— Up top, does Artemi Panarin ever score an ugly goal? Another beauty one-timer last night in San Jose, albeit in a losing effort.
— Patrick Sharp on his latest concussion: “Most injuries you can circle a date, but the injury I suffered was a day-to-day thing I thought I had experienced in the past, but never quite like this. … The type of injury that I had, you hear some scary stories from around the league. … I’m thankful I was able to come out of it and feel healthy and strong.” (Dallas Morning News)
— Following the unveiling of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Hockey News takes a look at the top 10 expansion logos of the modern NHL era. The winner? The Vegas Golden Knights, apparently. (Hockey News)
— Martin Hanzal is a very important part of the Arizona Coyotes, both as a player and rode model for the team’s many youngsters. But the big center is also a pending UFA who’s had his name bandied about in trade rumors. So his situation is definitely worth monitoring. The Coyotes are already seven points out of a playoff spot. If they don’t re-sign him, you have to think they’ll trade him before March 1. (Arizona Republic)
— What’s it like to be the first NHL goalie from Denmark? The story of Frederik Andersen, who’s rebounded nicely after a tough start for his new team in Toronto. (Canadian Press)
— Matthew Benning has some solid NHL bloodlines. His father, Brian, played over 500 games in the league as a defenseman. His uncle, Jim, was an NHL d-man too, and is currently the GM of the Vancouver Canucks. Now it’s Matthews’ turn to play — and play pretty well, apparently — as a rookie defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers. The 22-year-old was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins, but opted not to sign with them, due in part to all the young d-men in their system. (Edmonton Journal)
— TSN’s stats guy, Travis Yost, asks the question: Why has Joe Thornton stopped shooting the puck? To which we’d like to know: When did he ever start? (TSN)
Tweet of the Day
OK, fine, that was an old tweet, but Hutton signed a contract extension today, so you know he’s gonna bust out some moves.
Enjoy the games!