NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 1, 2018

by | Mar 1, 2018 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Game recaps, latest contract signings plus updates on Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Nick Foligno and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders suffered their fourth straight loss, falling 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens. Jonathan Drouin scored and set up another while Antti Niemi made 27 saves. The Isles (65 points) are four points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jason Pominville’s overtime goal gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo via NHL Images).

Jason Pominville’s overtime goal lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 upset over the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts collected a point to become the first team this season to reach 90 points. 

The St. Louis Blues snapped a seven-game losing skid by edging the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. Blues goalie Carter Hutton kicked out 35 shots. For the first time in three years, Blues forward Patrik Berglund was a healthy scratch

A four-goal second period carried the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist for the Avs, who moved into a tie (73 points) with the Flames and sit one point out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

John Gilmour scored in overtime to give the New York Rangers a 6-5 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and an assist in his debut with the Rangers. Brock Boeser scored twice for the Canucks. Earlier in the day, the Canucks re-signed defenseman Alex Biega to a two-year contract worth $825K per season. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal credits playing for a veteran-laden playoff contender for the increase in his scoring this season. His production has risen since joining the Wild as a free agent in 2016. Staal’s 33 goals this season are the fourth-highest among NHL scorers and the most he’s scored in a season since reaching 33 in 2010-11. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Staal is the Wild’s leading scorer and most valuable player this season. The 33-year-old center is on pace to tally over 40 goals and 80 points this season. He previously reached 40 goals in 2008-09 and the last time he hit 80 points was 2007-08. The Wild are using him as a first-line center, resulting in an increase in his shooting percentage. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal issued a statement yesterday thanking fans, friends and the hockey community for their support following the recent death of his infant daughter to a terminal birth defect. 

CBS SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Nick Foligno off injured reserve.

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed goaltender Aaron Dell to a two-year, $3.8-million contract extension.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese is sidelined “longer term” with an upper-body injury.

TSN: Should the city of Seattle make a successful bid for an NHL franchise, league commissioner Gary Bettman said the expansion draft process is expected to be similar to that used by the Vegas Golden Knights. 



  1. Beware the nmc! I still don’t know if horny got any type of movement clause… Lyle do you know?

    • Full no-trade through 2020-21, modified NTC for remainder of the deal.

  2. thanks. those NMC clauses gonna be hard to come by unitl after the seattle draft.