Top Line: Penguins GM no fan of Marc-Andre Fleury; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Is Marc-Andre Fleury down to his last chance in Pittsburgh? It seemed like he had an endless reserve of goodwill with former GM Ray Shero, but new boss Jim Rutherford clearly isn't as enamored of the goaltender. ”I'm not in any hurry to do a contract with him,” Rutherford said when asked about Fleury, whose current deal expires next summer. Sounds like Flower might want to put off plans for any new Penguins-themed tattoos.
• Could less be more for Sidney Crosby? New Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston is looking to lighten the load on the Penguins' captain this season ... which is the opposite of what everyone was suggesting last season.
• Show of hands: Who hasn't wondered how Major League Baseball logos would look on hockey sweaters? Hmmm .... that looks like just about all of you.
• Looking for some shinny highlights to get you through the dog days? Check out some of the beauties from the final day of Bio-Steel's summer camp. That play by Tyler Seguin at the end? Yeah.
• Henrik Lundqvist talks about the lessons he learned from last year's slow start, and what the newest Rangers will bring to the team.
• Islanders draft pick Josh Ho-Sang's out-of-hand dismissal by Hockey Canada rankles Jack Todd, who says he's seen this same sort of treatment from the hockey establishment before with P.K. Subban.
• Last season, the Avalanche just hoped to win back the trust of their fans. Now they're trying to make a serious run at winning the silverware.
• This is odd: Blues general manager Doug Armstrong asked for the blessing of David Backes and Alex Steen before signing free agent center Paul Stastny.
• Is it possible for the Coyotes to lose recently acquired forward Sam Gagner to pro golf? Arizona's prime summer addition took over the team's Twitter account to answer that question and many others from the team's fans.
• David Staples says that the Oilers are making a mistake if they put Martin Marincin on their first defensive pair. The question is, what alternative do they have?