NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 17, 2018

by | May 17, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

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.

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the 2018 Western Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

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. 



  1. Jacobs and Bettman …. what a pair!!! The economic analysis has shown that a franchise in QC will sell out for the forseabke future at average seat prices greater than Seattle or Houston and flip (swing from negative to positive) a minimum of $80 M in league revenues if there is a relo (from team tapping INTO revenue sharing …. hello Carolina and FLA)… add to that the increase in TV…. put a zip on it JJ. They never talk about a second team in TO do they. The projections are that a 2nd franchise in Toronto would automatically vault to 5th on Rev by team…. Toronto would be 1st and 5th. JJ and GB dispise Canada

    • Canada absolutely should not get another team… the game is being grown and you cant grow the game in a place its already part of day to day life. The talent coming from sunbelt cities a decade or so after teams are placed there is worth far more to the league in the long run. Quebec as a “you up” type of back up should a team fold is good to have in the back pocket.. but expansion should absolutely not be an option.

      • Caper,
        Quebec, I agree, is not an expansion option. However, there are teams that are simply not making it and other teams are carrying them. Thus relocation to Quebec should happen. I think Seattle is a great option for the NHL. After that, the NHL needs to shelve expansion altogether!

    • Tor has blocked every bid on a 2nd team into the Tor area. Car is locked in under the sale agreement in Carolina for 7 more seasons. Please post the link to the economic analysis you speak to. Rodgers deal with the NHL for the Canadian TV rights was for 12 years, it doesn’t expire until the end of the 2025-26 season.

      Vegas was going to make the top 7 in operating revenue in year 1 before advancing to the conference final, they will make the top 5 bump Bos out of the top 5 now. NYR, Tor, Mon & Chi are the top 4, whether they make the playoffs or not.

      Quebec City does nothing to grow the NHL, expanding to Seattle checks off another important demographic in the NHL’s national US footprint to secure their 1st major US national Cablevision package. When Florida & Carolina relocate & it’s really just a question of when; another 7 years min for Carolina, neither will be moving to Quebec City. It will be Houston, Kansas City, Portland or other another major US market.

      Houston is the 5th largest metropolitan area in the US, Seattle 15th, Portland 25th, Kansas City 30th but add in the surrounding area using Seattle as an example & there are almost 8 mil people within a 2-hour drive.

      We have seen the last Canadian City in the NHL. No way Quebec can generate more revenue than an expansion team in Seattle. The Cdn dollar alone makes it impossible. Vegas sold out all it’s season tickets in like 12 mins, have 1000’s of people already on a waiting list.

      • Quebec city will get a team

  2. Lets go outside the box….in countries with suitable climates, hockey is the premier international sport. at 32 teams, with 4 – 8’s, its a nice balanced league. There are two ways to go international — at a top pro level as opposed to the losers tourney that parallels the Stanley Cup, or a preseason fake international event. An 8 team NHL-Europe division, with each team making two 16 game US/CAN tours, and each US/CAN team making one 8-game Euro tour, would be interesting. Lots of TV all over the world. More of an Event Quality to each game. Euros could (but would not have to) play NHL in home countries. International flavor without pure national teams. Top two of each conference plus six wildcards to the playoffs & maybe four best 2 0f 3 playins….
    There are other ways as well.