Here are yesterday’s top stories around the NHL:
1. Coaches Clobbered – It was a rough day to be coaching practices, as a pair of NHL head coaches were involved in incidents that caused at least some pain. Edmonton Oilers‘ coach Tom Renney required a bunch of stitches in his head and might have suffered a concussion. Worries over the concussion forced him to sit out Tuesday’s loss to the Maple Leafs. Also, Lindy Ruff, coach of the Buffalo Sabres was injured when defenseman Jordan Leopold fell and took his coach out. Ruff reportedly broke 3 ribs in the incident.
2. Leafs Pass Sens - With their 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers, the Toronto Maple Leafs passed the Senators for the 7th playoff spot. The Leafs have been playing well of late and James Reimer seems to have reclaimed the #1 spot, being named 3rd star of the week.
3. Gagner Rewarded – No surprise, but yesterday Sam Gagner was named the NHL’s first star of the week. With 11 points, the Oilers centre had 1/3 of his season’s offensive output in 2 games. New Jersey‘s Ilya Kovalchuk was the second star and Reimer the third.