NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 12, 2017

by | Apr 12, 2017 | News, NHL | 9 comments

2017 NHL Draft Lottery date officially announced.

2017 Draft Lottery date set plus updates on Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Artem Anisimov & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will be held on Saturday, April 29. The Colorado Avalanche have the best odds (18.0 %) of winning the first-overall pick. The Vancouver Canucks have a 12.1% of winning and the Vegas Golden Knights a 10.3 percent chance.

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (knee injury) said he’s day-to-day for his club’s first-round series against the Edmonton Oilers, which begins tonight. Sharks forward Logan Couture, who’s dealing with a painful mouth injury that makes breathing painful, also hopes to play in the series. He faces dental surgery later this spring and could have seven or eight teeth removed and/or replaced. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov is ready to play in his club’s opening-round series against the Nashville Predators. He missed the final 13 regular-season games with a lower-leg injury. Meanwhile, the Hawks announced defenseman Michal Rozsival underwent surgery yesterday to repair facial fractures. 

OTTAWA SUN: Sidelined Senators defenseman Marc Methot (fractured finger) could play in Game 1 of his club’s opening-round series against the Boston Bruins tonight. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers intend to make defenseman Kevin Klein a healthy scratch for their opening game of their first-round series tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Rob Blake, the new general manager of the Los Angeles Kings, intends to make hiring a new head coach a priority. The club fired former bench boss Darryl Sutter on Monday. Blake didn’t say who he has in mind but prefers someone with NHL experience. He hasn’t yet spoken with current assistant coaches Davis Payne and John Stevens. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings ownership remains confident in general manager Ken Holland and head coach Jeff Blashill. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks look at a vote of confidence as merely the first step toward an inevitable firing, but don’t expect Holland or Blashill to be replaced this summer. Wings ownership will remains patient with them for next season. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth said he suffered a concussion when he collapsed to the ice in an April 1 game against the New Jersey Devils. Apart from “little headaches”, he insists he’s feeling fine. Neuvirth blamed his collapse on battling the flu and a sinus infection. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes job appears safe but he could have some new assistant coaches next season. 


  1. With all those coaching vacancies there’s a lot out there with NHL experience if that is what teams are searching for. Here are some in order of their likelihood of being hired somewhere (in my opinion anyway – some will differ – and I may have overlooked a few)

    Gerard Gallant
    Lindy Ruff
    Willie Desjardins
    Daryl Sutter
    Ken Hitchcock
    Bob Hartley
    Michel Therien
    Jack Capuano
    Claude Noel – now a NJ scout
    Mark Crawford – assistant with Ottawa
    Paul MacLean – assistant with Anaheim
    Dallas Eakins – AHL
    Dave Cameron – assistant with Calgary
    Mike Keenan – KHL
    Ron Wilson – still complaining somewhere

    • Ron Wilson had a stroke I believe, not sure if his health would permit him to coach again or not.

      • Didn’t hear that – thanks. Hope all is well with him – his temperament was just not suited to the unyielding pressure of coaching in Toronto.

    • Ted Nolan, Patrick Roy are a couple more. Dallas Eakins didn’t get much of a chance in Edmonton, he was considered an in and comer. Not sure if LA would be the place for him or not.

      • Ted Nolan. Shouldn’t have forgotten him – always thought he got a raw deal with latent racism lurking in the background. Roy’s nose is likely still out of joint when Montreal didn’t offer him the job after firing Therrien. Now he’s likely holding out hope for the Quebec job – IF and when they ever get another franchise – either expansion or transfer.

  2. ‘Iron’ Mike Keenan or Bob Hartley would be good fits for LA in my opinion. The core is getting a bit older now and both of these coaches are short shelf life types where they can get the maximum out of the players, but only effective for a season or 2.

  3. I like Paul Maurice as a coach, but who thinks Darryl Sutter would be the ideal fit for Winnipeg? I would love to have Sutter back in Calgary, but don’t think that will happen. Sutter to the Jets seems like a no brainer to me.

  4. According to the Dallas Morning News and Sportsnet it seems Dallas will be announcing Hitchcock as their new head coach on Thursday. Good experienced coach – but his name ain’t David Copperfield (the magician that is).

  5. If the AVS win that 1st overall pick, I think they should trade it. The draft isn’t considered deep this year, the top picks are all fowards and the AVS need defense. Trade the pick for something in the 8-10 range and a 4th round pick. They can still draft one of the higher rated defensemen (Maybe Foote?) and get one more pick in the process.