NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2016

by | Dec 9, 2016 | News, NHL | 18 comments

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price punches New Jersey Devils winger Kyle Palmieri.

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price punches New Jersey Devils winger Kyle Palmieri.

Game recaps, injury updates, Board of Governors news & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com:  Torrey Mitchell scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens downed the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price lost his temper with New Jersey Devils winger Kyle Palmieri for crashing into him, throwing several punches with his blocker at Palmieri.

The Habs also got defenseman Nathan Beaulieu back from injury, but announced blueliner Greg Pateryn will miss eight weeks with a broken ankle. Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty also revealed he played most of November with a broken foot, but it’s fully healed now. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price was fortunate he wasn’t tossed from the game for his uncharacteristic loss of temper. The Habs injury woes continue, as Pateryn joins Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais (knee injuries) on the sidelines. A broken foot explains Pacioretty’s offensive struggles last month. 

Claude Giroux scored twice and added an assist while Michael Raffl scored the winner late in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, giving their Flyers their seventh straight win.

Following the game, Oilers captain Connor McDavid claims Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning told him he deliberately tripped him in a game last season that resulted in McDavid being sidelined for nearly half the season with a broken clavicle. Manning denied this, maintaining that it was an accident. 

Sidney Crosby scored his league-leading 18th goal and collected an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. 

Jamie Benn scored his 200th career NHL goal and added two assists as the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-2. 

Jayson Megna and Jack Skille each scored twice while Ryan Miller made 38 saves to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

David Pastrnak’s two goals weren’t enough to prevent the Boston Bruins from falling 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs hoped to have captain Gabriel Landeskog (lower-body injury) back in action but he was sidelined by illness

Dougie Hamilton’s overtime goal lifted the Calgary Flames to their fifth straight win by edging the Arizona Coyotes 2-1. 

Anders Lee scored twice as the New York Islanders nipped the St. Louis Blues 3-2. 

Kevin Hayes’ late power-play goal gave the New York Rangers a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. 

Derek Ryan scores twice as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. 

OTTAWA SUN:  Erik Karlsson set a franchise record for points by a defenseman (411) during the Senators’ 4-2 win on Wednesday over the San Jose Sharks. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (head injury) will miss Friday’s game against the New York Rangers. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (upper-body injury) will miss tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks blueliner David Schlemko remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

USA TODAY:  NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there was “strong negative sentiment” among the league board of governors toward participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. No vote was taken on the matter, but it appears likely the league won’t be sending players to the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee’s unwillingness to pick up the transportation and insurance costs of the players plus the risk of injuries are among the reasons behind the BoG disenchantment. 

YAHOO SPORTS:  Bettman also revealed the NHL salary cap for 2017-18 could rise by $2 million over the current cap of $73 million, but was vague in his overall comments on the matter. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s merely a projection by Bettman. As we’ve seen in recent years, those predicted numbers usually don’t match the actual amount. It could go up by $2 million but I wouldn’t be surprised if it only goes up by half that amount. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Ryan Garbutt on waivers. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: “Jamie Daniels, son of Detroit Red Wings television play-by-play broadcaster Ken Daniels, died in his sleep Wednesday morning, the team announced today. He was 23.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Daniels family. 


  1. Something not on Lyle`s list today, apparently Toronto has won it`s arbitration case with Cowan. It`ll give an extra contract to work with and won`t have to use the LTIR. Ramos will probably be signed in the next couple of days.

    • I believe it was mentioned yesterday.

      • Sorry Lyle, busy day for me yesterday. Didn`t get much of a chance to catch anything.

    • Capfriendly was carrying it as such regardless of the arbitrators decision. I didn’t see anyway Cowen had a hope of winning this case. He was fit to play when he was sent home last season as opposed to being sent to the AHL where he may have gotten injured. Swing & a miss by Cowen & his agent.

      Toronto has 48 NHL contracts & would like to create a little more wiggle room to take on contracts & futures at the trade deadline.

      • “Swing and a miss…” sorry but that a dick thing to say about someone you don’t know anything about, who spent their whole life getting to the nhl being in your mid twenties likely looking at the career being over and losing out on $3mil that was guaranteed in his now bought out contract. Maybe you need something like that to happen to you so you can gain some empathy.

  2. I thought WWE was last week. Tables, ladders, chairs and blockers. Real surprised he didn’t get tossed.

    • Taking no chances, and sending messages. lol

    • Palmieri is lucky there was only a dope defenseman like Petry there to protect him. Price getting tossed in that situation reminds me of the headline where the thief slips on driveway, homeowner sued. Price has had his share of people sliding into him skates first. Palmieri should be missing teeth.

      • ????? Palmieri was pushed by Petry into Price????? How on earth can you justify Prices actions? I believe if this was almost anyone else they would have been tossed and facing further disciplinary action.

  3. I guess it’s not that hard to get into McDavid’s head, cause he sure got a reaction… Nice job Manning!

    • Yeah, what a job he did being a -1 with third pairing minutes and only limiting McDavid to a goal and an assist. The leafs should be targeting him eh?

      • I didn’t watch the Edm/Phi game, I watched Col/Bos but 3rd pairing Dman don’t usually play against another teams 1st line unless they kill penalties which Manning does but that doesn’t factor into plus minus.

        Who won that game? Oh Philadelphia right.

      • I said he got in his head DF. Read the post again if you have to. Belly took care of limiting production on the 5v5…

      • Oh I read it. What you don’t understand is that his antics had no outcome on the game or mcdavids performance. He deserves no hurrahs for being a dink and achieving nothing but making himself look like an ass. Getting in his head makes him a tool and nothing else. If you sympathize with that you must be one yourself.

        If 5 defenseman have more minutes, what does that make him? You guys are unbelievable.

      • Hockey is a Physical, Mental, and Emotional game. Play all 3 or stop whining.

  4. If Montreal need a Center, why not Pick up Holland for a Pick? 86-8 weeks without 2 centers… why not try him out, worst case he doesn’t pan out and you waive him after 6-8 weeks?

  5. Nevermind, Leafs just traded him to Arizona…