In today’s compilation of notable NHL morning headlines: More speculation this season could be the last for Martin Brodeur…Michal Neuvirth in goal for Caps season opener…Jay Bouwmeester exasperated over his non-playoff record…Thomas Greiss in goal for Sharks opener…NHL fines Mats Zuccarello…Avalanche to honor Peter Forsberg.
NJ.COM: Martin Brodeur once again hits this season could be his last. Determining factors could be how well he plays, whether its fun or a grind this season, if the club wants him as more than a backup, and if there’s a work stoppage next season.
WASHINGTON POST: Michael Neuvirth, rather than Tomas Vokoun, will be in goal when the Capitals open their season against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. The decision could be due to Neuvirth having a better preseason than Vokoun, whose agent suggested the move was a slap in his client’s face.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can you say, “goaltending controversy”? I knew you could…
CALGARY HERALD: Jay Bouwmeester isn’t pleased he has what reporter Vicki Hall called ”the dubious distinction of playing eight seasons (635 games) without a single playoff appearance — the longest futility streak among active players.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While some would be quick to pin that solely upon “J-Bo”, the real reason is that he’s played for two mediocre teams in his NHL career thus far. Sorry, Flames fans, but that’s what your team has been the past couple of seasons. Hopefully, for Bouwmeester’s sake, they’ll be improved enough this season to end his drought.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Thomas Greiss will start in goal tonight for the San Jose Sharks season opener, as starting goalie Antti Niemi and regular backup Antero Niittymaki are currently sidelined.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello was fined $2,500.00 by the league for boarding LA Kings forward Kyle Clifford.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will honour Peter Forsberg prior to their season-opener tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: How appropriate that they would honor one of their greatest players in a game against their arch-rival? Should be a wonderful ceremony, as Forsberg will have his numbered retired. The club will also honor former Avs Karlis Skrastins and Ruslan Salei, who were among the players who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash.