In today’s collection of NHL morning headlines: The former Jets face off tonight against the new Jets…Ducks Jason Blake suffers serious wrist injury…Blues Andy McDonald sidelined again…Wayne Simmonds to face his former team…Wild’s second line looking good…Ed Jovanovski now a Panthers mentor…Capitals Beagle suffered no lasting injury from knockout blow.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes, the original Winnipeg Jets, will face off tonight against the new Jets, the former Atlanta Thrashers, tonight in their home opener in Glendale. Coyotes captain Shane Doan is the sole remaining member of the original Jets who moved to Phoenix in 1996.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thankfully, we’ll get that novelty out of the way early in the season.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks forward Jason Blake suffered a serious forearm injury during last night’s Ducks- San Jose Sharks game when he was accidentally slashed by the skate blade of Sharks blueliner Brent Burns. It’s possible he could face further surgery after having the injury sutured by team doctors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the video of the incident here.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues oft-injured forward Andy McDonald has been sidelined again, this time to a concussion, after suffering a hit to the head during the Blues-Dallas Stars game on Thursday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDonald missed 24 games to concussion last season, and has a lengthy history of concussion injuries.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds is looking forward to playing against the Los Angeles Kings tonight. Simmonds was dealt by the Kings to the Flyers last June in a trade which shipped Mike Richards to the Kings.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen is off to a good start to this season, with three goals in his first four games. One reason is linemates Guillaume Latendresse and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Entering this season there was legitimate concern if Cullen was good enough to be a second line center. While it’s still early in the season, Cullen has so far (thanks to his healthier linemates) answered that question.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Fifteen years after starting his career as a rookie phenom, Ed Jovanovski is back with the Florida Panthers, this time as a veteran mentor to younger Panthers blueliners like Erik Gudbranson.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Jay Beagle showed no concussion symptoms following his knockout by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Arron Asham on Thursday night.