NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 29, 2018

by | Jan 29, 2018 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Team Pacific wins All-Star tournament, Brock Boeser named MVP, Jaromir Jagr on waivers plus an update on Jacob Trouba and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell scored twice as the Pacific Division defeated the Atlantic Division 5-2 to win the 2018 NHL All-Star Game 3-on-3 tournament (Photo via NHL Images).

  NHL.COM: Rickard Rakell scored twice as Team Pacific downed Team Atlantic 5-2 to win the 3-on-3 tournament at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Brock Boeser was named All-Star MVP. The Atlantic Division reached the final thanks to a hat trick by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov in a 7-4 win over Team Metropolitan. 

TSN: New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle enjoyed his All-Star debut. The former Lightning forward received a warm welcome from the Tampa Bay fans.

Boyle was diagnosed earlier this season with chronic myeloid leukemia, which he’s been treating with medication. His two-year-old son Declan, meanwhile, is in a Boston hospital receiving treatment for “an arteriovenous malformation in his jaw.” Doctors have assured Boyle and his family that his son will be fine. Boyle’s wife Lauren encouraged him to take part in the All-Star tournament. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle’s story and Boeser’s All-Star debut were the notable narratives of this year’s All-Star weekend. Here’s hoping Boyle and his son continue to overcome their medical conditions. Boeser, meanwhile. proved he belonged among the NHL’s top talent. The youngster is the most exciting Canucks rookie since Pavel Bure made his debut in 1991-92.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames placed right wing Jaromir Jagr on waivers for the purpose of either terminating his contract or loaning him to HC Kladno, his hometown team in the Czech Republic. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Jagr’s impressive career, he’s been hampered by injuries this season. If unclaimed by noon ET today, his NHL career could finally be over. Time and the wear of tear of 23 NHL seasons (plus three more in the KHL) have finally caught up with the 45-year-old Jagr. 

SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Flames, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there’s no basis for a new arena deal with the city of Calgary anytime soon. Bettman and Flames ownership believe the city should contribute more to any future arena development, something the city strongly opposes. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba could be sidelined between six-to-eight weeks with a right-ankle injury. 



  1. With Scheifele and now Trouba out long term, this will test the depth of the Jets. Tucker Poolman who has played well when given the opportunity will draw in for Trouba.

    • Next man up in Winning.
      What a fun team to watch.

  2. RIP Jagr in the NHL, may your friendship and respect for Mario make you enter the HOF a Penguin because let’s face it that was the team that made you a legend.

  3. Of course Bettman believes the people of Calgary pony up some of their tax dollars to help a billionaire build his arena for his team that only he profits from. Now if he were to share some of those profits with the city and it’s people, I say sure why not but we should all understand the concept of socializing costs and privatizing profits and how that thinking is a big no go. Sorry

  4. Bettman showed how much of an arse he is with that interview with MacLean on Sunday. Guy won’t deviate from his talking points and clearly wants Calgary and Ottawa taxpayers to foot the bill for new rinks while not being able to explain to Ron how the current set ups aren’t working out.
    I would also like to know that. Hard to believe teams like the Leafs and Habs could have a building functioning for 70+ years and do ok financially instead of building a new one (at your expense as a taxpayer) every 20 or so years. Yeah I guess that is Cornell logic isn’t it Mr. Bettman