NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 16, 2016

by | Oct 16, 2016 | News, NHL | 7 comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs officially retired the numbers of 17 players.

The Toronto Maple Leafs officially retired the numbers of 17 players.

Leafs retire 17 player numbers. Details & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines. 

NHL.COMMitch Marner tallied his first NHL goal in the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Prior to the game, the Leafs announced in a pregame ceremony they were retiring the numbers of 17 players, including Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Dave Keon, Darryl Sittler, Mats Sundin, Borje Salming, Turk Broda, Syl Apps, Frank Mahovlich and Johnny Bower. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was an honor long overdue for those Leafs legends. Nice to see the current management and ownership finally do the right thing and retire those numbers. 

Richard Panik’s hat trick lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators. 

Joe Colborne’s hat trick helped the Colorado Avalanche nip the Dallas Stars 6-5. 

Daniel Winnik two goals lifted gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders

Phil Kessel tallied his second straight game-winning goal to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Chris Stewart had a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) as the Minnesota Wild edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.

NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets have suspended forward Gregory Campbell for failing to report to their AHL affiliate 

OTTAWA SUN: John Horan wonders why NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito’s legacy hasn’t received proper recognition in Canada. Esposito set several scoring records (many eventually broken by Wayne Gretzky) and led Team Canada to victory over the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe part of the reason why Esposito doesn’t get his just due is he was overshadowed by teammate Bobby Orr, who was the NHL’s dominant, game-changing star during Espo’s glory years in the late-’60s and early-’70s. Some also considered Esposito a one-dimensional scorer who merely parked himself near the crease and swatted in rebounds. A better appreciation of his game didn’t occur until the Summit Series. 


  1. Hey look at all those bad former Leaf players Panik Colborne Winnik and Kessel with 9 goals on the night.

    • Let’s not forget Connor Browns first as well, first 6 goals of the year all from rookies.

      • Don`t know about you, but it`s getting harder to temper my expectations now. The kids are surpassing my expectations for them. Only 2 games so far, but with 6 rookies in the lineup they`re starting to dominate at times. Scary, the year started with would Marner start the year in T.O.. now it`s how good will he be this year. The rookies are all pulling their weight so far, hard to do with 2 or 3 rookies, let alone 6 of them. Yes there will be ups and downs this year, but one has to love what we`re being shown so far and to think they still have a better crop of prospects with the Marlies than most of the other 29 teams have.

    • Last year Dale Weise had something like 12 points in the first 10 gems – then went the next 20 with 2. Weird things happen in Oct-Nov hockey – just like April-May baseball. Hey look, Joe Shlabotnik is hitting .420 – I’m drafting him for my fantsay tea, Come July he’s hitting .210.

      • first 10 games –

      • fantasy team – lol – bloody faded script!!

      • Lol ya bound to be ups and downs with any team but it’s refreshing as a fan to see this team seemingly finally on the right track. I’m not overly concerned that it’s like a case like Weise pretty sure there is more skill and speed in guys like Marner Mathews Nylander, its not a knock on Weise, but I think even tho these guys are young and bound to have some bumps in the road while learning the skill they have is unquestionably going to give them a leg up on guys like Weise in the scoring department.