- Mark Stepneski of ESPN: Stars new owner Tom Gaglardi on his philosophy on spending money on players:
“I learned in the Western Hockey League that they only way you win is you build from within. You build, draft, develop and coach. That’s the philosophy I come with. I think there have been enough cases around the NHL to know that you cannot buy a winner, so I believe in the old fashioned way of building teams. Having said that, we’re here to win. This isn’t about anything other than becoming a great team and pursuing championships. If Joe (Nieuwendyk) and his staff think that is something we can do in terms of stepping up and doing more in that regard, then we’re going to do it.”
Gaglardi would also like to bring Mike Modano back into the organization in some capacity.
- Josh Kosman of the NY Post: Billionaire Nelson Peltz (owner of Wendy’s) may be interested in buying $250 million of the New Jersey Devils debt. Peltz could step in if the current ownership fails in their talks with it’s lenders to restructure their debt. Peltz was interested in buying the Islanders last December. The Devils missed an Oct. 17th deadline on an approximate $80 million principal payment. They were able to extend the deadline. The Devils and the Devils Arena Entertainment unit are losing about $15 million a year.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Canucks forward Mason Raymond could be back in the lineup for their 3 game road trip, which begins against the Avalanche on Wednesday. They also play on Friday in Phoenix and Saturday in San Jose. Dan Murphy via twitter: Raymond says there is no timetable for his return. GM Mike Gillis said that Raymond will be back this week. Coach Alain Vigneault said a stint in Chicago is also an option.
- Frank Servalli via twitter: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger has a virus, and Braydon Coburn is not allowed contact due to an upper-body injury.
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen will be back on the ice in a day or two. He was feeling “residual effects” from knee surgery.
- Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank: Schultz wonders if the Islanders have lost faith in their coach. Capuano has called them out privately and publicly.
- Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues forward T.J. Oshie didn’t skate yesterday but is expected to play tonight against the Kings. Oshie jammed his wrist on Saturday. Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo tweaked his hamstring and won’t play. He is listed as day-to-day.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers forward Magnus Paajarvi has been a healthy scratch for 3 of the last 7 games. Devan Dubnyk is expected to make the start tonight against the Predators.