NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2017
Latest on Connor McDavid and Nino Niederreiter, Canadiens & Kings make a trade, waiver updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid reportedly lost between 5-10 lbs battling the flu over the last two weeks. While he didn’t miss a game and still tallied nine points in five games during that stretch, the illness did affect his play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At one point McDavid drew some criticism for his less than stellar performance during that stretch. Sometimes a player can be guilty of not performing up to his full potential, but usually a bad stretch of play is the result of trying to soldier through injury or illness. Sounds like the flu knocked the stuffing out of the Oilers captain. And yes, that was a post-Thanksgiving pun. You’re welcome.
TWINCITIES.COM: Despite a slow start to this season that included missing six games with an ankle injury, Minnesota Wild winger Nino Niederreiter is now on pace to reach 30 goals for the first time in his career. He’s been on a roll of late, with goals in five straight games and a point in each of his last seven contests.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri is remorseful over accidentally striking a penalty-box official in the face with his stick during the Leafs loss on Wednesday to the Florida Panthers. Kadri was venting his frustration over taking a bad penalty when the incident occurred. He said he apologized to the official and intends to reach out to him again.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: A healthy Ryan Callahan is among the reasons behind the Lightning’s dominating start to this season. The two-way winger is finally healthy after missing most of last season to a hip injury.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta will miss at least the next two games after being sidelined with a suspected head injury. He’s currently listed as day-to-day.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the second time this season Raanta’s been sidelined, having missed nine games in October with a lower-body injury. His latest comes as the Coyotes were showing some improvement, coming off a three-game win streak.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens traded forward Torrey Mitchell to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2018. If the Kings reach the playoffs, it becomes a fourth-round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Habs fans wonder if this move heralds the start of a rebuilding effort by the struggling club. It seems to be simply a case of moving out a little-used veteran to make room for a younger player.
SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames placed backup goaltender Eddie Lack on waivers yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lack hasn’t been the same ever since the Vancouver Canucks traded him in June 2015 to the Carolina Hurricanes. At the time, Vancouver GM Jim Benning caught some flak for that move from Canucks fans. Looks like he made the right move after all.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks winger John Hayden was fined over $2,400.00 for his second highsticking penalty in three games.