Blackhawks ship Trevor Daley to the Penguin for Rob Scuderi, Anton Khudobin and Jarret Stoll on waivers, Nate Thompson suspended and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
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CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/TRIBLIVE.COM: The Chicago Blackhawks last night traded defenseman Trevor Daley to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for blueliner Rob Scuderi. The Penguins will also pick up one-third ($1.125 million) of Scuderi’s $3.375 million annual salary-cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I must admit I was surprised by this move. Not by the Blackhawks dealing Daley, as they were shopping him for over a month, but by their willingness to take on a fading Scuderi. Yes, he’s a defensive blueliner with second-pairing experience and two Stanley Cup championships on his resume, but over the past two seasons his performance has declined. Evidently, being able to shed some cap space was sufficient enticement for the cap-strapped Blackhawks. Perhaps Scuderi’s game will improve in Chicago.
Daley struggled to adjust with the Blackhawks, but could regain his form with the Penguins. He’s an experienced puck-moving defenseman who can log big minutes. With oft-injured Kris Letang once again on the sidelines, Daley could prove a welcome addition for the Penguins.
SPORTNET: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Anton Khudobin and New York Rangers center Jarret Stoll were placed on waivers Monday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks have obviously decided to go with a tandem of John Gibson and Frederik Andersen and are willing to risk the possibility of another team plucking Khudobin off waivers. The Rangers added Stoll to bolster their sagging faceoff percentages while adding some experienced depth to their checking lines. We’ll find out by noon ET today if they clear waivers.
NHL.COM: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk are your NHL three stars of the week.
TSN.CA: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson will not be suing his parents over his bankruptcy. Johnson had filed a lawsuit against them for mismanaging his finances, but has decided against further action “because they “are trying to make enough money to live” and he’s unlikely to recover money or assets from them.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson’s financial woes are a cautionary tale for NHL players about the importance of finding the right people to manage your money. Not only did his parents squander millions, leaving themselves and their son with very little to show for it, but now their relationship with their son is damaged forever. It’s a sad story of how greed destroyed a family.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks forward Nate Thompson received a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head last Friday of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk.
TWINCITIES.COM: Former Minnesota North Stars coach Glen Sonmor has passed away at the age of 86.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Sonmor family.
NHL Injury Update.
NHL.COM: New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (knee injury) remains day-to-day. Center Derek Stepan (broken ribs) and blueliner Kevin Klein (oblique injury) skated yesterday and hope to do so again today.
TORONTO SUN: Goaltender James Reimer (groin injury) likely won’t be returning to the Maple Leafs lineup anytime soon.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Though Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak (broken foot) skated yesterday for the first time since his injury, there’s no timetable for his return.