By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read stories around the NHL.
• Montreal fans are happy to have P.K. Subban back in the lineup. His teammates? Maybe not so much. He rejoins the Canadiens at practice today.
• A suburban Toronto city council voted to proceed with plans to share in the costs of building an NHL-caliber facility. And hey, was that former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly all but promising the league would send an expansion team to fill it?
• Colin McDonald of the Islanders has a disciplinary meeting this morning after this nasty hit from behind on Pittsburgh’s Ben Lovejoy.
• A late equalizer from Logan Couture and a shootout clincher from Michal Handzus propelled the Sharks to their sixth straight win. But coach Todd MacLellan praised the Anaheim Ducks as the better team on the night.
• Wayne Gretzky invited St. Louis Blues’ owner Tom Stillman to take part in his annual fantasy camp this week. The former NCAA Division III player figured he’d better say yes.
• Edmonton’s Justin Schultz has a chance to capture Rookie of the Year honors in both the AHL and NHL.
• Tampa Bay rookie Cory Conacher remembered how to tie his skates then scored again in the Bolts’ 5-2 whipping of the Panthers.
• Trilight Entertainment, a Regina-based production company, has plans to make a movie based on the 1986 bus crash that killed four members of the Swift Current Broncos. It’s an amazing story and you have to hope for the best, but seeing the press release promoted on the same page as Space Milkshake and Vampire Dog (starring Norm MacDonald!) doesn’t breed a lot of confidence.
• Owen Nolan is going to kill stuff. And he wants you to watch. Sort of like a Saw movie, but with more playoff beards.
• Check out the trailer for the new Chris Nilan documentary The Last Gladiators.