NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 27, 2018

by | Jan 27, 2018 | News, NHL

Reasons to watch the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, the PHWA’s midseason awards and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: The opportunity to see the world’s best hockey players perform and the fun of three-on-three hockey are among Curtis Pashelka’s five reasons the 2018 NHL All-Star Game is worth watching. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m a bit of a cranky old man when it comes to watching the All-Star Game. Still, I must admit the three-on-three format is entertaining. The best part for me is the players actually relax and enjoy hanging out with each other. We also get to see their personalities shine through during interviews. It’s a refreshing change from their usually robotic responses to questions from the media.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is the PHWA’s midseason comeback player of the year (Photo via NHL Images).

 NJ.COM Four Tampa Bay Lightning players dominated the Professional Hockey Writers Association’s 2017-18 Midseason NHL award winners list. Winger Nikita Kucherov got the nod for the Hart Trophy, defenseman Victor Hedman for the Norris Trophy and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Vezina. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was named the comeback player of the year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interest to see if Kucherov, Hedman and Vasilevskiy end up winning those awards at season’s end. Hedman’s recent lower-body injury could take him out of the running for the Norris. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders captain John Tavares can expect his future plans to be a storyline during this All-Star weekend. He’s due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has yet to take part in contract discussions with the isles. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tavares could become the biggest star in years to test the free-agent market. but I still expect he’ll re-sign with the Islanders. 

NHL.COM: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski will replace sidelined teammate Seth Jones (illness) on the Metropolitan Division roster. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Oft-injured Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will undergo season-ending hip surgery. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of my readers suggested the Sabres should buy out the remainder of Bogosian’s contract. They can’t do that until June and only if Bogosian has fully recovered from his surgery. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday claimed forward Magnus Paajarvi off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.