By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• The Avalanche need to trade for goalie Ryan Miller in order to become a serious playoff contender, at least according to Mark Kiszla. I’m not convinced there’s anything to the spate of Miller-to-Colorado rumors during the last couple of days, but getting him out of Buffalo might be the only thing that can revive his deteriorating game.
• This season’s artificially low salary cap is a kick in the teeth to fans of high-revenue teams, writes Tony Gallagher. It’s an interesting take . . . and hardly the first time the league has punished its most loyal customers.
• The Predators’ Mike Fisher suffered a surprising injury over the weekend. I suspect the incident might make its way into an on-ice exchange or two this season.
• What’s keeping UFA defenseman Tom Gilbert from signing a new deal? Money or the slipping play that saw him benched more than once with the Wild last season?
• The story of Oilers hopeful Will Acton is required reading for kids hoping to one day make the NHL. He’s proof that if you play the game the right way, you don’t need to be a big scorer to get your chance.