The Jarome Iginla trade wasn’t the only notable NHL headline. Read on for the latest.
STARTRIBUNE.COM/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Mikko Koivu scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3. The win puts the Wild atop the Northwest Division. Though tied with the Vancouver Canucks in points, the Wild have two more wins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t wanna jinx anything, but are you getting excited, Wild fans? I believe your club is for real and will clinch its first playoff berth in five years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the Ducks fourth straight loss, making it official: they’re mired in a slump.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited reports by TSN’s Darren Dreger indicating time may be running out for the NHL’s efforts to keep the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona. Relocation now appears a real option, with Dreger listing Quebec City, Kansas City and Seattle as possible destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL has carried this franchise for almost four years now, and every effort to keep the Coyotes in Glendale has failed. Barring a last-minute deal, I predict the Coyotes will be relocated this summer, possibly to Quebec City, despite the conference issues it’ll raise under the new divisional system.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres will give struggling winger Drew Stafford another chance to snap out of his scoring slump, while Thomas Vanek is expected to miss tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers with an upper body injury.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is sidelined indefinitely once again with a shoulder injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That will effectively kill any talk of Meszaros being moved at the trade deadline.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes winger Jussi Jokinen cleared waivers yesterday, but is expected to remain on their roster rather than being demoted.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jokinen’s stock has tumbled, and no one wanted to pick up the remaining year and $3 million left on his contract.
SPORTING NEWS: NHL TV ratings across America are up substantially this season.