NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2016

by | Nov 1, 2016 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was named one of the NHL's three stars for the week ending Oct. 30.

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was named one of the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 30.

Stars of the week, notable demotions, recalls, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending October 30, 2016.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: A plea agreement will see the harassment and trespassing charges against Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane dismissed, provided he remains out of trouble for the next six months.

THE HOCKEY NEWS:  The NHL intends to restrict All-Star Game participants to “bona fide players.” That could mean no repeat of a marginal player being selected via fan voting, such as what happened with enforcer John Scott last year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Scott situation had a happy ending for the league. However, I see the sense in restricting this sort of thing from happening again. Just because the Scott story ended well doesn’t mean another scenario involving a player who is clearly not All-Star caliber couldn’t become an embarrassment for the league. 

THE MERCURY NEWS:  Despite being pointless in his last seven games, Mikkel Boedker will continue to skate on the San Jose Sharks’ top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Injuries and limited salary-cap space prevented the Minnesota Wild from icing a full lineup for practice yesterday. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  Stars winger Ales Hemsky is sidelined five-to-six months following hip surgery.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward David Backes (day-to-day, elbow surgery) will miss the club’s upcoming road trip to Florida. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL’s James Mirtle reports the Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Matt Hunwick on injured reserve. 

NBC SPORTS:  The injury-riddled Los Angeles Kings recalled defenseman Rob Scuderi. 

NJ.COM: Promising center Pavel Zacha is expected to remain with the New Jersey Devils beyond the nine-game deadline for returning him to his junior club. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Coyotes assigned forward Christian Dvorak to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens sent defenseman Mikhail Sergachev back to his OHL club in Windsor. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Martin Frk on waivers for the purpose of demotion to the minors. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Check out the 10 best costumes worn by NHL players this Halloween. 


  1. More reports surfacing about subban making waves in the Nashville locker room? Who knows how true they’re but maybe it’s time for pk to stay out of the limelight off the ice and just focus on the ice

    • Link or just more racial BS. Let’s not look at something as blairing as the team’s unusually low PDO for the fault of the team’s issues and while you’re there, let’s also forget it’s less than a month in the season so it makes all the sense in the world to jump to stupid narratives.

      • First off I like subban but what other predator have you seen go to the titans game and do that? Just google Mike fisher and pk subban it was brought up on here yesterday also, I just read another tweet today about it. Bringing rasicm into it is a little over the top don’t ya think?

    • The source is out of one Montreal sports radio show. So far no reputable sources have confirmed it so it’s all phooey for now.

      • It very well could be but the way it ended in Montreal it wouldn’t surprise me

      • I think Fisher would rather go home then a titans game.
        I’d love to know who comes up with the player is a cancer. Easy excuse for a team playing poorly.

  2. Does anyone care about the All-Star game other than the NHL, their corporate sponsors & the city holding the event? I get it’s a marketing opportunity for corporate whinnies to rub shoulders with NHL players but does anyone else really care.

    It’s not hockey, not all the All-Stars are actually there as the whole selection process if flawed & we shut the season down for a few days for something few care about. Haven’t watched an all-star game in over 2 decades & won’t be watching 1 soon.

    Nor do I care about the skills competition.

    • I’m on the same page with you. It’s become more about a useless spectacle than it is something worthwhile. I would much rather spend all-star weekend playing pond hockey with friends and their kids than tuning in.
      What I will say about John Scott is that it was a good story, entertaining and an acknowledgement to the NHL that fan needs should be met. John Scott isn’t a skilled player who traditionally would fit an all star mold, but fit what the all star game should represent – fun. I saw last year’s game as an exhibition game where fans see the players that they want to in a fun setting. That said, after what the NHL did last year, I am surprised they don’t remove fan voting and pick (I’d say dictate) who “they” want much like how they snubbed QC from a team or embarrassed themselves trying to buy John Scott out and then discredit him publicly as some sort of joke.

    • The skills competition would be interesting if the players indiscriminately voted who was in it.

    • Agreed. Only thing good about it is the fans in that city have somewhat better access to the players for pics etc.. Not sure what I’d like to see.