Sabres trade Mike Weber to the Capitals. Shayne Gostisbehere’s point streak at an end, updated injury report & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
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NOTABLE NHL HEADLINES
PHILLY.COM: Shayne Gostisbehere’s record-setting point streak for NHL rookie defensemen was ended at 15 games in his Flyers 3-1 loss to Carolina.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jamie Benn scored twice in the Stars 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The Stars move into first place in the Western Conference.
THE BUFFALO NEWS; The Sabres last night dealt defenseman Mike Weber to the Washington Capitals for a third-round in 2017.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier yesterday, Capitals coach Barry Trotz hinted his club might make a move by the Feb. 29 trade deadline, suggesting not to expect a splash. This may well be what Trotz had in mind, as Weber should bring experienced depth to the Capitals third defense pairing. The Sabres also retained $833K of Weber’s cap hit. The Sabres might not be done shipping out some pending UFAs for draft picks. Goalie Chad Johnson, defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and forwards Jamie McGinn and David Legwand could also be on the move by deadline day.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed forward Paul Byron to a three-year, $3.5 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byron’s been among the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable season for the Habs, as he’s been an effective checking-line forward. At an annual cap hit of around $1.6 million, he’s an affordable retention.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Ryan Reaves will have a phone hearing with the NHL’S Department of Player Safety on Wednesday regarding his hit on San Jose’s Matt Tennyson in Monday’s 6-3 loss.
NBC SPORTS: The NHLPA is appealing the league’s decision last week to uphold the 20-game suspension of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for his hit on linesman Don Henderson earlier this month in a game against Nashville. The case will be heard by an independent arbiter on Thursday and Friday.
USA TODAY: The Canadiens issued an apology after several automated tweets “directed at users with derogatory names” were issued showing photos “of customized jerseys containing user handles and various other celebratory messages, to fans with highly offensive account names.”
DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: A film script detailing the life of NHL journeyman enforcer and 2016 NHL All-Star Game MVP John Scott will be written by noted sportswriter and author Mitch Albom.
TSN: “Charges against former TSN Hockey analyst Aaron Ward stemming from an alleged October domestic incident were dismissed on Friday in Wake County, N.C.”
LATEST INJURY REPORT
STLTODAY.COM: Blues goaltender Brian Elliott will be sidelined at least four weeks with a lower-body injury and was placed on long-term injured reserve.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy is sidelined long term with an upper-body injury.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower-body injury) is expected to miss his club’s upcoming five-game Western Conference road trip.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.