NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2018
Game recaps, Jack Johnson requests a trade, Ducks re-sign Andrew Cogliano, updates on Victor Hedman and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Jay Beagle’s goal in the dying seconds of regulation lifted the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and set up two others.
Thomas Vanek and Henrik Sedin each collected two assists as the Vancouver Canucks snapped a five-game losing skid by downing the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.
The red-hot Calgary Flames collected their sixth straight victory by doubling up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Flames goalie David Rittich made 41 saves while center Mikael Backlund had a goal and two assists.
David Kampf celebrated his birthday by scoring his first career NHL goal and setting up another as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Winnipeg Jets 2-1.
The Edmonton Oilers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. Darnell Nurse scored twice to fuel the Oilers’ comeback.
THE ATHLETIC: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has asked for a trade. Aaron Portzline reports Johnson made the request, citing a diminished role this season and his wish to improve his free-agent value this summer. Sources say the request was made weeks ago. Neither Johnson, his agent or Blue Jackets management would publicly comment on the matter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report adds that Johnson isn’t unhappy in Columbus or with his teammates, noting that he wouldn’t have made the trade request if he had more years remaining on his contract. It’ll be interesting to see how much attention Johnson garners in the trade market and which teams he becomes linked to in the rumor mill.
Johnson’s role may have declined this season with the Jackets but he has a good reputation for stepping up his play in the postseason. He could be of interest to playoff contenders seeking an experienced second-pairing rearguard.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks announced the signing of veteran winger Andrew Cogliano to a three-year extension worth $9.75 million. The annual average value and actual annual salary is $3.25 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an affordable move by the Ducks, as the 30-year-old Cogliano gets a modest pay bump over his current $3 million cap hit. Given his value to the Ducks as a skilled, durable two-way forward, this signing shouldn’t come as a surprise. He’s a valuable part of their roster.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will be sidelined three-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Hedman won’t be out for long, his absence will present a real test for the high-flying Lightning. He’s their top defenseman and coping with his absence won’t be easy.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov will miss another two weeks with a suspected lingering groin strain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nagging injury sidelined their best netminder would usually be the kiss of death for the Avs, but backup Jonathan Bernier’s done a good job thus far filling in for the sidelined Varlamov. If Bernier can maintain his recent level of play the Avs could maintain their current winning ways.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is set to return from a knee injury during today’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ESPN.COM: Greg Wyshynski talks to former enforcer Stu Grimson about the reasons behind the decline of fighting in the NHL.
OTTAWA SUN (Stick tap to “George” for the link): Ottawa mayor Jim Watson recently said his city “should not be using property tax dollars to subsidize an NHL team. That’s not the role of a municipal government, in my opinion.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Watson’s comments come several weeks after Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he’d consider moving the club if its financial situation didn’t improve, as well as suggesting his club didn’t need to move to a downtown arena. Watson said that remark was “exactly at odds with what he and (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman have been telling me going back four years, that the arena has to be in the downtown core.” While the mayor supports a new downtown arena, he’s not prepared to pour public money into the project.