Top Line: Brian Burke blasts prospect; P.K. Subban grows up; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• It didn't take long for the Brian Burke we all know and love to make an appearance in Calgary. Speaking to the media yesterday, he lit into top prospect Sven Baertschi and his attitude of entitlement. "Flashes of brilliance are fine if you’re working in the university, but they’re not much good to people in an NHL building," Burke said, applying a Bunsen burner under the butt of Baertschi.
• Steve Simmons has a great piece on the maturation of P.K. Subban. When you see the quote, "It's important he listens and learns," and realize it's Subban saying it about someone else, you know the Norris Trophy winner is growing up.
• Gary Bettman made the media rounds yesterday in advance of the new season. George Malik did the grunt work and compiled the best video in one place. Thanks, George!
• The league and the players voted over the weekend to approve the use of hybrid icing this season. I give full marks to the PA here. It seemed that the majority of players didn't want to see another "gray-area rule" enacted, but they put safety first and got it done.
• Jonathan Toews expects the Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony in Chicago tonight to be one of many to come. Sounds cocky, but he has the team to back it up.
• The Capitals finally get to be part of a Stanley Cup celebration tonight. Too bad it's Chicago's. Will the moment inspire this team to the heights many think it is capable of achieving? And just how tired will Ovi be after that torch relay?
• The Penguins placed defenseman Kris Letang and goalie Tomas Vokoun on IR. Vokoun is out indefinitely, but Letang's status is a bit more fluid.
• Despite the league's best efforts to increase the goal-scoring chances, Eric Duhatschek says that true snipers are a dying breed.
• There don't seem to be many believers in Devan Dubnyk's ability to establish himself as a No. 1 netminder, leading Jim Matheson to suggest this could be the goalie's last kick at the can in Edmonton. I'm not sure what's up with the Oilers' lack of patience. This team isn't going deep this year under any circumstances, and Dubnyk is maturing nicely, improving his GAA each of the last three seasons despite playing behind a lousy defense. He seems like a good fit for this young team.
• The Flames couldn't find a good reason to cut first rounder Sean Monahan. He'll start the season in Calgary, but it'll be surprising if his stay lasts longer than nine games.
• Nothing like a healthy dose of realism. Eric Francis delivers one to Flames fans today, explaining why Calgary will finish last.
• Injuries created unexpected roster opportunities for a trio of Buffalo rookies.
• The Blue Jackets aren't kidding themselves that momentum from their hot finish last spring will carry over into October. Letting go of that past success is a key for Columbus as the team moves on to the new season.eight of their first 10 games at home, a fast start is imperative for the Jets.