Stars of the week, Canucks send Shinkaruk to the Flames for Granlund, Panthers hope to re-sign Jagr and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
The Sharks picked up their 21st road win as they ended the Blues’ five-game winning streak. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th goal in the Capitals’ win over the Coyotes.
NOTABLE NHL HEADLINES.
NHL.COM: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr, Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula and Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson are the NHL stars of the week.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Speaking of Jagr, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon would love to re-sign the winger, but he’s leaving it up for Jagr to decide if he’ll return for a 22nd NHL campaign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as Jagr still feels he can play and the Panthers believe he can still contribute, I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t return for another season in Florida. At his age, his contract demands won’t be extravagant.
CALGARY SUN/THE PROVINCE: The Calgary Flames yesterday shipped center Markus Granlund to the Vancouver Canucks for left wing Hunter Shinkaruk. While Shinkaruk is happy with the move, there’s a belief among Canucks followers their club gave up on Shinkaruk too soon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rationale from the Canucks is the 21-year-old Shinkaruk, a first-round pick (24th overall) in 2013,still isn’t ready for the NHL, while the 22-year-old Granlund, with 86 career NHL games, is ready now. However, it’s understandable why Canucks fans are puzzled and even upset by this move. If Granlund goes on to become at least an effective NHL regular in Vancouver and Shinkaruk struggles to crack the Flames, it’ll be seen as a shrewd move by Canucks GM Jim Benning. However, if Shinkaruk becomes a star on a Flames team loaded with young talent, it’ll stoke further criticism of Benning’s management.
TSN: Bankrupt Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson wants his parents to vacate their home (which he owns) in order to sell the property to help pay down his debts. Johnson has accused his parents of mismanaging his finances, leaving the blueliner millions of dollars in debt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a very ugly situation that has torn Johnson’s family apart. It also continues to serve as a cautionary tale for professional athletes about finding the right people to handle their financial affairs.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The NHL will not suspend Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival for his hit on Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker on Sunday.
CBS SPORTS: Not every NHL coach is a fan of the new coach’s challenge rule. Columbus Blue Jackets bench boss John Tortorella hates the rule and wants it gone.
NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators re-signed forward Colton Sissons to a three-year, $1.875 million contract.
NHL INJURY UPDATE
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Tom Gilbert will undergo season-ending knee surgery on Friday.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues goaltender Brian Elliott is listed as day-to-day after being forced from last night’s game against the San Jose Sharks with an unspecified injury.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers yesterday confirmed defenseman Ryan McDonagh didn’t suffer a concussion after being elbowed in the head last week by Toronto Maple Leafs winger Leo Komarov. He remains day-to-day with a jaw contusion and neck spasms but is said to be improving daily.
PHILLY.COM: While Flyers center Sean Couturier (injured right foot/ankle) could return to action tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, captain Claude Giroux (head injury) remains sidelined. The Flyers haven’t confirmed yet if Giroux suffered a concussion after being elbowed in the head by Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.