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Top Line: Brian Burke blasts prospect; P.K. Subban grows up; more links

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Sven Baertschi of the Calgary Flames

Winger Sven Baertschi, a 2011 first round pick, is under fire from Flames brass. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• It didn’t take long for the Brian Burke we all know and love to make an appearance in Calgary. Speaking to the media yesterday, he lit into top prospect Sven Baertschi and his attitude of entitlement. “Flashes of brilliance are fine if you’re working in the university, but they’re not much good to people in an NHL building,” Burke said, applying a Bunsen burner under the butt of Baertschi.

• Steve Simmons has a great piece on the maturation of P.K. Subban. When you see the quote, “It’s important he listens and learns,” and realize it’s Subban saying it about someone else, you know the Norris Trophy winner is growing up.

• Gary Bettman made the media rounds yesterday in advance of the new season. George Malik did the grunt work and compiled the best video in one place. Thanks, George!

• The league and the players voted over the weekend to approve the use of hybrid icing this season. I give full marks to the PA here. It seemed that the majority of players didn’t want to see another “gray-area rule” enacted, but they put safety first and got it done.

• Jonathan Toews expects the Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony in Chicago tonight to be one of many to come. Sounds cocky, but he has the team to back it up.

• Steve Rosenbloom isn’t trying to start a Toews-Michael Jordan war, but he says that the Blackhawks’ captain belongs in the same conversation as MJ for his incredible accomplishments by age 25.

• The Capitals finally get to be part of a Stanley Cup celebration tonight. Too bad it’s Chicago’s. Will the moment inspire this team to the heights many think it is capable of achieving? And just how tired will Ovi be after that torch relay?

• Beyond Claude Giroux’s 13 goals, the Flyers didn’t get enough scoring from their centers last season. Did they do enough in the offseason to address this glaring concern?

• The Penguins placed defenseman Kris Letang and goalie Tomas Vokoun on IR. Vokoun is out indefinitely, but Letang’s status is a bit more fluid.

• Despite the league’s best efforts to increase the goal-scoring chances, Eric Duhatschek says that true snipers are a dying breed.

• There don’t seem to be many believers in Devan Dubnyk’s ability to establish himself as a No. 1 netminder, leading Jim Matheson to suggest this could be the goalie’s last kick at the can in Edmonton. I’m not sure what’s up with the Oilers’ lack of patience. This team isn’t going deep this year under any circumstances, and Dubnyk is maturing nicely, improving his GAA each of the last three seasons despite playing behind a lousy defense. He seems like a good fit for this young team.

• So much for the youth movement. The Canucks crushed the dreams of first-rounders Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk by by including them among the team’s last cuts.

• The Flames couldn’t find a good reason to cut first rounder Sean Monahan. He’ll start the season in Calgary, but it’ll be surprising if his stay lasts longer than nine games.

• Nothing like a healthy dose of realism. Eric Francis delivers one to Flames fans today, explaining why Calgary will finish last.

Having the riot act read to him put this Senators forward on the path to a surprising roster spot.

• Apparently, Phoenix first rounder Max Domi had some unresolved anger issues after being cut from the squad over the weekend.

• The Sabres are expected to name a new captain today. It’ll be Otter, right? It’s gotta be Otter.

• Injuries created unexpected roster opportunities for a trio of Buffalo rookies.

• The Blue Jackets aren’t kidding themselves that momentum from their hot finish last spring will carry over into October. Letting go of that past success is a key for Columbus as the team moves on to the new season.

• The new style in New York puts the pressure squarely on Rick Nash to be the goal scorer the Rangers need him to be.

• With eight of their first 10 games at home, a fast start is imperative for the Jets.

  • Published On Oct 01, 2013
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