty odd oath, now that I think of it. • A folk hero is returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looking to add to his enduring legacy in the town.