NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2016

by | Oct 15, 2016 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid leads his club to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid leads his club to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

Game highlights, Ducks re-sign Rickard Rakell  & more in your NHL morning headlines.

NHL.COM: Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl had three-point performances leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. 

P.K. Subban scored in his first game with the Nashville Predators, who went on to edge the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. 

Sean Couturier scored twice and Travis Konecny had two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere took a skate blade to the face, but didn’t require stitches and returned to the game. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks yesterday re-signed restricted free agent forward Rickard Rakell to a six-year, $22.8 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  That’s $3.8 million per season for the versatile Rakell, who established himself as a key part of the Ducks roster over the last two season. His new deal is one year longer and $800K per season more than I expected he’d get. If the Ducks had more depth in good young forwards, perhaps Rakell wouldn’t have received as much for as long. That’s not a knock against Rakell, merely an observation about the status of the Ducks’ forward lines. This signing leaves the Ducks with only $365K in cap space. With Hampus Lindholm still to be re-signed, they’ll have to shed a salary or two to get this done. 

SPORTSNET’s Darren Millard reports Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (groin injury) could be out three-four months. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings current goalie tandem consists of backup Jeff Zatkoff and call-up Peter Budaj. If they struggle between the pipes in Quick’s absence, the Kings could be in the market for a short-term goalie upgrade. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane (three cracked ribs) will be sidelined for weeks. 

WINNIPEG SUN:  Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little is sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury. 

TSN.CA:  Dave Keon was named the greatest player in Toronto Maple Leafs history.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m old enough to remember Keon in his heyday and I agree that he’s the greatest Leaf of all time. He was a complete player and a key component in the Leafs four Stanley Cup championships in the 1960s, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1961, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1962 and 1963 and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1967. 


  1. I remember Keon and that ’67 Leaf team. Keon was a phenomenal player was truly a superstar. Sad the crap he had to endure under Ballard but that’s now in the past and good for Shanny and Company to honor him like this

    • Any hockey fan who remembers Dave Keon’s magic should read Dave Bidini’s book, “Keon and Me.”
      You will learn a lot not just about Keon, but also about life for NHL players back in the day. Slaves with skates pretty well sums it up. Fortunately the memory of Keon’s superlative skill remains.

  2. Remember the days when you’d be playing road hockey with a bunch of kids and everyone was someone. Guys were Hull,Frank Mahovolich, Orr, Espo, Beliveau, etc.. I was Keon.

  3. I think the tandem of Zatkoff and Budaj should be given a chance. I liked the way Zatkoff played for the Pens last year and was happy the Kings gave him a shot.

    The problem is that should things not go well for him, he’ll be chased out of the NHL pretty quickly or be buried in the minors. I find the NHL has always been very unforgiving with goalies.

    • Tim Thomas had to flit between the minors and Europe before he finally got a real chance at age 31 in 2005 with the Bruins, while Johnny Bower, after playing in the minors for an eternity and just one season with the NYR in 1953/54, was33 before he finally found a steady job with the leafs in 1958..

      • Sounds like the route Jack Campbell is taking.