NHL to implement cocaine testing, ongoing expansion speculation, the decline of hockey fights and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Notable NHL Headlines.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Predators loss to the Rangers were their third shutout defeat in as many games.
NHL.COM: San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk are your NHL three stars of the week.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (sprained knee) will be sidelined until January at the earliest.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise (knee injury) is still unable to resume practice.
SPORTSNET: An examination of the value of shot blocking in the NHL, particularly given the risk of injury.
NBC SPORTS: The NHL will implement comprehensive cocaine screening by season’s end.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the recent incidents involving players caught for possession of cocaine, it’s not surprising the league is beefing up its drug screening.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Incidents of fighting continues to decline in the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fighting won’t be completely eradicated from the NHL, but the insistence of NHL coaches that all roster players be capable of playing a regular shift and doing more than just chucking knuckles has ended the era of the one-dimensional goon.
THE SEATTLE TIMES: Has a decision on NHL expansion to Quebec City and Las Vegas been delayed awaiting an arena vote in Seattle?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t surprise me. The NHL is believed keen to put a franchise in the Pacific Northwest. It’s rumored the league was hoping for a pitch from Seattle when they began accepting expansion bids earlier this season.