NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 4, 2017
Game recaps, Ribeiro requests a trade, Elias leans toward retirement & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Phil Kessel scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, and set up another as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 after blowing a 3-1 lead. Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky netted two points.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored the game winner in his season debut to give the Florida Panthers a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Panthers goalie James Reimer picked up his 100th career NHL win.
Mikael Backlund scored in overtime and T.J. Brodie collected four assists as the Calgary Flames beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Before the game, sidelined Devils forward Patrik Elias (recovering from knee surgery) hinted he’s leaning toward retirement.
Sebastian Aho’s early third-period goal stood as the game winner as the Carolina Hurricanes nipped the Edmonton Oilers 2-1.
Danny DeKeyser late third-period goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders, snapping the latter’s six-game points streak.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro was placed on waivers after he requested a trade. He was a healthy scratch in the Preds’ last three games and in five of the last eleven. He has 21 assists and 25 points in 46 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ribeiro’s a skilled playmaker, but at 37 he’s at the tail end of his career and dropped down the Predators’ depth chart this season. He also carries a $3.5 million salary-cap hit. We’ll find out later today if there’s a club willing to take a chance on him.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola has withdrawn his nomination as President Trump’s Secretary of the Army, claiming that removing himself from his extensive business ties has proven insurmountable.
NEWSDAY: Connecticut’s governor and Hartford’s mayor have reached out to the New York Islanders, offering the use of Hartford’s XL Center if they leave Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d love to see the NHL return to Hartford, but I doubt the Islanders’ ownership and the league will consider that city as a possible replacement for Barclays Center.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Arizona State University has pulled out of a potential new arena plan that would bring the Arizona Coyotes to Tempe.
TSN: Friday’s meeting in New York between the NHL, the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation was “a courtesy”, according to IOC Thomas Bach. He said he would leave further negotiations on NHL participation in the 2018 Winter Games in the hands of the league and the IOC.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While nothing of substance was accomplished, this meeting is being cautiously considered a positive step forward.