NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 14, 2018
Game recaps, Senators ship Dion Phaneuf to Kings in multi-player deal, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators was overshadowed by the news of the Senators pulling defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the game during the second period and announcing he’d been dealt to the Los Angeles Kings. The Sens shipped Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson to the Kings in exchange for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. The Senators also retained 25% of Phaneuf’s $7.5-million annual cap hit over the three-plus years remaining on his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two years after being traded to Ottawa, Phaneuf is on the move again. Even with taking on Gaborik’s $4.875-million annual cap hit, the deal saves the Senators $5.5 million in actual salary between now and when Phaneuf’s contract expires in 2021. Those savings could be put toward re-signing captain Erik Karlsson. That’s likely the only thing making this deal worthwhile for the Sens, as the oft-injured 36-year-old Gaborik’s best seasons are well behind him. This move might not be the last before the deadline for the Senators.
The Kings, meanwhile, shed the contract of a fading forward in Gaborik and receive a player who can contribute more to their lineup. Phaneuf will provide another measure of veteran depth to the Kings’ blueline as they jockey for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Speaking of the Kings, they were thumped by the Carolina Hurricanes 7-3. Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk tallied his first career hat trick. They also announced earlier in the day that forward Trevor Lewis was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 9.
Patrice Bergeron and Riley Nash each scored twice to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Earlier in the day, the Flames learned starting goaltender Mike Smith is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
The Buffalo Sabres upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3, narrowing the Lightning’s lead over the Bruins in the Eastern Conference to one point. Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly had a three-point game and teammate Sam Reinhart scored two goals.
The Columbus Blue Jackets peppered New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak with 51 shots on route to a 4-1 victory. Zach Werenski collected three assists for the Jackets.
A shootout goal by Drew Stafford lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers to snap a four-game losing skid. Taylor Hall had two goals as the Devils overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the game. Earlier in the day, the Flyers announced goaltender Brian Elliott underwent core muscle surgery and will miss the next five-to-six weeks.
Jimmy Howard made 32 saves as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1.
A penalty shot goal in overtime by Filip Forsberg gave the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Austin Watson also netted two goals for the Predators.
Three first-period goals were enough for the Minnesota Wild to hold off the New York Rangers 3-2. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves.
Tyler Myers scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets nipped the Washington Capitals 4-3. Mark Scheifele scored twice, including the game-tying goal, for the Jets.
A four-goal third-period outburst by the Vegas Golden Knights lifted them to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, handing the latter their seventh straight defeat.
Alex Goligoski’s second-period goal held up as the winner to give the Arizona Coyotes a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves but left the game early in the third period with an upper-body injury following a collision with Sharks forward Timo Meier.
Vancouver Canucks forward Markus Granlund underwent ankle surgery and will miss the next seven-eight weeks.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed goaltender Charlie LIndgren to a three-year, $2.25- million contract.
SEATTLE TIMES: “A group led by billionaire David Bonderman and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Tuesday filed an application for an NHL expansion team to play at a revamped KeyArena.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One step closer, Seattle hockey fans….