NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 16, 2017

by | Dec 16, 2017 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Game recaps, injury updates, Senators owner talks relocation and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Sam Gagner score in overtime as the Vancouver Canucks edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3 to snap their four-game losing skid.

Markus Granlund scored twice while Daniel and Henrik Sedin each collected three assists for the Canucks, who learned earlier in the day defenseman Chris Tanev will be sidelined two-three weeks by a groin injury. Brent Burns tallied two goals for the Sharks while their leading scorer Logan Couture left the game in the third period after being struck in the jaw by the shoulder of Canucks forward Alexander Burmistrov.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Couture is expected today. It would be a serious blow to the offensively anemic Sharks if he’s sidelined for a significant period of time. 

Rick Nash’s late third-period goal was the game winner as the New York Rangers doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. Kings forward Marian Gaborik, playing in his 1000th career NHL game, had a goal and an assist.

The Carolina Hurricanes blew a 4-2 lead but an overtime goal by Jaccob Slavin gave them a 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres, spoiling the hat trick scored by Sabres star Jack Eichel. The teams combined for six goals in the third period.

Brian Boyle scored twice, including his 100th career NHL goal, to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Danny DeKeyser, Trevor Daley and Tomas Tatar scored as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1.

TSN: On the eve of his club facing off against the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL 100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he doesn’t intend to sell the club but hinted at the possibility of relocation. Melnyk cited his frustration over the decline in ticket sales in recent years, adding that his front office is running on a shoestring budget and suggesting cuts to player salaries could be next. While the Senators are in talks with the National Capital Commission about developing land at LeBreton Flats for a new downtown arena, Melnyk said it wasn’t a certainty that the project will take place.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Melnyk has the right to air his frustrations whenever he wants. Doing so prior to his team hosting its first outdoor game in Ottawa, however, is poor timing and won’t sit well with the local fan base. As Ottawa is a government town, the ongoing screw-ups with the Phoenix pay system could be one reason behind the decline in ticket sales. Another could be the fact the Sens are no longer the dominant franchise they were a decade ago. Melnyk could also be subtly trying to put public pressure on the city of Ottawa in an attempt to garner himself a favorable arena deal. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan is out three-four weeks after suffering an upper-body injury (possibly his right arm) during Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers have activated starting goaltender Cam Talbot off injured reserve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ll need Talbot to quickly regain his form if they hope to gain ground in the Western Conference. Lousy goaltending is one of the reasons they’ve sunk toward the bottom of the standings. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Paul Maurice recently set a dubious milestone, surpassing Al Arbour for the most regulation losses (578) by a head coach in NHL history. “Now in his 20th NHL season, Maurice has amassed a record of 618-578-99-106.”




  1. As an Ottawa native, it’s painful to say this, but Melnyk is an idiot. As owner of the franchise, which people forget he rescued from a very precarious financial situation, he can say what he wants, when he wants. But, directly crapping on those who pay to be entertained by his product, is a dumb as thing to do.

    Where to start?
    Ottawa is a govt town. Yes, Phoenix is an issue, but is not the main reason why people stay away. In no particular order, they include
    – govt employees cannot accept a ticket to the game from the private sector: resulting in fewer corporate box sales and associated revenue
    – at least $20 to park your car, rising to $50 for valet
    – bus service is mediocre and transit leaves right at the end of the game
    – the Ottawa Senators play in Kanata. On a good day, that’s at best 20 mins from the core. Game day, it’s an hour. Same time is needed to exit the lot at the end of the game
    – RedBlacks CFL is drawing fans and draws 36,000 per game. Double the Sens. Why? Likely as they do the complete opposite of what the Sens do
    – the on ice product is poor. Ottawa is a fickle sports town. Give the public a winning product and they will support it. As soon as the team starts losing, they will find something new
    – moaning that fans don’t turn up to watch Stanley Cup final games is crass. The team wasn’t expected to get that far. Have they budgeted for those games? Can they afford the cost of tickets that substantially rise each round? As well as increased car parking?
    – and more

    Threatening to take the team away is his prerogative. But using this tactic is equivalent to bullying. Perhaps, if he listened to the fans rather than his ego, he might start to win back fans. He is belittling the community that literally saved his life (liver issues) and this is how he thanks them.

    Shooting his mouth off on the eve of the NHL’s 100th birthday should mean a quiet word from the commissioner. The NHL not Eugene Melnyk should be the centre of attention.

  2. What strikes me as strange is at last seasons deadline Ottawa brought in players because they thought they were a genuine play-off team, apparently dreaming ?