By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
Winnipeg's Jacob Trouba
had to be carted off after taking a nasty spill yesterday. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)
• There was another very scary moment in the NHL last night
when Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba
took a sickening spill into the boards
. At least he was able to joke about his diet afterwards.
• Mike Ribeiro
just set the bar for best shootout goal of the year.
Can't wait to see the move that tops this one.
• A tax decision by the U.S. government just made Calgary and Edmonton
the two most financially attractive NHL cities in which to play. You think that might play into their free agent recruitment pitches next summer?
• No surprise to see Henrik Lundqvist
top Vanity Fair's
(apparently) annual list of the NHL's best-dressed players.
In fact, it's practically a roll call of the league's top Swedish players.
• Sean Gordon unveilsthe secret to having good hockey hands
. Guess this explains why I've got rocks for mitts.
• Former Maple Leafs
' CEO Richard Peddie is peddling a new book. Here's an excerpt in which he talks up Gary Bettman and the need for financial transparency.
Could be an interesting read.
• It was a good news day in Toronto, where the Leafs learned that James Reimer is okay
after pulling himself from Thursday's game and another key vet was able to return to practice.
• The Blackhawks
are looking forward to catching up with an old teammate
Maybe that Daniel Al
• The Flyers
are proud of their well-established identity, but Mark Spector writes that this team would be better served by stepping away from the bash-and-grind past and adding a little finesse.
And if they are so inclined, he has a few suggestions as to how to make that happen.
• Ottawa's lack of discipline, both defensive and personal
, is starting to wear on coach Paul MacLean. The team's goalies aren't exactly thrilled, either.
• But that doesn't mean you should expect to see one of them traded
any time soon.
• Speaking of trades, there were scouts from 16 NHL teams
at the Caps/Rangers
game on Wednesday night. Might be because it was a light date on the schedule and they had nowhere else to go. Or maybe there's something brewing with both of those teams off to lousy starts.
• Edmonton boasted a top-10 penalty kill last season. This year, it's coughing up more than a goal per game.
That's a tough hole to climb out of.
• Maybe all the Oilers
really need is a goalie made of stiffer stuff. Eric Duhatschek says there might be someone out there for them
• David Shoalts counters by suggestingthe Sabres
might be the ideal trade partner for the Oilers.
• The Sharks
got off to a 7-0 start last season, then went into the ditch for the next two months. Coach Todd McLellan says things will be different this year, and this is the reason why.
• Got a few minutes for a podcast? This one from the Vancouver Province
offers up an interesting idea: a statue of Sidney Crosby in Vancouver
to commemorate the Golden Goal. That's one of those ideas that's so good, it's hard to believe no one's put it out there before.
• So apparently the Florida Panthers
are trying to bring homophobes and the LGBT community together
with a pair of promotions for tonight's game against the Wild
. Are they filming a reality series that we don't know about yet?
• Pat Hickey says there could be as many as nine Montreal Canadiens headed to Sochi
• Not sure how I missed this list earlier in the week, because it's a good one: the NHL's 10 best-loved players.
• The story of the best defender on Canada's best junior hockey team is a great reminder that if you're good, they'll find you.
It just might take awhile.