NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2017

by | Oct 10, 2017 | News, NHL | 17 comments

Game recaps, stars of the week, waiver wire updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Mike Smith turned in a 43-save shutout performance as the Calgary Flames snapped a 25-game winless streak in Anaheim by blanking the Ducks 2-0. Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames. 

Nikolaj Ehlers tallied a hat trick to give the Winnipeg Jets their first win of the season by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. 

Auston Matthews scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. 

Marcus Johansson and rookie Jesper Bratt each scored twice in the New Jersey Devils’ 6-2 thumping of the Buffalo Sabres.

Nikita Kucherov scored the game-tying goal and Brayden Point got the winner in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. 

Shootout goals by Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Nail Yakupov scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves as the Colorado Avalanche shut out the Boston Bruins 4-0. 

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 8.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former NHL winger Brian Gionta is skating in practice with the AHL’s Rochester Americans in preparation for participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights GM George McPhee denied rumors forward Vadim Shipachyov wanted to return to the KHL after being demoted to the AHL. McPhee called it a roster move and wasn’t based on performance. He expects Shipachyov to be back with the Knights as soon as possible. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shipachyov was a notable free agent signing for the Golden Knights this summer. With the club reportedly looking to make some trades, Shipachyov’s situation could be worth watching. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers claimed center Adam Cracknell off waivers yesterday from the Dallas Stars. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move likely means rookie center Filip Chytil will be returned soon to his Czech club without burning up the first year of his entry-level contract. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes demoted forward Dylan Strome to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers acquired goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations. He will be sent to their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to avoid politics when they visit the White House today as President Trump honors their 2017 Stanley Cup championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins are being hammered by a number of hockey pundits and a number of fans for today’s visit. Those critics believe the club should’ve canceled in support of NFL players singled out for criticism by the president for staging silent protests during the national anthem to raise awareness toward police brutality and racial inequality. The Penguins are simply honoring the tradition of the White House visit. Some observers, however, fear the president (a lightning rod for controversy) could upstage the players or attempt to use them as political props to advance his agenda against NFL players. 

SPORTSNET: A divorced Edmonton couple are facing off over who gets custody of their season tickets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those ducats are significantly more valuable now than they were a few years ago. 



  1. “to advance his agenda against NFL players.”

    Sorry, Lyle but I don’t get this comment, he has no agenda but he did have an opinion on what he thought of them kneeling, big difference as we all have opinions on current events.

    But in other news, after 8 years of America’s first black president, there are still 30 to 50 people, mostly black, dying every single month in Chicago.

    What are these NFL players doing about that, what is T.J in Tampa doing about that, better yet what did Obama do about that.


    But hey how about those Leafs lol, they have to be considered to be for real after these first 3 games.

    • Read it again. Penguins critics are fearful Trump will use them as props to further what is, in their opinion, his agenda against NFL players.

    • The strangest thing happened today, I went on a few news sites and a hockey news / rumor thread broke out. Now I don’t know if it’s going to rain, or what North Korea is up to today, but I’m pretty sure Duchene is headed to Columbus!

      I wish we could just go back to the days of “let’s leave politics off the board” especially American politics…. on a thread where most people aren’t American.

      • “let’s leave politics off the board”

        Fair enough Nyr4life and how could I argue with my Leafs seemingly having turned the corner, but its the athletes that have made this part of the discussion and they are the ones hijacking our sports for political purposes.

        In my humble opinion, we are at this point in time insofar as politics is concerned because too many people have NOT been paying attention and when they end up paying attention as has happened recently they are doing no research of their own and relying on mass media that is pushing one side of the story.

        Then add in the celebrities and athletes as well as the abandonment of free speech in Canadian and American universities and you end up with the mess we are in.

        You can research very easily the disappearance of free speech, either you espouse a certain ideology or you are a pariah/racist/bigot/sexist/or the new buzz word neo-nazi.

        Since the early 90’s free speech has disappeared so now all these young people coming out of college and university have only experienced one side of the political equation. So in the real world when faced with opinions/policies that they have never heard before they lash out, hence the precipitous rise in violent left-wing demonstrations and shouting down of anybody who disagrees with them.

        If we are not careful this situation can only get far worse down the road as people become far more emboldened then they ever should have been allowed to become.

        Let’s also remember when Bush was president, what did the left say about him besides calling him a racist over Katrina as they do with Trump over Puerto Rico, they said he was evil and bad for America…well guess what America is still there and they will be after Trump is gone as well.

        But look at what I posted and you will see why its amplified to the extreme with Trump, the left is out of control.

        Sorry, Lyle, I was not ‘judging’ you but the hysteria over something that has not even happened yet is symptomatic of the issues we are facing with the left today.

      • Gary, for the most part I’m in agreement with you.

        I’ve been heavily on the defense of our politics on this site for a couple of weeks now.
        I just feel it has given some posters here full carte Blanche to say whatever is on the tip of their tongues.

        I had one contributor here claim the United States was putting Canada at risk of a nuclear war, another contributor claim 9-11 was perpetrated by the US government, ( which is just a disgusting, ignorant thing to claim) only to say “who knows who did it ” after another person called him out. All over NFL players taking a knee.

        I’ve been coming here for years. Americans are definitely in the minority on this site. Even without politics, there can be subtle undertones of an anti-American feel at times . I don’t think it needs to be pushed further by continually putting this out there.

