Latest on NHL all-star voting, Steven Stamkos’ contract status, Dougie Hamilton faces the Bruins and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Check out highlights of Thursday’s NHL action below, including the Capitals edging the Canadiens, Mike Cammalleri’s two-goal performance against the Hurricanes and Patrick Kane extends his point streak.
Notable NHL Headlines.
SI.COM: Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr and Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons are asking fans not to vote for them to participate in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, preferring they vote for more deserving players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott, who is leading in the voting, said he’d prefer if fans voted for his more deserving teammates. What’s overlooked by fans voting for Scott, Jagr and Girgensons (and those bloggers and pundits who support this joke) is the obvious embarrassment it causes those players. That’s when it stops being funny.
Why not use those votes for a more deserving player like Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom? He’s continually snubbed for selection to the All-Star Game, but he definitely deserves to be there.
YAHOO SPORTS: Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos isn’t bothered by questions about his contract status.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton doesn’t shed much light on his exit from the Boston Bruins. He faces his former team tonight for the first time since he was dealt to the Flames in June.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored the game-winning goal in his 700th career NHL game.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: For the first time in 16 years, the Florida Panthers got a win in Nashville against the Predators.
CSN BAY AREA: If winger Raffi Torres is healthy when his 41-game suspension is over, he’ll likely join the San Jose Sharks’ lineup.
NHL Injury Update.
CBC.CA: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson escaped with only minor cuts to his mouth after being clipped in the face by the skate of New York Rangers’ winger Rick Nash.
NBC SPORTS: Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis (upper-body injury) and defenseman Mark Pysyk (lower body) are now listed as week-to-week.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (upper-body injury) will miss Friday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.