Author: Mike Halford

Alexander Wennberg

Columbus loses injury-plagued Wenneberg (foot) for two weeks

After losing yet another home game on Tuesday, the Jackets got more bad news on Wednesday.

Alexander Wennberg, the club’s first-round pick (14th overall) at the 2013 Draft, will miss the next two weeks of action with a foot injury, the club announced.

Wennberg, 21, was hurt during last night’s 5-3 loss to the Canucks, Columbus’ sixth defeat at Nationwide in six tries this season.

The Blue Jackets are the only team in the NHL without a win at home this year.

Wennberg has been in and out of the lineup this year, missing extended time earlier in the campaign with a concussion and lower-body injury. Last year he was out of the lineup with a hand infection.

He’s scored one goal while averaging 13:09 TOI per night in 10 games this season.

Agent: No talks, no timetable for Yandle extension with Rangers

Keith Yandle, Alex Killorn

Last season, the Rangers swung big at the deadline to get Keith Yandle out of Arizona.

But will he end up playing in New York beyond this year?

From the Post:

There have been no talks thus far between Rangers’ general manager Jeff Gorton and Yandle. Neither does there appear to be urgency on either side. There is no indication the Blueshirts will move Yandle if he does not sign an extension.

“We haven’t had any discussions with the Rangers,” Yandle’s agent, Jerry Buckley, told The Post on Tuesday. “There is no timetable as far as we are concerned.

“I know Keith likes it in New York and likes the team, but his entire focus is on having a good year and winning. I don’t anticipate there being a deadline for Keith to sign during the season.”

Yandle, 29, is in the last of a five-year, $26.25 million deal that pays $5.25M annually. One of the league’s best offensive defensemen — he finished first among blueliners with 46 assists last year, and has nine points through 15 games this year — Yandle should be in line for a pretty significant payday, regardless of where it comes from.

If the Rangers want to retain his services, they’ll have to cough up some cash. That means Gorton will have to weigh Yandle’s value to the club against all the other contracts needed (Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller are all RFAs this summer).

If Yandle wants the biggest payday, he could test free agent waters.

Aside from being a premier point producer, he’d hit the open market at a time where quality d-men are far and few between. Right now, Yandle would be near the top of a UFA class possibly highlighted by Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Dan Hamhuis, Alex Goligoski and Braydon Coburn.

Finally, one has to wonder how the optics in New York would be should the 10-year veteran depart. It’s fair to suggest it’d be a tough look for the Rangers, who gave up plenty to acquire Yandle — Anthony Duclair and a conditional first-round pick, most notably.

Detroit loses Quincey (ankle surgery) for six weeks

Detroit Red Wings v Columbus Blue Jackets

Kyle Quincey‘s been out of the Red Wings lineup since Oct. 23.

And he won’t be back anytime soon.

On Wednesday, the club announced that Quincey would undergo surgery to repair an ankle injury, a procedure that will sideline him for the next six weeks.

The injury — which coincided with a concussion — occurred during training camp after Quincey stepped on teammate Justin Abdelkader‘s skate. Quincey said it’s not unlike the ailment he suffered last season, which required bone chips to be removed surgically.

Given that he could be out of Detroit’s lineup until January, Quincey’s loss is significant.

The 30-year-old was off to a nice start this season, with three points in his first three games while averaging 18 minutes per night. He’d also been pretty durable over the last two seasons — missing just nine games all told — and the Wings’ depth on defense has been tested lately, as Mike Green only just returned from an injury of his own.

In last night’s win over Washington, head coach Jeff Blashill leaned heavily on four d-men as Green, Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser and Jonathan Ericsson all played over 22 minutes.

Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko, meanwhile, were both held to under 15.

Video: Bennett, Marleau, Burmistrov star in Goals of the Week

Three pretty sweet goals in this week’s collection.

First, a great solo marker from Flames rookie Sam Bennett, part of his two-point night in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh (which may have been Calgary’s best game of the season).

Second, Patrick Marleau’s “NHL ’94” goal, a thing of beauty.

Third, an outstanding collaborative effort between Brian Little (provider of the outlet pass), Blake Wheeeler (provider of the primary assist) and Alexander Burmistrov, who jumped out of the penalty box to score the game-winning goal against Toronto — with just 2:05 left on the clock.

Previously: McDavid, Toews, Zucker star in Goals of the Week

Darryl Sutter’s response to Brown’s first goal of the year was very Darryl Sutterish

Darryl Sutter

Dustin Brown, more like Charlie Brown.

After 14 games and nearly 50 shots on goal, Brown finally scored his first goal of the year in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Coyotes. It looked like a potential turning point for the Kings captain, who finally seemed to be clicking with linemates Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson — until head coach Darryl Sutter came in and dumped a bunch of water on it.

From LA Kings Insider:

On whether it was good to see Dustin Brown score:

“Hopefully he remembers how he did it. He’s got to play a power game. I’m not sure that was a part of his game tonight. The goal didn’t mean anything at the end.”

Charlie Brown

To be fair, 1) Brown’s game-opening goal really didn’t mean much in the end, and 2) The Brown-Kopitar-Pearson line was ineffective after a strong first period, registering just two shots on goal over the final 40 minutes.

It should also be noted that Sutter called out Brown last week.

“He hasn’t played very well lately,” the head coach said, per the L.A. Times. “He gets the opportunity to play with a special player [Anze Kopitar] and he’s got to perform. We’re getting into regular-season performances, based not just this year but over the last couple of seasons.

“[He] needs to be a better player.”

If there’s a silver lining in any of this, it’s that Sutter’s harping on Brown seems to be working in some capacity. The captain is currently riding a three-game point streak — his first point streak of the year — and Tuesday’s 16:35 of ice time was his highest total for the month of November.