Monday, September 30, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Sept. 30
By Doug Mittler
The Tampa Bay Lightning gave serious consideration to putting Jonathan Drouin on their Opening Night roster, but in the end decided on a more patient approach with the No. 3 pick in the 2013 Draft, returning him to the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday. Drouin will likely be part of Canada's World Junior team while continuing to develop.
It remains unclear how long the Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Kris Letang due to a lower body injury, but one report on Monday says the injury is not serious. The Pens could get some salary cap relief if Letang does end up on the long-term injury list.
Vincent Viola, who paid a reported $250 million to buy the Florida Panthers, says the NHL club will be a “family business,” which may or may not be a good thing. Early indications are that Viola will not be afraid to spend.
With Tomas Vokoun sidelined with a blood clot issue, the Pittsburgh Penguins could make a run at Ilya Bryzgalov.
Brad Richards had a rocky preseason for the New York Rangers, particularly when he was teamed up with Rick Nash.
The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Mathieu Perreault from the Washington Capitals on Sunday with the hope that he will win plenty of faceoffs.
The Capitals have been very impressed with Connor Carrick, a fifth-round draft pick in 2012 who is making a strong case to be part of the third defensive pairing.
Boone Jenner has earned a spot on the Blue Jackets’ No. 1 line with center Brandon Dubinsky and right wing Marian Gaborik, at least at the start of the season.
Antoine Roussel and Vernon Fiddler could give the Dallas Stars some solid scoring depth.
A minor groin injury to Jason Spezza has opened the door for Stephane Da Costa to show he belongs in the NHL.
Saturday’s trade that sent winger Krys Barch to the Panthers does not necessarily mean that fighting winger Cam Janssen will land a roster spot with the New Jersey Devils.
The Edmonton Oilers claimed Luke Gazdic off the Stars' waiver list on Sunday, which indicates that the knee injury suffered by Steve MacIntyre Friday could be a serious one.