Player and rookie of the month for January revealed, updated injury list and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Notable NHL Headlines.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov was named NHL star of the month for January 2016, netting 16 points in 10 games.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes goaltender Louis Domingue was named NHL rookie of the month for January 2016. “Domingue went 6-3-2 in 11 appearances, posting a 2.20 goals-against average and .925 save percentage with one shutout.”
EDMONTON SUN: After being sidelined since early-November with a broken clavicle, rookie center Connor McDavid returns to the Oilers lineup tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
KUKLA’S KORNER: “The 2016 NHL All-Star Game on NBCSN was the most-watched and highest-rated All-Star Game in the network’s history, averaging 1.595 million viewers and a 0.90 household rating, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the press release notes, the ratings were buoyed in part by the new three-on-three format and John Scott’s presence in the game.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks re-signed defenseman Alex Biega to a two-year, one-way contract extension worth $700K in 2016-17 and $800K in 2017-18.
TSN.CA: “The Devcore Candarel DLS group, one of two groups to submit a multi-billion dollar bid for the redevelopment of Ottawa’s LeBreton flats, appears to have interest in buying the Senators.”
NHL Injury Update.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers winger Rick Nash (bone bruise) will miss tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Niklas Kronwall (knee) will be sidelined until mid-February.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (upper-body injury) will miss tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers.
ESPN.COM: The Boston Bruins placed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on injured reserve as they await his final test results. Gustavsson was briefly hospitalized last week due to illness.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger Michael Grabner underwent six root canals to repair the damage from taking a puck in the mouth during last week’s game against Florida.