By amuir29
September 17, 2013

Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg JetsOndrej Pavelec got a vote of confidence from his coach, but is it justified? (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• A group of NHL players were asked the league's top goalie. And the winner is...

• Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel says he had no problem with Ondrej Pavelec failing to be recognized as one of the league's top-25 netminders in that poll, but still thinks the team's goaltending is good enough to get the team into the playoffs. So what, do 26 teams make the postseason now?

• The OHL's Kitchener Rangers hold told goalie Tyson Teichmann he won't be allowed to wear his Sons of Anarchy-themed mask during the regular season. The club feels that associating with a murderous gang, even a fictional one, is inappropriate for their brand. Wonder how the Windsor Spitfires will feel when Jordan DeKort unveils his tribute to Breaking Bad's murderous drug overlord Heisenberg.

• Could Tim Thomas make his Panthers debut tomorrow night in Dallas? Pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease...

• The Department of Player Safety had no problem with Jordan Nolan's hit on Rusty Klesla, but laid a 10-game suspension on Paul Bissonnette for leaving the bench to join an altercation. Can't imagine the kind of headshot it would take to earn a player that kind of punishment.

• Here's the NHL's reasoning for letting Nolan off the hook.

• You don't suppose Alexander Ovechkin will be embarrassed by this, do you?

• Adam Oates made an unconventional choice for the shootout last night. Just hand him the Jack Adams Award now. The man can do no wrong.

• Elliotte Friedman writes that a steady stream of complaints from the Capitals and Rangers last spring led to the decision to enforce the league's uniform guidelines.

• Good to see the kinder, gentler John Tortorella we were all promised has already been junked for the good, old, crazy model.

• Sure, let's play Ryan Kesler for nearly 27 minutes in the preseason opener. No possible downside to that, right?

• By looking to make plays instead of simply preventing them, the fresh-starting Rangers are turning their backs on the Tortorella era.

• Here's a great piece from Mike Russo on Matt Cooke, a guy who's not as bad as you think.

• Hockey's viability in trendy Brooklyn is being put to the test this week. Here's how it's going so far.

• You can count at least once coach among the fans of the NHL's new hybrid icing rule.

• A full house greeted the Canadiens and Bruins for their Monday night preseason tilt in Montreal. In Florida, the enthusiasm for hockey's return was a little more restrained.

• The first NHL battle of the Subban brothers went to Boston's Malcolm.

Jarome Iginla is on pace to score about 200 goals for the Bruins this season. Well, if you count preseason.

• Here's Josh Cooper with some Predators' camp talk, including news on a more sensible partner for Seth Jones and what's shaping up to be the worst first line in the NHL.

• It didn't take Teemu Selanne long to prove that he still has a little something left in the tank. It would have to go down to the wire, but there's a real chance he makes it to 700 career goals this season.

• The Devils signed former Red Wing Damien Brunner to a PTO yesterday. Good luck fitting that square peg into that round hole.

• Hard to believe that Tom Gilbert had to settle for a PTO offer from a team that desperately needs some defensive help.

Zemgus Girgensons Sabres by scoring a lot of goals.

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