By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo had a question about his player rating in NHL 14. Wyatt Arndt managed to get the answer while interviewing the game’s creators ahead of its highly anticipated September release.
• The Capitals see Mikhail Grabovski as a possible replacement for Mike Ribeiro on their second line. But after signing the high-profile UFA to a one-year deal, it’s clear they’re not entirely sure he’s up to the task.
• You think you know who should be on the roster when Team Canada attempts to defend its gold in Sochi? You might want to give Steve Yzerman call. Team Canada’s GM says he has about half the team set in his mind. “I’d say there are probably, conservatively, maybe 10 locks,” he said. “We’re taking 25 players. Ten may be a conservative number, sure, but half of this team is available for guys to make. At least half.”
• Team Canada won’t be on the ice this weekend in Calgary, but there’s still plenty to accomplish at the Olympic orientation camp.
• Pavel Datsyuk’s statement on Russia’s anti-gay law forces George Malik to struggle with defending, and being disappointed by, a favorite player.