Top Line: Sharks' revenge on Lapierre; Patrick Roy's record; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Rory Boylen digs up the video evidence of Max Lapierre's past transgressions and says his cheap shot on Boyle is worth 10 games on the sidelines from player safety sheriff Brendan Shanahan.
• Here's the St. Louis perspective on the hit and the game.
• Fortunately, Dan Boyle appears to be doing OK.
• While we're on the Avs' page, this piece on the not-so-glamorous life of a hockey beat writer is fantastic. Our ol' buddy Adrian Dater is killing it with this intermittent series. This is a must read.
• Mike Heika's another writer who's been at the absolute top of his game this season. Here's his take on something old that these new Stars may have found in themselves after being kicked around for 20 minutes last night.
• This piece on a key reason behind the declining play of Claude Giroux is worth reading just for the great quote by Al Morganti. Really funny stuff.
• The great Bernie Parent wants to share some life advice. I say, always listen when a Hall of Famer speaks.
• All the indications coming into camp -- the fitness level, the hunger -- suggested that Dany Heatley was on the verge of a strong season. Instead, he has 12 shots and one assist to show for seven games. Coach Mike Yeo is sticking with him for now, but time to find his game may be running out for the veteran sniper.
• It was a milestone win for the Blackhawks last night in Raleigh. A really big milestone.
• Here's some news: Chix dig the Hawks.
• It took a another ridiculous effort by Ryan Miller and some shootout magic from Tyler Ennis, but the Sabres finally earned their first win of the season. Nice of the Isles to take it so easy on 'em, eh?
• The Habs may have lost Max Pacioretty, their leading scorer over the last two seasons.
• Bobby Orr says Don Cherry belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. That Grapes hasn't been inducted yet is a black mark on the legacy of the current Hall voters.
• Here are two rules that the great Orr would change in order to make the game safer. I like one of 'em. The other, not so much.
• The Devils are trying to Disneyfy the experience at the Rock in pursuit of the casual fan. This, of course, is a misguided effort. • If you haven't already heard the amazing true story of how hockey intersected with international diplomacy to rescue an American filmmaker imprisoned in Venezuela, well here you go. Fascinating stuff.