Kings confirm Anze Kopitar’s 8-year, $80-million contract, Henrik Lundqvist sets a goaltending record, Bryan Bickell on waivers again and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar signed an eight-year, $80 million contract extension just minutes before his club squandered a two-goal third period lead in a 5-3 home loss to Ottawa. The Buffalo Sabres upset the Washington Capitals and more in your NHL highlights,
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NEW YORK POST: In backstopping the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Henrik Lundqvist became the first goalie in NHL history to win 20-plus games in 11 consecutive seasons.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: By trading Carl Hagelin to the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday, the Anaheim Ducks freed up salary-cap room to re-sign key players like Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some suggest the move also frees up cap space to add another scorer before the trade deadline. We’ll find out soon enough.
BLEACHER REPORT: Adrian Dater believes everyone got what they deserved in the John Scott All-Star fisasco, except for Scott himself.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league bears the ultimate blame for allowing a flawed all-star voting system to be so easily abused by mischievous fans. This problem should’ve been rectified a long time ago.
NBC SPORTS: Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney claims to be “dumbfounded” by suggests trading John Scott to the Montreal Canadiens was orchestrated to keep the enforcer out of the upcoming NHL All-Star Game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps there wasn’t anything fishy about it, but that won’t allay the suspicions.
THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat has put his recent 27 game goalless drought behind him, netting six goals in as many games.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings hope the return of Teemu Pulkkinen will bolster their declining offense and shots totals.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell is on waivers again.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As before, I’ll be surprised if a rival club plucks Bickell off waivers. His contract ($4 million annually through 2016-17) remains difficult to move for the Blackhawks.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars are sending defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to their AHL affiliate on a two-week conditioning stint.
SI.COM: Playing for your hometown team isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
ESPN.COM: The Boston Bruins are donating $200,000 “to help Denna Laing, a professional women’s hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury during the Outdoor Women’s Classic.”