NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2017

by | Jan 14, 2017 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Martin St. Louis and his family watch as his number 26 is retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 Game recaps,  Avalanche and Predators make a trade & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in his season debut to backstop the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prior to the game, the Lightning honored Martin St. Louis by retiring his number 26. St. Louis spent 13 seasons with the Bolts, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. He’s also a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy and won the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester Pearson Award in 2004.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, St. Louis is the greatest player in Lightning history and a future Hall of Famer.  

John Tavares tallied a hat trick and collected his 500th NHL point to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Isles defenseman Nick Leddy had a three-point game, netting a goal and two assists. 

Jeff Skinner had a three-point game (two goals, one assist) and Cam Ward made 36 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Buffalo Sabres 5-2. 

Braden Holtby made 24 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout as the Washington Capitals blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0. Jay Beagle scored twice and Tom Wilson had a three-point night. 

Frederik Andersen made 34 saves while Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak each collected two assists to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. 

Brendan Perlini scored twice while Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each collected three assists as the Arizona Coyotes edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. 

Keith Kinkaid turned in a 31-save performance and Taylor Hall tallied the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames, snapping a four-game losing skid. 

THE DENVER POST:  The Colorado Avalanche traded fourth-line winger Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators in exchange for minor-league center Felix Girard. McLeod is under contract through next season at an annual average value of $1.33 million, but the Avs will retain 40 percent of that salary-cap hit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The roster shakeup has begun for the floundering Avalanche. Expect more deals by the Avs to come before the March 1 trade deadline. Most will likely involve pending unrestricted free agents such as Jarome Iginla and Fedor Tyutin. It’s also possible a core player, such as Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, could be moved. 

CSNPHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers activated defenseman Mark Streit off injured reserve and placed center Boyd Gordon on waivers in order to clear sufficient salary-cap space for Streit’s return. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed defenseman Roman Josi and forward Colin Wilson on injured reserve. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (broken right wrist) will be sidelined approximately two months. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Roy MacGregor has the story of Len Boogaard, the father of late NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, who is trying to eliminate fighting from hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether you believe fighting belongs in hockey or not, Len Boogaard’s story is one that should be read by everyone on both sides of this issue. 

SPORTSNET:  Four-time Olympic champion and seven-time World Champion Hayley Wickenheiser yesterday announced her retirement. Wickenheiser is an icon of women’s hockey and played a significant role in growing the sport of women’s hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Wickenheiser is also a shoo-in for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hopefully, she won’t have to wait very long for that honor. 


  1. It’s not a formal statistical category, but it’s probably that Martin St Louis has the best record of accomplishment of any undrafted player in the modern era. A part of the credit for the league we see now, with dozens of smaller fast skilled players, and rules tweaks to allow us the see their skill, goes to Marty (and his often ignored role model from his original Calgary team, Theron Fleury).

    • Certainly makes my top 5 undrafted players but being a Bruins fan I think Adam Oates may be the best undrafted player to ever play in the NHL. There were some greats. Dan Boyle, Joe Mullen, Rafalski, Joseph & Belfour, Salming & Numerous others. Technically Gretzky was never drafted.

  2. That Rangers Leafs game was a fun one to watch and it had nothing to do with the score. Gord and Ray mentioning it too, 2 teams that can really skate and push the pace lots of scoring opertunity. lotta fun

    • You`d never think of the 2 coaches in last nights game as offensive minded. Both Det and Van were regarded as defense first kinda teams. Now both Babs and AV push the high tempo attack strategies and it`s great to watch. Both coaches at the end of the game complain about mistakes made, but when you play the game at that speed, your forcing the mistakes. Mistakes cause excitement.

      • Cards you’re dealt I suppose I doubt either of these teams are grinding out too many 2-1 type games. With the speed of the forward groups it’s was just as quick to skate the puck in to the O zone as to chip it in and chase it.

      • Well a lot of coaches out of self preservation preach the defence first philosophy ahead of the offensive style. Its true tho, you gotta play with cards your dealt. Fitting the players to a system you want is a lot tougher than fitting the system to what you have. I`m just glad to see Babcock more or less letting the kids dictate the style, something Torts is coming to grips with in Columbus