NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2016

by | Oct 24, 2016 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 31 saves in his club's 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Heritage Classic.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 31 saves in his club’s 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Heritage Classic.

Game recaps, injury updates, latest on Jacques Demers and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Cam Talbot made 31 saves to backstop the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. Zack Kassian tallied a goal and set up another for the Oilers.

John Tavares enjoyed a three-point night (two goals, one assist) to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Zach Parise tallied his 300th career goal in a losing cause for the Wild. 

Ryan Getzlaf collected three assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

Dan Girardi potted the game winner and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the New York Rangers edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. The Coyotes also learned starting goalie Mike Smith (lower body) avoided serious injury, but is listed as week-to-week

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Simon Despres (concussion) on long-term injured reserve Saturday. The move gives the Ducks financial flexibility.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despres’ annual cap hit is $3.75 million. This move allows the Ducks to go over the $73 million cap ceiling in order to re-sign restricted free agent blueliner Hampus Lindholm. I’ll have more on this in the Rumors section.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators placed winger Phil Varone on waivers.

STLTODAY.COM:  The NHL’s new concussion evaluation system is drawing positive early reviews from some players and coaches. 

TSN:  Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers was released from hospital yesterday. It was initially reported he suffered a stroke, but his wife said he had an infection.


  1. Looks like Lazar is ready to return to Ottawa with Varone being waived. I guess he’s less likely to be claimed than Puempel.

    Lazar – 3 gp 1g

    • I guess it all boils down to what your expectations are for Lazar coming off mono barely being able to train for months.

      Lazar will return to his 3rd line role; as a RW, at ES & 1st penalty killing unit. He will still need another 4 to 6 weeks to get back up to speed, 12 to 15 games. I have a nominal increase in production this season, maybe 10 goals & 30 points in about 70 games if he doesn’t sustain any further injuries or illness.