NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 11, 2019
The latest on the Bruins and Blues, Flyers hope to re-sign Kevin Hayes, the Coyotes could have a new owner, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins’ poise and leadership made the difference in their Game 6 Stanley Cup Final victory over the St. Louis Blues. It could make the difference again in the seventh and deciding game tomorrow night in Boston.
STLTODAY.COM: Struggling special teams play continues to haunt the Blues in the Stanley Cup Final. They’ve been outscored 7-1 by the Bruins in power-play goals and 1-0 in shorthanded goals. The Blues are 1-for-18 on the power play while the Bruins are seven-for-21 with the man advantage.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Blues lose this series their special-team play will be a big reason for their downfall. The play of Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask is a significant factor behind those numbers. Despite the Blues PP generating 34 shots-on-goal in this series, only one has eluded Rask.
COURIER-POST ONLINE/SPORTSNET: Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher remains hopeful of re-signing Kevin Hayes to a new contract. The Flyers last week acquired the 27-year-old center from the Winnipeg Jets.
Hayes is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. While nothing’s close yet, Fletcher said he’s had preliminary discussions with the center and his representatives.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes could opt to test the UFA market. If so, it didn’t cost the Flyers much to acquire him. They only gave up a fifth-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft to the Jets in that deal.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Billionaire entrepreneur Alex Meruelo is reportedly close to purchasing a majority share of the Arizona Coyotes. The potential ownership change will need the blessing of the NHL’s Board of Governors. This sale is expected to be on their agenda at their next meeting on June 19. If approved, the sale could be completed at some point this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If approved, it’ll be interesting to see what effect the new majority owner could have upon the Coyotes’ off-season roster plans.
NBC SPORTS: The Edmonton Oilers restructured their front office, promoting Bob Nicholson as their chairman. They also hired Tom Anselmi as president, business operations and chief operating officer.
THE ATHLETIC: Los Angeles Kings goaltender development coach Dusty Imoo will be joining KHL team Kunlun Red Star in China. Imoo had a hand in salvaging the careers of Peter Budaj and Jack Campbell.
NEW YORK POST: Former NHL player Sean Avery was in Manhattan court Monday for allegedly hitting a car with his scooter.
Members Ron Hainsey, Connor Hellebuyck, Connor McDavid, John Tavares, and James van Riemsdyk will represent the NHLPA at tomorrow’s NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee meeting in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/mTaUDayvli
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