NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 11, 2019
Latest on the Blues and Sharks, Sergei Bobrovsky puts his Columbus condo up for sale, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE SCORE: St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said his search for a full-time head coach is down to “a list of one”. Craig Berube is currently filling the role on an interim basis. He’s also among the finalists for the 2019 Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, expect the interim label to be removed from Berube’s job title once the playoffs are over.
STLTODAY.COM: Speaking of the Blues, defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He’s questionable for Game 1 of the Blues’ Eastern Conference Final series with the San Jose Sharks.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Playing with a little more aggression between the pipes has improved San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones’ performance in this postseason.
SPORTSNET: It looks like goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s time with the Columbus Blue Jackets is drawing to a close. He put his Columbus condo up for sale this week with an asking price of $2.95 million. Bobrovsky is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe Bobrovsky is selling his condo because he’ll buy a new house near Columbus with the expensive new contract he’ll be signing with the Jackets? OK, even I don’t believe what I just typed. The widespread assumption is he’ll be moving on via free agency, with the Florida Panthers considered the likely destination.
SPORTSNET: Promising prospect winger Kaapo Kakko tallied two goals to lead Finland to a 3-1 victory over Canada in a preliminary game at the World Championships.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ranked as the top European skater among this year’s prospects, Kakko is expected to be selected among the top three at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver next month.
WGR 550: Dave Tippett and Jacques Martin are considered the front-runners for the vacant head-coaching position with the Buffalo Sabres.
NBC SPORTS: A Vegas Golden Knights fan gifted a team jersey to Pope Francis during a recent visit to the Vatican.
Hockey luminaries, including former Toronto Maple Leafs Darryl Sittler, Lanny McDonald, Frank Mahovlich, and Dave Keon, were honorary pallbearers at Red Kelly’s funeral yesterday in Toronto. The Hall-of-Famer recently passed away at age 91. Also in attendance were Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan, general manager Kyle Dubas, Detroit GM Steve Yzerman, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and former Toronto captain Wendel Clark.