NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 17, 2018
Golden Knights take Game 3 of Western Conference Final, GM of the Year finalists announced and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 33 shots as the Vegas Golden Knights doubled up the Winnipeg Jets 4-2, taking a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final. Mark Scheifele also tallied twice, giving his a playoff-leading 14 goals. Vegas’ backup Malcolm Subban missed this game with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Maxime Legace.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fleury’s goaltending and costly defensive mistakes by Winnipeg were the main factors behind the Golden Knights’ Game 3 victory. As a result, the Jets spent the entire game trying to play catch-up.
Kevin Cheveldayoff of the Jets, George McPhee of the Golden Knights and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are this year’s finalist for the NHL general manager of the year..
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Three worthy finalists for the GM of the Year award, or “The Sam Pollock Trophy”, as it should be called. C’mon, NHL, get with it!
I believe McPhee’s the favorite for building an expansion team into one of the top clubs during the regular season and a Conference Finalist in its inaugural campaign.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom could be close to returning from an injured right hand, though it could mean he’ll be unable to take faceoffs.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: After scoring just once in the Lightning’s first seven playoff games, captain Steven Stamkos have five goals in his last six games.
SPORTSNET: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs isn’t optimistic over the possibility of an NHL franchise returning to Quebec City. “Quebec is challenged, OK, I’m going to put it nicely. They’re challenged,” Jacobs said. “Look at the income base and the population base and there probably isn’t a smaller market, so they’re going to really have to distinguish themselves in some other way, I would think.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re wondering why Jacobs is weighing in on Quebec City’s expansion prospects, he’s Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors. He was also considered NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s right-hand man during the last two labor disputes. While Jacobs also said he wasn’t critical of Quebec City’s fan base, its market size and the current lower value of the Canadian dollar currently work against them landing an NHL franchise.
With Seattle likely to land the next expansion team and Houston emerging as a possible destination if a struggling team is forced to relocate, the odds of Quebec City getting a team in the near future appear remote.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Samuel Morin will undergo season-ending knee surgery. He’s spent most of this season with their AHL affiliate.