NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2016
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.