Kings to change captains, World Cup of Hockey rosters revealed and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.



Anze Kopitar could take over from Dustin Brown as captain of the LA Kings.

Anze Kopitar could take over from Dustin Brown as captain of the LA Kings.

LOS ANGELES TIMES:  Anze Kopitar could be taking over from Dustin Brown as the captain of the Los Angeles Kings. Brown wasn’t available for comment. A Kings representative didn’t dispute the report via TSN of the change in captaincy but took issue with the wording claiming Brown was “stripped” of the captaincy. The club wouldn’t confirm if Kopitar was indeed taking over as captain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a tendency to read into this as a precursor to the Kings either trading or buying out Brown. I don’t believe that’s the case here. It’s probably more to do with the decline in Brown’s on-ice performance combined with Kopitar having taken over as the club’s top two-way forward. It could also simply be management’s way of shaking things up a bit. Hopefully we’ll learn more about the rationale behind this reported move soon. 

NHL.COM: The rosters for this fall’s NHL World Cup of Hockey were revealed yesterday.

ESPN.COM:  Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel were among the notables passed over for selection to the World Cup of Hockey rosters.  Meanwhile, the NHL could attempt to ban suspended defenseman Slava Voynov from skating for Team Russia.

CBS SPORTS:  The “HBK Line” and Matt Murray’s goaltending are among the reasons the Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Matt Nieto (upper-body injury) is confident he’ll return to action at some point in the Stanley Cup Final.

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot has signed a one-year deal with KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.