NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 25, 2017

by | Apr 25, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson is a finalist for the Masterton Trophy.

Masterton Trophy finalists revealed plus latest on Joe Thornton, Matt Murray, Cam Fowler & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano and Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which honors perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/NBC SPORTS: The Penguins are hopeful winger Carl Hagelin (lower-body injury) will return to action in his club’s upcoming series with the Washington Capitals. The outlook for goaltender Matt Murray (lower body) is less promising, as he’s yet to begin skating. 

EDMONTON SUN: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (sprained right knee) is expected to return for Game 1 of his club’s upcoming series with the Edmonton Oilers. 

THE MERCURY NEWS:  San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton played with torn ligaments in his left knee during his club’s opening-round series against the Oilers. With the Sharks season now ended, Thornton will undergo surgery to repair the damage.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders re-signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a one-year, $1.25-million. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks yesterday fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move is perceived as a signal for head coach Joel Quenneville, who wasn’t informed about this move beforehand and apparently isn’t pleased about it. Quenneville won’t be fired but it’s clear that management wants improvement next season. 

ESPN.COM: Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake said winger Marian Gaborik won’t be bought out of the remainder of his contract. Gaborik underwent an unspecified medical procedure following the season and won’t be healthy until training camp or beyond, but the club will welcome him back. 

NBC SPORTS/ESPN.COM: Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold confirmed Chuck Fletcher will return as the club’s general manager. Speaking of the Wild, center Eric Staal was diagnosed with a concussion after crashing headfirst into the end boards during the Wild’s final playoff game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. 


  1. 37 years old coming off a 7 goal season and going under the knife for knee surgery! Does anyone still think the Sharks should waste a spot on Thornton? Maybe if he removed that idiotic beard it would lighten the load on his knees.

    There is no place in pro sports for sentimentality. The Sens learned that by essentially wasting a roster spot on Chris Neil.

    • I think San Jose should cut ties with Thornton and Marleau and do some re-tooling. It isn’t that they aren’t still good players, and I think saying Thornton scored 7 goals is misleading as it makes it sound as if he had a miserable season.

      He would still be a welcome addition to a lot of rosters, especially as a #3C for a team looking to bring in some experience and size for a year or two. Teams like Pittsburgh, Boston (that would be kind of funny and crazy), Chicago, Edmonton, Columbus, Winnipeg, Nashville and probably a few others, would like a guy like that to help add some offensive depth. Pittsburgh is added more because they have the draw of playing behind Crosby on a team that should still look like a cup contender, so if people are going to take less money to try and get a cup near the end of their career, it’s as good a spot as any.

      • I mentioned the 7 goals because it cost San Jose $6,750,000 – or $964,286 per goal. Yeah, I know, that sounds facetious but it is hardly a secret that the club wanted to sever ties with him and Marleau for the past few seasons and they repeatedly refused to waive their NMC when the club might have gotten a better return for both. Sort of like Sundin in Toronto. They have never been able to win the big prize with them in the line-up – so all things considered why would they bother bringing back two 37 y/o at any price?

      • I completely agree that for San Jose it’s best to sever ties. I am talking about their viability else where on deals that will likely be short and for a lot less money.

        Thornton as a 3rd line C, probably good for 40-50 pts, good on face offs and decent defensively, definitely a market for him.

        Marleau as a 20+ goal scorer with speed and experience that won’t require a long committment could be a great fit somewhere.

        For San Jose, move on and look at it as you got what you paid for the most part with both players, but their time is past with the sharks.

  2. wow. sack an assistant coach in order to “send a message” to the coach? Once again it’s a matter of management covering their own ass by shifting the blame.

    • Thing is after the season is over and coaches continue dropping I wouldn’t doubt or be surprised that Kitchen will get some consideration at a head coaching gig thus getting fired and a promotion all at the same time.

  3. Out of all the Trophies I think the Masterson is an absolute lock with Anderson as the winner.

    Joe fills in the 2nd line C really well on many teams and will be way above average as a 3C

    On a separate note, great price on Siedenberg, if he remains healthy this would be an absolute steal.