In today’s roundup of notable NHL headlines, the latest on Ryan Johansen, Henrik Zetterberg closing in on milestones and Joel Ward is fitting in well with the San Jose Sharks.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sources claim Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen was hospitalized at least once during the offseason for an accelerated heartbeat. GM Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed the report, but added Johansen’s current illness is not heart-related.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The accelerated heartbeat didn’t affect Johansen’s NHL performance to date. Still, it’s a troubling issue which he and the club will closely monitor.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The goal-starved Anaheim Ducks (six goals in seven games) hope to reverse their fortunes starting tonight in Chicago against the Blackhawks. They currently have one win in their last seven games. Superstar forward Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each have just one assist over that stretch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Ducks don’t snap out of their tailspin soon, there will be changes, most likely behind the bench. Most of the chatter involving how they’ll address their woes is focused upon Bruce Boudreau’s future as their head coach.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wing captain Henrik Zetterberg “needs two goals to reach 300 and one assist to get to 500 for his career. Only four Red Wings have achieved both of those milestones: Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Sergei Fedorov.”
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Right wing Joel Ward, a free-agent acquisition this summer, is fitting in well with the San Jose Sharks, leading the club in goals (5) and points (8).
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins’ winger Beau Bennett attributes the undisclosed injury which sidelined him for the past five games to a goal celebration on Oct 13 against the Montreal Canadiens.
SKA.RU: Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will reportedly soon sign a long-term contract with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg, carrying him up to 2017-18.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: New technology like virtual reality will transform how NHL fans watch hockey.