Panthers extend franchise-record winning streak, Canadiens and Ducks make a trade, Flyers getting out of salary-cap hell and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
The Panthers extended their franchise-best winning streak to 11 games with a 3-2 victory over the Senators. Alex Ovechkin scored his 497th goal as the Capitals became the first team with 30 wins..
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CSNPHILLY.COM: Slowly but surely, Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall is getting his club out of the salary-cap hell he inherited when he took over the job in 2014. He’s freeing up enough cap space to perhaps bolster the Flyers roster in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as Hextall avoids the expensive mistakes of his predecessors, it’ll be worthwhile to invest those savings into improving the Flyers roster.
NBC SPORTS: Having traded away Ryan Johansen, the Columbus Blue Jackets will look to Boone Jenner and Alexander Wenneberg to fill the void at center
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed winger Mike Cammalleri (upper-body injury) on injured reserve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With 35 points in 38 games, Cammalleri is the Devils leading scorer. Losing him for any length of time hurts their already anemic offense.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Artemi Panarin became the first Chicago Blackhawks rookie to pot two goals in consecutive games since Darryl Sutter in 1981.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: How to bolster their scoring is among the questions facing the Carolina Hurricanes at midseason.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens yesterday traded goaltender Dustin Tokarski to the Anaheim Ducks for winger Max Friberg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both will report to the AHL. The writing was on the wall for Tokarski (who lost the Habs backup role to Mike Condon) when they recently acquired Ben Scrivens from Edmonton.
EDMONTON SUN: Don’t expect to see Zack Kassian called up by the Oilers before the All-Star break.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche placed defenseman Brandon Gormley on waivers yesterday.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL defenseman Robyn Regehr will officially retire on Monday as a member of the Calgary Flames.
VICE SPORTS: The NHL isn’t as fun as it should be.