NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 16, 2018

by | May 16, 2018 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Lightning take Game 3 of Eastern Conference Final, plus the latest on Jacob Trouba, Jaromir Jagr and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Victor Hedman scored his first goal of the playoffs and collected two assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Final. The Capitals still lead the series two games to one. The Bolts remain lethal on the power-play, with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov scoring with the man advantage. Game 4 goes Thursday night in Washington.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman collected 3 points in his club’s 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a big win for the Lightning, as a loss would’ve put them down 3-0 in the series. The Bolts overcame early jitters to force the Capitals into making defensive mistakes. The Lightning aren’t out of the woods yet, as a Game 4 loss will put them on the brink of elimination. 


LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt received media praise for his strong performance in his club’s victory over the Jets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return next season with his hometown club Kladno in the Czech Republic. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, we can put to rest the notion of Jagr possibly returning to the NHL next season. While the 46-year-old future Hall of Famer keeps his pro career alive elsewhere, his NHL playing days have come to an end. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL center David Desharnais will join the KHL’s Yaroslavl Lokomotiv next season. “In 524 career NHL games, the 31-year-old Desharnais posted 87-195-282 totals.”

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche yesterday announced the re-signing of defenseman Mark Barberio to a two-year, $2.9-million contract extension.



  1. I believe Kladno season ends prior to nhls season… devils advocate but could jagr Gionta it and sign for a final playoff run? We’ll see! Duh duh dunnnn

    • If Kladno’s schedule goes beyond the NHL trade deadline, he’ll be ineligible to return to the NHL.

      • i dunno.. does it? I seem to remember European players coming over to the nhl. maybe im imagining things

  2. The mind melding of the traditional Caps and Barry Trotz reached fulfillment in games one & two. Things began to unravel in game three. When I see Ovi rush madly down the left side, take a wild shot, and the rebound come the other way odd man, I’ll know the the old Caps are fully back and the Lightning can render null and void those stats that say ya can’t win the conference final if ya lost the first two at home.

  3. Tom Wilson whining about being hit in the head by a guy who left his feet…

    Poor guy.

    Wilson is the biggest coward in the league and an absolute jack hole off of it.

    He wants pity when it happens to him.

    • It appears Wilson isn’t very bright, he’s looking over his shoulder see’s Stralman coming & gives him his #’s.

      • Wilson is the rarest of rares (a saying????)— Bully Cheapshot Artist Coward… ’nuff said

  4. Glad to hear Trouba wants to stay in Winnipeg. Going to be curious as to term, salary & cap hit. Living in Winnipeg for essentially the worst 7 months of the year isn’t ideal but why wouldn’t you want to play for this team. They will be a cup contender for years now.

    • If Winn is willing to sign long and for big $’s… I believe then it is imperative to NOT give a NTC.

    • I agree Striker,
      Unfortunately several Canadian will be contenders. The Cup; however, for whatever GD reason is destined to stay in the US! This is so infuriating!