Boston Bruins reach a franchise milestone, Marcus Johansson suspended, Rangers & Canucks make a trade and an expansion update are among the notable stories in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Ryan Johansen scored in his Nashville debut, but the Predators fell. Seth Jones and the Blue Jackets struggled in his first game with the team, while the Blackhawks extended their winning streak.
Notable NHL Headlines.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (lower-body injury) won’t be returning to the lineup before February.
WINNIPEG SUN: Winnipeg fans are looking forward to booing left wing Evander Kane when he makes his return to Winnipeg tonight for the first time since the Jets dealt him last season to the Buffalo Sabres.
CSNNE.COM: By downing the New Jersey Devils 4-1, the Boston Bruins picked up their 3,000th victory in franchise history.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars yesterday announced the signing of general manager Jim Nill to a five-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In his tenure as Stars GM, Nill hired LIndy Ruff as head coach and acquired Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Antti Niemi via trade. The club is currently among the top teams in the league standings.
THE WASHINGTON POST: The NHL suspended Capitals forward Marcus Johansson two games for an illegal hit to the head of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired last summer from the Anaheim Ducks in the Carl Hagelin trade, Etem struggled with the Rangers this season. The slowly rebuilding Canucks hope he’ll regain his promising form. Jonathan Willis of Bleacher Report believes the Blueshirts ultimately got a paltry return for Hagelin. Can’t say I disagree with that assessment. The move removes Etem’s $850K cap hit from the Rangers’ books, as Jensen will report to their AHL affiliate.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (lower-body injury) will miss today’s game against the New York Islanders. A further update on his status is expected later today.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports league expansion is the primary issue at a special meeting of the NHL’s executive committee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A vote on expansion won’t be conducted at this meeting, but as Dreger notes, the league seems to be inching closer toward a decision.
BOSTON HERALD: Denna Laing suffered a severe spinal cord injury during a women’s hockey game on Dec 31 at the NHL Winter Classic in Foxboro.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A website (The Laing Gang) has been set up for support and donations. Here’s hoping she makes a complete recovery.