NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 26, 2018

by | Feb 26, 2018 | News, NHL

Game recaps, waiver info plus updates on Brian Gionta, Chris Kelly, Jordan Staal and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Rick Nash’s debut with the Boston Bruins wasn’t particularly memorable as he was held scoreless in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Nash was dealt to the Bruins by the New York Rangers earlier in the day. The Bruins also announced the signing of free agent Brian Gionta to a one-year, $700K contract. Gionta, 39, was the captain of Team USA Men’s Olympic hockey team.

Speaking of the Rangers, they fell 3-2 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings on an overtime goal by Trevor Daley. Ryan Spooner, who was acquired by the Blueshirts earlier in the day in the Rick Nash trade, tallied two assists with his new club. The Rangers honored Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle by retiring his No. 19 in a pre-game ceremony. The club also intends to retire the No. 11 of Ratelle’s linemate Vic Hatfield next year.

Connor McDavid’s shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 6-5 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images)

The Edmonton Oilers blew two two-goal leads before Connor McDavid’s shootout goal gave them a 6-5 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. McDavid also collected three assists. Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell potted a hat trick while Corey Perry also had three helpers. The Ducks also signed free-agent forward Chris Kelly to a one-year pro-rated contract. Kelly captained Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team to a bronze medal in Pyeongchang.

Pekka Rinne had a 27-save shutout performance backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. Predators forward Kevin Fiala tallied his 20th goal of the season. The Blues have lost four in a row and fallen out of a playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Predators also made a minor move yesterday, acquiring  forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Jared Spurgeon’s overtime goal lifted the Minnesota Wild to their fourth straight win by edging the San Jose Sharks 3-2.

Daniel Sedin scored twice and Jacob Markstrom kicked out 41 shots to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The infant daughter of Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal died on Sunday. The club issued a statement mourning her death and asking the public to respect the Staal family’s privacy at this time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My sincere condolences to Staal and his family.

SPORTING NEWS: Former NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk confirmed he’ll attempt to return to the league this summer as an unrestricted free agent. Kovalchuk helped the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) win Olympic gold in Men’s hockey.

NEWSDAY: Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormack called the New York Islanders ” a rent-a-team” that never fully embraced Brooklyn and vice versa.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, me-ow.