An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Many pundits saw winger Jonathan Drouin as a strong contender for the Calder Trophy. Steve Yzerman did not share their enthusiasm. The Lightning GM returned the third-overall pick to the QMJHL on Sunday, saying Drouin wasn’t yet ready for the rigors of the NHL. Equally surprising: the team also cut camp standout forward Brett Connolly.
• The Penguins won’t be forced into making a trade to remain cap compliant, says GM Ray Shero. That doesn’t bode well for the status of injured defenseman Kris Letang.
• The Blackhawks were presented with their Stanley Cup rings on Sunday. They’re pretty shiny.
• Among Jack Todd’s preseason predictions: He likes Carey Price’s chances for a bounceback season in goal for the Canadiens, and he picks the Devils to surprise in the East.