More NHL relocation talk, plus the latest on the Sabres and Penguins and more.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM:Rumors to the contrary, Luke DeCock reports the Carolina Hurricanes are unlikely to relocate. DeCock cites owner Peter Karmanos’ growing involvement with the club, its arena lease (the club controls the arena) and the financial bonanza existing owners would receive in expansion fees. He ties the relocation talk about the Hurricanes to the club’s poor performance over the past five seasons.
FORBES.COM: An NHL expansion team in Las Vegas would have the league’s smallest fan base.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Too many factors are worth keeping the Hurricanes in their current location. As for Vegas, if the NHL puts a franchise there they’ll be betting on tourists augmenting attendance. For example, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan visiting Vegas could book their visit to coincide with the Leafs playing there.
NBC SPORTS: Ryan Dadoun speculates over potential candidates for captaincy of the Buffalo Sabres. Possibilities include Brian Gionta and Tyler Ennis.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins first-year coach Mike Johnston is confident Derrick Pouliot could be ready for a steady workload as a rookie defenseman.
NHL.COM: Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White underwent surgery to repair his left pectoralis muscle. There’s no timetable for his return.
SPORTSNET: Glenn Healy and Kelly Hrudey headline Sportsnet’s hockey broadcast team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Which looks an awful lot like Hockey Night in Canada’s broadcast team.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Jamie Baker will replace Drew Remenda as Sharks TV commentator. Remenda will go on to cover the Edmonton Oilers for Sportsnet.
TSN.CA: The AHL is adopting a drug-testing policy mirroring that of the NHL.