By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Bruins center Patrice Bergeron says he never thought twice about his decision to play Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, even though he was in perhaps the worst medical condition of any player in postseason history. Three months later, he’s still struggling. Will his heroic effort cause him to miss the start of the 2013-14 season?
• He won’t be the only Boston player battling the effects of the club’s bruising playoff run. Center Gregory Campbell says he’s going to feel the pain of his broken leg for a while.
• It’s not considered an official rule change, but this season there will be altered wording to the controversial head shot definition that puts more onus on the hitter and whether the contact was “avoidable” according to Elliotte Friedman. We’ll have to see it in action, but it appears that it could reduce some of the maddening inconsistencies that dog Department of Player Safety suspension decisions.
• Larry Brooks says a two-year offer for something like $7 million might be enough to get Derek Stepan to sign on the dotted line. It’s an amount that would put New York under some financial duress, but the move has to be made before a team like the Islanders swoops in with an offer sheet for the center.
• Anyone caught by surprise when the Isles named John Tavares captain yesterday?