Update on Shea Weber…A Pittsburgh sportwriter’s opinion of Jaromir Jagr…Rangers wins hide problem areas…Sabres should follow Thomas Vanek…Avalanche lose Matt Duchene to injury…Wild snap winless skid..Blue Jackets James Wisniewski breaks ankle…Mike Green could return to Capitals lineup next week…Sale of the Blues now uncertain…The story behind Don Cherry’s “Piano Desk”.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators won’t rush team captain Shea Weber back from a concussion injury. He won’t play against the Blues tonight and is doubtful for Sunday’s game against Calgary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Teams now have a much better understanding about the diagnosis and treatment of concussions. The last thing the Preds will do is try to hurry Weber back before he’s made a full recovery.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Ron Cook is so totally over Jaromir Jagr…ok, maybe not so much.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks points out the Rangers work ethic is churning out wins, but doesn’t hide Brad Richards’ recent struggles, negligible production from their bottom two lines, and woeful power-play over their last eight games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Rangers management will be patient and allow their roster more time to work on these issues. If it’s a continuing problem come February, they’ll turn to the trade market for help.
BUFFALO NEWS: Since Thomas Vanek appears to be the only Sabre who knows how to consistently score, his teammates should follow his example.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only one flaw with that theory: none of his teammates have his talent for goal-scoring.
DENVER POST: Forward Matt Duchene suffered an apparent knee injury in the Avalanche’s 3-2 victory over Phoenix.
NBC SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski suffered a broken ankle during the Jackets 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been that kind of season for the Blue Jackets. The only breaks they catch are to limbs.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild snapped an eight-game winless skid, downing the Edmonton Oilers 4-3.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Mike Green could return to the lineup next week. He’s been sidelined 21 games with a strained right groin muscle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All the focus on what’s wrong with the Capitals this season has settled upon the two Alexanders, overlooking how Green’s absence has been a significant contributing factor to the team’s struggles. Green is one of the valuable cogs in the Capitals offensive attack, and his absence has been very noticeable this season.
STLTODAY.COM: The sale of the Blues to businessman Matthew Hulsizer by the league’s deadline of December 31 is no longer a certainty.
TORONTO STAR: Meet the creator of the Don Cherry “Piano Desk” viral video.