Updates on Tuukka Rask, Dany Heatley, Tyson Barrie and Ian Cole, analysis of the advanced stats rivalry, Red Wings GM Ken Holland prepares for this coming season and more.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins goaltender and 2014 Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask played street hockey over the weekend to benefit charity.
CBS SPORTS: Chris Peters cites a report from NHL.com claiming the Anaheim Ducks could try left wing Dany Heatley on their first line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ducks GM Bruce Boudreau acknowledged last season’s failed attempt to use Dustin Penner on that line but believes Heatley could be a better fit. I have my doubts. Heatley’s production has steadily eroded since his Ottawa Senators days.
THE DENVER POST: The Edmonton Oilers’ one-year, $3.675 million contract with Justin Schultz could have influence on the Colorado Avalanche’s contract talks with blueliner Tyson Barrie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barrie is coming off an entry-level deal without arbitration rights. The Avalanche also have $4.3 million in cap space and want to remain within their salary structure. I doubt Barrie gets as much as Schultz.
STLTODAY.COM: It remains to be seen if Blues defenseman Ian Cole can finally become a full-time part of their blueline.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings GM Ken Holland stands by his plan to develop his young players rather than load up with free agents.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the past 30 years most of the Red Wings best players came from within their organization. While the Wings currently aren’t the dominant team they once were, they are stocked with promising youth. Developed properly, they could carry the Wings back to dominance again.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Matt Larkin examines the feud between advanced stats advocates and the “old guard” of pundits who don’t put much stock into hockey analytics.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be commenting on this rivalry in an upcoming Soapbox.
THE MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau celebrated his 83rd birthday on Sunday.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Hockey Hall of Fame referee Frank Udvari passed away over the weekend at the age of 90.
TSN: Six-time NHL all-star defenseman Carol Vadnais succumbed to cancer at the age of 68.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Udvari and Vadnais families.