Recap of the Blues-Red Wings game, the latest on Drew Doughty, Thomas Vanek and Victor Hedman, the reason behind the Devils trading for Alexei Ponikarovsky and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty isn’t pleased with his overall performance so far this season and hopes his numbers will improve.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Austria qualified for Men’s Hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, meaning Thomas Vanek could realize his Olympic dream.
TAMPABAY.COM: Four years after being drafted second overall by the Lightning, defenseman Victor Hedman is emerging as a star.
USA TODAY: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is out indefinitely with a head injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson’s injury is another hit to an Avalanche roster already missing Gabriel Landeskog, Steve Downie and Ryan Wilson to injuries, and Ryan O’Reilly to a contract holdout.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils reacquired winger Alexei Ponikarovsky because Dainius Zubrus is expected to miss two months to wrist surgery.
MIAMI HERALD: The “Kid Line” of Jonathan Huberdeau, Drew Shore and Peter Mueller shows great promise for the Florida Panthers.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers must soon decide if they’ll retain rookie center J.T. Miller or demote him for contractual reasons for the rest of the season.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets yesterday officially announced Jarmo Kekalainen as their new general manager, becoming the first European-born GM in NHL history.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Andrew Brunette has retired as an NHL player and has accepted the position of hockey operations advisor with the Minnesota Wild.
ESPN.COM: Despite a lockout which killed half the season, NHL teams instituted a 5.7 percent ticket percentage increase.
NOTE: Coverage of Wednesday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, including Erik Karlsson’s injury, can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the NHL’s new way of saying, “Thank you, fans”. Actually, those ticket increases were made prior to the lockout, as teams sell their season tickets and most of their other ticket packages during the off-season. It’ll be interesting to see what the prices will be for next season.