In this morning’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Steven Stamkos evolving as a scorer…Tyler Seguin leads Bruins over Leafs…Scott Hartnell bounces back…Avs Ryan Wilson’s inspirational story…Why more NHL defensemen are blocking shots…Penguins-Flyers rivalry might not carry much sway with other team owners…Rangers sign Stralman.
TAMPABAY.COM: Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos has learned to find other ways to score after opposing teams worked to limit the effectiveness of his lethal one-time shot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for the Lightning, bad news for opposing teams. Stamkos is a naturally gifted scorer, but there was concern he was over-relying on his one-timer. What he’s doing now is just a natural evolution of a quality scorer.
BOSTON.COM: Tyler Seguin potted his first career hat trick as the Boston Bruins crushed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet more salt in that wound for Leafs fans who wish their club had never dealt two first round picks – one of which became Seguin – for Phil Kessel.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has rebounded from his slow start to this season, with 10 points in his last six games entering Saturday’s blowout of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hartnell didn’t have any points in that game, but it’s clear he’s been silencing his critics of late.
DENVER POST: Ryan Wilson overcame the death of his father and stepfather as a teenager and being undrafted to become one of the Avalanche’s best players so far this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wilson has been one of the Avs most versatile forwards so far this season, and his story is a testament to hard work and determination in achieving his NHL dream.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: The intensity of the rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers isn’t likely to have influence upon the NHL Board of Governors divisional realignment vote during their meetings on December 5-6.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said before, the league won’t be able to please everyone with their eventual implementation of their realignment plan, whatever it may be. Flyers and Penguins fans probably won’t be happy if their two teams are moved to separate divisions, but the rest of the league couldn’t care less.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Improvements in equipment and rule changes have led to an increase in shot-blocking in the NHL.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: confirms the NY Rangers have signed UFA defenseman Anton Stralman to a one-year, $900K contract.