Monday, October 21, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Oct. 21
By Doug Mittler
There are various reports, including this one from the Tribune-Review, that the Pittsburgh Penguins will keep the 19-year-old defenseman Olli Maatta beyond nine games and not return him to the minors.
Nine is the magic number - Maatta cannot play in more without this season counting as part of his entry-level contract. In his eighth game Saturday, Maatta scored a pivotal goal against the Canucks.
Another important threshold for Maatta is whether he reaches 40 games.
Speaking of the Penguins, Sidney Crosby doesn’t think he will be able to keep up his torrid scoring pace. He is averaging more than two points per game, which hasn't been done for an entire season since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96.
Fire sales involving professional sports teams on South Beach is nothing new (see Miami Marlins). Could the Florida Panthers, under new owner Vincent Viola, consider cleaning house? One report says Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, and Brad Boyes are among those available.
The NHLPA reportedly fought hard initially against the 10-game sentence to Patrick Kaleta of the Sabres, and Larry Brooks said that did not sit well with some union members.
Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod faces a hearing in New York Monday following his illegal hit on Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall last Thursday. In an unusual twist, Kronwall says he is partly to blame.
The Oilers' Taylor Hall flew home to Edmonton Sunday for further evaluation on his injured knee. Ryan Jones, who was a healthy scratch against the Senators on Saturday, will likely be inserted into the lineup Tuesday against Montreal.
Over the weekend, Leafs GM David Nonis said he hasn’t considered trading defenseman Jake Gardiner and also has no interest in peddling goalie James Reimer at this time.
In need of all the good news they can get, the Philadelphia Flyers could have Vincent Lecavalier back in time for Thursday’s game with the Rangers.
Devils right wing Damien Brunner Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Rangers with an upper-body injury and was unsure if he would be ready to play Tuesday against Columbus.
Nashville Predators rookie Seth Jones saw 27:29 of ice time Saturday night in Montreal, second among both teams only to defensive partner Shea Weber.
The Dallas Stars pondered playing goalie Kari Lehtonen on Sunday against the Ducks but decided to rest his lower body injury one more game.
The New York Rangers hope the promotion of Chris Kreider can jumpstart an offense that has 11 goals in seven games.