NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2017
Senators advance to Eastern Conference Final, Ben Bishop dealt to Stars & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal and collected an assist while Craig Anderson made 37 saves as the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers 4-2 to win their second-round series in six games. The Senators advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and await the winner of the Washington Capitals – Pittsburgh Penguins series. Rangers forward Rick Nash was possibly hampered by injury in the final games of this series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson was the standout in this series. Playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, he was the Senators’ best player. He’s not only the Senators top scorer (13 points) in these playoffs but also leads all playoff defensemen in points and all active skaters in time on ice per game (28:56).
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars “acquired the rights to goalie Ben Bishop in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth-round pick (the 114th pick acquired from Montreal for Jordie Benn) in this year’s draft.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move gives the Stars exclusive negotiating rights with Bishop up to July 1, when he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency. Dallas’ goaltending was among the league’s worst this season and a key reason why they missed the playoffs.
Signing the 30-year-old Bishop could cost between $6 – $7 million annually on a five-year deal to lock him up. He also has an injury history but when healthy is one of the league’s elite goalies. I’ll have more about this story later this morning in my Rumors section.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Los Angeles Kings yesterday re-signed winger Tanner Pearson to a four-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $3.75 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A reasonable and affordable signing by the Kings, as the 24-year-old Pearson gets a nice pay raise over his current $1.4 million cap hit. He tallied 24 goals and 44 points in 2016-17 and was among the few brights spots for the offensively anemic Kings this season. The Kings now have over $62 million invested in 16 players for 2017-18 and will now turn their attention to re-signing restricted free agent forward Tyler Toffoli.
TSN: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly claims the league’s concussion spotters lacked the authority to pull Pittsburgh Penguins captain from Game 6 against the Washington Capitals after he crashed head first into the boards. Crosby was shaken up but able to continue playing and was medically cleared by the team doctor.
Daly also said colliding with the boards wasn’t a “mechanism of injury” that would enable concussion spotters to remove a player. “The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal. ‘Ice’ as compared to ‘boards’ is in there for a reason. It’s the result of a study on our actual experiences over a number of years. ‘Ice’ has been found to be a predictor of concussions — ‘boards’ has not been.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Face Off Hockey Show host Scotty Wazz put it best: “I love the NHL reasoning on the Crosby collision: people cause concussions, boards aren’t people; doesn’t count.”
EDMONTON SUN: As the Oilers prepare to face the Anaheim Ducks tonight in Game 7 of their second-round series, forwards Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hope to find a way to snap out of their respective playoff scoring funks.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks recalled Sam Carrick in case ailing center Nate Thompson is unavailable for Game 7 tonight against the Oilers.
BOSTON HERALD: “Patrice Bergeron (sports hernia) and Tuukka Rask (right groin) underwent successful surgeries in the last two days.” Both are expected to be ready for the start of next season.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko denied speculation he required surgery.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights could have more time to pursue restricted and unrestricted free agent before the June 21 expansion draft. They had a 72-hour period but the league is looking into widening that window.
NHL.COM: The league announced the 2018 Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers at Citi Field.