By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Someone else will have to carry the groceries for Jason Spezza now that the Ottawa Senators’ star is headed for back surgery..
• Oh yeah, that was a stupid thing Mike Komisarek did. Now you kids out there, don’t do that, OK?
• 2012 Calder finalist Adam Henrique is close to making his season debut for the New Jersey Devils. That might mark the end of the line for junior-eligible forward Stefan Matteau.
• Coach Michel Therrien called it a “good honest conversation.”. Sounds more like P.K. Subban got the “come to Jesus meeting” before he was allowed to skate with the Habs. This may not end well.
• Roberto Luongo pitches a shutout against the Avalanche on Wednesday night and now has better numbers this season than Cory Schneider. So who gets the start Friday night against Chicago? Says here you go with the hot hand.
• Columbus’ three highest-paid forwards don’t have a goal between them. How have the Jackets won twice?
• A spare part with the Kings, center Andrei Loktionov is looking for a trade. Los Angeles is loaded long-term down the middle, and Lokti’s game doesn’t translate to the wing. He might be a good fit for the Blue Jackets, a team that could use an actual center, or the Avs, who are missing Ryan O’Reilly and getting nothing out of Paul Stastny.
• A shake-up in the San Jose Sharks’ ownership group could lead to a new presence shift among the NHL’s power brokers.
• It’s not the only reason the Florida Panthers are off to such a brutal start, but this string of injuries sure isn’t helping.
• Let’s finish it up with a feel-good post from Hockey Canada.