NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2016
Game recaps, injury updates, NHLPA rejects CBA extension offer & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Martin Jones made 31 saves as the San Jose Sharks held off a late surge by the Montreal Canadiens for a 2-1 victory. Habs winger Alexander Radulov left the game in the third period after taking a stick to the face from Sharks center Logan Couture. He required stitches but apparently avoided serious injury.
Sean Monahan’s shootout goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks placed captain Jonathan Toews (upper-body injury) on injured reserve, though he could return to action on Sunday.
TSN: The Ottawa Senators placed winger Bobby Ryan (injured finger) on injured reserve. Defenseman Marc Methot (hip injury) could return to action tonight against the Florida Panthers.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader will miss two-to-four weeks with a strained MCL in his right knee.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera could be a healthy scratch. He’s struggled offensively, turning up on the score sheet in only five of his 20 games this season.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The Vancouver Canucks are downplaying talk of revenge in their upcoming game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their previous match resulted in several fights, including a line brawl, prompting Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson to single out Leafs forward Matt Martin, yelling “Matt Martin’s dead!” following the game. The league will be closely watching tonight’s contest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gudbranson later admitted he was simply upset over the outcome of the game and the fights that ensued. Still, you can bet the officials will take great pains to ensure this match doesn’t get out of control. No one in Vancouver wants a repeat of the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident from 2004.
TSN.CA: To the surprise of no one, the NHL Players Association rejected the NHL’s proposal of participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in exchange for extending the collective bargaining agreement by three years. PA director Donald Fehr said there were elements of the current CBA, including escrow, that the players want to further examine before getting into bargaining. He claimed there was insufficient time to do so before a decision had to be reached about participating in the 2018 Games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league could try to spin this to make the players look like the bad guys. However, it’s the league that expressed reluctance about participating in the 2018 Olympics, citing the growing unhappiness of team owners over shutting down the schedule to accommodate Olympic play plus the costs of meals, transportation and insurance for the players taking part.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders ownership are apparently seeking a “big-name executive” for the position of team president, a role currently held by general manager Garth Snow. They’ve spoken with Pat LaFontaine and Brad Richards, player agent Pat Brisson and former Montreal Canadiens COO Kevin Gilmore. A team spokesman denied the club is searching for a new president.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This will likely spark speculation over Snow’s future as general manager, but there’s no indication in the report that he could lose that job.