Latest news from the All-Star weekend in Nashville, plus updates on Steven Stamkos, Dustin Byfuglien, Raffi Torres and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Latest NHL All-Star Weekend Headlines
NBC SPORTS: provides a list of players participating in today’s NHL skills competition.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr may be a reluctant participant at this year’s NHL All-Star game, but the soon-to-be 44-year-old also among the most sought-after players.
CBS SPORTS: Speaking of Jagr, there are 11 players at this year’s All-Star game who weren’t even born when he made his NHL debut in 1990. Detroit’s Dylan Larkin, Jagr’s Florida Panthers teammate Aaron Ekblad, Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, Anaheim’s John Gibson, Columbus’ Brandon Saad, Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov, Carolina Justin Faulk, Dallas’ Tyler Seguin, St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko, Edmonton’s Tayler Hall and Colorado’s Matt Duchene were all born in 1991 or later.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No wonder Jagr isn’t keen to play in the All-Star game. Those kids remind him how old he truly is.
TSN: Los Angeles is expected to be named the host city for the 2017 NHL All-Star game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t wait to see who next year’s version of John Scott will be. Sure, the league claims they’re going to fix online voting to prevent ballot-box stuffing, but I’ll be it when I see. Besides, who’s to say the site won’t get hacked by a clever fan. Given the NHL’s historically poor oversight over only all-star voting in the past, it wouldn’t be surprising if the voting gets manipulated by a hacker.
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ESPN.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos admits he expected to have a new contract with his club by now, but he still hopes a deal can be done. He said he’s considering all his options, but lines of communication with management remain open. He also made it clear he intends to finish this season with the Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like Stamkos, who has a full no-movement clause this season, intends to waive it to accept a trade at the Feb. 29 deadline. I’m sure some rumormongers will keep Stamkos’ name among their lists of players who could be dealt by the deadline, but I don’t expect that to happen.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien claims he enjoys living and playing in Winnipeg, but the pending UFA also acknowledged the possibility he could be traded by the Feb. 29 deadline.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov testified yesterday in a civil trial brought against him by his former girlfriend, who accuses him of beating her for years prior to his arrest in 2004 on suspicion of felony kidnapping and assault. Prosecutors declined to file the kidnapping charge and later dropped a misdemeanor assault charge against Varlamov.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks placed winger Raffi Torres on waivers yesterday.
STLTODAY.COM: Matthew Tkachuk, son of former NHL star Keith Tkachuk, was recently ranked as the top North American hockey prospect by the league’s central scouting bureau.