The latest on Tomas Vokoun, Marian Gaborik, Alex Pietrangelo, Alex Tanguay, Jonas Gustavsson, plus a mixed review of the first NHL game played at Barclays Center and more.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun is reportedly resting comfortably following a surgical procedure Saturday to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis. Vokoun will be sidelined indefinitely.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins are expected to stick with Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff for at least the remainder of preseason.
NATIONAL POST: A rejuvenated Marian Gaborik is looking forward to his first full season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Gaborik was dealt to the Jackets by the NY Rangers at last season’s trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets will be counting on the talented but oft-injured Gaborik to shoulder the offensive burden this season. If he can stay healthy, he’s good for perhaps 40 goals and could help carry the Jackets to a playoff berth. He’s also eligible for UFA status next summer, so he’ll have extra motivation to prove himself this season.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo displayed little rust in his first couple of preseason games since returning to the lineup following a contract standoff with management, logging over 26 minutes in each game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s just one reason why the Blues inked him to such a lucrative long-term contract. The kid’s a blueline thoroughbred.
DENVER POST: Alex Tanguay, back for a second tenure with the Colorado Avalanche, hopes to help them build toward a bright future.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson was sidelined by a groin injury during the club’s 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, and could miss the start of the season. The Wings could place him on long-term injury reserve to start the season and bring up goalie Petr Mrazek.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Barclays Center received mixed reviews following its first-ever NHL game, which saw the New Jersey Devils down the NY Islanders 3-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per the report, the biggest problem appears to be sightlines, with 416 obstructed view seats in the upper bowl, plus limited views for some seats in the west end of the building near ice level. The game nevertheless drew over 14,600 fans, which is a positive sign for the Islanders eventual move there in two years time.
RDS.CA: The Phoenix Coyotes have released Guillaume Latendresse from his PTO contract.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Florida Panthers released defenseman Brett Clark from his PTO contract.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Four or five outdoor NHL games are possible for the 2014-15 season.