By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said forward Wayne Simmonds was "suffering from a touch of whiplash" after a vicious elbow to the head from Capitals' defender John Erskine. They're expecting a suspension in Washington.
• With a pair of five-point efforts just six games into the season, it's fair to say Buffalo Sabres' forward Thomas Vanek is pretty good at hockey.
• He's not snakebitten. He's not unlucky. In fact, it's pretty obvious why Toronto Maple Leafs' sniper Phil Kessel is oh-fer-2013.
• Outside of Don Cherry with Bobby Orr, the greatest coach/player mancrush in history may have been Ken Hitchcock/Jere Lehtinen. So if the Blues' coach is willing to invoke the name of the three-time Selke winner to praise St. Louis rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, you know the kid is more than just a show pony.one of the reasons he came to Calgary