Shea Weber out with concussion…Rangers keep rolling despite injuries…Capitals still seek consistency… Devils Adam Henrique among league’s best rookies…Lightning lose two defensemen…Dead duck hurled during Ducks-Sharks game…Winter Classic means big bucks for Philadelphia…Could NHL consider contract amnesty?…Updated list of concussions and suspensions…Former NHL player/coach Johnny Wilson passes away.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber is out with a concussion, but he’ll attempt to return for this Friday’s game against St. Louis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I guess this would be classified as a “mild” concussion if he’s thinking of returning on Friday.
NEW YORK POST: Injuries to several players (Marc Staal, Steve Eminger, Michael Sauer, Jeff Woywitka and Stu Bickel) haven’t slowed the Rangers, who remain one of the hottest teams in the league this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staal is reportedly now skating in contact drills with his teammates. Fortunately for the Rangers, Staal is the only one of their best players who’s been sidelined for a significant period of time.
WASHINGTON POST: One month into Dale Hunter’s tenure as head coach, the Capitals continue to struggle with consistency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve been consistently inconsistent this season, hinting at deeper problems which a coaching change cannot fix.
NEW YORK POST: Devils center Adam Henrique has been scoring at a point-per-game clip, placing him third in Devils scoring, among the top rookies in the league, and could keep him centering their first line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Henrique has been a pleasant surprise for the Devils this season, one of the reasons they’re playing better than expected.
TAMPABAY.COM: The already injury-depleted Lightning defense lost two more blueliners last night, as Eric Brewer and Victor Hedman both left last night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brewer did return to action, but he and Hedman will receive further assessment and treatment today. The Bolts cannot afford to lose either guy, let alone both.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: A fan smuggled a dead duck into Monday’s Anaheim Ducks-San Jose Sharks game and tossed it onto the ice to mock the struggling Ducks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While not a wise thing to do, one has to admire the effort, as well as the joke.
PHILLY.COM: This year’s Winter Classic in Philadelphia could exceed the $22 million generated in Pittsburgh for last season’s Winter Classic.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Winter Classic remains a lucrative money-maker for the host cities, we can expect these New Year’s Day games to continue.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher wonders if the NHL in the next CBA might adopt a one-time-only amnesty buyout for teams wishing to dump expensive contracts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the majority of the team owners want it, we’ll probably see it.
CBC.CA: An updated list of concussions and suspensions this season.
TORONTO SUN: Rest in peace, Johnny Wilson.