NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 11, 2018
Game recaps, rosters revealed for 2018 All-Star Game, Coyotes ship Anthony Duclair to the Blackhawks. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Craig Anderson made 45 saves to pick up his 250th career NHL victory as the Ottawa Senators downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3. The Senators held 2-0 and 3-2 leads but the Leafs rallied back twice to tie the game before Tom Pyatt’s game-winning goal late in the third period.
Devan Dubnyk turned in a 34-save performance backstopping the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Ryan Suter’s goal early in the third period proved to be the game winner.
Four members of the Tampa Bay Lightning – forwards Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, defenseman Victor Hedman and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy – are part of the rosters revealed yesterday for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some eyebrows were raised when stars such as St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko, Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault and Washington’s John Carlson were passed over while those having less than stellar seasons, such as Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, made the cut. While the 3-on-3 format can make it difficult to fit in suitable players, reputation and name recognition also likely factored into some of these selections.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Chicago Blackhawks yesterday traded winger Richard Panik and minor-league forward Laurent Dauphin to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for winger Anthony Duclair and minor-league defenseman Adam Clendening.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was apparently mutual unhappiness between Duclair and the Coyotes’ front office. The 22-year-old had a promising NHL debut in 2015-16 (20 goals, 44 points) but struggled to regain that promising form. He’ll have a good opportunity to get his career back on track with a deeper Blackhawks squad.
Panik, meanwhile, was having a disappointing followup to his career-best 22-goal, 44-point effort last season. The Coyotes were seeking a young veteran forward to replace Duclair. It’ll be interesting to see how well he fits into the younger, struggling Arizona lineup.
The move also freed up invaluable salary-cap space for the Blackhawks, shedding Panik’s two-year, $5.6 million contract for Duclair’s $1.2 million cap hit. The latter is also a restricted free agent this summer, so if he fails to pan out the Hawks aren’t on the hook beyond this season.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Emotions spilled over yesterday during an intense Buffalo Sabres practice as Evander Kane and Justin Falk engaged in a vocal shoving match, with Falk accusing Kane of being “selfish”. Both subsequently downplayed the episode.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how poorly things are going this season for the Sabres it’s not surprising that there was an on-ice altercation between a couple of players. Some might wonder if this incident might hurt Kane’s trade value. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and it’s assumed he’ll be a highly prized asset as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches. However, TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman doubt this will dampen interest in the Sabres winger.
CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Sabres, oft-injured defenseman Zach Bogosian will likely be out four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury, while forward Jacob Josefson (lower body) is listed as day-to-day.
NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Alexander Wennberg (back) off injured reserve.
ESPN.COM: Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens and Peter Chairelli of the Edmonton Oilers are among several NHL general managers Greg Wyshynski considers on the hot seat.
USA TODAY: NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire was diagnosed with stage one prostate cancer. He underwent successful surgery to remove a cancerous lesion on Jan. 4 and is expected to return to NBC next month to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to McGuire in his recovery.