NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 29, 2017

by | Apr 29, 2017 | News, NHL | 8 comments

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko celebrates his game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of their second-round series.

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. 



  1. Mendes touches upon several of the reasons behind the empty seats in Ottawa – including one I mentioned yesterday which seems to have escaped the notice of Don Brennan in his scathing article as well as Sid of the Tim & Sid Show who was equally critical of the fan base yesterday – and that is the idiotic Phoenix computerized pay system for the federal government which has seen THOUSANDS of employees go with vastly reduced pay cheques and in many cases NO PAY AT ALL. Some have lost homes. cars etc. And as Mendes points out, unlike the big corporate-filled centres, the Federal Government cannot buy large chunks of tickets to hand out.

    MY reason for indifference is corporate greed and I know I am joined by a lot of others who will simply NOT fall in line without even blinking when prices are raised not only for seats but also to park the bloody car. In a lot where there are all kinds of people directing you when you enter – but is utter chaos when you try to get OUT of the frikken place with no one directing traffic.

  2. Lyle, have you seen the articles on ESPN’s decision to cut a bunch of NHL staffers including Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside? Here’s one that says the reason is, no one in the U.S. or ESPN gives a s*^t about hockey in a country where hockey is about on a level with “competitive eating.”


    • ESPN stop supporting the NHL years ago… No American hockey fan was going to espn to read about hockey.

      In general ESPN had lost its market share since every league and team has their own multiple websites

    • hi george..respectfully,espn plain sucks…they are just trying to make up for bad deals they made over the years….to say the USA doesn’t care about hockey is untrue….believe me,the passion of US hockey fans matches any fanbase anywhere…the problem is Uncle Gary has put too many franchises in the league..that waters down interest…nothing makes you yawn more than a mid-winter “must see” game between bitter rivals colorado-leafs…the rivalries have gone away in the way of everyone plays everyone twice a year..i will give you this about USA hockey coverage…anyone in the NY metro area can attest that the media chooses,for whatever reason,to push hockey coverage as far back as they can…it wasn’t always this way..it’s frustrating during hockey playoffs to listen on the talk show who should be the mets 7th inning reliever or how horrible the knicks are…anyway,i speak for many yanks that hockey is alive and well down here…and i will always love Canada for giving us this great sport..be well!

  3. I am of the belief that the game has had the life sucked out of it in the last decade.

    With the rules of conduct and leveling out of competition instituted by the league over time, the transformation of what was once an emotional and unpredictable sport full of hero’s and villains has lost its luster.

    The league has forgotten the fans that love the game for what it should be, a place where the strong survive and the weak struggle.

    The game has evolved into a cookie cutter league full of trend chasing executives placating the softer gentler fan that has no connection to the games glorious past.

    Just a few thoughts on this Saturday morning.

    Cheers to all.

    • File that under “I wish I said that” Dan C. Nicely summed up description of a watered-down sport where 6′ 9′ D get tagged with “targeting the head” penalties against smurfs and water-fleas.

  4. Regarding Parayko hit—Although he has said all the right things (“fast moving play” etc), the knee-on-knee by Fiddler sure looked intentional to me.

    Regarding Darling/Carolina—looks like Eddie Lack to Vegas??


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