Thursday, October 3, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Oct. 3
By Tim Kavanagh
Three more NHL games were played on Wednesday night, and here at ESPN Insider, we had three pieces of captivating NHL content. Frank Provenzano explored the teams in salary cap trouble ahead, Craig Custance had a look at five big questions for the Carolina Hurricanes and here on the RC blog, we had the debut of Victoria Matiash's "Fantasy Grapevine" column, spinning the news of the day for fantasy hockey relevance. With that out of the way, let's hit the morning links.
With both Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan expected to miss the Rangers' season opener, that means the team's second line will consist of Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello on Derick Brassard's wings. There will be a lot of moving parts in that lineup, it would seem (especially with Brad Richards currently skating on the top line). Meanwhile, here's the latest on where things stand regarding a new deal for Henrik Lundqvist.
Heading into the season, Martin Erat was thought to be a pretty major part of Adam Oates' offense, but after logging just 9:01 of icetime in the season opener on Tuesday, it's hard to say where he stands in the remaining 81 games.
Hockey stars are just like us! Brenden Morrow applied for a work visa back in May, but it still hasn't been received for whatever reason, so he may not be able to play in the Blues' season opener. If that's the case, it provides an opportunity for a couple other players to get more action.
There was a lot of buzz this offseason regarding the Bruins' top-six additions -- Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson -- but the health status of one of their incumbents (David Krejci) is still up in the air. In other Bruins news, blueliner Dennis Seidenberg is entering the final season of his current contract, and the Bruins are thinking extension, despite the strong platoon of young blue-line talent waiting in the wings.
With the new word that Tomas Vokoun has been placed on long-term injured list, there's renewed speculation as to whether the Penguins will hold steady with Marc-Andre Fleury, Jeff Deslauriers and Co., or reach out to other veteran netminders. Jose Theodore and Chris Mason have signed overseas, but Mathieu Garon and Ilya Bryzgalov are available if the Pens aren't pleased with Deslauriers.
Well, maybe hold off on sending Bryz to the Steel City just yet: a pair of reports from Wednesday indicate that he may sign with the ECHL team in Las Vegas. Sounds like the plot of a zany new Netflix-only show.
A potential fantasy sleeper in the desert, as it's been proclaimed that Lauri Korpikoski will play on the Coyotes' second scoring line with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata.
It's been an up-and-down preseason for young Flames forward Sven Baertschi, and Brian Burke let him know about it in public comments. That strategy by Burke can lead to one of two distinct outcomes.
And with buzz on the Bruins, here's a nugget from their Stanley Cup competition: a snapshot of the Blackhawks' prospects as the 2013-14 season gets rolling.