Top Line: Lafontaine ready to shake up Sabres; Brodeur talks Sochi; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• One of the NHL's signature concepts was born like so many of history's greatest ideas...over a couple of beers.
• It's not quite on the level of Daryl Sydor crawling to the net to block a shot, but you have to admire Nikolai Khabibulin's guts on this play.
• Khabby might be out of the lineup for some time after hurting himself making the original save.
• This guy looks like the early leader in the "worst free-agent signing of the summer" category, doesn't he?
• Maybe that deal will work out a little better for the Leafs than the one where they sent the NHL's leading goal scorer to the Blues.
• Adrian Dater says the honeymoon is over in Denver, where the Avs have lost three straight and are starting to look a lot like the team that sucked the life out of fans last season.
• Ted Nolan has John Scott on a short leash, but it didn't stop the enforcer from taking a cheap shot after the game. Pretty funny listening to Scott rip a guy who sees more action most periods than he will in a month.
• You think Buffalo's fans were happy with last week's shakeup? Wait'll you hear what the Sabres' alumni had to say.
• Larry Brooks does his best to play matchmaker between the Sabres and Neil Smith, and quick hits America's forwards for Sochi, Marian Gaborik and the big mistake made by both the Rangers and Islanders.
• Ed Willes says it would only benefit the Canucks to repair the rift with the most influential figure in franchise history.
• Boston's inconsistent play in the early going is easy to explain, says Steve Conroy.• Don Cherry talked Ted Nolan, Tyler Seguin and Steve Ott on another can't-miss episode of Coach's Corner.