NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 10, 2016

by | Dec 10, 2016 | News, NHL | 7 comments

St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri scores one of his two goals against the New Jersey Devils.

St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri scores one of his two goals against the New Jersey Devils.

Game recaps, Isles re-sign Clutterbuck, Leafs trade Holland to Coyotes & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Robby Fabbri scored twice and Vladimir Tarasenko collected three assists to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. 

Brandon Dubinsky netted the game winner in the second period as the Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to their fifth straight victory by clipping the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. 

Eric Staal’s shootout goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. It was the Wild’s third straight win and fifth in their last eight games. 

Nick Holden scored in overtime while Antti Raanta turned in a 26-save shutout performance as the New York Rangers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0. 

The Anaheim Ducks blew a two-goal lead but Hampus Lindholm’s tallied the winner in the third period to give them a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. 

Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves backstopping the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. 

The New York Islanders yesterday announced the re-signing of forward Cal Clutterbuck to a five-year contract extension. The deal is worth $17.5 million or an annual average value of $3.5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a slight raise from the $2.75 million annual cap hit of his current deal. I’m not a fan of this signing, for reasons best explained by The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton. He believes, as I do, that this is a puzzling, big-money move by the Isles that could hurt them down the road.  

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs traded center Peter Holland on Friday to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional draft pick in 2018. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs were shopping Holland, 25, for over two weeks. He no longer fit into their plans. The Coyotes needed depth at center after losing Brad Richardson a few weeks ago to a broken leg. This move could give Holland an opportunity to get his NHL career back on track. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Chris Neil will play in his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is no longer a member of the NHL’s executive committee. He and the late Ed Snider (former owner of the Philadelphia Flyers) were replaced by Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman and Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL star Kevin Stevens pleaded guilty in a Boston court on Thursday to charges of conspiring with another man to sell oxycodone, a powerful opioid drug. 


  1. The Clutterbuck deal is front loaded. His play and ice time are higher level than a typical 4th liner. In the later years of the deal teams looking to eat up cap space while paying out less will be willing to trade for him, if the Isles choose to deal. And, by front loading the salary, Vegas may be unlikely to grab him and hence he can be left unprotected.

    • The problem, however, is expecting him to continue playing at his current level in the latter years of his deal. While he could be attractive by that point for teams looking to use up cap space, that’s not a certainty.

      • It was suggested by Pierre McGuire on TSN 690 on Friday that the Clutterbuck signing was prt of a gesture to John Taveres as the two are apparently close. Also it is a response to the effect of losing a ton of character this past off season and not wanting to do so again.

  2. Anyone have any insight on victor mete? I’ve watched a few games he looks like a vatenan style. I only ask cause a bunch of us have a wager of how many kids we can get right for making team Canada?

  3. Kevin Stevens was a childhood hero of mine. Here’s hoping he can get his crap together. Mario seems to take care of his friends as many former teammates work for him with the Penguins. I’m sure there is a place there for Kevin as well even if it’s just in security. Come on Kevin no more shortcuts in life.

    • Stevens has had drug problem since his time in the NHL. It’s not shocking he got caught selling them.

    • He was mine too. Got to meet him at the end of his tenure with the Pens here in Ottawa and he was awesome in taking a few minutes to give me a welcome (he was in the press box for the game). Hoping that this is the rock bottom he needs to get things turned around.