NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 25, 2017
Game recaps, Blackhawks acquire Jurco, Blues re-sign Berglund and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Braden Holtby made 30 saves and Justin Williams scored the game winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1, tying their franchise record for consecutive home wins (13). The Capitals face the Nashville Predators tonight, but will do so without blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik (lower-body injuries) and winger T.J. Oshie (upper-body ailment).
Three first-period goals in less than five minutes from Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund and Deryk Engelland powered the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Troy Brouwer collected a goal and an assist for the Flames.
Three unanswered third-period goals by Jamie Benn, Lauri Korpikoski and Cody Eakin lifted the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Eddie Lack turned in a 34-save shutout performance as the Carolina Hurricanes blanked the Ottawa Senators 3-0, snapping the Hurricanes five-game losing streak.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Chicago Blackhawks yesterday acquired winger Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jurco has the speed and decent offensive skills to become a scoring winger. Injuries and inconsistency have dogged him thus far in his NHL career. Perhaps moving to a deeper club like the Blackhawks will help him find his game. I expect this could be the only significant deal made by the Blackhawks leading up to the March 1 trade deadline. The Hawks are playing very well of late and GM Stan Bowman seems content to see how well his club performs with youngsters such as Ryan Hartman and Nick Schmaltz in the lineup.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues yesterday re-signed center Patrik Berglund to a five-year, $19.25 million contract extension effective 2017-18. The annual average salary is $3.85 million, a slight increase over his current $3.75 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This signing is also seen as an indicator the Blues have no intention of re-signing free-agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who is likely to be moved by the trade deadline. It’s also apparent that the Blues appreciate the 28-year-old Berglund’s versatility and all-around game. He can skate at all three forward positions, plays well at both ends of the ice and has some decent offensive skills. The term might seem a little lengthy but the cap hit is certainly right. Ultimately, the Blues probably wouldn’t find a suitable upgrade over Berglund via free agency this summer for that price.
NHL.COM: The Vancouver Canucks report an outbreak of mumps among several of their players. Troy Stecher is the only confirmed case while Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have shown symptoms.
NBC SPORTS: A recent report out of Arizona indicates the Coyotes’ arena financing plan could lack sufficient votes to pass the state Senator.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders ownership is reportedly in talks with the owners of MLB’s New York Mets and an MSG-backed group discussing the possibility of building a new arena at Belmont Park.
WINNIPEG SUN: True North Sports and Entertainment will invest $12 million in renovating the MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets.