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Tim Thomas of the Florida Panthers is one of the NHL's most polarizing players. So how do you feel about Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas? (Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas snag two of the top-three spots in this list of the most polarizing players in the NHL.

• Grantland offers up a list of the 10 greatest players who spent their career with one team. Detroit fans will have fun with this one.

Tomas Hertl's four-goal game was the talk of the hockey world yesterday, and not everyone was happy about the flashy way he scored the capper. I suspect those people also complain about kittens being too cute. Seriously, folks, this is the entertainment business. We could use a little more Hertl right now.

• Adam Proteau has seen enough of this season's Washington Capitals to decide that they need to fire GM George McPhee and move in another direction. So what's taking owner Ted Leonsis so long to figure it out?

• A decision to eliminate single-game ticket sales backfired on the St. Louis Blues last night. Blame it on the Cardinals.

• Worried about Ryan Kesler's slow start? Eh, maybe he's just pacing himself.

Teemu Selanne is enjoying the ride through his final NHL season.

Jamie Benn referred to his omission from Team Canada's summer camp as "a wakeup call." He must have hit the snooze button because he's offering up the same frustrating mix of momentary brilliance amidst long stretches of invisibility through Dallas' first two games.

Nazem Kadri's already worked his way into Randy Carlyle's doghouse, but it's the coach, not the player, who has to be very careful how he proceeds.

• There's plenty to love about Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, but this isn't among them.

• Seth Rorabaugh polled the Penguins for their thoughts on the NHL's helmet removal rule. Their responses might surprise you . . . unless you were expecting them to be mixed, which they are.

• Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have called for an end to fighting at all levels of hockey because, apparently, being hit in the head is bad for you.

• After squandering leads against Washington and Vancouver, the Flames finally figured out how to nail it down in a thrilling win over Montreal.

• Mike Boone absolutely rips the effort of the Habs in the loss. Not too many punches pulled here.

• Dave Stubbs offers both an update on George Parros and a look into the mind of Montreal GM Marc Bergevin. Solid piece.

• There aren't many like Habs' organist Diane Bibaud left in hockey. Here's why she's one of the best.

• "I don't know how you go around the ice for 60 minutes and no one touches you, but he does it," Ken Hitchcock said of this player.

Devan Dubnyk will get another chance to redeem himself tonight against the Canadiens. If this one goes off the rails, the hunt for a new keeper begins in earnest, doesn't it?

• Zero points through four games: is it time to start worrying about Claude Giroux? And is the problem in his injured hand . . . or his head?

• A legendary American defender is helping Seth Jones navigate his way through his rookie NHL season.

• If you're a fan of thinly veiled innuendo, you'll love this Nail Yakupov commercial for, well, it's kind of hard to tell, actually.

• Gary Bettman's winning streak finally came to an end in a bankruptcy court yesterday when a judge ruled that the league couldn't sue former Phoenix owner Jerry Moyes to recover losses associated with the NHL's ownership of the Coyotes. That won't go over well with the other 29 owners who now appear to be stuck with a bill they were promised not to expect.
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