NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2018
Game recaps, analysis of latest trades plus updates on Corey Crawford, Chris Kreider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: The Vegas Golden Knights set a record for most points by a team (84) in its inaugural season by beating the Calgary Flames 7-3. Four Golden Knights – Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch, Ryan Carpenter and Luca Sbisa – each had a goal and an assist. Vegas sits atop the Western Conference and league overall standings.
Ryan Miller turned in a 40-save shutout effort as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Dallas Stars 2-0. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and set up another.
Patrick Kane scored a goal and added an assist while Nick Schmaltz scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Speaking of the Blackhawks, head coach Joel Quenneville is no longer hopeful about starting goaltender Corey Crawford returning to the lineup this season. Crawford suffered a head injury in December.
AZCENTRAL.COM /LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Arizona Coyotes traded winger Tobias Rieder and backup goaltender Scott Wedgewood to the Los Angeles Kings for goalie Darcy Kuemper. The Coyotes are also finalizing a two-year contract for Kuemper worth $1.85 million annually.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyotes general manager John Chayka said the Kuemper acquisition does not affect his club’s intent to re-sign starting goatender Antti Raanta, who’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Bringing in a more experienced NHL backup like Kuemper could convince Raanta to re-sign with the Coyotes.
As for the Kings, they bolster their speed and depth up front, having dealt away aging veteran winger Marian Gaborik to Ottawa last week. Rieder is also a restricted free agent this summer with arbitration rights and could turn into a longer-term acquisition if he plays well with the Kings
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jerabek is the second depth defenseman acquired by the Capitals this week, having also brought in Michal Kempny from Chicago. These were affordable acquisitions by the Capitals, who had limited cap space to bolster their defense corps before the trade deadline. These moves also mean we can forget about any talk of Detroit’s Mike Green returning to the Capitals on deadline days.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Two months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his right arm, Rangers winger Chris Kreider has received medical clearance to return to action. He could be back in the Rangers lineup within the next few games.
NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets placed winger Nick Foligno on injured reserve and claimed blueliner Taylor Chorney off waivers from the Washington Capitals.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning claimed forward Gabriel Dumont off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.