Top Line: Seguin keeps it clean; Oilers set to deal first pick; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• On the night when Loui Eriksson scored his third goal of the season for the Boston Bruins, Tyler Seguin netted four in one game against the Flames. Two thoughts: first, I'm glad it was Seguin, and not Joe Thornton, who had the big night. Second: This must be the hockey gods' way of compensating Stars' fans for the anguish over the James Neal trade. Neal, a good player with Dallas, became a goal-scoring machine when he was fitted with the proper opportunity in Pittsburgh. Seguin, buried behind David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron in Boston, wouldn't be scoring like this for the B's. But given the chance to be the go-to guy with first line/power play minutes and a star linemate in Jamie Benn, he's taking steps toward superstardom. Funny how things work out.
• The Oilers are ready to up the ante in order to acquire an impact player for their struggling blueline. The team has reportedly put its 2014 first rounder in play--no small piece considering it could easily become the first-overall pick the way their season is going.
• The league had no option but to suspend Toronto's Nazem Kadri for a reckless hit to the head of Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom. But hey, if he has to be out of the lineup for three games, he probably couldn't have picked a softer part of the schedule to do it.
• The Avs marked their calendars for their Nov. 27 rematch against the Blues after former teammate Chris Stewart did this:
• One "idiot" promises that Patrick Roy will not let that move go unanswered. In other words: Fight! Fight! Fight!
• The Blackhawks strengthened their 2014 Stanley Cup chances by bringing back a veteran of their 2010 championship. Versatile forward Kris Versteeg was acquired from the Panthers in a move geared toward bolstering their third line. They had to give up promising forward Jimmy Hayes, but managed to talk Florida into retaining half of Versteeg's salary. Looks like a good deal for both sides.
• A couple of prominent Blackhawks voiced their support for implementing three-on-three overtime as a means of weaning the game off of the shootout. It's certainly worth discussing, but I don't believe the NHLPA would support the concept without getting back something big in return.
• Buffalo starts its second season tonight as Ted Nolan steps back behind the bench.
• Was it the Ray Emery-led brawl against the Capitals that helped turn around Philadelphia's season...or is there another reason to explain the 4-1-1 run that has the Flyers on the verge of respectability?
• The Wings made a tough call Thursday to create some cap room, placing forward Patrick Eaves on waivers. You have to think there's a team out there that could use a smart veteran to bolster its depth. With a $1.2 million contract that expires this year, he's not a long-term burden.
• Now this is a big hit:
• Washington's dominant third line is being driven by an unlikely scoring sensation.
• What does being one of the NHL's Three Stars of the Week get ya? A ticket back to the minors.exceptional player status.