Top Line: Tomas Hertl's sick night; Luongo outduels Schneider; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl is the NHL's leading scorer after an amazing four-goal outburst against the New York Rangers. His final tally of the night was pretty cocky, eh? Good night to have mom in the stands.
• Adding injury to insult, the Rangers may have lost Rick Nash after their star forward was elbowed in the head by San Jose defender Brad Stuart. No one's calling it a concussion just yet, but Nash has suffered from them before, making him highly susceptible to a repeat of the injury.
• It was just announced that Stuart has a hearing with the Department of Player Safety. Whaddya think he's gonna get . . . two games?
• They're still whining in Vancouver about the return Mike Gillis accepted for Schneider.
• Washington owner Ted Leonis dishes some Winter Classic details, including his preferred site and the money that the Capitals are likely to make as the hosts of the 2015 event. Spoiler alert: it's not what you're thinking.
• James Mirtle thinks trading defenseman Jake Gardiner might make sense for the Maple Leafs. I think he's right. Gardiner is a tremendous but undisciplined talent, and doesn't fill the team's obvious need for a strong shutdown-type blueliner. The trick now is finding the right trading partner.
• Leave it to the great Roy MacGregor to bring perspective to Canada's Olympic hockey jersey debate. Personally, I'm just thrilled that they're 15 percent lighter than those horrible, bulky 2010 sweaters that Crosby and Co. had to lug around like an overcoat in August. With these technological marvels on their backs, who needs steady goaltending?
• Dan Rosen talks captains, missing pieces and firing GMs in his Over the Boards column.
• Whether it ends up being set, you can bet that players won't be too thrilled with the huge chunk escrow will claw back from their contracts this season.
• You goalies out there might want to perform a little maintenance on your masks after seeing this.
• I don't know about you, but I love me some Finnish metal. And so does Tuukka Rask, who opened up to Esquire (!) about some of his favorites.
• The Sabres have always relied heavily on Canadian fans to stay in the black. A new deal could make that market even more profitable.
• These might be the best throwback jerseys since the great Vancouver Millionaires sweaters that the Canucks trotted out last year. • British league player Derek Campbell learned the hard way that it's best to leave fights on the ice rather than carry them over into the hallways of the arena. How hard? Try 47 games hard. Fortunately, there's some good news: he won't have to serve all 47 games. Or any of them, or that matter. Because he was fired by his team before the league could hand down the suspension. All in all, a pretty bad result for Derek.