In this morning’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Bruins fans continue to dump on Phil Kessel…Dustin Byfuglien’s lawyer to enter “not-guilty” plea for boating incident charges…Blues David Perron continues his recovery from post-concussion symptoms…30-year-old minor league makes NHL debut…No lightning yet for Lightning.
BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins fans continue to jeer former Bruins winger Phil Kessel over two years after he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kessel got the usual treatment in last night’s 6-2 Bruins victory over the Leafs at the Boston Garden.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel pretty much engineered his trade with salary demands Bruins management found excessive. Boston fans have long memories and won’t let Kessel off the hook.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL:Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien’s lawyer will be entering a plea of “not guilty” to charges stemming from a boating incident this summer in Minnesota.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If convicted, Byfuglien isn’t expected to receive jail time but will probably at least receive a fine.
BND.COM: St. Louis Blues forward David Perron has been given permission to skate with his team in practice as he continues in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms which has sidelined him since last November.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a lengthy recovery period for Perron, and it could still be weeks, if not months, before he’s fully cleared to return to NHL action. Here’s hoping it’s sooner rather than later.
USA TODAY: 30-year old career minor league center Bracken Kearns finally made his NHL debut, called up on Thursday by the Florida Panthers and inserted into their lineup to replace an injured Shawn Mathias in their game against the Buffalo Sabres. Bracken is the son of former NHL defenseman Dennis Kearns, who played his entire NHL career (from 1971-72 to 1980-81) with the Vancouver Canucks.
TBO: The Tesla coils to be used during pre-game ceremonies and goals scored by the Tampa Bay Lightning during their home games continue to undergo tests to ensure they’re in proper working order.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like it’s up to the Lightning players to provide their own electricity on the ice with their play at home until the coils are ready.