NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2016

by | Dec 1, 2016 | News, NHL | 4 comments

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture scores one of his two goals against the LA Kings.

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture scores one of his two goals against the LA Kings.

Game recaps, franchise value listings, CBA update & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Logan Couture scored twice and set up another to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. 

The New York Islanders blew a three-goal lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Anders Lee got the game winner with 27 seconds remaining as they went on to a 5-3 win. 

Chad Johnston turned in a 39-save performance as the Calgary Flames shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry is mired in a 15-game goal-scoring slump. His last tally came on Oct. 28. Perry has contributed 12 assists during that time. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is pushing winger Brandon Saad to elevate his game. 

TSN:  Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is taking a leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who’s undergoing cancer treatments. 

THE DENVER POST:  The Colorado Avalanche placed captain Gabe Landeskog (lower-body injury) on injured reserve. He’s already missed six straight games. 

STLTODAY.COM: Despite the struggles of Nail Yakupov, Blues GM Doug Armstrong remains confident the former Edmonton Oiler will improve. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yakupov’s been a healthy scratch in seven of the last 12 games. He can’t improve if he’s spending time in the press box. 

NJ.COM:  The New Jersey Devils placed winger Beau Bennett (leg laceration) on injured reserve. 

THE TENNESSEAN:  The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Adam Pardy to a one-year, two-way contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because Pardy was on an AHL contract before signing his new deal, he must first clear waivers before he can join the Predators. 

NBC SPORTS: Darren Dreger anticipated the NHLPA will reject the NHL’s recent proposal of Olympic participation in 2018 and 2022 in exchange for extending the collective bargaining agreement to 2025. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the league also proposed to cap escrow payments over the remainder of the CBA starting next season, I bet the PA would accept it.

FORBES.COM: The New York Rangers tops the list of Forbes’ most valuable NHL franchises for 2016, followed by the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are 11th, while the Cup Finalist San Jose Sharks are 13th. The Carolina Hurricanes ranked 30th.


  1. You can’t cap escrow. It’s their to make sure the players portion of league revenue doesn’t exceed 50%. This issue was the last contested stumbling block & a significant factor in the last CBA. The players share needs to decline not go up which capping escrow would cause.

    If the players would stop voting in the 5% escalator they wouldn’t have to pay so much escrow.

    This isn’t rocket science. The players would be crazy not to take 3 more years under this current CBA structure as they will be giving back yet again in the next lockout. They should certainly try to squeeze some form of concession out of the NHL that’s just good business but capping escrow isn’t happening unless those monies to balance out the 50/50 revenue split are given back some where else or some other concession is made that would benefit the NHL to alter the revenue split in the players favor.

    This is real public relations & perception related to how Olympic participation & the next lock out are going to play out. Bettman will point back to this if the NHL doesn’t go to the Olympics & during the next lockout.

    Bettman will say something like this.

    “Labor peace was offered for 3 more years. the players declined. We wanted Olympic participation but to justify the costs of shutting the league down for 2 & a 1/2 weeks & paying the players travel & insurance costs; 20 to 25 million not counting spouses, we needed something in return.”

    “We could have avoided this lock out by 3 years if the players had accepted our offer back in 2016 but they wanted no part of that. It’s unfortunate be now we need to continue to fix what ails our league & business model”

    You may not like Bettman but he is brilliant. He certainly is a forward thinker & covers of all potential scenarios.

  2. Beau Bennett on waivers?????

    Didn’t see that coming….

  3. Hey Lyle the ad issue is still happening. On this page I see: Chad Johnston turned in a 39-save…the ad. The only choice I have is to move on to the next article TSN: Ottawa Senators goalie… there is no way to finish the first story. If you can email me to the email I am registered here with I can send you a screen grab of the problem.

    • I don’t get any ad, it’s blank above it. All I get is a Bay ad at the top