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. 

Check out last night’s notable NHL game highlights, including Patrick Kane extending his points streak while the Capitals avoid a losing skid.

 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.

A blood-clot condition forces Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis to retire.

A blood-clot condition forces Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis to retire.

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.