NHL eliminates compensatory draft pick policy, Panthers get new arena deal, Pascal Dupuis retires, Alex Semin waived and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL Business News.
THE SCORE: The NHL has put an end to its compensatory policy for teams that lose coaches or executives to other clubs. “The rule awarded draft picks to teams that lost a coach or executive who remained under contract, but signed with another club.”
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: A look at the questions still facing the NHL potential expansion, including the cities involved plus the earliest when expansion can take place (2017-18).
MIAMI HERALD: Broward County officials voted to approve an $86 million grant that will allow the Florida Panthers to remain in their current location for the foreseeable future.
Notable NHL Headlines.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis yesterday announced he’s ending his playing career owing to a blood-clotting condition.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dupuis collected 409 points in 871 career NHL regular-season games, along with 44 points in 97 playoff games. He spent over eight of his 15 NHL seasons with the Penguins, helping them win a Stanley Cup in 2009.
TSN: The family of the late Steve Montador filed suit with the NHL alleging the league failed to prove Montador with “up-to-date medical information about the risk of long-term brain damage.”
SPORTSNET: Montreal Canadiens winger Alexander Semin has cleared waivers and was demoted to the Habs’ AHL affiliate in St. John’s, NL. His agent is currently seeking a contract with a European team, preferably one in the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, Semin’s 11-year NHL career draws to a close. While he put up solid offensive numbers through most of it (517 points in 650 games) and was the darling of advanced-stats advocates, his production steadily declined over the last three seasons.
NHL Injury Update.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky left the third period of last night’s 3-2 loss to the LA Kings with an apparent upper-body injury. Bobrovsky will be evaluated later today.
TSN: Philadelphia Flyers center Sam Gagner suffered a concussion on Nov. 23 and remains sidelined. He’s hoping to return next week.
NEW YORK POST: Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck left last night’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers with an upper-body injury.