Tim Thomas and Damien Brunner receive tryout contract, Paul Bissonnette gets a ten-game suspensions,plus updates on Teemu Selanne, Jarome Iginla, Jimmy Howard, Sean Couturier and more.
MIAMI HERALD: Unrestricted free agent goalie Tim Thomas has accepted a training camp tryout invitation from the Florida Panthers, who were seeking goalie depth after backup Scott Clemmensen was sidelined by a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the article suggests, if Thomas plays well in training camp, the Panthers could be faced with sending Clemmensen or Jacob Markstrom to the minors.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Unrestricted free agent winger Damien Brunner accepted a training camp invite from the New Jersey Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Devils fans were wondering why their club didn’t pursue Brunner during the off-season, which was likely due to his reported asking price of a multi-year deal worth over $3 million per season. If he performs well enough to earn a contract with the Devils, they could get him for a much cheaper price.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette has received a ten-game suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation following a questionable hit by LA Kings forward Jordan Nolan on Bissonnette’s teammate Rostislav Klesla. Bissonnette will serve his suspension during the regular season. Jordan didn’t receive any supplemental discipline for the hit.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Teemu Selanne scored 48 seconds into the game as the Anaheim Ducks downed the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2.
BOSTON HERALD: Jarome Iginla displayed early chemistry with new linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic, scoring twice in the Bruins 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard claims to be unfazed by the NHL’s new shallower nets.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Sean Couturier hopes to put his sophomore slump behind him this season.
STLTODAY.COM: Under-rated forward Alex Steen remains a key part of the Blues core.
KING5.COM: The NHL is reportedly keeping watch on the public meeting in Seattle regarding a proposed new downtown arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the talk about Quebec City or Southern Ontario being destinations for new/relocated NHL teams, it appears the league is keeping a closer watch on Seattle. If a new arena is built there, I expect that city could get a team before Quebec City or Southern Ontario.