Under a new league rule, Alex Ovechkin’s trademark sweater tuck is verboten. (Elsa/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• The league announced last week a brilliant and impactful rule change that prohibits the tucking in of jerseys. Alex Ovechkin, however, ain’t too happy about it . . . and he might have a point about how it appears to have been passed without player consultation. Expect this quiet protest to pick up steam.
• The Canadiens honored the survivors, and victims, of the tragedy at Lac Megantic last night, packing their preseason opener with an emotional wallop.
• The second day of preseason play and we already have our first nasty headshot of the season. You can be sure the game or two that Jordan Nolan is suspended for will send a serious message of non-tolerance for these shenanigans, right?
• Oh, Nolan thought it was a clean hit? OK then, sorry about the misunderstanding.
• Forget that they lost the game to St. Louis in the shootout and that there were maybe 1,500 diehards in the stands. Last night offered glimpses of hope for the long-suffering Dallas Stars. Tyler Seguin looked quick and creative. Kevin Connauton was menacing. John Klingberg was a ballerina with the puck. Cody Eakin was in the middle of everything. And first rounder Valeri Nichushkin had two goals and NINE shots on net. This looks like a team on the right path for the first time in a long time.