-What should be done with Mellon Arena?
-"I would love to have him in our locker room. He's someone we tried to get to come back." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Todd Reirden on former Penguins forward Jeff Taffe, now of the Rochester Americans, the Panthers' AHL affiliate.
-Happy 72nd birthday to former Penguins player and coach Ken Schinkel (right). A member of the original 1967-68 Penguins team, Schinkel was the franchise's first all-star as he was selected to the 1968 and 1969 All-Star Games. He also scored the first playoff hat trick in franchise history when he netted three goals against the Oakland Seals in a 5-2 road win, April 11, 1970. Schinkel would retire as a player midway though the 1972-73 season and replace Red Kelly as head coach. During his two stints as the Penguins' coach, he compiled an 83-92-28 record.
-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Garry Valk. Valk appeared in 38 games for the 1997-98 Northeast Division champion Penguins.
-The Flyers were in a festive holiday mood and demoted defenseman Danny Syvret to Adirondack of the AHL.
-With defenseman Wade Redden dealing with an arm/shoulder ailment, the Rangers recalled defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, a first-round pick in 2006, from Hartford of the AHL.
-Rangers coach John Tortorella returns to Tampa Bay for the first time tonight since he was fired by the Lightning following the 2007-08 season.
-Brian Elliott (above) made 32 saves for the Senators in a 2-1 defeat of the Blue Jackets. Jesse Winchester led Ottawa with two assists. The Senators have won five consecutive home games. This win moved them into first place in the Northeast Division with 29 points.
-Happy times for the Blue Jackets. Not so much for Elliott:
-Referee Dave Jackson had some issues:
-Senators forward and former Penguin Alex Kovalev returned to his team after missing xx games to address a family death in Russia.
-Ottawa forward Chris Neil is expected to miss 10 to 14 days due to a left knee injury.
-Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov has resumed skating for the first time since suffering a tendon injury in his left foot Oct. 1.
-Montreal demoted forward David Desharnais to Hamilton of the AHL.
-Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is not expected to be disciplined for this hit to Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta Wednesday:
-We agree with the non-discipline. Ovechkin hit him from the side and not straight in the back.
-This story about former Capitals defenseman Rod Langway and his estranged 16-year-old daughter might be the saddest thing you read all day.
-Panthers defenseman VIlle Koistienen cleared waivers.
-Because he has had such wonderful luck the past two seasons, the Chicago Tribune seems to think Marian Hossa has made the Blackhawks the favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
-The Predators recalled forward Dave Scatchard and defenseman Alexander Sulzer from Milwaukee of the AHL and demoted forward Andreas Thuresson.
-Well here's an orginial idea. The Predators will debut their third jerseys tonight. And they're blue!
-Alex Burrows, Henrik Sedin and Kyle Wellwood each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks in a 4-1 win against the Kings. Robero Luongo (above) made 31 saves in the victory.
-Oilers forward Ales Hemsky is dealing with a shoulder injury.
-The Kings signed forward Brayden Schenn, their first-round pick in this summer's draft, to a one-game amateur tryout agreement. He played in last night's game at Vancouver.
-Stars forward Brad Richards has eight points in his past three games.
-Sharks forward Dany Healthey travels to Edmonton tonight to face the OIlers, the team he scorned in the offseason.
-James Mirtle takes a look at the NHL's top defensive forwards.
-Is blue the new black?
(Photo: Schinkel-eBay; Elliott, Jackson-Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images; Luongo-Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)