By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
We’re almost at the midway point of the NHL season, as we approach the All-Star break, and the contenders have started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The Washington Capitals sit atop the Eastern Conference, while the Dallas Stars possess the lead in the West.
Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.
• The San Jose Sharks announced they have sent forward Raffi Torres to the minors for conditioning. Torres was suspended for the first 41 games of the season for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks’ winger Jakob Silfverberg during the preseason, and missed all of last season with an ACL injury.
• Florida Panthers television analyst Denis Potvin issued an apology for calling Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin a “lowlife” after he gestured to Florida’s bench after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.
• Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin doesn’t plan on breaking Wayne Gretzky’s career goals record, reports the Associated Press’s Stephen Whyno.