        In the past, it just wasn’t tolerated on this site, Canadian, or American…. It has just given some here a door they can’t wait to jump through.

        I’m not saying all, but there are a few that can’t wait to crap on the US any way they can…. even if it’s pulling bs “facts ” or views out of thin air.

      • Only by paying attention to politics in sports do you give it any power. Only people responsible for this bologna are the various pundits, on BOTH sides, highlighting it and making it bigger than it is. Your being dragged along like a hooked fish Gary…

        The “left” is full of suckers being led about by various powers that be. The right is full of people who want to buck that trend and end up being led about by a different group of powers that be. Not sure which one is sadder.

      • Well said Chris……. I still don’t see the problem ppl have with kneeling it isn’t hurting anyone

  2. “Antifa believes it is pursuing the opposite of authoritarianism. Many of its activists oppose the very notion of a centralized state. But in the name of protecting the vulnerable, antifascists have granted themselves the authority to decide which Americans may publicly assemble and which may not. That authority rests on no democratic foundation. Unlike the politicians they revile, the men and women of antifa cannot be voted out of office. Generally, they don’t even disclose their names.”

    Just going to leave this hear for anyone who wants to do a little research and I even provided it from a site that is mostly left of center in their stories.

    Just to clarify, I play hockey, watch hockey, watch football, have a full-time job, keep my wife happy and generally enjoy life, WHILE also taking some time to keep up to date on whats actually the TRUTH and a lot of what people watch for their nightly news is NOT…at the very least the WHOLE truth.

    For one story it literally takes me 5 to 10 minutes to research and backcheck against a media bias reporting site to see which ‘story’ they are reporting.

    I get a lot of people don’t care but do so at your own peril because something is coming and it won’t be pretty either.

    And Lyle, unless it’s in your story I will NEVER talk politics on your site again but just read the best rumors and news site for hockey.


    • NYR4life, I hear you when you say ” … there are a few that can’t wait to crap on the US any way they can…. even if it’s pulling bs “facts ” or views out of thin air.”

      I’ve seen it and take exception when and where I can. But note, too, that false claims are not restricted to Canadians. The Man running for president against Obama in 2008 (Senator John McCain) was STILL claiming that the 9-11 terrorists entered the U.S. from Canada even though that theory had been shot full of holes years before. And such false claims were still being put forth as recently as 2014




    • So you sound like a troll, never says a peep unless it’s a hot political topic. You’re right though, keep this blog to hockey only. The world knows what the US has still not figured out. We don’t need to talk about it.

    • I agree George, there are plenty of enlightened people who know better than the actual facts in this country. But to hear theories and political commentary from people who don’t at all understand the political climate of the US. And have probably not put a toe in this country. They just sit back and spew their wisdom from their ivory towers from the land of no problems and all the right answers and solutions , it gets annoying. I’ve stated all this before. And certainly don’t put you in that category. But there are a few, that just can’t help themselves here.

      I wonder how well it would go over if I marganilized a national tragedy in Canada, or made up some random ignorant conspiracy theory revolving around a 9-11 type event north of the border? Something tells me most wouldn’t go over as well.

      It seems to go much further than NFL players taking a knee, it seems extremely personal. Especially when talking 9-11…. that’s touching a bit too close to home with me.

      Ron, I don’t know if you’re talking about me or not , I assume you are. I’ve been commenting here for years. Never political before the last few weeks . So to say I’m trolling is ridiculous.

      Some comments here are above and beyond insulting. So after the last few weeks, I’ve probably not really wanted to get into hockey conversations with people who insult me , and my country to get their point across.

      If I came to your house kicked your dog, tell you what a dump your house was, insult your wife and slap your children…. can I still stay for dinner, and talk hockey?

      I’m guess not?

  3. Nice to know there are others that understand whats going on, at least the best we can anyway.

    And Ron I have been a LONGTIME lurker here was just never a fan of how the commenting system is set up and in all honesty, striker has ruined it a bit for me, no matter how knowledgeable he is…or not.

    I’m proud to have America to our south as I simply don’t see how we could be the way we are today without our big brother to the south.

    Canadians have made a name for themselves on the world stage, just look at the great wars, its only since the 70’s and the elder Trudeau that we have become pacifists on the world stage.

    Maybe a little harsh but that’s how I feel at times.

  4. Who cares about that political crap. this is a hockey site. The only time a national anthem should be played at a sporting event should be at the Olympics anyway where all the team members are actually from the country that the anthem comes from.

    The most important HOCKEY NEWS of the day is the 43-save shutout performance by Mike Smith and the Calgary Flames snapping a 25-game winless streak in Anaheim

    • I agree Calgary is a team that is going to get much better as the year goes on, should be fun for you folks with the battle of Alberta alive and well again.

      I know I’ll be watching a few of those games

      • The battle was great in the 80’s. I think it won’t really start up again until the 2 teams meet in the playoffs.

    • I’d be more than happy for it to all be gone from this board…. unfortunately, it keeps showing up….
      Side note, for the most part, the whole anthem thing is about football. I don’t see too many other nationalities in football other than American. And every team is in a US city.

      • True enough Nyr4life but the funny thing is there is obviously nothing in the rule book as clearly an anthem has nothing to do with the game itself…but the actual game manual or whatever its called specifically states that players must stand during the anthem and failure to do so should result in some form of punishment.