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Jason Pominville played his first game in Buffalo as a member of the Minnesota Wild.Jason Pominville celebrated his return to Buffalo by scoring the game-winner. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• Jason Pominville enjoyed his return to Buffalo, but last night could have been better for the Sabres' former captain. Mike Harrington says the Sabres showed a lack of class by not formally acknowledging his contributions to the team during his eight seasons with them.

• Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta will face the music later today for his cheap shot on Columbus defender Jack Johnson. Chris Stevenson says it's time to throw the book at a player who just doesn't get it.

• The commissioner of the USHL says he'll review the junior league's rules governing fighting after a player suffered a seizure following a scrap last week. Damien Cox cites that incident, among others, as he argues that we've entered the last days of fighting in hockey.

• George Johnson explains the nature of medieval torture devices and says that Sean Monahan's season rides on how he fares during Calgary's upcoming five-game road swing. It's hard to imagine the Flames sending him back to junior at this point, but if he looks overmatched against the California-based teams, that might be the best option for the 18-year-old.

• The paintball and fire department training were standard team-building fare, but the Flames took a shot at something different with their latest group activity.

• Eric Duhatschek looks at the early play of Jonathan Bernier, Semyon Varlamov and Devan Dubnyk and ponders the unpredictable nature of goaltender development.

• San Jose forward Brent Burns is creating offense out of chaos. That's working out pretty well so far for the Sharks.

• Ken Campbell says Chris Pronger may be in the shadows, but he's not going away . . . and that's good for everyone in hockey.

• The Oilers have played six games and have yet to allow fewer than four goals against. If they hope to salvage this season, the time is now to bring in another goaltender.

• Sean Gentille says being scratched for the second consecutive game won't send Nail Yakupov scurrying back to Russia.

• Here's more on Yakupov, along with some harsh words for Alex Ovechkin from Edmonton enforcer Mike Brown.

Jimmy Howard is hurt? No problem, says Jonas Gustavsson.

• Of course, it helps Detroit that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are good at hockey.

• You say you like dangles? Then you'll love this beauty of a goal from the KHL.

• The Rangers officially placed Rick Nash on IR Monday, which creates the opportunity that J.T. Miller was waiting for.

Martin Biron is considering retirement after being placed on waivers yesterday. It'll be too bad if that's the way it ends for this classy vet. He deserved a more dignified exit.

• Coach Ken Hitchcock says losing to the Kings in the playoffs last spring planted a seed of confidence in this season's Blues.

• The Panthers are getting some reinforcements from sick bay. Nick Bjugstad will make his season debut tonight in Nashville and Tim Thomas could be returning next.

• Jack Todd rails on the hockey world's treatment of Tomas Hertl and says it has to be Carey Price in net for Team Canada in this grab-bag column.

Mikhail Grabovski made a bit of hockey history last night against the Oilers.

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