NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 9, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 9, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy turned in a 31-save shutout performance in a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Brayden Point scored twice for the Lightning. Earlier in the day, Vasilevskiy was named as the replacement for Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov picked up his 70th point of the season, becoming the fastest player to reach that number since Jaromir Jagr in 1999. 

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov is the fastest player to reach 70 points in 20 years. (Photo via NHL Images)

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask picked up his 250th career NHL victory by blanking the Minnesota Wid 4-0. Teammates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and two assists. Earlier in the day, the Wild recalled forward Joel Eriksson Ek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rask is now two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Tiny Thompson for the most career victories by a Bruins goaltender. 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson extended his points streak to 14 games as his club thumped the Edmonton Oilers 7-2. Karlsson collected three assists while forwards Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi each scored two goals. 

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler had a four-point night (one goal, three assists) to lead his club to a 7-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, who’ve dropped seven of their last eight games. Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and two assists for the Jets while Gabriel Landeskog scored twice for the Avalanche. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche hold the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference. If they don’t snap out of their current funk soon, they’ll tumble out of playoff contention. 

 T.J. Oshie scored twice, including his 200th career goal, as the Washington Capitals downed the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. The Flyers tied an NHL single-season record by starting a seventh goalie as Mike McKenna made 21 saves in a losing cause.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers’ two-plus decades of failing to find or retain – hello there, Sergei Bobrovsky – a reliable starting goaltender has come home to roost in a big way this season. Addressing this issue must be the top priority of new general manager Chuck Fletcher. 

Buffalo Sabres rookies C.J. Smith and Lawrence Pilut scored their first career NHL goals in a 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Sabres winger Jeff Skinner tallied his 29th goal of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Skinner sits one goal behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the league goal-scoring lead. He needs nine more goals to break his career high of 37. 

The Carolina Hurricanes held off the New York Islanders 4-3 to pick up their fifth straight win while snapping the Isles’ six-game winning streak. Brock Nelson scored twice for the Islanders, who re-activated Valtteri Filppula off injured reserve and demoted winger Joshua Ho-Sang. With the loss, the Isles slipped one point out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ho-Sang continues to struggle to earn a full-time roster spot with the Islanders. I consider him a prime trade candidate, either at the deadline on Feb. 25 or during the offseason. 

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 36 saves to pick up his eighth consecutive win as his club defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1. Sidney Crosby tallied his 20th of the season and Bryan Rust scored twice, including one of two shorthanded goals for the Penguins. 

Antti Niemi kicked out 30 shots as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2, handing the latter their eighth loss in their last nine games. Tomas Tatar had two assists for the Canadiens while Andreas Athanasiou tallied twice for the Wings. Earlier in the day, Canadiens defenseman David Schlemko cleared waivers and was demoted to their AHL affiliate in Laval. 

Tyler Seguin scored twice and set up another as the Dallas Stars downed the St. Louis Blues 3-1. Blues forward Alex Steen is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of January with an injured left shoulder. 

The Vegas Golden Knights picked up their seventh straight victory by beating the New York Rangers 4-2. Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault snapped a seven-game goalless drought. 

SPORTSNET: The Vancouver Canucks placed center Elias Pettersson (knee sprain) on injured reserve. He’s expected to return in time for the All-Star Game in San Jose later this month. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz will miss the remainder of this season with a lower-body injury. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2019

Game recaps, update on Elias Pettersson, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 


NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to eight games by blanking the Winnipeg Jets 4-0. Matt Murray made 33 saves for the shutout for his seventh consecutive win while Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist. Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers left the game early in the first period with an apparent left shoulder injury following a collision with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A month ago, the Penguins were sitting outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They’ve since surged up the standings and are jockeying with the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Speaking of the Capitals…

Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin scored twice in a 2-1 overtime win over the Capitals, handing the latter their first three-game losing skid of the season. Anton Khudobin kicked out 36 shots for the Stars. 

Dylan Larkin is the first player in Detroit Red Wings history to score four overtime goals in a single season. (Photo via NHL Image)

Dylan Larkin became the first player in Detroit Red Wings history to score four overtime goals in a single season with his game-winning tally in a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Wings. 

