Plenty of waiver and suspension news, plus an update on Alex Galchenyuk and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Flames forward Sam Bennett reacts after scoring one of his four goals against the Panthers.

19-year-old Flames forward Sam Bennett became the youngest player in team history to record a hat trick.

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

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.