Henrik Zetterberg and Victor Hedman speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws, the best value contracts of this summer, a day in the life of player agent Pat Brisson, and more.

Henrik Zetterberg speaks out against Russia's anti-gay laws.

Henrik Zetterberg speaks out against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

THE SCORE: Olympic-bound Swedish NHL stars Henrik Zetterberg and Victor Hedman spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay laws.  “I think that everyone should be able to be themselves. It’s unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia”, said Zetterberg. Hedman added, “”The Olympics is there for a reason, and everyone should be able to participate and be themselves. Everyone should stand up for homosexuals’ rights.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not every Olympics-bound NHL player will be as outspoken as these two, nor should we expect them to be, but kudos to Zetterberg and Hedman for sharing their thoughts on the matter.

SI.COM: The Islanders Travis Hamonic and the Capitals Karl Alzner are ranked among this summer’s best NHL value deals. Others include the Rangers Ryan McDonagh, the Penguins Evgeni Malkin (no, seriously), and the Blues Jay Bouwmeester.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some will disagree with the new contract for Hamonic, Malkin and Bouwmeester being on this list. Alzner and Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier definitely belong there.

OTTAWA SUN: In a recent column critical of everyone involved in Daniel Alfredsson’s departure from the Senators, Don Brennan slammed Alfredsson for leaving the Senators to go to “a dump like Detoilet”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have no problem with Brennan’s critique of Alfredsson’s reasons for leaving the Senators. And yes, everyone knows the city of Detroit is going through some serious problems, but the “Detoilet” remark made Brennan seem petty and bitter. Besides, as I noted on Twitter, for a team which plays in a “dump”, the Red Wings have little trouble attracting hockey talent and building championship rosters.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: A day in the life of player agent Pat Brisson, whose clients include NHL stars Sidney Crosby and John Tavares.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette provides a lesson on how to smack down an annoying Twitter troll.

NHL.COM: Former NHL player Ian Laperriere’s hopes to compete in his first Ironman triathlon have been put on hold due to lingering post-concussion symptoms suffered during his playing career which forced his retirement.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough break for Laperriere.For some former players, their symptoms clear over time. For others, they’ll be hampered by those symptoms for the rest of their lives. 

NEWSDAY: A developer intends to “remake Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding 77 acres of blacktop into a sprawling sports and entertainment complex that will become a destination for county residents for generations to come.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hey, that’s great news for the New York Islanders…oh, wait