NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 27, 2017

by | Apr 27, 2017 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban celebrates his goal against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

Game recaps, latest coaching hires, Adams Award finalists revealed & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists and Vernon Fiddler tallied the winner as the Nashville Predators edged the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven second-round series.

It was a costly victory for the Preds, as winger Kevin Fiala was stretchered off the ice early in the second period and taken to hospital with an apparent leg injury after crashing into the end boards. An update on his status could come later today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was a gruesome-looking injury suffered by Fiala. I hope he’s okay but I think he’s gone for the remainder of the playoffs. 

Leon Draisaitl had a four-point game and Adam Larsson scored twice to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of their second-round series. Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa was forced to leave the game in the third period with an apparent knee injury. 

Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers and John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award honoring the NHL coach of the year. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks officially hired Travis Green as their new head coach. 

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins have confirmed interim head coach Bruce Cassidy is now their full-time bench boss.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: In an interview with the Russian publication Sovietsky Sport, Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov accused some of his teammates of getting their money and not working. He also questioned why the line changes were made “like a kaleidoscope.” His agent said Kucherov’s comments came out of frustration but added his client respects GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Jon Cooper. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, at least Kucherov isn’t claiming he was misquoted or poorly translated. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars center Tyler Seguin underwent shoulder surgery Monday to repair a labral tear. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September. 

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He’s expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL:  The Vegas Golden Knights preseason schedule has been finalized subject to league approval. “The Knights’ first game will be Sept. 17 in Vancouver against the Canucks. On Sept. 19, they’ll travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche, followed by a trip to San Jose on Sept. 21 to face the Sharks. The road portion of the preseason concludes Sept. 24 at Anaheim against the Ducks. 

The first of the three home games will be Sept. 26 against the Los Angeles Kings. The other home games are Sept. 28 against Colorado and Oct. 1 vs. San Jose.”

TSN: The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to screen the urine samples of all drug-tested players to check for recreational drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. The move comes “because of concerns over a rise in players testing positive for cocaine”


  1. Tough call on the Jack Adams…all 3 took their teams to the playoffs after not being there last year. For me it’s between Babcock and McLellan and I give it to McLellan as Edm has advanced deeper into the playoffs but it is tight

    • How far a coach takes his team in the playoffs has no value in the selections as the vote for the award takes place at the end of the season.
      Other than Babcock coaching a team that some nights had 8 rookies playing, Mclellan has taken the Oilers further points wise.

  2. Guy Boucher also did a fair job of turning the Sens around – but I guess this is just one more piece of evidence that few “voters” even know they are in the bloody league.

    • I agree about Guy Boucher. I thought he would be nominated for sure and, if the trophy goes to a coach who turned his own reputation around, John Tortorella wins hands down.

  3. I say that only because he did it without a major # 1 pick in his line-up.

    • There are a few coaches who were considered I’m sure, Boucher, Quennville, Gulutzan, Beadreau and Trotz. In the end you have to finalize 3. Everyone knows who Boucher is, he just didn’t make the cut.
      I also see no first overalls on the jackets.

  4. I read that Kucherov interview yesterday. I can’t imagine this is going over well with teammates and management. Pretty brutal!

  5. Iginla bought a new home in Boston. Is he returning to Boston?

  6. Nashville had 13 shots on 3 PP. Wow