NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 9, 2017

by | Feb 9, 2017 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (right) celebrates his overtime goal against the Minnesota Wild.

Game recaps, injury updates, Havlat retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Jonathan Toews power-play goal in overtime gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild, snapping an eight-game losing streak against the Wild. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 35 saves for the win. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Sven Baertschi suffered a concussion following a blindside hit by Nashville Predators forward Cody McLeod. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety ruled it was an “accidental” collision. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That wasn’t an accidental collision. Yet another puzzling decision from the league’s disciplinary arm. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard felt a slight tweak in his right knee during his rehab stint with the club’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Wings GM Ken Holland said he’s encouraged that it wasn’t serious. 

NHLPA:  After 14 NHL seasons, winger Martin Havlat has called it a career. In 790 games with the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues, Havlat tallied 242 goals and 594 points, along with 21 goals and 52 points in 75 playoff games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries hampered Havlat for much of his NHL career. When healthy, he was a creative offensive forward. He exceeded 20 goals and 50 points six times. He netted a career-high 31 goals with the Sens in 2003-04 and a career-best 77 points in 2008-09 with the Blackhawks. 

OTTAWA SUN: Legendary NHL coach Scotty Bowman has been named to the Order of Hockey Canada. 

NBC SPORTS: A report out of Glendale, Arizona claims representatives from the Arizona Coyotes have toured the KeyArena in Seattle and the Moda Center in Portland over the last three months. Team officials have denied the report. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This puts me in mind of the rumor in early 2011 claiming Atlanta Thrashers officials toured the MTS Centre. Those rumors were denied too, but five months later the Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg. The Coyotes’ situation is different, as they supposedly have stable ownership but need a new arena. Maybe this is simply baseless speculation, as we’ve heard plenty of relocation rumors about the Coyotes in the past. Still, given this ongoing arena saga, it could be reaching a critical stage.

NHL.COM:  The Washington Capitals fulfilled a dream of 27-year-old Fatima Al Ali of Abu Dhabi, as she had the opportunity to join them during practice yesterday and meet her favorite player, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. Al Ali plays for the United Arab Emirate’s women’s national team. 


  1. Also, there are reports that Vancouver and Florida requesting permission to speak with Claude Julien.

  2. Evidently the NHL Dept. of Player Safety was created solely to punish Matt Cooke and Raffi Torres. They just go fishing all day now.

    Alex Steen should have been suspended for his cheap shot chicken wing to the chin of Carl Hagelin.

    I didn’t think much of the play at first but just yesterday saw a replay from a new angle (the NHL has all the angles) and it was 100% intentional. A dirty play with the intent to injure and it did.

    Likely low rent payback for Robby Fabbri not knowing how to stop properly (he puts all his weight on his outside leg stopping against the boards as he’s about to be hit and it’s no surprise he got hurt).

    That hit to the head is A-OK. It’s a joke.

    Also…while we are on the subject of terrible things the NHL does that could be easily fixed…

    WHY ON EARTH do they let officials stare at 7 inch (they can’t spring for the 10 inch tablets, at least?) tablets when they have the war room already set up and MUCH better able to handle things?

    Tell the referee’s union to take a long walk and let the war room handle all replays.

    It’s absurd.