By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• The Bruins are counting on Keith Gretzky to identify the next great ones. The news that Gretzky, formerly an Ontario-based bird dog, was promoted to the role of chief amateur scout came as a bit of a surprise. Most speculation centered around Boston bringing in an outsider after the team fired Wayne Smith following the 2013 draft, but the length of time it took to name Gretzky as his successor suggests that there was no one better available. It’s not exactly the vote of confidence he would have received if the Bruins had named him to the post immediately, but the reins are in Gretzky’s hands now. And honestly, he can’t do much worse than Smith.
• Experience gained during the lockout-shortened has Blues second-year forward Vladimir Tarasenko primed for a breakout campaign. The kid flashed some game-breaking skill last year, and he seems to have learned a key lesson about how to play the game. Don’t sleep on him too long come hockey pool time.
• Here’s Terry Jones with a nice feature on new Oilers coach Dallas Eakins. Every spot is apparently up for grabs … and everyone better arrive in shape when camp starts next month.
• Yesterday was a mixed bag for Gustav Nyquist. The RFA forward signed a two-year deal with the Red Wings, but he’s getting less than a million dollars per year. He might want to look for a new agent before this contract expires. He also learned of an arrest in the case of the missing puck from his first goal. There’s no word yet on whether the prized souvenir was recovered, but we can all rest easier knowing that at least there has finally been a break in the investigation of this notorious crime.