The Colorado Avalanche broke a six-game losing skid by thumping the New York Rangers 6-1. Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Tyson Barrie each collected three points. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 15 saves in relief of sidelined starter Mackenzie Blackwood to backstop his club to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Kyle Palmieri and Drew Stafford were the goal scorers in the shootout frame. Blackwood suffered a lower-body injury in the first period. 

Max Pacioretty returned from injury and scored what became the game-winning goal as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, handing the latter their seventh straight defeat. It was Pacioretty’s first game since Dec. 17. To make room for him, the Golden Knights demoted winger Brandon Pirri, who has six goals and nine points in seven games since his call-up on Dec. 19. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have a feeling we’ll see Pirri back with the Golden Knights at some point in this season. 

Emergency call-up center Greg McKegg had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. The Hurricanes called up McKegg after placing center Jordan Staal (upper body) on injured reserve


VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks rookie center Elias Pettersson is awaiting the results of an MRI after injuring his right knee during a collision with Montreal Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi on Thursday. He remains upbeat, claiming he’s walking better than he was following the game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks and their fans will be anxiously awaiting the results. Pettersson is their leading scorer, the odds-on favorite to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, and a big reason why they’ve recently surged back into playoff contention. 

NBC SPORTS: Goaltender Mike McKenna is on the move again. Two days after being traded to the Vancouver Canucks by the Ottawa Senators, he was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s what one of my readers had to say about this news: “Philly is like that guy in everyone’s fantasy hockey league who hordes goalies.”

THE ATHLETIC’s Scott Powers reports the Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Andreas Martinsen on waivers. 

TSN: “The Rendez-Vous LeBreton Group is headed to mediation in an effort to settle their differences over plans for a development that includes a new NHL arena.” One of the members is Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – December 30, 2018

Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – December 30, 2018

The fallout from Stars CEO Jim Lites’ harsh critique of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, plus updates on Artemi Panarin and Kevin Shattenkirk in today’s Sunday NHL rumor roundup. 


SPORTSNET: Assessing the fallout from Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites’ pointed, expletive-laden criticism of captain Jamie Benn and linemate Tyler Seguin, Nick Kypreos said the two players were blindsided by Lites’ remarks. He wonders where they go from here and believes the NHLPA would also like to have a say in this matter. Kypreos also speculates the PA and perhaps the league might take issue with Lites’ use of profanity while critiquing the players’ performance. 

Should Tyler Seguin and teammate Jamie Benn be concerned over their long-term futures with the Dallas Stars? (Photo via NHL Images)

Elliotte Friedman reports Stars owner Tom Gagliardi said Lites’ comments weren’t about trading anyone or firing anyone. With the club in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight year, he wants his best players to be at their best. Given how much the Stars have invested in payroll and where they stand in ticket sales this season (23rd), Friedman suggests “all bets are off over the future of Dallas” if they fail to reach the playoffs.

THE ATHLETIC: Scott Burnside reports Lites’ comments weren’t a spur of the moment thing but the result of long-percolating frustration over the club’s overall performance and that of Benn and Seguin. They also came with Gagliardi’s blessing and reflects concern over where the Stars sit in the Dallas marketplace and the urgency to finally realize their much-heralded potential. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lites’ remarks may be considered a wake-up call by the front office toward the Stars players in general and Benn and Seguin in particular. Nevertheless, his harsh words will raise questions over the direction of the Stars and the futures of their two best players, especially if they fail to reach the playoffs this season.

There’s no question Benn and Seguin would attract considerable interest in the trade market if ownership agreed to put one or both on the block. But as Cap Friendly indicates, both players carry expensive contracts with no-trade protection. Finding an acceptable trade partner with the right return won’t be easy.

If such a move were to take place it won’t happen during the season. Look toward the offseason, when teams have more salary-cap room and a willingness to swing blockbuster deals. 


SPORTSNET: While questions remain over Artemi Panarin’s future with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nick Kypreos reports his agent said the winger doesn’t want to be traded and intends to see out the season with the Jackets. He remains non-committal over a new contract. Panarin is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July. “Many believe inside our industry that he’s still destined to look at free agency, test the market, and the Rangers remain the odds-on favorite to land him next season,” said Kypreos.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Jackets remain a playoff contender, Panarin won’t be going anywhere this season. If they can stage a lengthy postseason run, perhaps that’ll make the winger more amenable toward a new contract with the Jackets. 


