NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 12, 2017

by | Jun 12, 2017 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins: 2017 Stanley Cup champions.

The Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup, updates on next season’s salary cap & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: For the second straight year, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the Stanley Cup champions.

Matt Murray turned in a 27-save shutout performance while Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin scored late third-period goals to give the Penguins a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, winning the series four games to two.

For the second consecutive year, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

The game was not without some controversy, as an early second-period goal by Predators center Colton Sissons was overturned because the play was whistled dead by the referee, who lost sight of the puck just before Sissons scored. The Preds center also came close to scoring in the third, rattling a shot off the goalpost.

Sidelined Penguins center Nick Bonino revealed he suffered a broken tibia in his left leg during Game 2 of the series.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins are the first team since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings to win consecutive Cup championships. In this day and age, that is a remarkable achievement.

Crosby joins Hall of Famers Bernie Parent and Mario Lemieux as the only players to win consecutive Conn Smythe Trophies. He also joins Parent, Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Patrick Roy (who won it three times) as the only players to win it twice. Crosby has his detractors but he’s firmly established himself as this generation’s greatest player. 

This was a difficult loss for the Predators and their fans. However, their run to the Stanley Cup Final smashed the myth that Nashville wasn’t a hockey town. In my opinion, this isn’t a one-off for the Predators. Their window of opportunity is now wide open. They have the depth in talent to be a Cup contender for the next several years. 

The deadline for teams to request players with no-movement clauses to waive them in order to be exposed in the upcoming NHL expansion draft is 5 pm ET today. Those player will have until 5 pm ET on June 16 to reach a decision.

The first contract buyout period begins on June 15. The deadline for teams to request players carrying NMCs whether they want to be placed on waivers for the purpose of contract buyouts is 11:59 am ET on June 15.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the following yesterday via Twitter regarding the NHLPA and its salary-cap escalator:






  1. Yay

    • They didn’t make it look easy, but the Pens have cemented themselves as the most successful post-cap team as the only team with 4 conference titles and back to back Stanley cup wins.

      Crosby has added even more to a staggering resume that puts him easily as the most accomplished player of this generation, and before his 30th birthday has accomplished enough to give people something to think about when deciding who is the greatest penguin player of all time.

      What’s scary is they go into this summer with their core intact, no real cap problems, and can likely safely trade Fleury for some value while freeing up cap space.

      I think you could see it on Fleury’s face last night that he knows he was on the ice wearing a Pens Jersey for the last time.

      • They have played in 4 cup finals too which is what puts them ahead of the Blackhawks now as the best team of the cap era.
        Yes MAF is a goner but it was pure class when he went out of his way to hand the cup to Murray. Not sure if he was trying to be symbolic but that’s what it was.
        Now time for the off season where the biggest tasks are to sign Shultz, Dumoulin and Sheary long term. Find a new 3C. Have a first round pick for the first time in a long time. Sign college dman Daniel Brickley. Figure out Pouliot. Most likely they will be playing more young guys on ELC’s next season as well so they can afford to keep Shultz and Dumoulin. Jarry, Sprong, Aston-Reese, Taylor, Benngston. Replacing MAF, Cullen, Kunitz, Daley, Bonino. Last year there was no roster turnover. Oh well, when was the last time a team won 3 years in a row? If Letang can stay healthy maybe next years team will be more talented?

      • I think this Penguins team has an excellent chance of being there again in the final next season. Whether or not they win…Who knows. I’d love to see them take a third in a row.

  2. Congrats to the Pens on their back to back championships.
    David Poile has done an excellent job of building a championship caliber team in Nashville.Bright future ahead for the Predators

  3. Coming out of the west isn’t easy, there is no guarantee that the Preds make it back to the playoffs. Looking at their defense they got some real good deals. Ekholm 5yr at 3.75 Josi 3yr at 4 and Ellis 2yrs at 2.5 that’s some real good value locked up. That’s a combine $10.25 for the 3 just $1.25 more then PK at $9m.

  4. Mike Sullivan’s band aids and duct tape worked.

    The most amazing coaching job I’ve ever seen in any sport.

    He’s like Belichick without the cheating.

  5. The Pens won despite looking like the lesser team throughout much of the playoffs. That they so narrowly avoided a knockout punch so often sets the stage for some fiercely competitive battles next season. The Predators’ window of opportunity is wide open, but the Senators must know that they were just one shot away from playing them, and the Oilers must feel that they were just a bit away from replacing them. And the Leafs. having so nearly defeated the Caps, are sure they are about to leap over the boards.