NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 21, 2018
Game recaps, analysis of latest trades, Canucks re-sign Gudbranson plus injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie factored in all of his club’s goals in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Barrie scored a goal and set up four others while Nathan MacKinnon’s game winner was also his 100th career NHL goal.
Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek scored the game-tying goal and the winner in overtime to lift his club to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Flyers forward Travis Konecny missed the overtime period after suffering an apparent foot injury late in the third period. Earlier in the day, the Flyers announced forward Wayne Simmonds (upper-body injury) will be sidelined two-three weeks while backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth (lower body) is out four-to-five weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries are starting to pile up for the Flyers and could take a toll. The loss of Neuvirth and Brian Elliott forced them on Monday night to acquire netminder Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings.
Third-period goals by Noel Acciari, Matt Grzelcyk and David Krejci carried the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Earlier in the day, the Bruins acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenceman Rob O’Gara and Boston’s third-round pick in the June draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable rental move by the Bruins to bolster their blueline depth on the left side without giving up too much in return. I daresay this also means the Bruins are out of the market for Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, though perhaps they’ll revisit that interest if McDonagh remains available this summer. Holden’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. If he plays well with the Bruins, perhaps they’ll consider re-signing him.
The San Jose Sharks picked up their third straight win with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Earlier in the day, the Sharks acquired forward Eric Fehr from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks were expected to acquire some depth at center before the trade deadline. This move suggests GM Doug Wilson isn’t keen to pursue the big-ticket trade bait. Fehr spent most of this season in the minors and will be slotted into the role of the Sharks’ fourth-line center.
Dion Phaneuf scored his third goal in four games with the Los Angeles Kings as they held off the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. Kings captain Anze Kopitar collected his 800th career NHL point.
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen turned in a 40-save shutout performance to give his club a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers. James van Riemsdyk tallied the only goal.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1. Devils winger Taylor Hall scored his 25th goal and extended his points streak to 12 games.
Brayden Point scored twice and Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 35 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2.
Nashville Predators netminder Juuse Saros made 34 saves while defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi each collected two assists in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday announced the re-signing of defenseman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year, $12-million contract extension. As per Cap Friendly, he’ll earn $4.5 million in total salary in 2018-19 and again in 2019-20, followed by $3 million in 2020-21.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canucks management value Gudbranson’s experience, physical play and leadership. His critics, however, believe he’s too slow and injury-prone to be an effective long-term asset. Time will tell if this deal is worthwhile.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will under undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
SPORTSNET: Former NHL star Jarome Iginla recently took part in a practice session with the Boston Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence. This doesn’t mean the Bruins are interested in signing him. Any club thinking of signing him must do so before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla also reportedly underwent hip surgery four months ago. That could in part explain why he wasn’t signed last summer.
NBC SPORTS: Seattle will kick off a season-ticket drive on March 1 as part of the process in their attempt to land an NHL franchise.