NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 2, 2017
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.