Game recaps, coaches on the hot seat, an update on Brad Marchand and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL Game recaps.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE DETROIT NEWS/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Henrik Zetterberg and Kyle Quincey each had a goal and an assist while Jimmy Howard made 20 saves to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, handing the latter their first loss of the season. Ryan Callahan tallied the Lightning’s only goal.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/THE WASHINGTON POST: Martin Jones kicked out 31 shots as he carried the San Jose Sharks to a 5-0 blanking of the Washington Capitals, who were playing without captain Alexander Ovechkin (personal reasons). The Capitals had an apparent goal by Dmitri Orlov overturned on a coach’s challenge of goalie interference. Ovechkin is expected to return to the Capitals lineup on Thursday.
THE TENNESSEAN/NJ.COM: The Nashville Predators downed the New Jersey Devils 3-1 to hand the latter their third straight defeat. Roman Josi scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded tally for the Predators. Kyle Palmieri responded for the Devils, who were playing without starting goalie Cory Schneider, as his wife gave birth to their first child early Tuesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Schneider family, hope mother and child are doing well.
Notable NHL headlines.
CBS SPORTS: cited a report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman claiming NHL teams are upset over the settlement reached between the Los Angeles Kings and the NHLPA for center Mike Richards, whose contract was terminated by the club in June for breach of contract after he was detained at a Canada-US border checkpoint for possession of a controlled substance (oxycontin). Those teams could voice their displeasure at the next Board of Governors meeting, slated for December. The league signed off on the settlement, citing article 50 of the CBA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While there is concern this could set a precedent allowing teams to get out of bad contracts, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has stated this isn’t the case, claiming the league considers the Richards situation an unusual one. Still, this could prompt some teams to test the boundaries of what constitutes “breach of contract.”
TORONTO SUN: Boston’s Claude Julien, Columbus’ Todd Richards, Pittsburgh’s Mike Johnston, Los Angeles’ Darryl Sutter, Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau and Dallas’ Lindy Ruff are the coaches feeling the heat early in this NHL season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some of them will be out of the hot seat once their teams start winning, but some on this list (hello there, Claude Julien) could become early-season coaching casualties.
BOSTON HERALD: Good news for the Boston Bruins, as pesky winger Brad Marchand (concussion) has returned to the ice only three days after suffering his injury.
STARTRIBUNE: Minnesota Wild center Tyler Graovac will miss at least the next two weeks with a groin strain.
NEW YORK POST: Glen Sather is no longer the GM of the New York Rangers, but he’s still a key part of their front office.
NATIONAL POST: Several NHL stars believe expansion to Las Vegas and Quebec City would be very exciting for hockey.