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Hockey Hall of Fame inductions.
NHL.com: Check out the Hockey Hall of Fame induction speeches of Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Peter Karmanos, Jr., Angela Ruggiero and Bill Hay.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun lists Eric Lindros, Dave Andreychuk, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, Sergei Zubov, Pierre Turgeon, Alex Mogilny and Theo Fleury among possible inductees for next year’s HHoF class.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I definitely believe Lindros and Roenick should be inducted next season. A strong case can be made for the others on LeBrun’s list.
Notable NHL Headlines.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Mikkel Boedker scored in overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in last night’s only NHL game. Coyotes rookie Max Domi sniped his first two-goal game of his NHL career while fellow rookie Anthony Duclair also scored to snap a seven-game pointless streak.
NHL.COM: Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon are your NHL three stars of the week.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson has yet to score his first goal of this season. He does has 12 assists in 14 games.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau is also mired in an early-season scoring slump.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Despite the stellar play of backup Michal Neuvirth, Steve Mason remains the Philadelphia Flyers’ starting goalie.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Winger Pascal Dupuis returned to Pittsburgh Penguins practice after missing two games over symptoms he feared could be related to a blood clot. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. Dupuis missed most of last season because of a blood clot in his chest.
TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman maintains there’s no timetable for the league to reach a decision on future Olympic participation or expansion.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: NHL general managers will meet today to discuss three-on-three play in overtime plus coach’s challenges for goaltender interference and offside plays.
NHL Injury Report.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (lower-body injury) is in the United States for a medical evaluation of his current condition.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word on the severity of Price’s condition, which has sparked speculation of a torn muscle. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien initially said they didn’t expect the injury to be serious, projecting Price’s return in a week. That was over a week ago. Fortunately for the Habs, backup Mike Condon was stellar in Price’s absence last week, earning the NHL’s third star of the week.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild will be without left wing Zach Parise (knee injury) for at least another five games.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning winger Ondrej Palat (lower-body injury) is expected to miss between three-to-five weeks.
Other Notable Hockey News.
HOKEJ.CZ: Former NHL defenseman Martin Skoula has announced his retirement. The 36-year-old Skoula played 10 seasons in the NHL, netting 196 points in 776 NHL games. He won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. He spent four seasons in the KHL and played 10 games last season with the Czech club Liberec. (Stick tap to Alexander Wirdzek).
NEWSDAY: If New York Islanders fans have $500.00, they can afford to buy a pair of seats from the Nassau Coliseum.
TSN: One day after the Flint Firebirds players quit in protest over the firing of their coaches, the team has rehired the coaches and the players ended their holdout.