Plenty of waiver and suspension news, plus an update on Alex Galchenyuk and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Sam Bennett’s record-setting four-goal night lead the Flames to a lopsided shutout of the Panthers, the Flyers rally back for a win over the Bruins, three unanswered third-period goals lift the Ducks over the Senators, and the Maple Leafs fall to the Blue Jackets. Get the game highlights at NHL.com.
Notable NHL Headlines.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk apologized to his teammates yesterday for being a potential distraction. News that his girlfriend was arrested for domestic violence over the weekend dominated recent headlines in Montreal.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers analyst Denis Potvin issued an apology for calling Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin a “lowlife” on air during a recent game-ending scrum between the two clubs.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Arizona Coyotes claimed defenseman Kevin Connauton off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets and demoted enforcer John Scott.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Scott was voted one of the captains for the upcoming NHL All-Star Game, so his demotion is probably providing even bigger laughs for those who voted for him.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed center Cody Hodgson on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It looks like Hodgson’s last chance to salvage his NHL career has come to an end. I’ll be surprised if he’s claimed by another club. The once-promising Hodgson’s performance has steadily declined in recent years.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche placed defenseman Nate Guenin on waivers and demoted Brandon Gormley to the minors. They also place defenseman Erik Johnson (knee injury) on injured reserve.
CSN BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks assigned forward Raffi Torres to the minors for a two-week conditioning stint. Torres recently completed a 41-game suspension.
NHL.COM: The league fined Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers $5000.00 for crosschecking San Jose’s Tommy Wingels.
NJ.COM: The league also suspended New Jersey Devils winger Bobby Farnham for a “predatory hit” on St. Louis Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino (upper-body injury) returned to Pittsburgh for evaluation today. He could be sidelined for a lengthy period.
NEW YORK POST: Denna Laing, who suffered a severe spinal injury during the inaugural Women’s Winter Classic game on Dec. 31, is expected to sue the NHL. Laing remains hospitalized recovering from his injury.