NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 15, 2016

by | Dec 15, 2016 | News, NHL | 9 comments

 Roman Lyubimov of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche.

Roman Lyubimov of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche.

Game recaps, Panthers shake up their management & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Third-period goals by Roman Lyubimov and Brayden Schenn lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to their 10th consecutive victory by edging the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. 

Bryan Rust’s overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins, giving the Penguins their seventh straight victory. 

Brian Boyle and Alex Killorn each scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Calgary Flames 6-3. The Lightning were playing without Nikita Kucherov (day-to-day, lower-body injury) and Ryan Callahan, who’s close to returning from off-season hip surgery. 

Kevin Leblanc’s overtime goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. It was a nasty game, as Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman cross-checked Sharks forward Logan Couture in the back of the head, while Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was accused by Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson of spearing him. Both could face suspension.

MIAMI HERALD:  Florida Panthers president of hockey operations Dale Tallon is reportedly resuming control of the club’s management decisions, giving him more control over on-ice decisions. Tallon was replaced as general manager by Tom Rowe, who is also currently the Panthers’ interim head coach. Panthers owner Vinnie Viola and CEO Matthew Caldwell claim the club hasn’t made any changes within its hockey operations department. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like Tallon will be having more input in helping Rowe make day-to-day decisions while the latter is working as interim head coach. How much effect Tallon will actually have regarding possible player moves remains to be seen. The Panthers are struggling and their recent coaching change hasn’t done anything to arrest their slide.

LOS ANGELES TIMES:  Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano is closing in on fifth overall on the NHL’s all-time consecutive games-playing list. With 734 games, Cogliano is nearing Jay Bouwmeester’s streak of 737 games.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Former NHL coach Ron Wilson is reportedly fine and recovering from a stroke he suffered on Dec. 6.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Wilson for a speedy recovery.  


  1. And the game of Upper Musical Chairs continues under the Big Top in Miami.

  2. Tallons first move is to fire Rowe !!

    Bring back Gallant .Send him out behind the bench in a brown paper bag as this reminds me so much of those days way back when.

    • That would be hilarious if they brought gallant back! 1 move I think has really hurt is trading gudbransson the defense hasn’t looked near as good without him

  3. Again just for clarification. Labanc scored in the shoot out not in OT.

    • i think its time to find a new news/rumors site… you seem to correct lyle on something weekly… and it seems lyle only lets certain people comment, as ive noticed my comments not get posted a few times when i dont comment very often. No, im not always adding information and spitting out every stat in the nhl to sound smart, i usually just add my 2 cents. but this is my 2 cents being sent down the drain as i delete the bookmark of this site.

      • A pity you’ve decided to move along, Dale, but that’s your prerogative. However, I don’t “only let certain people comment”. Indeed, you’ve only commented twice on this site (including your latest) and both have been published. So your complaint is without merit.

      • Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out Dale.

  4. Correct.

  5. Shout out to Bob McKenzie who defended the original report of this news submitted by Darren Dreger. Listen to the audio from leafs lunch or his discussion with Vancouver’s TSN station at tsn.ca. Can not believe how disrespectful Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel or Florida HC Tom Rowe have been to Dreger.