Game recaps, TSN loses out to CBC & Sportsnet for NHL TV contract, ten former players suing the NHL over concussion injuries, franchise values and more.
STLTODAY.COM: Alexander Steen scored twice and Jaroslav Halak collected his 18th shutout with the Blues, who rolled to a 3-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild, who also lost Zach Parise to a foot injury.
BOSTON HERALD: After the Pittsburgh Penguins tied the game with one second left on a goal by Sidney Crosby, Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug’s overtime goal lifted his club to a 4-3 win.
THE TENNESSEAN: Three goals in the first period powered the Nashville Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, who lost captain Shane Doan to a lower-body injury.
TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the New York Rangers 5-0 on the night they also honored Martin St. Louis for playing his 1,000th NHL game. Ben Bishop made 37 saves for the shutout.
MIAMI HERALD: Sean Bergenheim scored twice and Tim Thomas made 38 saves as the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
CANADA.COM: TSN’s Bob McKenzie took to Twitter last night to break the news his network has lost out to CBC and Sportsnet in the bidding for NHL Canadian TV rights. The deals are expected to be announced today and will be for 12 years. It’s believed CBC will pay up to $200 million (double its current fee) to keep Hockey Night in Canada. The NHL also released further details this morning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I didn’t expect this at all. TSN’s been the leader in NHL coverage in Canada in recent years and it was expected their parent company would outbid CBC and Sportsnet. TSN’s NHL contract expires at the end of this season, and they’ll still have rights to televise local Leafs and Jets games, but they’ll now be limited strictly to highlight packages and specialty shows like That’s Hockey, the NHL Draft, Trade Deadline and the opening day of free agency.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk said he’s improving daily and may not be sidelined for long. Datsyuk recently suffered what appeared to be a concussion after being elbowed in the head by Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett had surgery for a “broken wrist/hand” and will be sidelined 8 to 10 weeks.
KUKLA’S KORNER: Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth faces a hearing with the NHL today over his recent hit on Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators.
NBC SPORTS: Ten former players are suing the NHL claiming the league didn’t do enough to protect them from concussions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The players, including Rick Vaive and Gary Leeman, played from the 1970s through the early 1990s. They face a difficult road trying to prove the league deliberately concealed the severity of concussion injuries from them.
FORBES.COM: announced its 2013 NHL team values. The Toronto Maple Leafs top the list at $1.15 billion.