In this morning’s roundup of notable NHL headlines: Sheldon Souray on his road back to the NHL…Rangers take no chances with concussed Marc Staal…Mark Streit top candidate for Islanders captaincy…Dustin Byfuglien formally charged in Minnesota with BWI…Wild head coach embraces the trap…Three veterans battling for jobs with Penguins…NHL conditionally approves net changes.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: reports former Canadiens and Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray is looking forward to his NHL return with the Dallas Stars following a difficult season where the Oilers banished him to the minors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One reason Souray couldn’t get back to the NHL last season was a perception his skills had deteriorated. The Stars will be hoping their gamble on him will pan out.
NEW YORK POST: reports the Rangers intend to err on the side of cautioun in their approach to defenseman Marc Staal’s recovery from post-concussion symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, the days of rushing players back from concussions before they’ve made a full recovery are over.
NEWSDAY: reports veteran defenseman Mark Streit is the leading candidate for the captaincy of the NY Islanders.
ASSOCIATED PRESS (VIA USA TODAY): reported last night Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was charged in Minnesota with boating while intoxicated. The incident occurred three weeks ago, refusing to submit to a test,as well as failing to display proper warning lights on the boat and not having enough flotations devices on board for everyone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As it’s his first offense, Byfuglien isn’t expected to receive the maximum of one year in jail, but will probably face a stiff fine. It’s not expected to have any impact on his ability to cross the US-Canada border.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: reports new Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo intends to adopt a more aggressive form of the neutral zone trap.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL rule changes since 2005 have sped up the game, but it also meant teams now employ a more aggressive form of the trap. At least it doesn’t totally suck the life out of the game as the old trap did.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: reports Richard Park, Jason Williams and Ryan Craig are battling for roster spots with the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if they’ll make the club, but all three are under two-way contracts with the Pens.
TSN.CA: reported yesterday the NHL has conditionally approved a new goal verification line and thinner mesh for the nets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully this will make it easier to review goals and take less time to verify them.