NEW YORK POST: With the Rangers’ hopes of reaching the 2019 playoffs a pipe dream, Larry Brooks believes coach David Quinn should “start coaching toward the trade deadline and build the value of his players, even if that might not align with the short-time objective of winning the next game.”

Brooks feels that applies “specifically to Kevin Shattenkirk,” who is expected to return from injury soon. With two years remaining on Shattenkirk’s contract ($6.65-million AAV) and a limited no-trade clause, he believes it might be best to play the blueliner on the top power-play unit to increase, if not establish, his market value. 

Meanwhile, Brooks believes pending UFA winger Mats Zuccarello has done little to improve his trade value since recently returning from a groin injury. Rather than wait for an unlikely bidding war, he feels the Rangers should be aggressively shopping Zuccarello now in hopes of landing a deal equivalent to the second-round pick and decent prospect they received last season in the Michael Grabner trade. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shattenkirk was signed in 2017 when the Rangers still believed they could contend for the Stanley Cup. Now in the midst of a roster rebuild, the soon-to-be 30-year-old blueliner no longer appears to fit into their long-term plans. His age, annual salary, 10-team no-trade list, recent injury history, and declining production make him difficult to peddle. Zuccarello, thanks to his UFA status in the summer, would be an enticing rental player. 

NHL Rumor Mill – December 29, 2018

NHL Rumor Mill – December 29, 2018

Reaction to Stars CEO’s harsh criticism of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, an update on Artemi Panarin, and the latest Rangers speculation in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Tom Cowlishaw reports Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites’ calculated, expletive-laden attack on Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on Friday “feels a lot like the end.” In his years of covering Dallas sports, he said he’s never heard anything like it, suggesting it could also be a shot at the local media for not giving the Stars as much attention and coverage as the other local sports teams. 

Harsh comments by Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites aimed at captain Jamie Benn and linemate Tyler Seguin raised eyebrows around the NHL (Photo via NHL Images)

Cowlishaw is curious over how Benn and Seguin will react to Lites’ scathing public critique of their efforts. He also wondered if they were “even remotely tradable while having subpar seasons after being decimated by their own management?” Cowlishaw went on to note both will make nearly $10 million per season starting in 2019-20 when Seguin’s new contract kicks in. 

NBC SPORTS: Rather than aiming his ire at the Stars’ two best players, Adam Gretz believes Lites should instead focus on the poor job management has done surrounding the pair with quality players. While Benn and Seguin are well-paid and their production has slipped a bit this season, they’re still producing more than most of the league and more than anybody else on the Stars.

Gretz points out the supporting cast is highlighted by a young John Klingberg on defense and aging center Jason Spezza. He noted Alexander Radulov’s strong numbers but he’s put most of those up skating on the Benn-Seguin line. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While everyone is awaiting the reactions of Benn and Seguin, it won’t be surprising if some pundits begin musing over the possibility of one or both asking to be traded or if the Stars are willing to field offers for either guy. Right now, I don’t believe either scenario is imminent.

Lites’ remarks (which apparently had the blessing of owner Tom Gaglardi) seem to be meant simply to light a fire under his two best players. And perhaps Benn and Seguin will take it as such.

 However, if the Stars miss the playoffs or exit from the opening round, ownership could engage in a serious re-evaluation of management and the roster. That might also include the futures of Benn and Seguin, who could also decide to assess their place with the organization.  


TSN: Agent Dan Milstein, who represents Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin, said the pair will meet during the All-Star break next month to discuss Panarin’s future. He’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July. 

“We’re going to talk about, obviously, the team itself, the prospects of the future,” Milstein said. “He’s extremely competitive, he wants to help the team to win. We’re going to be looking at rosters, looking at teams, looking at the possibilities and the future role that he may have on the team and he’ll basically make a decision.” He added Panarin likes it in Columbus and the franchise has treated his client well. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen will be interested in hearing from the Panarin camp by late-January. Some observers have suggested Panarin could be traded by the Feb. 25, 2019 deadline if he’s unwilling to commit to a new contract by then. I maintain they won’t move him as long as they remain in playoff contention and will continue trying to sign him in the offseason.


