NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2017

by | Dec 9, 2017 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Game recaps, salary cap updates, Flames not for sale and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Artemi Panarin collected a career-high five assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-3. 

Malcolm Subban made 41 saves backstopping his Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over his brother P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators. Reilly Smith tallied the only goal in the shootout for the win. 

Gustav Forsling’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, snapping the Blackhawks’ five-game losing skid. Forsling also collected two assists in this contest. 

Matt Dumba scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, giving the Wild their third victory in four games. Jason Zucker netted a goal and an assist for the Wild. 

Third-period goals by Matt Niskanen and Tom Wilson carried the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. Capitals center Niklas Backstrom had a two-point performance in this game.  

TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman projects league revenue for 2017-18 will reach a record $4.84 billion US, meaning next season’s salary-cap ceiling should rise to somewhere between $78 million to $82 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s talk it could ultimately settle at $80 million. That would a significant increase over the current $75 million ceiling and will bring significant cap relief to clubs with over $60 million already invested in next season’s cap payroll. The official figure will be announced next June. 

SPORTSNET: Calgary Flames co-owner Murray Edwards said the club isn’t for sale, but there are currently no plans to meet with the city of Calgary to resolve its dispute over the construction of a new arena. Earlier this week, Edwards told the NHL Board of Governors he wasn’t optimistic over the club’s chances of getting a new venue. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Edwards and company might not be selling the Flames. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t move the franchise if the city of Calgary refuses to bend to the team’s demands over who picks up how much of the construction costs for a new arena. With Seattle and Houston emerging as viable options for NHL franchises, don’t be surprised if we start hearing ominous rumblings about one of these cities becoming a new home for the Flames. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov’s absence from the lineup is likely to be brief. Barkov was sidelined after being struck in the jaw by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba on Thursday. He’s listed as doubtful for today’s game against Colorado but is expected to return to action on Monday against Detroit. 

SPORTSNET: Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov feels he was disrespected by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin during last summer’s contract negotiations. Markov said Bergevin scarcely spoke with him, using a “take it or leave it” attitude with his contract offers. 

NBC SPORTS: Hey, hockey fans! Now you can bid for a chance to own Al the Octopus during the Joe Louis Arena auction, which begins today and runs through Dec. 16. 



  1. The rhetoric about moving will be heard across the continent but the Calgary Flames aren’t going any where, the Flames owners know it, the NHL knows it & the City of Calgary knows it.

    This is just part of the business model in building arenas for the extremely wealthy in Canada. You want the economic benefits an NHL team brings your helping to foot the bill. Not really much different than giving incentives to any business to come to your city, province or country.

    This BS is just part of the process unfortunately & as it’s millionaires & billionaires, sports stars & their owners it’s front & center in the public eye. How much do we hear about the incentives cities & provinces are ponying up to lure other businesses into their city or province? Little to none as it’s not news worthy unless your reading the business section.

    • I agree. Just look at the jobs that the tree-huggers are determined to toss aside in their misplaced opposition to the eastern pipeline that would have had great economic benefits to Manitoba, Quebec and, most of all, New Brunswick where they intended to build refineries. Now they’ll h ave to continue to rely on “ethical” Venezuelan and Saudi Arabian oil coming in those “guaranteed safe” tankers!