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Top Line: John Tortorella at it already; Patrick Kane rumors?; more links

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Coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks

Crusty Canucks coach John Tortorella don’t allow no tweetin’ around here. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• “There better be no information coming out of the locker room with that damn Twitter. It’s nothing but trouble, to me,” said Canucks coach John Tortorella, while wearing a ratty housecoat and shooing good-fer-nuthin’ kids off his lawn.

• Will Torts force the Sedins to become shot-blocking fiends? Oh, he’ll ask, but don’t expect big numbers. It’s tough to block a shot when you’ve got the puck all the time.

• Remember when Stan Bowman thrilled Chicago’s fans by saying that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would be Blackhawks for life? Well, good ol’ 88 brought a bucket of cold water to that party. “That’s what you hope for”, Kane said. “That’s obviously the ultimate goal to win championships and then play for an organization like this, but, you know, I’m still a young kid. I’m 24, turn 25 this year. To say what’s going to happen the rest of my career, I just don’t know. I mean obviously it would be ideal to stay here, but we’ll cross that path when we get to it.” And so the crazy Kane-wants-out-of-Chicago rumors start . . . now.

• Larry Brooks reports that free agent Derek Stepan is open to a short-term deal, but just because he’ll except fewer years doesn’t mean he’ll play for peanuts.

• Brooks also says that backup goalie  Martin Biron will return to camp today, but there might not be a job waiting for him when he gets there.

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  • Published On Sep 13, 2013
  • Hurricanes have options in wake of Joni Pitkanen’s season-ending injury

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    Joni Pitkanen of the Carolina Hurricanes

    Joni Pitkanen (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    There’s no evidence to support the theory that some dark curse holds sway over the Carolina Hurricanes, though after losing Cam Ward and Tuomo Ruuttu for long stretches last season, and learning today that Joni Pitkanen would be out for the entire 2013-14 campaign, you can forgive the hard-luck ‘Canes for wondering just whose bad side they’re on.

    The heel injury that’s sending Pitkanen to the sidelines takes a big bite out of a defense corps that’s already considered to he Carolina’s weak spot. The veteran blueliner played upwards of 22 minutes a night in all situations, and while his position as the team’s top defender had been usurped by Justin Faulk, he’s not easily replaced as part of the group.

    But the ‘Canes do have options.

    GM Jim Rutherford said today that the team would explore every avenue in order to soften the blow.

    Here’s what he’s looking at:

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  • Published On Sep 11, 2013
  • Top Line: KHL to lure Alex Ovechkin?; NHL concussion lawsuits; more links

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    Alex Ovechkin

    Alex Ovechkin could be returning to Russia before long. (G Fiume/Getty Image)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The general manager of the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow said Friday that he’d talk to Alex Ovechkin about returning to Russia. RMNB has the key quotes translated into English and looks at how the NHL might respond if OV, or any other contracted player, tries to head home early.

    • Legal experts believe the chances of NHL players suing the league over concussion issues dimmed as a result of a settlement this week between the NFL and more than 4,500 former players. But just because the legal path became more challenging doesn’t mean it ends here.

    • Adrian Dater isn’t buying the Paul Stastny for Ryan Miller trade rumors. Me neither. If (and when) Stastny moves, I think the return has to address Colorado’s defense, not their netminding. And on a side note, how cool would it be to have Patrick Roy name you as his favorite goalie?

    • Philly forward Matt Read has ignored the trade rumors that involved him this summer. That’s a solid approach. Just ask Bobby Ryan.

    • Pavel Datsyuk, Brent Burns and, yep, Roberto Luongo are honored for posting hockey’s top tweets for August.

    • Paul MacLean says it’s time for everyone to accept that Daniel Alfredsson is gone and move on.

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  • Published On Aug 31, 2013
  • Fame or famine: What’s next for nine key remaining NHL free agents?

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    NHL free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey

    Ron Hainsey’s NHLPA role during the lockout may have cooled teams’ desires for his services. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    This time last summer, there wasn’t much interest in Michal Rozsival. The big defensemen had played well for the Coyotes during Phoenix’s run to the Western Conference finals in 2012, but coming off a contract that had a cap hit of $5 million, he was seen as too old, too limited. He was viewed as a Plan B type. As time passed, he became a Plan C.

    Rozsival lingered on the open market longer than most, his value diminishing with each passing day, before he finally signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Blackhawks on Sept. 11, 2012.

    By that point, his signing rated little more than a couple of paragraphs in the Chicago papers. Rozsival was seen as an upgrade over No. 6 defenseman Sheldon Brookbank and insurance in case prospect Dylan Olsen wasn’t quite ready to make the jump to the NHL. But a free agent coup? Not at all.

    Rozsival was in and out of the lineup during the season, playing just 27 of 48 regular-season games as part of a bottom-end rotation. But when it came to crunch time in the playoffs, there he was, playing big minutes in key contests against the Kings and the Bruins. There may have been better signings last summer, but how many of them ended up with their names on the Stanley Cup?

    That’s just a reminder that in free-agency, it’s funny how things can work out. While most of the attention goes to the players who are signed early to big money and long term contracts, there are still some impact players to be had as the offseason slides from August into September.

    Of course, some UFAs are still floating on the market for a good reason. Here’s a look at some of the key names out there and what might lie ahead for each:

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  • Published On Aug 20, 2013
  • Top Line: Coyotes sale finally closed; Red Wings fan fave Burr dies

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    The Coyotes' sale will keep the team in Phoenix...for now.

    The Coyotes’ sale will keep the team in Phoenix…for now. (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    An annotated guide to this morning’s short list of must-read hockey stories:

    • The Phoenix Coyotes finally have real owners not named the NHL! After more than four years under league ownership, the Coyotes are now the property/problem of IceArizona Acquisitions Co., a group of 11 businessmen who are now charged with making things work in Glendale. Otherwise, say hello to the five-year out-clause and goodbye to the ‘Yotes…. again.

    • Former Red Wings first-rounder Shawn Burr, who had been battling cancer for three years, died at the age of 47 after a fall down the stairs caused brain trauma. Mitch Albom pays tribute to the Detroit fan favorite.

    • Panthers forward and Rookie of the Year Jonathan Huberdeau is back on the ice after off-season hip surgery. He hopes to be ready by training camp.

    • Team Canada’s junior national team evaluation camp update. Flames prospect Sean Monahan impressed during the controlled scrimmage.

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  • Published On Aug 06, 2013