With the NHL 2012 Entry Draft over, here’s a look at the most notable headlines around the NHL, featuring Matt Duchene, Brad Stuart, Benoit Pouliot, and more.


Duchene’s new contract “slap in the face”?

DENVER POST: Mark Kiszla considers the two-year, $7 million contract the Colorado Avalanche handed Matt Duchene to be a wake-up call if he hopes to earn more with the Avs in the future. He singled out Duchene’s frequent trips to coach Joe Sacco’s doghouse, and accused him of being more interested in the highlight reel than in doing the “dirty work” needed to play winning hockey.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duchene has had periods of inconsistency, but to be fair, he’s only 21 and still learning his way in the NHL, plus I have my doubts Sacco is the right coach to not only improve Duchene’s game, but also of the Avs as a whole. Understandable Avs management didn’t want to invest too much for too long, but I think Kiszla’s assessment is too harsh.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Ranking the Jordan Staal trade among the most notable moves in Carolina Hurricanes history. Interestingly, it’s not the top one.

CSNBAYAREA.COM: San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan’s long road to recovery from a concussion. It’s not just players who suffer from post-concussion symptoms.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Sharks also finally acknowledged their re-signing of Brad Stuart to a three-year contract.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Guy Boucher with their assessment of their acquisition Saturday of forward Benoit Pouliot from the Boston Bruins.

MIAMI HERALD: Former Florida Panthers defenseman and captain Bryan McCabe has rejoined the team as a member of their hockey development department.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: NHL general managers Dale Tallon (Florida),Kevin Cheveldayoff (Winnipeg), and Marc Bergevin (Montreal) earned their stripes working for the Blackhawks.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Hall of Fame player and Devils scout Fern Flaman passed away Friday night of pancreatic cancer at age 85.