Top Line: Ray Emery vs. Braden Holtby fight sparks rules talk; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Gary Bettman danced around a question about Ray Emery's beating of Braden Holtby of Friday night, but not before suggesting that it was something the league's general managers would look at. Could a rule change be on the horizon?
• Mike Russo says that the Wild could definitely use more scoring, but adds that with a promising group of kids on the roster, and in the pipeline, they may have more pressing needs than Islanders' winger Thomas Vanek next summer. Maybe Russo is just throwing a little cold water on a rumor . . . or maybe Minnesota is hoping to send out a message that it's not sitting around waiting for Vanek with bags of money.
• Toronto GM Dave Nonis admits that the Maple Leafs are fortunate to be 10-5-0, and also discusses what lies ahead for the team in this interview with Mike Zeisberger.
• With his Hall of Fame induction on the horizon, Fred Shero's legacy as a progressive thinker is examined by Bill Meltzer.
• The Senators aren't blaming Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin, but his hard drive to the net led to Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher. No word yet on how long the keeper will be out of action.
• The pressure is on the Oilers' internal leadership as Edmonton tries to tackle a mountain of early season problems. First on the agenda: establishing an identity.
• There aren't many goalies who've gotten off to a better start than the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury, but is that enough for him to work his way into the mix for Team Canada? His numbers are great, but it's hard to believe that his early performance this season will outweigh the memories of his disastrous playoff outings in each of the last two seasons.
• Is Canadiens coach Michel Therrien's use of P.K. Subban undermining the defenseman's chances of making Team Canada? And more worrisome for Montreal's fans . . . is Therrien paving P.K.'s path out of town?
• The Flames cut goalie Joey MacDonald over the weekend, deciding it was time to give rookie Reto Berra a chance in net for the rebuilding club. Good call. After Berra's amazing first start, it won't be long before there's a mini-Berra behind the net at home games.
• Tim Wharnsby looks at a lost weekend for Canada's teams, the amazing history of coaches in St. Louis and the key events of the week ahead in his Monday Morning Musings column.-
• Randal Wheeler writes that Canadian hockey fans need to stop ragging on southern U.S. markets. He's right, of course, but it would be a lot easier if a few of the Sun Belt teams weren't a couple of Boy Scout troop group ticket sales away from having a half empty arena on most nights.
• Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff says he won't rush into a trade to boost his team. Which basically means he's ready to sacrifice this season to his long-term vision. • Curtis Granderson of the Yankees was the latest celebrity to come to center ice at the United Center for the between periods time-killer known as Shoot The Puck. Here's how it went.