THE ATHLETIC: Speaking of Panarin, Rick Carpiniello believes the New York Rangers could be quite interested in the Jackets winger if he tests the open market on July 1. He suspects they’ll be “all-in, with plenty of cap space and a willingness to go long-term to get it done. Such a signing would/should speed up the rebuild, especially if some of the top prospects arrive in 2019-20, and if more are collected via trades and/or free agency.”

Carpiniello also doubts the Rangers will pay what could be a six-year deal worth $6.25-million annually to re-sign pending UFA center Kevin Hayes. He expects Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, and possibly others could be moved by the trade deadline, giving the Rangers all the cap space they need to pursue Panarin in July. He also wondered if the Jackets would be interested in Hayes as a rental player. 

NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: cites NHL insider Pierre LeBrun’s appearance on Toronto’s TSN 1050 on Friday discussing possible moves by the Rangers. While long-term starting goalie and franchise player Henrik Lundqvist might be feeling some frustration this season, LeBrun doubts he’ll be going anywhere, speculating management will give him assurances of being an “intriguing team” during the offseason because of their cap space and the possibility of signing someone like Artemi Panarin via free agency. He also suggested Erik Karlsson as an option if he doesn’t re-sign with the San Jose Sharks, citing Karlsson’s friendship with Lundqvist. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Rangers have over $59.5 million invested in 13 players for 2019-20. Assuming an $83-million salary cap for next season, they’ll have around $23 million to work with. If they part ways with Hayes and Zuccarello, they won’t have any potentially expensive core players to re-sign. If management ships out more salary, they could have sufficient room to pursue Panarin and perhaps another UFA such as Karlsson.

What Rangers GM Jeff Gorton must do, however, is avoid the mistakes of his predecessors from 15 to 20 years ago. They used free agency as their primary means of roster building and spent seven straight seasons (1997-98 to 2003-04) sitting outside the playoff picture. And that was back when there was no salary cap and the Rangers were among the league’s biggest spenders. It’s not just enough to sign the best available talent. They must also ensure that talent will be a suitable fit.

As for Hayes, he’s reportedly leaving the decision over a new contract or trade up to the Rangers. He wants to stay but he could end up on the trade block as a playoff rental near the trade deadline if a new deal cannot be reached. Hayes claims he’s not worried about it and won’t let the uncertainty affect his play. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2018

Game recaps, Stars CEO rips Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, Dustin Byfuglien, and David Backes fined, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists and John Tavares scored twice to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s the Leafs fifth consecutive victory. 

Mathew Barzal scored twice in the New York Islanders 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images).

The New York Islanders tallied five unanswered third-period goals to defeat the Ottawa Senators 6-3. Mathew Barzal scored two of those tallies and collected an assist on Josh Bailey’s goal in the first period. The Isles overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits against the Senators, who lost high-scoring defenseman Thomas Chabot in the second period with an upper-body injury following a high hit from Isles winger Matt Martin. Chabot joins goaltender Craig Anderson and defenseman Justin Falk on the sidelines this weekend. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was a good example of how much the Senators miss Anderson between the pipes. No word if Martin will face supplemental discipline for the hit on Chabot.

Three third-period goals by Tomas Tatar, Artturi Lehkonen, and Jonathan Drouin gave the Montreal Canadiens a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Backup Antti Niemi made 23 saves filling in for the sidelined Carey Price, who’s currently listed as day-to-day with what coach Claude Julien called an “irritation” that’s plagued the former Vezina Trophy winner for several weeks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Would that be irritation from his knee injury of 2015-16 or irritation from last season’s groin injury, Claude? Or is it something new? Whatever it is, Habs fans will be hoping Price makes a swift recovery. 

THE ATHLETIC: Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites had some choice words regarding the play of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, who said team owner Tom Gaglardi isn’t pleased with the performance of the club’s two best players. “He’s pissed,” Lites said on Friday afternoon. “And you know what it’s about.”

