In this morning’s collection of notable NHL morning news: What to expect of Sidney Crosby when he returns?…Changes coming for Blue Jackets?…Oilers Andy Sutton suspended pending a hearing…Chicago’s Dan Carcillo suspended…Red Wings lose to Wild….Canucks thump Capitals…Chris Pronger provide an update on his eye injury.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: reports multiple sources claim Blue Jackets team president Mike Preist has contacted former Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock about returning as their coach, while former Calgary Flames GM Craig Button has been contacted about filling the GM duties with the Blue Jackets. One source said current GM Scott Howson and head coach Scott Arniel could be replaced by Monday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ownership obviously hopes to right this sinking ship as soon as possible following the club’s horrific start to this season. No trades can be made which wouldn’t weaken the lineup, so the next logical step is changes behind the bench and in the GM’s office. We’ll know for sure between now and Monday.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: forewarns Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby may not be the same player when he finally returns to action, at least, not at first. He may need some time to acclimatize to the NHL pace.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed Crosby could return by mid-November.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton has been suspended pending a hearing in New York with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan following a questionable hit to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As we can see by the video, it’s a close call. It appear Sutton was going for the hit but appear to lift his elbow toward Landeskog’s head at the last second. The latter was fortunate not to be seriously hurt. If Shanahan believes there was intent on Sutton’s part, he could be looking at a suspension of several games.
SUNTIMES.COM: Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo was suspended two games for shoving Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen from behind into the boards during a recent Blackhawks-Hurricanes game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise on this one. Carcillo’s reputation also probably didn’t help his case.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings were shut out for the first time this season, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Minnesota Wild. It’s the fourth straight loss for the Wings.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals dropped their second straight game, as the Vancouver Canucks thumped them 7-4. The Capitals had entered last week the NHL’s only unbeaten team, winning their first seven games.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger spoke to the media yesterday regarding his recovery from an eye injury, saying his vision was still a little blurry and had no set date for his return to action. Pronger also declined to comment on GM Paul Holmgren’s remarks following the defenseman’s injury that he would be wearing a visor upon his return, nor would he offer his opinion on visors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pronger was in good spirits and appeared the picture of health during the interview. While the Flyers tagged his return at three weeks, it’s possible he might be back sooner than that. It’ll be interesting to see if he sports a visor when he does.