Top Line: The next Evgeni Malkin; Senators lose Ryan; more
An annotated guide to today's must-read hockey stories:
• The Senators have lost Bobby Ryan after the winger was involved in a collision with teammate Kyle Turris. Don Brennan has the details on the injury, including whether we can use the C word to describe Ryan's condition.
• Hockey fans aren't the only ones who are thrilled to see the return of the NHL. So are those who track Canada's economy. You won't believe the impact even preseason action has on the country's financial health.
• Here's one indication of how that economic impact works, courtesy of the great Dave Stubbs.
• Randy Carlyle's job in Toronto may depend on how well assistant coach Peter Horachek does his. Considering how lousy the Leafs were in their own zone last season, we wish both men the best of luck.
• Jeremy Rutherford takes a look at Peter Mueller's comeback attempt with the St. Louis Blues. The former first rounder has been concussion-free for two years and has the size and creativity to fill a role on a team that's desperate for a little offensive diversity, but he'll have trouble cracking a depth chart that's loaded up front.
• That special Oktoberfest jersey worn by German club ECH Red Bull Munich yesterday? Just ... wow.
• You won't believe who is the fastest skater on the Philadelphia Flyers.
• With blood clots sidelining Kimmo Timmonen indefinitely, Andrew MacDonald is set to join Philly's No. 1 defense tandem. On the bright side, this is a terrific year to be involved in the draft lottery.
• Anaheim hopeful Dany Heatley says he knows there weren't 20 teams lining up to sign him in free agency, but he thinks he still has something left to give. He's grateful to get one more chance with the Ducks, but he knows he could be down to his last one.
• This is a make-or-break camp for Tampa Bay Lightning hopeful Brett Connolly. The sixth pick in the 2006 draft fell just short last season, but a summer of training with Steven Stamkos and Gary Roberts has him on the verge of claiming a full-time roster spot for the first time in his career. If he fails to make the cut, it could be the end of the line for him with the organization.
• His reputation may never go away, but Penguins camp invitee Dan Carcillo says he's no longer that guy who takes selfish penalties.