Top Line: Bertuzzi statement fail; Thornton embarrassed; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• A day after his out-of-court settlement with Steve Moore finally became official, Todd Bertuzzi reached out to the Detroit media and said nothing. You know what would have been cool? Instead of thanking “fans, teams and teammates,” maybe Bertuzzi could have apologized to Moore for the entire ordeal. Right?
• Doug Wilson and Todd McLellan were so busy stripping the C from Joe Thornton's sweater that they forgot to tell him about it. What a sorry move by the Sharks. Jumbo Joe certainly deserved better than this.
• While that silliness was going on, another story was almost buried in San Jose. An infection after surgery could force Raffi Torres to the sidelines for half of the 2014-15 season. It's a horrible break for the team and for a player who was limited by injuries to just five games last season.
• Fully recovered from the knee injury that knocked him out of the Eastern Conference Final, Canadiens goalie Carey Price is back skating and on target for a healthy return in the 2014-15 season.
• Last season's run to has led to great expectations in Montreal this year. The trick for GM Marc Bergvin and coach Michel Therrien will be keeping those expectations in line for a team that isn't quite ready yet to run with the big dogs.
• Here's a shocker: NHL owners have found at least one loophole in the CBA that allows them to keep some hockey-related revenue all for themselves.
•Come for this story on how the NHL's newly enacted changes to the draft lottery could hurt Calgary's rebuild plans. Stay for the amazing image of Brian Burke's hair.
• There are very few folks in the world who believe they're overpaid, but isn't it still a bit surprising to hear that Brooks Orpik isn't one of them?
• Four years later, have we finally settled the Taylor or Tyler debate?
• Tyler Seguin is one of several players who said yesterday that he has no idea what's going on with the whole analytics craze but he can see a place for advanced stats in the future of the game.
• A former San Jose Sharks draft pick reveals how his career was taken away in one minute as a result of his battle with depression. This is some gut-wrenching stuff.
• Chris Burns, the draft pick mentioned above, later hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Read this and remember to be kind to people today. You have no idea what they might be going through.
• As an aside in a piece on Clarke MacArthur's new deal, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray says he's definitely trying to keep Bobby Ryan beyond this season. Fair enough, but Ryan is a valuable chip as a pending free agent. Murray may want to re-sign him, but he'll also explore his value on the market to determine if a trade would provide a better base for the future success of the organization.
• Aaron Paitich offers the top-10 reasons to play adult hockey. Somehow he missed “to impress the scouts.” I think that's why most of the guys I skate with still play.
• Finally, a Maple Leafs story that isn't centered around an analytics hiring: Nazem Kadri says he's ready to become the No. 1 center in Toronto. Wonder what the stat geeks think about this?