The Flyers edge the Devils, plus the latest on Henrik Lundqvist, Patrick Kane, Brent Burns, Mikhail Grigorenko and more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like Flyers GM Paul Holmgren’s recent scolding of the players worked, at least for now.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is working on his puck-handling and coming out of his net more.
CHICAGO SUN TIMES: Patrick Kane’s assists on Johnny Oduya’s goal in Thursday’s Blackhawks- Blue Jackets game was his 400th career point, making him the third-youngest Blackhawk (behind Denis Savard and Jeremy Roenick) to reach that milestone.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns professes he’s comfortable playing at forward.
BOSTON HERALD: Struggling Milan Lucic keeps plugging away in hopes of overcoming his current offensive slump.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres GM Darcy Regier explains why he’s demoted rookie Mikhail Grigorenko back to his QMJHL team, and why it took so long. The Sabres also dealt defenseman T.J. Brennan to the Florida Panthers for a fifth round pick in 2013.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The NY Islanders have re-signed forward Colin McDonald to a two-year, one-way contract worth $600K next season and $675K in 2014-15.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman replied to a letter from the mayor of Columbus about bringing the NHL All-Star game to the city. Columbus was supposed to host this season’s all-star game but it was cancelled because of the NHL lockout. Bettman has promised the mayor to have an answer for him in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There won’t be an All-Star game next season because of the Sochi Olympics.The league is saying there’s been no decision yet on the league’s participation. Rest assured, it’ll happen, as the NHL doesn’t want the embarrassment of its best Russian talent (led by Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin) bolting for Sochi against the league’s wishes. The earliest Columbus gets an All-Star game is 2015.
MIAMI HERALD: The pros and cons of divisional realignment for the Florida Panthers.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The damage to the NHL brand by the lockout lingers on.