Senators fall to the Devils, updates on Alexander Galchenyuk and Chris Tanev, and the latest on the Maple Leafs, Jets, Flames and Oilers.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators 5-2 loss last night to the New Jersey Devils infuriated GM Bryan Murray, who read his club the riot act following the game. Devils forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 693rd career NHL goal to move past Steve Yzerman for eighth on the all-time NHL goal-scoring list, placing him one behind Mark Messier. Jagr’s goal was also the game-winner, the 122nd of his career, breaking Gordie Howe’s all-time record.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Murray’s frustration is justified, but it’s also likely due in part to his inability to swing a trade to bolster his club. As for Jagr, I’m hoping he reaches 700 goals. At the pace he’s going, he could reach that mark sometime in January.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he’s not about to fire head coach Randy Carlyle. Nonis is also reportedly getting calls from other clubs interested in James van Riemsdyk but he’s not trading him. He’s also received inquiries about blueliner Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly but won’t move them unless he’s blown away by offers involving players of a similar age.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mean times in Toronto right now. Something has to change for the Leafs and soon, or they could tumble out of playoff contention by New Year’s Day.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Alexander Galchenyuk is proud of his lucky CCM sweater.He got it from his father, who got it when he played in the Russian Super League.
VANCOUVER SUN: A contract extension for defenseman Chris Tanev is likely on the Canucks to-do list in the New Year.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets entertained 12, 000 fans at the MTS Centre with a skills competition.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames are splitting up their top line of Mike Cammalleri, Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers must get bigger if they’re to compete in the Western Conference.