In this morning’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Calls for mandatory use of visors…The last winless team in the league this season finally wins one…Phoenix Coyotes captain nets a milestone goal…Petr Sykora inspires the Devils…Lightning to retain rookie forward.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL/MONTREAL GAZETTE/DELCOTIMES: Roy MacGregor, Pat Hickey and Rob Parent, inspired by the recent eye injury suffered by Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger, call for the NHL and NHLPA to make visors mandatory for its players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I completely agree with these three pundits, and the NHL has raised this issue several times with the NHLPA, but the latter continues to insist on allowing its members to decide for themselves if they’ll wear visors or not. It’ll likely take a vote by the PA membership, with the majority voting for mandatory visor usage, to see this implemented.
USA TODAY: present a photographic list of players who’ve suffered eye injuries and turned to visors, those who didn’t, and those stars who wear visors today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A growing number (60 percent) of NHL players wear visors today, including many of the game’s best players. It will take time, but eventually we will see the league go to mandatory visor usage.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets Win! Blue Jackets Win!
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And it was a convincing victory (4-1) over the Detroit Red Wings, and it happened with James Wisniewski finally back in the lineup after serving an 8-game suspension. Hopefully, this signals an upturn in the Jackets fortunes, which have been terrible over the past three weeks.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan netted his 300th career NHL goal, but it wasn’t enough to help his team defeat the Dallas Stars, as the ‘Yotes fell 3-2 in a shootout.
NJ.COM: Petr Sykora climbed out of his sickbed (flu) and gave an inspirational performance, with two assists in helping the Devils down the LA Kings 3-0.
TAMPA BAY ONLINE: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said his club would be retaining rookie winger Brett Connolly, rather than sending him back to his junior team.