10 early NHL surprises, plus updates on Mike Richards, Brad Marchand, Robin Lehner, Sam Gagner, Kevin Bieksa, Seth Jones and more.
USA TODAY: New York Rangers rookie Oscar Lindberg scoring four goals in three games, the Pittsburgh Penguins struggling to score and the Florida Panthers scoring seven goals in their season opener are among the very early surprises to the start of this season.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The Mike Richards contract settlement does little to prevent future “destructive spirals” of other NHL players.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand suffered a concussion in Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens and there’s no timetable for his return. The Bruins also placed defenseman Matt Irwin on waivers.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres starting goalie Robin Lehner is out six-to-ten weeks with a high right-ankle sprain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres are thin in goaltending depth. This injury could force them into the trade market. I’ll have more on this later this morning in the “Rumors” section.
PHILLY.COM: After being a healthy scratch in two straight games for the first time in his NHL career, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sam Gagner hopes to get into the lineup for today’s game against the Florida Panthers.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: How close was Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa to being dealt from Vancouver to the Sharks this summer? According to him, it depends on who you ask. Bieksa said he wasn’t sure how close the rumored deal was. He was ultimately traded to the Ducks.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Animal rights groups intend to protest Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner’s killing of a grizzly bear earlier this year.
THE TENNESSEAN: Predators defenseman Seth Jones is one of Nashville’s 25 most beautiful people for 2015.
CBS SPORTS: History was made on October 11, as the National Women’s Hockey League opened its inaugural season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: OK, it’s not NHL news, but I believe it’s worth noting. Here’s hoping the NWHL is a success, as it could provide a huge boost in the development and popularity of women’s hockey.