NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 10, 2012.

PA director says realignment block won’t affect CBA talks…Blackhawks lose Sharp to wrist injury…Capitals road woes continue…Focus shifts to Blue Jackets players following coach firing…Bruins Marchand suspended…Panthers down Canucks….Ducks JF Jacques suspended…Blues, Lightning re-sign depth players.

TSN.CA: NHLPA director Donald Fehr rejected the notion the PA’s decision to block implementation of a new divisional realignment plan would have any impact upon upcoming CBA negotiations with the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The issue certainly won’t be a stumbling block in getting a new CBA in place, but the PA’s decision to block its implementation for next season was a bit of gamesmanship on the PA’s part, in response to the league doing the same thing by attempting to force this on the players without their input.

Sharlp sidelined 3-4 weeks.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp is out 3-4 weeks with a wrist injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s speculation this could force GM Stan Bowman into the trade market, but he’ll likely take a “wait-and-see” approach. He was already shopping around for a top-six forward, preferably a center.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals lost 5-1 to the LA Kings last night, extending their road woes to 3-9-1 in their last 13 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice rebound by the Kings, whose last game was a listless 1-0 loss to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Bob Hunter believes the Blue Jackets firing head coach Scott Arniel will put more focus upon the players for the team’s overall poor performance.

BOSTON GLOBE: The NHL has suspended Bruins forward Brad Marchand for five games for his low-bridge hit on Saturday against Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers edged the Canucks 2-1, and learned call-up backup goalie Jacob Markstrom will have to have knee surgery. Starter Jose Theodore is expected back in the lineup soon from a knee strain.

KUKLA’S KORNER: Anaheim Ducks forward J.F. Jacques was suspended for three games for an illegal hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger. The Ducks also demoted Jacques to the minors.

BND.COM: The St. Louis Blues have signed winger Ryan Reaves to a two-year, $1.2 million contract extension.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning have re-signed forward Tom Pyatt to a two-year, $1.2 million contract extension.


  1. I hope the suspension of Marchand finally stops these ridiculous Boston is favored by the league accusations. I HATE Boston nearly as much as I hate Vancouver (which made the cup last year depressing lol) but the way everything is thrown around is a bit out of whack. Marchand got a nice fat suspension for a dirty hit, didn’t manage to get away with one which is cool and deserved.

    I doubt anything is going to improve for the Jackets and you have to ask if a fire sale would even help them at this point? I think they should keep that team in tact cause they need to compete ASAP and can’t afford to wait or else they aren’t going to be staying in Columbus much longer. I think a crack at Yakupov could see some bright fortunes for the team. I think Yakupov, some depth UFA’s in the off season, a vet goalie, and a good coach could see this team come into playoff contention next year.

    Hawks have some cap space and I think they will find their center and a depth defenseman by the deadline. Maybe a short term investment in a player like Koivu get some extra playoff and vet experience into their line up. I think adding Koviu then Gleason or Allen would be some great additions to the Hawks line up and not at too much a cost. Toews-Koivu-Bolland is some decent center depth, then in the off season they can shop for a more long term 2nd line solution …

  2. If Boston is favored by the league, then someone forgot to tell those buffoon referees Vanmasenhoven and O’Rourke. Vancouver had 7 players on the ice for that scrum and somehow they decided to eject Lucic for coming off the bench. Then they missed Burrows’ spear on Thornton and somehow Boston ended up two men short.

    VMH and O’Rourke should be suspended for 10 games.

    The Canucks remain posers, divers, and cowards.

  3. Spear? How ’bout stick waggle? Yeah, it sure was tough to have the rulebook enforced in your own building. “Someone forgot to tell……” Well, Daddy Campbell sure told him in the playoffs.

    Tough luck for Markstrom.

  4. JJb if the blue jackets do get the chance which I think they will, do yoou think they would pick yakupov given their experiences with both zherdev and filatov? Just aa thought

  5. Difference is (you can correct me if I am wrong) Yakupov has played in a Canadian system, has duel citizenship, and didn’t come straight out of Russia. I know they have had bad experiences with Russia, but I can’t judge all players based on a few. I see Yakupov play my Generals on a frequent basis and the kid has skills and IMO plays bigger then his size.

    BUT I could see the Jackets choosing to pick someone with more size or a defenseman. I just think that the Jackets need to compete and I believe Yakupov will enter the NHL right out of draft and is IMO compariable to Nuge, maybe even better. I just don’t think the Jackets should or will part with their valuable players … UFA’s and maybe Brassard