NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2016
Game recaps, injury updates, Bryan Bickell diagnosed with MS & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Morgan Rielly had a four-game game (one goal, three assists) as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied to double up the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3. Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers.
Mark Stone’s goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation gave the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. It was a costly loss for the Kings, as Anze Kopitar left the game with an apparent left-arm/wrist injury and goalie Jeff Zatkoff suffered a lower-body injury.
Marcus Johansson’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, snapping the latter’s seven-game win streak. Jay Beagle tallied two goals for the Capitals.
Rene Bourque scored twice, including being credited with the winner in overtime when Nikolaj Ehlers accidentally scored into his own net, as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.
Kari Lehtonen turned in a 40-save performance backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Andy Greene’s overtime penalty-shot goal gave the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes left wing Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In a statement, Bickell said he’d felt symptoms since the 2015 playoffs but was unaware of what the problem was. It is uncertain if he’ll be able to continue his playing career. The club also announced defenseman Justin Faulk was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bickell’s diagnosis is likely the end of his NHL career as a player. Former Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding recently had his career ended by MS. Best wishes to Bickell and his family in his battle with this disease.
MLIVE.COM’s Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings announced forward Andreas Athanasiou is sidelined one-two weeks with a knee sprain.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson will give up most of two years’ pay in his bankruptcy settlement with six of his eight creditors. He will keep only $246K of his $5 million salary for living expenses over each of the next two years. Johnson was reportedly bankrupted by his parents, who used their power of attorney to borrow millions of dollars at very high interest rates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson’s tale is a cautionary one for all NHL players as to how they manage their money. He apparently made the mistake of trusting his parents. Not only did they bankrupt him, but their actions damaged their relationship with their son.
TORONTO SUN: Eric Lindros said he turned down an offer to return to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12. At first, Lindros thought the offer from then-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was a joke. “Are you nuts?”, he laughingly replied. Lindros will be officially inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindros seems to be much more relaxed and happy in retirement compared to his playing career.