NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2017

by | Jun 9, 2017 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray is congratulated by Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury following their 6-0 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Penguins thump Predators in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final plus updates on Ryan Callahan, Marc-Edouard Vlasic & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each collected three points, Evgeni Malkin had two points and Matt Murray turned in a 24-save shutout performance as the Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the Nashville Predators 6-0 in Game 5 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The series returns to Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday with the Penguins leading three games to two. 

It was a rough contest, highlighted by Crosby and Predators defenseman P.K. Subban’s first-period wrestling match in which the Penguins captain delivered a series of short punches to Subban’s head. Both received roughing minors. Crosby also tossed a water bottle in the ice in the second period prior to the Penguins’ fifth goal but he insisted it was an accident and not aimed at one of the Predators. 

The Predators also suffered a loss to the defense corps as blueliner Ryan Ellis left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. No word yet from the club as to his condition. For the second time in this series, the Penguins drove Pekka Rinne from the Predators net after he gave up three first-period goals on just nine shots. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the first time in this Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins dominated the Predators. It was apparent from the opening puck drop that the Pens came to play when Crosby bulled his way toward the Nashville net and clanged a shot off the right post. That pretty much set the tone for the evening, as the Penguins neutralized the Predators’ speed and offensive attack. Ellis’ injury could rob the Preds of one of their most effective players over the remainder of this series. 

If there’s one consolation for the Predators, it’s that they’re returning to Nashville for Game 6, as no one in this series has won a road game. The Preds need that trend to continue on Sunday or they’ll be watching the Penguins hoist the Stanley Cup in Bridgestone Arena. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning haven’t asked forward Ryan Callahan to waive his no-movement clause. That’s seen as an indication the club intends to protect him in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. 

CSN BAY AREA: The agent for San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said contract extension talks are going well and both sides hope to get a long-term deal in place by early July. 

TSN: Dan Milstein, the agent for Montreal Canadiens restricted free agent defenseman Nikita Nesterov, denied reports out of Russia claiming his client had signed with a KHL team. Milstein said his client intends to play in the NHL next season. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights hired Mike Kelly as an assistant coach. 

BSN DENVER: Windsor Spitfires head coach Warren Rychel has had discussions with the Colorado Avalanche regarding a possible front-office role. 

THE SCORE: Despite plans to renovate Seattle’s KeyArena, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league hasn’t made any commitments to putting a franchise in that city. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: In order to make room for future champions on the Stanley Cup, the top ring of the trophy will have to be removed. That means the names of such legends as Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Jacques Plante, Glenn Hall and Ted Lindsay won’t be on the Cup anymore. The ring containing their names will rest in the Hockey Hall of Fame. 



  1. A few thoughts on this morning’s news

    the Pittsburgh-Nashville series is somewhat similar to the Pitt-Ott series in that the Pens won game 5 in each by a shellacking – the difference – so far – is that no one has won on the road

    WHY would Tampa want to have NO choice but to protect Callahan??? Do they – and does Callahan – really think McPhee is going to draft a 32-yo costing $5.8 mil off the cap to 2020-21 who’s clearly seen better days? Who will they expose if they protect him?

    Gary Bettman wouldn’t commit to admitting Tuesday falls between Monday and Wednesday!

    Would another ring on the cup make it unstable or something?

    • I believe Callahan is an ltir guy at this point, which I believe makes him ineligible with or without a nmc?

      This is truly one of the best trades NY has made in recent history. Sure, St. Louis is gone, and so are 2-1st round picks. But not having that anchor around their neck was worth it!

      I always liked Callahan, but his contract demands leading up to that trade were ridiculous! Huge heart, fragile body!

      • The article in the TB Times indicates the LTIR is not a factor:

        ““Lightning veteran wing Ryan Callahan hasn’t been asked to waive his no-move clause for purposes of the expansion draft, an indication he’ll be on the team’s protected list June 17. Callahan, 32, must be protected due to his no-move clause. With a glut up front, the Lightning could ask Callahan to waive his no-move, allowing another forward to be protected. Callahan, an alternate captain, missed most of last season due a nagging hip injury, and has three years remaining on his contract (with a $5.8 million cap hit). So it would appear unlikely he’d be chosen by the expansion Vegas Golden Knights if unprotected.”

        Makes no sense, then, for him not to waive his NMC or for TB to protect him. Unless it’s to do with “once you waive it it’s gone for good” routine.

      • Callan meets the requirement not to have to be protected but don’t know if he actually is. Any player missing the last 60 consecutive games on LTIR is exempt according to the original NHL press release on the rules.


      • Well, then, SOMEBODY in Tampa has their wires crossed.

  2. Pens deserved to win the game no doubt but I got to wonder just how biased the officiating looks to people when you have a ref standing right there watching while Crosby is punching PK’s head repeatedly into the ice and in the end both players each get a 2 minute minor?

    • Probably about as biased as when Malkin was crosschecked in the face in front of the ref and there was no call.

  3. I think that was Crosby finally snapping a little bit after Methot and Niskanan and Dubinsky and all the others who have taken so many liberties against him in this years playoffs. I think his competitive fire was so strong that he lost his mind for a moment. Looks good on PK though. Good player and great humanitarian but a real ahole on the ice.

    • @Dee..PK does bring it upon himself no doubt and perhaps all the abuse he’s dished out finally caught up with the officials in “now you’re both even” kind of thing.The water bottle toss maybe was retribution for the soaking he took in the Ottawa series while standing in front of their bench.