Top Line: Don Cherry pleads his case; Ryan Miller rumors heat up; more links
By Allan Muir An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories: • Don Cherry talked goaltender interference, stick tape and the NHL concussion lawsuit before finally getting around to future on Hockey Night In Canada on last night's Coach's Corner. His point? "Why mess with No. 1? Leave us alone, and we'll be just as good next year." • Bruce Garrioch looks at a couple of hot trade rumors, including Ryan Miller to Long Island and Tim Thomas to Nashville, in this week's Sunday column. The Preds are knee deep in defensive prospects, and while the Panthers might prefer adding a forward, they can use help anywhere in the organization. The two teams might be a good match. • The Pens might be in the market for a veteran keeper as well. Tomas Vokoun offered an update on his health this weekend and the news isn't encouraging. • John Vogl doesn't need to wait until Jan. 1 to name his Team USA roster. He's got a pretty strong list ready now, along with thoughts on Buffalo's GM situation and a strong start for a quiet veteran. • So other than that, how was your trip to New York, Mr. Tortorella? • Jaromir Jagr credits a former Pittsburgh teammate for much of the success he's experienced...and it's not Mario Lemieux. • Steve Simmons writes that the handling of Jake Gardiner could challenge the relationship of Toronto coach Randy Carlyle and GM Dave Nonis, and considers the chances of three darkhorse candidates for Team Canada in his Sunday column. • If anyone knows what Daniel Alfredsson is facing today, it's Wayne Gretzky. The Great One has a bit of advice for Alfie ahead of what's sure to be an emotional homecoming in Ottawa. • Damien Cox isn't ready to endorse Carey Price for a spot in Sochi, but says last night's performance against the stumbling Leafs shows why he's in the mix. • Has P.K. Subban done enough to join his Montreal mate on Team Canada? SI.com alum Stu Hackel helps make the argument. • Randy Carlyle was livid after Max Pacioretty put a little extra mustard on a goal celebration last night. Anything that adds another layer of animosity to the Montreal-Toronto rivalry is a good thing in my books. • HNIC put together a brilliant opening montage to celebrate the Forever Rivals last night. Check it out: • Larry Brooks says the players involved in the concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL last week deserve their day in court, but he believes many retired vets blame themselves, not the league, for not asking the proper questions during their playing days. • Erik Karlsson's heart is in the right place, but he's a lousy coffee salesman. • The Jets are one of the few teams not schedule to play an outdoor game this season, so why not mix in an open-air practice at the world's best known park? • "Hello, Toronto? This is Tom Hanks. I need you to take a look at this play. I think we have a good goal." • Tab Bamford breaks down a very successful circus trip for the Chicago Blackhawks. It's a good bet we'll have a new No. 1 atop the Power Rankings after this display of force by the Hawks. • What a beauty move by Marcus Foligno last night in the wake of his lopsided fight with Ryan Carter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F8_jVxjlfEA • Will the Bruins be sorry if Tyler Seguin matures into a perennial top-10 scorer? Probably not as much as you'd think. Their pattern over recent years proves that team play is more important to their success than any individual star. • On the verge of being recalled from the AHL and given a chance to prove himself a changed man, Patrick Kaleta tore his ACL and is out for the season. You never want to see anyone get hurt, but I'm guessing there weren't many tears shed over this news around the league, either.