NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 14, 2018

by | Feb 14, 2018 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Game recaps, Senators ship Dion Phaneuf to Kings in multi-player deal, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators was overshadowed by the news of the Senators pulling defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the game during the second period and announcing he’d been dealt to the Los Angeles Kings. The Sens shipped Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson to the Kings in exchange for forwards Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. The Senators also retained 25% of Phaneuf’s $7.5-million annual cap hit over the three-plus years remaining on his contract.

The Ottawa Senators traded Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings in a multi-player deal (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two years after being traded to Ottawa, Phaneuf is on the move again. Even with taking on Gaborik’s $4.875-million annual cap hit, the deal saves the Senators $5.5 million in actual salary between now and when Phaneuf’s contract expires in 2021. Those savings could be put toward re-signing captain Erik Karlsson. That’s likely the only thing making this deal worthwhile for the Sens, as the oft-injured 36-year-old Gaborik’s best seasons are well behind him. This move might not be the last before the deadline for the Senators.

The Kings, meanwhile, shed the contract of a fading forward in Gaborik and receive a player who can contribute more to their lineup. Phaneuf will provide another measure of veteran depth to the Kings’ blueline as they jockey for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. 

Speaking of the Kings, they were thumped by the Carolina Hurricanes 7-3. Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk tallied his first career hat trick. They also announced earlier in the day that forward Trevor Lewis was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 9. 

Patrice Bergeron and Riley Nash each scored twice to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Earlier in the day, the Flames learned starting goaltender Mike Smith is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

The Buffalo Sabres upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3, narrowing the Lightning’s lead over the Bruins in the Eastern Conference to one point. Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly had a three-point game and teammate Sam Reinhart scored two goals.

The Columbus Blue Jackets peppered New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak with 51 shots on route to a 4-1 victory. Zach Werenski collected three assists for the Jackets.

A shootout goal by Drew Stafford lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers to snap a four-game losing skid. Taylor Hall had two goals as the Devils overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the game. Earlier in the day, the Flyers announced goaltender Brian Elliott underwent core muscle surgery and will miss the next five-to-six weeks. 

Jimmy Howard made 32 saves as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. 

A penalty shot goal in overtime by Filip Forsberg gave the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Austin Watson also netted two goals for the Predators.

Three first-period goals were enough for the Minnesota Wild to hold off the New York Rangers 3-2. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves. 

Tyler Myers scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets nipped the Washington Capitals 4-3. Mark Scheifele scored twice, including the game-tying goal, for the Jets. 

A four-goal third-period outburst by the Vegas Golden Knights lifted them to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, handing the latter their seventh straight defeat. 

Alex Goligoski’s second-period goal held up as the winner to give the Arizona Coyotes a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves but left the game early in the third period with an upper-body injury following a collision with Sharks forward Timo Meier. 

Vancouver Canucks forward Markus Granlund underwent ankle surgery and will miss the next seven-eight weeks. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed goaltender Charlie LIndgren to a three-year, $2.25- million contract. 

SEATTLE TIMES: “A group led by billionaire David Bonderman and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Tuesday filed an application for an NHL expansion team to play at a revamped KeyArena.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One step closer, Seattle hockey fans….



  1. Sign, I guess there will be no more Elisha Cuthburt sightings in the city….

    That said, if I am a Sens fan, I am probably pretty PO’d this morning (outside of as said above). Dion’s contract is hefty and with 3 more years, but your getting some value for it. Gaborik’s hit is a little more comfortable but the guy is a skip away from being a washup. Maybe thy flip him or buy him out. I don’t know. Thompson for Shore to me makes sense (Kings want someone to replace Shore with more experience, Shore gives the Sens another younger depth C and/or someone to dump as they are an RFA anyway).
    Ultimately at the end of the day it comes down to what are they going to do with the savings. lol maybe they actually spend some money in the FA market this year. If I was them, I would move Karlsson as well and rebuild. If saving money here is to pay Karlsson, they are probably better off rebuilding.

    • *Sigh – Man is it a rough start this morning.

      Interestingly enough, I noticed on my FB “On this Day” feed that 5 years ago yesterday (if you can believe it) was the Karlsson injury where Matty Cooke accidentally punctured his ankle. Plus the subsequent witch hunt where Melnyk asked the RCMP to investigate.
      Anyway the team (Melnyk) also made another interesting statement at the time which blew my mind: “We are asking you to ensure that the tickets are used by Senators fans and not re-sold to the general public,”

      Seems to me that policy (and mentality since) might have some effect on the need to cover up 3rd bowl seating lol.

  2. Or maybe there is some wink wink retirement stuff goin on.

  3. Wink wink retirement seems about right to me. I wouldn’t be surprised of Melnyk is hedging a bet Gaborik gets injured and part of his salary gets eaten up by an insurer. Anyone got the math on what a buy-out would cost?

    • In actual dollars, a buyout would cost $1.2M per year over the next 6 years. The cap hits would be $1.5M, $2.9M, $3.0M, $1.2M, $1.2M and $1.2M over that span according to capfriendly.com. A buyout in the off-season doesn’t make any sense capwise for Ottawa and many think Gaborik could retire (unlikely) or be put on LTIR for most of the remainder of the contract, meaning he would only cost Ottawa ~20% of the contract (the insurer would cover the rest). The LTIR route would be similar to what is happening with MacArthur and wouldn’t impact their cap.

  4. One of the best parts of the regular season is watching a young guy celebrate after scoring his first NHL goal. Malkin has 22 goals in his last 25 games. Since January 1st the Penguins have the top 3 scorers in the league and the best PP and PK.
    I hope Ottawa is making more bad trades.

    • Ottawa has made enough bad trades (Duchene, Burrows), but I don’t think the Phaneuf trade is one of them. There likely weren’t many suitors for Phaneuf and I don’t think Dorion could have done any better. Shore is a decent depth center they could drop this off-season if they don’t want to qualify him and they have defenceman in the minors that could replace Phaneuf over the next year or two at a much cheaper price. Harpur is already resigned for the next two years and Englund is close to playing in the NHL now (so is Jaros, but he is a R shot). However, they’ll need to add a top 4 defenceman this off-season if they want to compete for the playoffs next year as they only have 3 legitimate top 4D now (Karlsson, Ceci and presumably Chabot in a somewhat sheltered role). Their third pairing depth is pretty good and I wouldn’t be surprised if they resign Wideman assuming he is healthy again after the season ending hamstring injury.

  5. With a click of K instead of an E you get Patrick in place of a Patrice; however he’s French and I think he likes Patrice Bergeron over Patrick Bergeron.

  6. So I read that Seattle could start play for the 2020-21 season, making the expansion draft in 20-20. I mention this because Charlie Lindgren will be under contract that year (as insisted upon by MB, according to Pierre LeBrun). Since Price has a nmc, Lindgren will be the Habs goalie offering. If he develops as expected, he might actually be with the Habs for only two years……

    • The Penguins have that issue as well and will likely lose a goalie in the expansion draft. If Seattle gets LIndgren and Tristan Jarry they will be very deep in goal already. Kind of sucks.

  7. So do you expect Dorion to be lambasted for the Phaneuf trade the way Gauthier was for the Cammelleri trade for letting the player start a game a pulling them part way through for a trade? I never really liked Gauthier but fair is fair….