An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• We’ll miss the Geico Caveman look, but since he’s doing it for charity, we guess we can get on board with the idea of Brent Burns shaving hockey’s best head of hair.
• All of Nova Scotia — and probably the rest of the hockey world — will be watching tonight as the province’s two favorite sons, Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon, meet up for a Bluenoser’s delight in Pittsburgh.
• The Capitals have decided to keep 19-year-old junior eligible forward Tom Wilson with the big club this season. Katie Carerra makes the case that it was the only call that Washington could make.
• Buffalo president Ted Black said, apparently with a completely straight face, that firing GM Darcy Regier at this point would be “a panic move.” The hold coach Ron Rolston has on his job, however, might be more tenuous.
• Great “this ‘n that” column this morning from Jim Matheson, who touches on a possible destination for Ryan Miller, a Florida/Edmonton trade thought, and a Canadian option to Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
• A couple of guys who have been there offer advice to Calgary rookie Sean Monahan on how to make the transition to the NHL as a teenager.