Recap of the Ducks-Avalanche game, plus the latest on Ilya Kovalchuk, Kimmo Timonen, Brandon Dubinsky, Raffi Torres and more.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/DENVER POST: Viktor Fasth made 31 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-0 win over the listless Colorado Avalanche. Sheldon Souray, Saku Koivu and Francois Beauchemin were the goalscorers for the Ducks.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Tonight marks the first meeting between Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa and Coyotes winger Raffi Torres since the latter received a 21-game suspension for blindsiding Hossa with an illegal hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Torres claims to have changed his ways, and there is some anticipation one or more of Hossa’s teammates might seek retribution over that hit, but I doubt there will be any fireworks. The incident is behind both men now, and as long as Torres keeps his nose clean in this game, there won’t be any problems.
CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly close to re-signing veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a one-year, $6 million contract extension. Timonen is eligible for UFA status this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Timonen is re-signed to that offer, it would leave the Flyers with roughly $2.4 million of cap space for next season invested in 19 players, though they would receive some cap relief if Chris Pronger goes on LTIR next season.
BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports any moves by the Sabres won’t involve head coach Lindy Ruff.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk hopes to soon break out of his slow start to this season.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Former Phoenix Coyotes winger Ray Whitney wondered if the NHL (which currently owns the Coyotes) didn’t allow the club to pay him what he was seeking to re-sign last summer. Whitney went on to sign with the Dallas Stars. Coyotes GM Don Maloney denies this, claiming Whitney merely misunderstood the situation. Maloney did acknowledge he was trying to get Whitney to take a hometown discount to remain with the Coyotes.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals are trying to find some positives to build upon as they try to snap out of their early season funk.
NHL.COM: The Anaheim Ducks last night acquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.