A look at which currently injured NHL stars might be ready for training camp…Why the NHL needs to scrap the three-point game…Wondering if Washington’s Troy Brouwer will score twenty goals this season…The Buffalo Sabres home arena is renamed.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside runs down a list of several notable NHL players who are currently recovering from injuries and looks at which ones might be ready to participate in training camps when they open in mid-September. Burnside also includes LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, not because he’s injured, but because there’s been seemingly little progress in his contract negotiations with the Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Among the notables: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Philadelphia’s Chris Pronger, Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller and St. Louis’ David Perron. Hiller claims he’s overcome the vertigo that sidelined him for the second half of last season. Kane might be ready to go. Crosby and Pronger remain uncertain, while Perron isn’t expected to be ready yet.
TORONTO STAR: Dave Perkins calls on the NHL to scrap the three-point games, claiming the current system, which awards the winner of overtime/shootouts two points, and the losing team one point, rewards losers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perkins isn’t the only one unhappy with this system, but the NHL continues to turn a deaf ear to these complaints. Don’t expect this system to be changed anytime soon.
WASHINGTON POST: Neil Greenberg does statistical analysis to determine if it is possible Capitals forward Troy Brouwer, who scored twenty goals last season with the Chicago Blackhawks, can turn the same trick again this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Greenberg determines a second twenty-goal performance for Brouwer doesn’t appear likely, but the winger wasn’t brought in for his scoring prowess.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Sabres arena, formerly known as HSBC Arena, will be renamed First Niagara Center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize rebranding arena names is one way NHL teams draw revenue, but I miss the day when arenas weren’t named for the corporation which owned the naming rights. I miss “Maple Leaf Gardens”, “Montreal Forum”, “Boston Garden”, “The Spectrum”, and of course, “Buffalo Memorial Auditorium”.