NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 29, 2017
Game recaps, Blackhawks trade Darling to Hurricanes, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, including the game winner, to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators, tying their best-of-seven second-round series at a game apiece.
Predators center Vernon Fiddler could face supplemental discipline after earning a five-minute major and game misconduct for a knee-on-knee hit on Blues defenseman Colton Parayko. While shaken up, Parayko returned to the game.
Cam Talbot made 39 saves as the Edmonton Oilers hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven second-round series. Andrej Sekera and Patrick Maroon scored for the Oilers, while Jakob Silfverberg replied for the Ducks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers definitely owe this win to Talbot, especially when the Ducks peppered him with 16 shots in the third period. The Ducks were the better team but Talbot stole this one.
ESPN.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (lower-body injury) will be a game-day decision to return to the lineup for Game 2 tonight against the Washington Capitals. He’s been sidelined since March 10.
TSN.CA: Ian Mendes examines why the Ottawa Senators failed to sell out the opening game of their second-round series with the New York Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Mendes observes, there’s several reasons behind the “Sens malaise” among Ottawa supporters. If this happened to a team in the American Sun Belt there would be calls to move them to a “real” hockey market.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes acquired goaltender Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round pick (formerly belonging to the Senators) in 2017. Darling is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks couldn’t afford to re-sign Darling, so they dealt him for a draft pick rather than lose him for nothing to free agency. This was a shrewd move by Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis, as he now has exclusive negotiating rights with the 28-year-old goalie until July 1.
The Hurricanes need improvement in goal and Darling has the potential to become an NHL starter. Perhaps his best chance could be with the rebuilding Canes and their solid young defense corps.
It could cost the Hurricanes over $4 million annually on a five-year deal to sign Darling. If successful, Francis will have to trade or buy out Cam Ward or Eddie Lack. Both are signed through next season.
NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers reportedly denied the Buffalo Sabres’ request to speak with assistant GM (and former Sabres captain) Chris Drury.