Turco joins the Bruins…Sabres power-play key in recent win…Patrick Kane filling in at center again…Jeff Carter returns to Columbus…An explanation of why Niklas Kronwall’s recent hit on Flyers forward Jakub Voracek was clean…Voracek and Jaromir Jagr sidelined…Panthers need top line playing well to make playoffs….Rangers in tough against Senators and Blackhawks…Wild coach, GM won’t lose their jobs…Mario Lemieux statue unveiled…Loss of Mathieu Garon a serious blow to Lightning’s playoff hopes…Jordin Tootoo escapes suspension…Mike Green struggles with timing.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Jeff Carter will return to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets for the first time since he was dealt to the LA Kings last month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m sure he’ll get a warm welcome from the Columbus fans…;)
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Kane has been picking up the slack at center filling in for the injured Jonathan Toews.
DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa explains why the NHL considered the hit by Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall upon Flyers forward Jakub Voracek to be hard, but clean.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flyers fans, or those hockey fans who don’t like Kronwall in particular, or the Red Wings in general, have already disagreed. Hopefully, Voracek wasn’t seriously injured.
PHILLY.COM: Voracek and Jaromir Jagr are expected to miss tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers.
MIAMI HERALD: If the Florida Panthers are to make the playoffs, their top line of Stephen Weiss, Mikael Samuelsson and Sean Bergenheim must remain effective.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Capitals defenseman Mike Green continues to struggle with his timing after returning to action nine games ago from sports hernia surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It takes time to fully recovery from surgery and regain your playing form. Unfortunately for Green and the Capitals, he might not fully recover before season’s end.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers face the Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks in back-to-back games. They are a combined 1-2-1 against the pair this season.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: This season’s disappointing finish for the Minnesota Wild, fueled largely by injuries, aren’t expected to cost GM Chuck Fletcher and head coach Mike Yeo their jobs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t be fair to fire either guy because their roster was ravaged by injuries. Still, GM Fletcher will have to bolster his club’s offensive depth over the summer, as that was the area hurt the most by the injuries this season.
TBO.COM: The loss of goaltender Mathieu Garon to a torn groin muscle could be the turning point for the Lightning’s playoff hopes.
THE TENNESSEAN: Jordin Tootoo was fortunate to escape suspension after he shoved a linesman who was getting between him and LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene during a recent game. Tootoo received a ten-minute misconduct and was ejected from the game.
BOSTON HERALD: Marty Turco cleared waivers yesterday, and has joined the Bruins for the rest of the regular season. Under NHL rules, he’s ineligible to play for them in the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An NHL by-law (which didn’t appear in the CBA) also stated he was ineligible to play for any team which claimed him off waivers for the rest of the regular season. In other words, any team claiming him would’ve been doing so merely to prevent him from playing with the Bruins.
BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres woeful power-play finally came to life, factoring in two of the Sabres goals in their 3-2 OT win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The Penguins yesterday unveiled a statue honoring team legend and co-owner Mario Lemieux.