NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 6, 2017
Game recaps, Kyle Turris signs new contract with Predators, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal set a franchise record for most assists by a rookie (five) in a single game to help his club down the Colorado Avalanche 6-4. The game was overshadowed, however, by the Avalanche pulling center Matt Duchene from the game as he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in a three-team deal that also involved the Nashville Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my analysis of the Duchene trade by following the link above.
Before the game, the Avs announced defenseman Anton Lindholm suffered a broken jaw during the club’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Rookie goaltender Charlie LIndgren kicked out 38 shots to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Drouin and Joe Morrow tallied for the Habs in the third period, snapping the two-game shutout streak of Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. The Habs played without forward Charlie Hudon, who’s sidelined by an upper-body injury.
Matthew Tkachuk netted the game winner in a shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils. Sean Monahan, Michael Frolik and Micheal Ferland each had a goal and an assist for the Flames. Prior to the game, the Flames placed defenseman Travis Hamonic on injured reserve.
Petr Mrazek had a 36-save shutout performance while Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the struggling Edmonton Oilers 4-0. Wings forward Gustav Nyquist left the game with an injured right knee but it’s not expected to be serious.
THE TENNESSEAN: Having been dealt by the Ottawa Senators on Sunday evening to the Nashville Predators as part of the three-team trade involving Matt Duchene, center Kyle Turris agreed to a six-year, $36-million contract extension. Turris, 28, was eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was assumed the Predators were given permission to speak with Turris and his agent about a new contract prior to agreeing to this trade. A skilled two-way center who has reached the 20-goal, 50-point plateau in three of the last four seasons, the 28-year-old Turris will be earning $6 million per season starting in 2018-19. That’s a considerable raise over his current $3.5 million cap hit and $4 million in actual salary for this season. Turris will likely slot into the second-line center spot, moving Nick Bonino down to the third line where he’s best suited.
THE ATHLETIC: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Winger Cam Atkinson (hip) was placed on injured reserve.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Forward Daniel Sprong is playing well for the Pittsburgh Penguins AHL farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but he must round out his game to earn a full-time roster spot with the Pens. “He’s got to control that urge to just go when the right thing to do is come into your own end and just stop,” (Penguins assistant GM) Bill Guerin said. “It’s decision-making.”