NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 21, 2017
Game recaps, stars of the week, Coyotes trade Stone to the Flames & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Vincent Trocheck’s goal in the dying seconds of the third period lifted the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. It was a franchise record fifth straight road victory for the Panthers.
Radim Vrbata’s first-period goal stood up as the winner as the Arizona Coyotes took a 3-0 lead over the Anaheim Ducks and hung on for a 3-2 victory. Backup goalie Marek Langhamer made seven saves to preserve the win after starter Mike Smith was forced to leave the game due to concussion protocol after being bumped by Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg. Coach Dave Tippett said Smith is fine and only left the game because of the protocol. Ryan Getzlaf tallied both goals for the Ducks.
TSN: Speaking of the Coyotes, they traded defenseman Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2018 if Stone re-signs with the Flames. The Coyotes also retained half of Stone’s $4 million salary-cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Consider this the first domino to drop leading up to the March 1 trade deadline. It should leave little doubt the Flames are pushing for a playoff berth this season. Stone, 26, will provided experienced depth as a second-pairing defenseman. He’s a skilled puck-moving blueliner with a right-handed shot, though he was hampered earlier in the season after returning from offseason knee surgery.
NHL.COM: Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are the NHL stars for the week ending Feb. 19, 2017.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba received a two-game suspension for his blindside hit on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov is finished for the season after fracturing his ankle in practice yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been that kind of season for the Avs. Zadarov was among the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable season. This incident takes place just as blueliner Erik Johnson is getting ready to return from a lengthy absence from a broken leg.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed defenseman Fredrik Claesson to a one-year, $650k contract extension.
TORONTO STAR: NHL teams find themselves struggling when they return to action from their bye weeks. Teams are 4-12-4 in their first game after a bye.