Top Line: Kings out for vengeance; Selanne's classy farewell; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• That video gives me chills. Just awesome.
• Ronnie Shuker says the Kings are a team that old school observers and the numbers nerds can agree on.
• It wasn't a perfect ending but it was a nearly perfect career for Teemu Selanne.
• Selanne forever will be as OC as Mickey Mouse.
• Justin Williams says the Kings would have saluted Selanne for 20 minutes to show their appreciation for his career. Their gracious show of respect will be remembered long after the final score of Game 7 is forgotten.
• Sadly, it sounds as if Selanne's not headed to the KHL after all.
• As series that began in storybook fashion ended with a chapter John Gibson will want to re-write. The kid showed some real moxie in his first two contests, but was undone by his defense in Games 6 and 7. He'll get a chance to prove he can carry the load full-time when next season gets underway.
• With Game 1 coming up on Sunday, the Kings must quickly shift their focus to avenging last season's conference final loss to the Blackhawks.
• His personal numbers are great and he's led the Hawks to six consecutive series victories. But does the mean Corey Crawford deserves recognition as an elite netminder?
• Should hockey fans across Canada switch their allegiances to support the Montreal Canadiens? Cathal Kelly speaks from a wellspring of common sense while Sean Gordon reveals he has no sports soul.
• After a winter of brutal weather and worse politics, the Canadiens give a weary Quebec something to believe in.
• Jack Todd writes that smart drafting and better asset management has the Canadiens back on top.
• Jimmy Fallon and the Canadiens have made a bet on the outcome of the Montreal-New York series. Because the Habs PR folks are brilliant, that's why.
• Veteran defenseman Dan Boyle was devastated to learn he won't be invited back next season by the San Jose Sharks. No one likes to be told they're not wanted, but come on Dan. You had to see this coming.
• The host London Knights were beaten in the opener of the Memorial Cup last night, but it took 51 stops from Val D'Or's Antoine Bibeau to shut them down. • Anthony Mantha is so good that he may force the Red Wings to abandon their slow-roast philosophy and find him a spot in Detroit next season.