By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Someone with $6,500 to blow decided they wanted to spend it on the stitches used to sew up Andrew Shaw’s face after he suffered that famous gash in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals . . . but that isn’t nearly as interesting as the conversation the buyer is about to have with his wife when he tries to explain why it’s a good idea to put ‘em on display in the living room.
• Patrice Bergeron says that he’s “95 percent recovered” from the injuries he suffered during the playoffs and that he should be ready when the Bruins begin camp. The message from the B’s should be, “Take all the time you need, buddy.”
• It was all talk and no action in Calgary as Canada opened its Olympic orientation camp. Where’s Mario when you need him?
• Leave it to crusty ol’ Damien Cox to point out the obvious about this camp: Hockey Canada (and, really, every other national federation) is blowing an opportunity with this thing by being cheap.
• Sentimentality won’t play any part in deciding the Team Canada roster. “The team will be made up of players who can skate, think and move the puck,” said Kevin Lowe, who is a member of the management group. “There could be a number of changes from the gold-medal team in Vancouver.”