NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 2, 2017

by | Mar 2, 2017 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is showered by hats after scoring his third goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game recaps, post-trade deadline news, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Kane’s hat trick powered the Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth straight victory by downing the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. 

Victor Hedman scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and two assists.

ESPN.COM: The 2017 NHL trade deadline was the slowest since 2013. Only 18 deals involving 33 players were made before yesterday’s 3 pm ET deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on yesterday’s deadline and the players who weren’t moved later this morning in my rumors section. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: A mysterious injury to winger Patrick Sharp prevented the Dallas Stars from trading him before yesterday’s deadline. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

PHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $5 million contract extension. They also re-signed center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year extension Wednesday paying him $1.45 million per season. Meanwhile, Flyers forward Michael Raffl will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a left knee injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Neuvirth signing casts doubt on the future of Steve Mason with the Flyers. He’s an unrestricted free agent and probably won’t be re-signed. Once the June expansion draft has passed, I expect the Flyers could be among the suitors for LA Kings’ pending UFA goalie Ben Bishop. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Jesper Fast will miss two-three weeks with an upper-body injury. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes recalled winger Anthony Duclair from their AHL affiliate. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban was honored yesterday with Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross for his dedication to community service with his charity work in Montreal. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights made their final installment payment on their expansion fee and are now officially part of the NHL. 


  1. Wow Tampa Bay is really coming on… It’s looking like- Florida and Tampa maybe Islanders playoff bound and Leafs, Ottawa maybe Boston on the outside!

    If TML cannot manage a win in this road trip, It will be difficult for them to play catchup..

    Might as well temper expectation and look forward to next season. TML is a lesson in futility.

    My opinion only!!

    • Not so sure I think Bruins are like 8 and 2 in there last 10 games. For sure it’s going to be so close again no team can have a bad week.

      • And Ottawa is 6-4 over their last 10 same as Florida and Tampa… be tough for whoever to make up 4 or 5 points, I think it’s going to be a race for the last wildcard spot and I kinda doubt that 3 out of 8 playoff spots flip with 20 games to go.

      • If Ottawa and Boston go .500 (10-10) for the rest of the year they would end up with around 92 points , the Lightning would need to finish the season around 13 and 7 just to have a chance of catching them. With loser points and overtime I don’t see Boston or Ottawa losing 10 of their remaining 20 games in regulation.

  2. The Penguins are not playing well this week. They dropped a 3-2 decision to the Stars after allowing three goals in the third period. They followed that up with a 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

    Not scoring can be easily resolved.

    The Penguins’ defensemen need to come together with several notable members out with injuries.

  3. Philly might not be done with Mason because right now the only goalie who is available for the expansion draft is Neuvirth. Mason and Stolarz are not signed past this year making them ineligible, according to capfriendly.