Patrick Roy’s fiery debut as an NHL coach, plus the latest on Martin Brodeur, Tomas Vokoun, Milan Lucic, Anze Kopitar and much more.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche won their first game under new head coach Patrick Roy, thumping the Anaheim Ducks 6-1. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon potted two assists in his debut. The end of the game saw Roy and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau get into a shouting match between the benches over an on-ice scrum, resulting in Roy receiving a game misconduct.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roy was just as fiery during his QMJHL coaching days. It’s a good start for Roy and the Avs, but there’s still a long road ahead of them this season.
NJ.COM: For the first time in eighteen seasons, Martin Brodeur won’t be starting in the New Jersey Devils season-opener. Cory Schneider gets the call tonight against the Penguins, with Brodeur playing in the Devils home-opener on Friday against the Islanders.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun will be sidelined three-six months recovering from blood clot surgery.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Penguins announced the signing of forward Chuck Kobasew to a one-year contract worth $550K.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on the Penguins goaltending in my Rumors section.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins power forward Milan Lucic enters this season better prepared than he was at the start of the lockout-shortened 2012-12 season, hoping to build upon his strong finish to that season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings forward Anze Kopitar hopes to put last spring’s playoff scoring woes behind him. Kopitar tallied just three times in 18 postseason games last spring.
TWINCITIES.COM: Zach Parise and Ryan Suter hope to lift the Minnesota Wild to greater heights this season.
MLIVE.COM: Three days after being placed on waivers, Cory Emmerton’s strong penalty killing helped the Detroit Red Wings down the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in their season opener.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Despite falling out with his son and being fired by the software company he co-founded, Peter Karmanos Jr said those issues won’t affect his ownership of the Carolina Hurricanes.
TSN.CA: Some NHL GMs (Tampa Bay’s Steve Yzerman, Carolina’s Jim Rutherford, and Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero) would like to see fighting in hockey eliminated or reduced.
NATIONAL POST: Bruce Arthur doesn’t believe George Parros’ injury will change anything when it comes to fighting in hockey.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Eric Duhastschek feels staged fighting is hurting hockey’s reputation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let’s face it, unless the majority of hockey fans turn away from fighting, hurting the NHL’s revenue, the league won’t eliminate fighting. Most fans love it, and most people in the sport prefer it remains in the game.