Game recaps, the Blue Jackets re-sign Nick Foligno, Coyotes sale to Andrew Barroway approved, Predators set attendance record and the Blackhawks and Capitals prepare for today’s NHL Winter Classic.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blues Jackets finished December 2014 with a 10-1-1 record by downing the Minnesota Wild 3-1. The Jackets also announced the re-signing of forward Nick Foligno to a six-year, $33 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Foligno’s new deal breaks down as $5.5 million per season. It’s also believed he received a modified no-trade clause. Foligno, 27. was eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. He leads the Jackets in goals (17) and points (32) this season, putting him on pace for career-highs in those categories. His new contract, which kicks in next season, is a significant raise over the $3.083 million per season of his current deal, but not as much as he could have commanded on the open market, where a lack of talent may have led to offers in excess of $6 million annually. Foligno is cashing in on his strong performance this season, but the Blue Jackets very much wanted to keep him and he obviously wants to stay. Can’t say I blame him, as the Jackets (their injury woes aside this season) have a promising team.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Despite losing Joe Thornton to injury, the San Jose Sharks blanked the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. Thornton’s injury isn’t considered serious. The Ducks welcomed back Corey Perry, who missed three weeks with a knee injury.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning line of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov combined for three goals and 10 points to lead their club to a 5-1 thumping of the Buffalo Sabres.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Beau Bennett collected two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1.
NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers collected their ninth win in ten games with a 5-2 win over the weary Florida Panthers.
THE DENVER POST: Ryan O’Reilly’s overtime goal lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The sale of the Arizona Coyotes to incoming majority owner Andrew Barroway was finally approved yesterday by the NHL board of governors.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators success this season is paying off at the box office, as the club set a franchise single-season attendance record of 17, 401 during their recent 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
CBS SPORTS: Team Canada forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi is stealing the spotlight away from teammate Connor McDavid and Team USA center Jack Eichel at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Domi, son of former Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi, has been the tournament’s top forward thus far.