Top Line: Buffalo Sabres "classless"; last days of hockey fights; more links
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.
• 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.
• Ken Campbell says Chris Pronger may be in the shadows, but he's not going away . . . and that's good for everyone in hockey.
• 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.
• 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.