By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Also on the ice in Ottawa was Erik Karlsson, who said his ankle feels fine and that he should be 100 percent for the start of the season.
• Speaking of the Sens, today's their day to get the 30-in-30 treatment over at NHL.com.
• "It was all about the setting and the context," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said to Larry Brooks, referring to his hesitation to speak out against Russia's law that bars discussion of gay rights and relationships around children. "Representing Sweden, I feel it’s best to keep the focus on the competition because that’s what makes the Olympics so special for the athletes. But of course as a private person, I will express my support for equal rights and my opposition to laws that go against that. I think I can use my position to do some good, but the time and the place have to be right."
• Lundqvist also spoke about the state of his contract negotiations, revealing that he and the Rangers are talking but there's no pressure to get anything done now. We'll see if he still feels that way in December after being asked about his contract every day for three months.
• Of all the decisions Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero had to make this summer, finding a goalie coach who could repair the shattered game of Marc-Andre Fleury might be the one that most directly impacts the prospects of the franchise. The pressure's on now for former Bruins' netminder Mike Bales.
• Chris Peters writes about a bad summer for proponents of college hockey over the CHL. One of the latest players to leave the American developmental path for the junior ranks is the highly touted son of a Hall of Famer.
• Top prospect Mark Schiefele is working hard this summer, hoping this will be the year he finally sticks with the Jets. Winnipeg has suffered a few noteworthy losses up front, so there are jobs to be had—and after two cups of coffee in the NHL, it's time for the club's 2011 first-round pick to stake his claim on one.
• What did Chicago's four Swedish players do on their days with the Cup? I'm guessing they took it to Ikea, right? Was it a day at Ikea?
• David Staples considers the growing gap between the Oilers and the Flames. And yes, David. This is the year that Calgary finishes last.
• Just because David Musil is a lousy skater doesn't mean he isn't a solid pro prospect.
• Sunaya Sapurji had a nice running bit during the offseason chronicling the summer jobs of junior hockey players. Here's the final installment, featuring a job that forced one player into a life-changing discovery. If you've missed the previous installments, look 'em up. They're well worth your time.
• As expected, the NHL will enact a trade freeze during the Olympics. So basically the boys who won't be in Sochi will be able to leave their cell phones at home when they head off to Cabo.
• Jay McClement says that last spring's playoff success (well, success as measured by Toronto's standards) means that the Maple Leafs will be a hunted team this season. So, okay.
• There's another Team Canada goaltending controversy...but it's not the one you think.
• Bill Meltzer offers up the case for Valeri Vasilevski and details the risks and rewards of drafting Russian players.to watch paint dry