It’s NHL trade deadline day, but there’s plenty of non-trade related NHL news. Read on for the latest.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Keith Yandle scored a key goal and Jason Labarbera made 39 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes downed the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. The Coyotes are 12th overall in the Western Conference, but the win puts them within two points of a playoff berth.
WASHINGTON POST/NEWSOBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen’s leg injury overshadowed his club’s 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. Pitkanen suffered the injury in a race with Washington’s Troy Brouwer attempting to touch the puck for an icing call.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes have probably lost their best defenseman for the rest of the season, which could have a crippling effect on their playoff chances. When, oh when, will the NHL finally implement no-touch icing? Even a die-hard hockey traditionalist like Don Cherry advocates no-touch icing! Honestly, I sometimes believe the NHL is staffed by a group of gibbons.
STAR-TRIBUNE.COM: Matt Cullen won’t be traveling with the Minnesota Wild on their upcoming road trip, but it’s not of an impending trade. Cullen suffered a lower-body injury in Monday’s loss to the Blues and will miss the Wild’s next two games.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS: yesterday announced the re-signing of defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year, $1.4 million contract extension.