Forbes releases its annual value of NHL teams, update on expansion to Las Vegas and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL Injury Update.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher will miss at least six week recovering from two fractured fingers in his left hand.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
NBC SPORTS: Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (high ankle sprain) suffered a minor setback in his recovery and is now projected to return to action in mid-December.
Notable NHL Headlines.
FORBES.COM: The New York Rangers topped Forbes’ annual valuation ranking of NHL teams, followed by the Montreal Canadiens in second place. The Toronto Maple Leafs, which led the list for the past several years, slid to third. The Florida Panthers finished at the bottom of the 30-team ranking.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some critics quibble over Forbes’ methodology for evaluating the franchises, but it’s still a useful tool for a quick snapshot of how each club is doing.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars sophomore defenseman John Klingberg is drawing comparisons to Ottawa Senators blueliner (and two-time Norris Trophy winner) Erik Karlsson.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene tied a franchise record (10) for most goals in November.
SI.COM: Allan Muir explains why the NHL’s waiver system needs an overhaul. He cites the example of defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who spent 16 of 20 games in the press box because the Stars don’t want to risk losing him to another club via waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oleksiak is one of several players in that boat this season. As Muir notes, “The system is crying out for change since this practice flies against the anti-talent hoarding principle of waivers. Unfortunately, that change isn’t coming any time soon.”
NHL.COM: The San Jose Sharks yesterday signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two-way contract.
TSN.CA: John Collins is resigning as the NHL’s chief operating officer. During his tenure, he was instrumental in brokering the league’s national TV deals with NBC and Rogers, and is considered the architect of the Winter Classic.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Bill Foley, lead investor of a group hoping to bring an expansion team to Las Vegas, isn’t concerned over the possibility of having to wait a little longer to do so.