NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2016

by | Nov 17, 2016 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Nicklas Backstrom & T.J. Oshie led the Washington Capitals to a 7-1 thumping of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nicklas Backstrom & T.J. Oshie led the Washington Capitals to a 7-1 thumping of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game recaps, Stamkos, Hall & Gaudreau sidelined, CBA extension offer to NHLPA & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Nicklas Backstrom scored twice and set up three others and T.J. Oshie had a four-point game to lead the Washington Capitals to a 7-1 beatdown of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray was forced from the game with a head injury but said afterward he was fine. 

Michael Frolik’s overtime goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Earlier in the day, the Flames learned left wing Johnny Gaudreau will likely miss four-to-six weeks following surgery to repair a broken finger suffered in the Flames’ previous game against the Minnesota Wild. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely after suffering a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. 

NJ.COM:  New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall underwent surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus and is sidelined three-four weeks. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Darren Helm is out for a minimum of six weeks to a dislocated left shoulder. 

SPORTSNET: Sources claim the NHL made an offer to the NHL Players Association to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea in exchange for extending the expiration date of the current collective bargaining agreement from 2022 to 2025. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an interesting proposal from the league, one that isn’t unprecedented. In 1998, the league and the PA agreed to extend the CBA expiration to 2004 to ensure Olympic participation and the expansion into Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville.

The problem, however, is accepting this proposal means the players would be stuck with the highly unpopular escrow clawbacks from their salaries for three more years. While there’s no word yet from the PA, early speculation suggests the players will reject that offer. 

USA TODAY:  Kevin Allen reports some NHL players could be trying to find away to game their advanced stats numbers to their advantage. “Corsi measures all shot attempts and has now become the industry standard as a proxy of puck possession.” writes Allen. “Take a shot on goal, from anywhere on the ice, even if your team is struggling to move the puck into the offensive zone, and it will help your Corsi.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an interesting piece worth reading. While there’s no obvious evidence that some players are gaming the analytics to their advantage, the possibility certainly exists. I’m sure this will be cited in debates between proponents and critics of analytics. As I’ve frequently said, advanced stats are a useful tool for measuring performance, but they’re not the end-all and be-all. 

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow gave head coach Jack Capuano a vote of confidence. The club’s early-season struggles have generated calls among the Isles faithful for Capuano’s dismissal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think a bigger share of the blame belongs to Snow. He allowed long-time Islanders Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin depart via free agency last summer. Their absences have adversely affected the Isles’ performance this season. Free-agent addition Andrew Shaw Ladd’s been a bust thus far (three points in 16 games).

ESPN.COM: The Anaheim Ducks traded forward Michael Sgarbossa to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Logan Shaw. 


  1. I was listening to this escrow issue on the NHL net working yesterday. PJ Stock & P. Sullivan to be specific to former players. They say the players hate escrow & want it removed. Really. What a shock. Escrow can be eliminated easily. Stop voting for the 5% escalator on the cap for a start, your asking for monies that aren’t being earned in this cap world.

    Players are guaranteed a specific % of league revenue. League revenue has been agreed to by the NHL & NHLPA & is settled through audit each year by the NHLPA. Escrow is there to make sure they don’t get more than the share they are entitled to under the CBA & at least it’s clawed back equally by all as a % of monies paid to each player annually.

    Escrow isn’t going any where. I think the players would be crazy not to take this 3 year extension as in the next CBA negotiation the players will be giving back yet again. They’ll get some concessions as they always due but not enough to off set what they give up. The NHL will shut down as long as necessary to get what they want.

    At a bare minimum contracts for players coming out of ELC’s will be addressed & I assume the split in revenue also reduced in the leagues favor nominally. With the NHL having to introduce far better revenue sharing than currently available to help off set this & it’s quite possible non binding contracts will be tabled. The NHL is about 3 CBA’s away from having a CBA that allows most teams to profit properly in the NHL.

    The deal the players have now is very good for them. Escrow or not.

  2. Can anyone explain to me why Shaw see’s such quality PP time? He did in Chicago as well. I’m not sure their is a player in the NHL that has accomplished so little with so much! Well other than possibly Abdelkader.

    • It the same as a guy like backes not the greatest hands but will battle in front and get the puck in the corners

  3. Free agent Andrew Ladd; Andrew Shaw was traded to Montreal.