Latest on Carey Price, Duncan Keith and Jordan Eberle, plus a list of several notable players still scoreless this season and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Check out the highlights of last night’s NHL action. The standout efforts included two-goal performances by New York Islanders captain John Tavares and Minnesota Wild winger Thomas Vanek, a two-point effort by the ageless Jaromir Jagr for the Florida Panthers, and Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber reaches two offensive milestones.
NHL Injury Report.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (lower-body injury) won’t require surgery, but he also won’t be playing this week.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (knee surgery) could return to action by this weekend.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins winger David Pastrnak remains sidelined with a foot injury.
Notable NHL Headlines.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers winger Jordan Eberle is still rounding into game shape after returning from a shoulder injury.
TSN: Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Minnesota’s Jason Pominville are among several high-priced forwards who’ve yet to score their first goal of this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some on the list are either aging stars well past their prime (like Buffalo’s Brian Gionta), have entered their declining years (Pominville), while some (like LA Kings captain Dustin Brown) have struggled in recent years. Voracek and Getzlak, however, are still in their playing prime, so it’s unusual seeing them on this list. Granted, Getzlaf missed several games to an appendectomy, but his offensive struggles are still puzzling. Voracek’s coming off a career-best performance, so maybe he’s feeling the pressure of playing up to heightened expectations.
USA TODAY: New Jersey Devils winger Lee Stempniak, San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward and Montreal Canadiens winger Tomas Fleischmann are among the five bargain NHL signings thus far this season.
SPORTSNET: While no earth-shattering announcements emerged from yesterday’s meeting of NHL general managers, they did discuss the possibility of bigger nets and reducing the size of goalie equipment to improve scoring stats.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m for further reduction in goaltending equipment over enlarging the nets. However, with goaltenders now becoming bigger in stature (6’4″ or taller), that might not be enough. I say reduce the equipment size first, and if that doesn’t work, then look at enlarging the nets. While that might upset some purists, remember that other sports have made improvements (MLB by changing the height of the pitcher’s mound, NBA by introducing the shot clock) to their respective games over the years.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Recently inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Sergei Fedorov has not been honored by the Detroit Red Wings by having his number hoisted to the rafters of their home arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could be based on some lingering bitterness in the Red Wings’ front office over their contentious contract negotiations with Fedorov during his tenure with the club. Regardless, he was a valuable core player for the Wings during their glory years from 1996-97 to 2001-02. I think they should honor Fedorov by retiring his number.