An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Bucky Gleason writes that the biggest challenge facing Pat Lafontaine and Ted Nolan will be rebuilding the bridges burned during Darcy Regier’s 16-year reign of error with the Buffalo Sabres.
• It didn’t take long for Buffalo’s players to find out exactly what to expect from new coach Ted Nolan.
• Zemgus Girgensons was going to be playing for Nolan this season one way or another.
• Mike Halford looks at some potential candidates for Buffalo’s vacant GM job. I’d add Philly assistant Ron Hextall to the list.
• Sidney Crosby has gone seven games without a goal. For Evgeni Malkin, his slump has reached 10. Is it time to worry in Pittsburgh?
• Nazem Kadri is at his best when his game has a bit of and edge to it, but he took it too far against the Wild on Wednesday night. The Leafs can ill afford to lose another center right now, but it looks like Kadri could be sitting for a couple of games after earning a match penalty for attempting to injure Mikael Granlund.
• Kadri’s mental lapse is symptomatic of a Toronto team that seems hellbent on making life difficult for itself.