Bruins finally lose in regulation…Flyers Claude Giroux a superstar in the making…Jordin Tootoo suspended two games…Sabres looking for home improvement…Realignment no help to Lightning…Barnaby could face deportation…NHLPA seeks more info on realignment…Sharks new owner…Why NHL won’t ban fighting…Jets claim Ben Maxwell off waivers, Coyotes O’Sullivan clears waivers.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins fourteen game unbeaten streak is over, as the Winnipeg Jets downed them in regulation by a score of 2-1, their first loss in regulation since October 29.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to take anything away from the Jets effort, but one reason for the Bruins loss may be top scorer Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch for missing a team meeting.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers have a special player in Claude Giroux, whc is is a legitimate candidate for the Hart Trophy this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d call Giroux a superstar on the rise, and if he wins the Hart, it’ll confirm what Flyers fans have known since last season.
KUKLA’S KORNER: The NHL suspended Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo for two games for running Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres are looking to improve their woeful home record, which ranks among the worst in the league so far this season.
TAMPABAY.COM: Gary Shelton on why realignment won’t help the Tampa Bay Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed the Lightning were among the few teams which voted against the new alignment of conferences, but they’re stuck with it now.
DALLASNEWS.COM: Recently fired ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby could face deportation to Canada, as his recent drunk driving charge violates an agreement for an earlier arrest.
DENVER POST: The NHLPA says it need more information on the league’s new realignment plan, specifically on travel, competitive balance and revenues, before it will sign off on the plan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A few observers believe NHLPA head Donald Fehr will try to use this as a bargaining chip for the next round of CBA talks, but cooler heads believe this is merely a procedural matter and don’t expect the PA to hold this up.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Sharks most visible owner prefers to stay in the background.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spectors explains why NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman believes there’s not enough data linking head trauma from fighting to CTE.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say it, but it’ll take an on-ice fatality before the league is moved to do anything about hockey fights. Most players don’t want it eliminated, nor do most fans. The league is giving both what they want.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Winnipeg Jets have claimed forward Ben Maxwell off waivers, while Phoenix Coyotes forward Patrick O’Sullivan has cleared waivers.