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The Steven Stamkos to Toronto talk just won't die, San Jose's summer of shame turns to an autumn of angst, plus more must-read NHL stories.

By Allan Muir
September 05, 2014

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

All that talk about returning home to play for the Maple Leafs? Overblown, says Steven Stamkos, who told the Tampa media on Thursday that he wants to win with the Lightning. That, of course, is exactly what a man would say if he didn't want to answer Are-you-thinking-about-leaving? questions every day for the final two years of his contract. Stammer says the social media “favorites” that started the clamor were “pocket tweets”—a wildly unconvincing explanation. It's a safe bet that the story doesn't die here.

Free-agent goaltender Martin Brodeur says he's willing to back-up Carey Price in Montreal. Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski say, “Yeah, ummm ... ”

NHL's best off-ice moves of the summer

​​Mark Purdy says that a Summer of Shame has morphed into an Autumn of Angst in San Jose. But hey, the off-season has gone exactly as GM Doug Wilson planned, so no worries!

T.J. Oshie's commitment to battling Alzheimer's has roots in his father's struggle with the disease.

Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg hopes that he can stay healthy this season. That's a pretty universal dream, isn't it?

Well, this is a rare distinction for Jaromir Jagr. Can anyone come up with a name other than Gordie Howe who's pulled off this feat?

The Penguins yesterday signed Dan Carcillo to a professional tryout contract. That, to Adam Proteau's mind, makes Pittsburgh owner Mario Lemieux a hypocrite.

David Krejci's new deal with the Bruins is a steal...for Krejci

​​• Not so, says Dejan Kovacevic. Dig past the baseball talk to get to his explanation for why the Pens needed to add Carcillo and Steve Downie to the lineup.

So it turns out that not every goalie mask that's been painted up for this season had to be a beauty. Kind of a dud, this one, eh?

While we're on the topic of letdowns, check out this list of features that are missing from NHL 15. Sounds like EA Sports really blew this one ... not that anything is going to stop fans from buying it.

Connor McDavid had five points last night in his preseason debut with the Erie Otters. I'm expecting to use some variation of that line repeatedly this season.

Gary Bettman has met Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin and ”found them engaging,” but it's up to the Board of Governors, not the commissioner, to accept the duo as the next owners of the Islanders.

Jamie Grube offers up 10 predictions for the 2014–15 Blue Jackets. Number three isn't as crazy as it seems.

Does a player who didn't finish among the top-five in the Norris Trophy voting last season deserve to be called the best defenseman in the game? According to, he sure does.

Rick DiPietro would love to get back between the pipes, but his body is telling him that his NHL days are over. Fortunately, he's found something new to keep himself busy.

Training camps are still weeks away but already there's buzz about the biggest name potentially heading to free agency next summer. And it's not a player.

Now we know why it took so long for Steve Moore's camp to confirm the end of legal proceedings against Todd Bertuzzi. Here's hoping both sides can put this horrible incident behind them and find some personal peace.

Leading the Hurricanes back to respectability will be easy for Bill Peters compared to the day he just spent coaching the team's media cohort.

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