NHL stars of the week and of the month, Jarome Iginla scores his 600th career goal, updated injury report and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Check out the highlights of last night’s NHL action, including Colorado Avalanche winger Jarome Iginla becoming the 19th NHL player to score 600 career goals.
Notable NHL Headlines
NHL.COM: Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, Arizona Coyotes right wing Shane Doan and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang are the NHL stars of the week. Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau, Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane were stars of the month for December 2015.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning players expressed surprise over Jonathan Drouin’s trade request, but they were supportive of the young winger and hope the situation can be sorted out.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Check out the latest Drouin trade speculations in my Rumors section.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers winger Rick Nash believes his teammates must stick together if they’re to get back to their winning ways. The Blueshirts stumbled through December, winning three of their last 10 games.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins have assigned winger David Pastrnak to their AHL affiliate. He recently returned from playing in the World Junior tournament in Finland.
Updated Injury Report.
TSN.CA: Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said goaltending Carey Price’s rehab (lower-body injury) is going well but he’s yet to begin skating.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk is sidelined four-to-six weeks with a suspected left-shoulder injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, we can forget about the Islanders honoring blueliner Travis Hamonic’s trade request before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. They’ll need him to pick up the slack in Boychuk’s absence.
NBC SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffered a lower-body injury during last night’s game against the LA Kings. No word yet as to the severity of his injury.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators forward Mika Zibanejad left last night’s game against the St. Louis Blues after being struck in the face by the stick of Blues forward Jori Lehtera.
CBS SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin was struck in the mouth by the puck in last night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Sedin lost several teeth but remained in the game.