An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• David Shoalts puts the onus on Gary Bettman to diminish the role of fighting in the game. Or, at the least, put The Code in writing.
• Steve Buffery offers a contrasting opinion that speaks for us less enlightened types.
• If you can fight past the inexplicable decision to run FIVE variations on the same question at the top of the column, Kerry Fraser eventually offers up a pretty damning take on the performance of referee Francois St. Laurent during Friday’s Ray Emery/Braden Holtby mismatch.
• No word if additional security was ordered for Emery’s visit to the White House.
• Phoenix goalie coach Sean Burke let Emery have it with both barrels, calling him a bully and questioning his toughness.
• The Flyers say Friday’s brawl united the team and will make it stronger. Can’t wait to see how some anti-fighting writers tap dance around the subject if the Flyers somehow manage to get their lost season back on track.
• If nothing else, the Flyers have Scott Laughton to look forward to. The kid has some soft mitts.