In this morning’s roundup of notable NHL early morning headlines: New NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan to face his first test…Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller remains vertigo-free…Islander names Streit its new captain…Devils have yet to name a captain…Penguins still has some blueline spots to fill…Blues reject $167 million purchase bid.
PHILLYSPORTSDAILY.COM: reports the NHL’s new disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will be facing his first test, as Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley could face suspension for hitting Toronto Maple Leaf Darryl Boyce from behind into the boards during last night’s Leafs-Flyers game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If we go by the league’s rules on hitting from behind and blindside hits to the head, Shelley – a repeat offender – is likely to face a suspension. If Shanahan wants to send a message about “zero tolerance”, here’s his opportunity to do so.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: reports Anaheim Ducks starting goalie Jonas Hiller remains free of the vertigo-like symptoms which prematurely ended his 2010-11 season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hiller’s symptoms threatened to not only derail the Ducks playoff hopes last season, but also his career. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery.
NEW YORK POST: reported the NY Islanders yesterday name defenseman Mark Streit as their new team captain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve heard some observers voice surprise over this selection, wondering why John Tavares or Kyle Okposo wasn’t given the “C”. Obviously, they’re not ready for that responsibility yet, while Streit apparently has the respect of the room. Usually best to go with experience in this cases.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: reports the New Jersey Devils aren’t in a rush to name their new captain. The favorites are Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Elias has been there the longest, but Parise is widely considered captain material. Should be interesting to find out who’ll eventually get the “C”.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: reports Ben Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland, Matt Niskanen and Alexandre Picard are battling for the final three spots on the Penguins blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing Lovejoy and Niskanen will get two of them, leaving it down to Engelland and Picard for the final one.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: reports Blues ownership rejected a purchase offer of $167 million and are reportedly seeking $190 million, according to the group which made the unsuccessful bid.