In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: No suspension for Buffalo’s Tyler Myers…St. Louis forward David Perron participates in contact drills…Ilya Bryzgalov apologizes for dissing Winnipeg…Islanders lose Evgeni Nabokov indefinitely to injury…The Dallas Stars finally have a new owner…Has Paul Martin become a liability…Marc Savard moving on.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers won’t be suspended for his hit to the head of New Jersey center Dainius Zubrus earlier this week, but received a warning from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan to be more careful in future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That hit was reminiscent of Tampa’s Ryan Malone’s hit on Montreal’s Chris Campoli during pre-season, as Zubrus was, like Campoli, reaching for the puck when he was hit. In Myers case, it didn’t appear as though he were targeting Zubrus’ head. He also has no priors for head shots, plus Zubrus fortunately didn’t suffer a serious injury on the play. Myers will, however, have to bear in mind he’ll be more closely watched in future.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward David Perron made another notable step in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms, participating in contract drills with his teammates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for Perron, as he’ll hopefully return with the Blues later this season. Perron’s been sidelined since last fall due to a blindside hit from San Jose’s Joe Thornton, one of several examples of the kind of hits the league has taken to cracking down on this season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, in Winnipeg with his team to play the Jets today, apologized for the disparaging remarks he made about the city last season while a member of the Phoenix Coyotes, chalking it up to an unwillingness to move at the time, when the Coyotes were rumored to be relocated to Winnipeg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bryzgalov has always been outspoken, often refreshingly so, and I would take his apology at face value.
ESPN.COM: The New York Islanders have lost goalie Evgeni Nabokov indefinitely to a groin injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored Nabokov could be out at least a month, meaning we won’t be hearing any more trade rumors about him until probably January at the earliest.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars finally have a new owner, as the sale of the club to Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi has been approved.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for a team which has had to make due with a limited budget the last couple of seasons. The uncertainty over the team’s future certainly hurt them at the gate, and on TV, so hopefully Gaglardi will bring stability to this team, allowing management a better opportunity to build and maintain a contender.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin has been struggling this season, raising concerns over the Penguins getting value for their $5 million per season investment in him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Martin’s a good defenseman, but I felt he was overpaid when the Penguins signed him. His recent struggles only highlight that problem, but it’s a salary they’re stuck with. Martin will never be able to play up to what they’re paying him. That’s not meant to be disparaging, just pointing out a simple fact that, while he’s a good defenseman, he’s not worth what he’s being paid. That’s the Penguins fault for overpaying him.
PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER: Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, out for the season with post-concussion symptoms and his NHL career likely over, has turned to coaching minor peewee hockey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the report noted, this has helped Savard’s transition out of playing. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.