Top Line: Matt Moulson's magical debut; stunning offer to Vanek; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• A source says the Sabres were willing to make Thomas Vanek the highest-paid player in hockey as part of a long-term extension offer. Fact or spin? Tough to say, but considering how poorly this team has spent its money since owner Terry Pegula took over, this one rings true.
• Here's something you won't see every day: Bucky Gleason complimenting Darcy Regier. Of course, it's not all peaches and cream from the veteran columnist/GM basher.
• Dave Shoalts, like many before him, considers the depth of Buffalo's problems and wonders whether Regier is the man to solve them.
• It was an an emotional return to Buffalo for former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who got the win and the standing ovation. Good to see that his return was handled appropriately after the team bungled a chance to honor former captain Jason Pominville a couple of weeks back.
• And here's video proving that Sabres fans are target="_blank">some of the best in hockey.
• Brand new Garden. Same old Rangers. The boys in blue are saying all the right things about competing and effort and creating bounces, but they continue to get out-worked, out-hustled and out-chanced on a nightly basis.
• Damien Cox sings the Ballad of Torts and AV. It's a sad song for one of 'em.
• Here's Brandon Saad target="_blank">doing his best Patrick Kane impression . . . with Kane himself on the receiving end. "Yeah, he might be rubbing off on me," Saad said.
• One of Toronto's cast-offs is looking forward to running a few ex-teammates through the boards tomorrow night.
• Nashville's radio broadcast is a man short after the team's play-by-play man resigned abruptly on Monday night. Guessing this isn't the last we hear of this story.
• And speaking of great, if slightly horrifying Halloween costumes . . .
• There are two different kinds of goaltending controversies. Edmonton's is the kind that looks at a guy like Richard Bachman and thinks it sees a solution. • Brandon Dubinsky avoided a date with Sheriff Shanny after his head shot on Saku Koivu. Kyle Clifford wasn't quite as lucky. He escaped suspension but still paid a price for kneeing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.