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Top Line: Brad Richards buyout, Kings garner dynasty talk, what's next for RangersRangers center Brad Richards (top) could face a buyout this summer after the Kings dominated up the middle during the Stanley Cup Final. (David Hahn/Icon SMI)

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• Fluto Shinzawa digs into Brad Richards and the buyout dilemma, discusses the pros and cons of shot-blocking and takes a shot at the Montreal Canadiens in his must-read Sunday column.

Dustin Brown hit more than a few rough patches in what was a very difficult season, but a second Stanley Cup puts it all in perspective.

• Ed Willes offers up a list of five things we learned from the Stanley Cup playoffs.{C}

The Olympic break was a turning point in the Kings' season.

• Here's an interesting bit of trivia about overtime hero Alec Martinez.

• This is a great piece on one member of the Kings who found a different path to live out his NHL dream. (s/t to Kukla's Korner for digging this one up.)

• Bruce Garrioch weighs in on the Kings as a dynasty and finds them wanting...at least for now.

• With training camp just three months away, there's little time for the Rangers to wallow in regret. Larry Brooks explains what it will take to get the Blueshirts back to the Final.

• The Rangers have some questions to answer and some important deals to get done over the next few weeks.

• Rangers fans are still ticked off about the officiating in the Final. Newsflash: There's no sport in the world that doesn't have its share of problems with enforcement ... and there never will be, as long as humans are involved in the process. Deal with it.

• Columbus fans were torn watching former Blue Jackets Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter starring in the Stanley Cup Final. Michael Arace explains why Gaborik made them feel damned while Nash was pure schadenfreude.

• Hate that part of the Stanley Cup Final is relegated to NBCSN? There's a reason for it...and it's not changing any time soon.

• Hall of Famer Kevin Allen lists Matt Niskanen and Ryan Callahan as the cream of this summer's free-agent crop.

• Have to figure a few Canadiens will cash in after Montreal's surprising run to the Eastern Conference Final. Coach Michel Therrien was the first.

• The Habs gave up on 2009 first rounder Louis Leblanc a long time ago, but they finally made it official yesterday, trading him to the Anaheim Ducks.

One Canadian team has made a strong pitch for Jason Spezza. But would he agree to go there?

• Have the Oilers set their sights on one of Philadelphia's spare defenseman? Not sure this makes a lot of sense for the Flyers, but Edmonton will beat the bushes this summer looking to upgrade its blueline.

Thomas Vanek may have his heart set on signing with Minnesota this summer, but the rapid development of some of the organization's top prospects has probably cooled the Wild on the free-agent sniper.

• One city that had its heart set on an outdoor game in 2015 is out of luck. 2016, though...

• Adrian Dater introduces us to the man responsible for turning Colorado into a youth hockey hotbed.

• Could the Canucks dig into the junior ranks to find their next head coach? Not surprised to hear this name surface, but I think it's Willie Desjardins' gig to turn down.

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