By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read stories around the NHL.
• Trading Phil Kessel, rather than offer sheeting P.K. Subban, is the road forward for the Maple Leafs.
• How is this Lambeau Leap by Vancouver’s Aaron Volpatti any different than the one that earned Brayden Schenn a suspension last week? If Brendan Shanahan is committed to consistency, this one cries out for supplemental discipline.
• Lots to like about Jarome Iginla’s game despite his “slow start.” Still, with the Flames struggling to light the lamp, especially five-on-five, they need Iggy to start finishing.
• Kyle Clifford started the season on Los Angeles’ fourth line, but his hot hand has earned the team’s leading scorer a promotion to the Mike Richards/Jeff Carter unit.
• The Oilers have been brutal five-on-five , scoring just four times through four games. Might help if they slowed the parade to the penalty box and bought themselves a little more time at even strength.
• With the long-delayed arena deal finally in place in Edmonton, MacLean’s put together an infographic focusing on the costs of the 20 most recent NHL buildings, adjusted for inflation.
• John Erskine’s little muffin led Washington to their first win of the season.
• After beating Nashville in his NHL debut, 30-year-old Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth wants to prove he can be trusted to spell starter Jonas Hiller.
• The Blackhawks killed off six consecutive penalties, including a 43-second five-on-three, as they extended their franchise-record winning streak to six games.
• Detroit is feeling the post-Lidstrom-partum blues, especially on their struggling power play. A little more ugly down low might go a low way.