New NHL rule changes, lamenting the lack of pure NHL goalscorers, plus the latest on Martin Brodeur, Jarome Iginla, Dustin Brown, Kris Letang, Jaroslav Halak and more.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside lists the rule changes for this season, including hybrid icing, cracking down on stick violators, the “tuck” rule and more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHLPA voted last night to approve hybrid icing this season.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek laments the rise of defensive hockey and the decline of the pure goalscorer in today’s NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rule changes implemented following the 2004-05 lockout to increase goalscoring and speed up the game failed to account for the ability of NHL coaches to adjust and adapt their defensive systems accordingly. The game remains better than it was before the implementation of these rules, as uncalled obstruction is no longer as prevalent as it once way, but scoring is again on the decline.
NJ.COM: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur deserves a Mariano Rivera send-off this season but will he want it?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brodeur hasn’t stated this season will be his last. Until he does, giving him a send-off is pointless.
BOSTON GLOBE: New Bruins winger Jarome Iginla still has a burning desire to win the Stanley Cup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla’s got a great opportunity to do so with the Bruins. Then again, the same thing was said when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings captain Dustin Brown admits to being a bit rusty in his return from knee and hamstring injuries but claims he’s feeling better, especially his knee. It remains to be seen if he’ll play in the club’s season opener.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW: The Penguins will begin this season with defenseman Kris Letang (lower body) and goalie Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) on injured reserve.
BND.COM: St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak is stronger and leaner than in seasons past and hopes he’s put his injury woes behind him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Halak’s health and performance this season will not only be critical to the Blues Cup hopes this season, but could also determine if he has a future with the Blues beyond this season. Halak’s eligible for UFA status next summer.
TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning will unveil the identity of their new team captain tonight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s between Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.
TWINCITIES.COM: Having struggled to make the NHL with the NY Islanders, Nino Niederreiter will be part of the Minnesota Wild’s season opening roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Niederreiter has so far made the most of his opportunity with the Wild, starting the season as the club’s second-line right wing. How long he remains in that role is up to him.
MIAMI HERALD: Young Florida Panthers defensemen Erik Gudbranson and Dmitri Kulikov are looking forward to a fresh start this season. Both struggled in last season’s shortened schedule.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The San Jose Sharks released winger Anthony Stewart, who attended training camp on a tryout basis.
PHILLY.COM: By demoting Bruno Gervais and Adam Hall, the Flyers have become cap compliant to start the season by $25K. They’ll place Chris Pronger on LTIR later today (effective tomorrow), giving them sufficient cap relief to sign blueliner Hal Gill to an NHL contract.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: By demoting Gustav Nyquist and placing Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves on LTIR, the Red Wings are cap compliant to open the season. Cory Emmerton was slated for the minors but got a reprieve when Eaves was placed on injured reserve.