Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky’s waives NTC, trade to Devils in works…Red Wings set NHL home wins records….Blackhawks drop ninth straight…Rangers blank Bruins…Ducks maintain winning ways…Devils getting it done on the road…The method to Ryan O’Reilly’s success this season…CBA talks yet to start…Obstruction on the rise in NHL…Kings raise ticket prices for next season.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports via Twitter Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky has agreed to waive his “no-trade” clause to accept a deal to the New Jersey Devils. Dreger claims the deal still isn’t done as there’s still some work to do.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We should hopefully find out later today that this move is official. The Wild are seeking help at forward, but I doubt they’ll get it from the Devils with Zidlicky.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 to win their 21st straight home game, an NHL record.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This will only put more pressure upon Blackhawks management to do something – anything – to halt the skid.
BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins were shut out by the NY Rangers 3-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being red hot through November and December, the Bruins have been playing .500 hockey so far in 2012.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Ducks continue their winning ways (13-2-3 since January 6), edging the Minnesota Wild 2-1.
NJ.COM: The Devils have won five straight road games and are 10-2-1 in their last 13 on the road.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly credits the advice of his father Brian – a high performance life coach – for improving his performance this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps the Avs should hire O’Reilly’s dad to teach those techniques to his son’s teammates?
NBCSPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said formal CBA talks with the NHLPA have not yet begun, though there is regular contact with the PA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And the slow dance continues. Talks probably won’t start up in earnest until this spring.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Some troubling statistics suggest uncalled obstruction may be on the rise again in the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully the league will take measures after this season to ensure we don’t see a return to the “Dead Puck Era”.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings plans to hike season ticket prices (in some cases by as much as 11 percent) isn’t sitting well with fans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings are merely charging what they believe their market can bear. If Kings season ticket holders want to reduce those price, stop buying season tickets.