Referring to the pair’s performance during the Stars’ 2-0 win on Thursday over the Nashville Predators, Lites didn’t mince words. “They are fucking horse-shit, I don’t know how else to put it,” Lites said. “The team was ok. But (Tyler) Seguin and (Jamie) Benn were terrible.”

“We are a stars-driven league, and our stars aren’t getting it done,” Lites said. “It’s embarrassing, and no one writes it. Write it!”

Lites went on to criticize Benn and Seguin over what he considers their lack of accountability and decline of their performance since inking lucrative long-term contracts. Benn has the third-highest salary ($13 million) among NHL players this season, while Seguin’s new eight-year, $78.8-million contract kicks in next season. 

“I don’t give a fuck. I’m a year-to-year guy and I’ll be damned if a guy who has been as good to me as Tom Gaglardi — as good to this franchise — isn’t getting results, and those players aren’t getting it done. I’m telling you, we are gonna run through a GM who does everything he can to make the team better because we aren’t getting results.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I may be allowed my own expletive-laden reaction, it would be, “What the fucking fuck was that shit?” I mean, there’s calling out your best players and then there’s throwing them under the bus. Indeed, Lites didn’t just throw Benn and Seguin under the bus, he personally drove that bus over them, backed up, and drove over them again for good measure.

All of this is the result of growing frustration within the organization over the club’s sub-par performance this season. They were expected to not just contend for a playoff berth but also challenge for top spot in the Western Conference. Instead, they’re barely clinging to the final wild-card spot in the Conference.

As you can imagine, Lites’ rant caused jaws to collectively hit the floor among observers around the league. I’ll have more on what this might mean for the Stars going forward later today in the Rumor section. 

TSN: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was fined $2,500.00 for slashing Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau late in the third period of the Jets 4-1 loss to the Flames on Thursday. 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins forward David Backes received a three-game suspension for a high hit on New Jersey Devils forward Blake Coleman on Thursday. Speaking of the Bruins, defenseman Charlie McAvoy is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury while winger Brad Marchand (upper body) will miss tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson is listed as day-to-day following an upper-body injury suffered during Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. 

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury after crashing into the boards during Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Alex Chiasson is on injured reserve.

SPORTSNET: Oilers forward Valentin Zykov and Ducks defenseman Jake Dotchin were placed on waivers yesterday. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2018

Game recaps, injury and waiver updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews made a big splash in his return to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup with two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. It was Matthew’s first game since suffering a shoulder injury on Oct. 27. John Tavares also scored twice for the Leafs.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews scored twice in a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. (Photo via NHL Images)

Sidney Crosby’s natural hat trick couldn’t prevent the Pittsburgh Penguins from dropping a 6-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and collected three assists for the Avalanche.

The Detroit Red Wings blew a 3-0 lead but Tyler Bertuzzi’s third-period goal allowed them to squeak past the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Bertuzzi had two goals on the night, as did Blues winger David Perron.

Nick Ritchie tallied the game-tying and game-winning goals as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Florida Panthers 3-2.

Tyler Seguin’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will miss the next five weeks due to a larynx injury. Meanwhile, winger Jake DeBrusk returned to practice yesterday, showing no ill-effects from taking a shot to the head on Monday. The Bruins will also honor former winger Rick Middleton tonight by raising his No. 16 to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony. 

CBS SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson is listed as day-to-day with a neck injury. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed Jean-Sebastien Dea on waivers on Wednesday.

SPORTSNET: The front-office purge continues for the Philadelphia Flyers as Chris Pryor and Gord Murphy were fired yesterday. They also placed goaltender Calvin Pickard on waivers. Former Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher is reportedly the front-runner for the vacant Flyers GM role. 

TSN.CA: Ottawa Senators chief operating officer Nicolas Ruszkowski disputed Ottawa mayor Jim Watson’s claim the club wants the city to pay for a new downtown arena, calling the mayor’s remarks “disappointing and inaccurate.”

WINNIPEG SUN: A recent five-goal performance by Jets winger Patrik Laine earned a Winnipeg pastor over $1 million in Safeway Sobeys $1,000,000 Score & Win.