NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 26, 2018

by | May 26, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Conn Smythe Trophy favorites, plus updates on Barry Trotz and the Golden Knights in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

USA TODAY: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are among the front-runners to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as this year’s playoff MVP.  Other candidates include Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault and Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman John Carlson.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is among the favorites to win the 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, Fleury’s the favorite, leading all playoff goalies with a 1.68 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. If he maintains those impressive stats throughout the Final, the Conn Smythe Trophy is his, regardless of the outcome of the series. 

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz’s contract expires at the end of June. If the Capitals don’t bring him back, he won’t have any difficulty finding another NHL coaching gig. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be awfully difficult for the Capitals to let Trotz walk after he coached them to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. If they win the Cup, they’ll face considerable pressure to re-sign him, regardless of the cost. Regarding the Capitals’ pending free agents (including Trotz), general manager Brian MacLellan said they’re going to “address everything” after the playoffs. 

LAS VEGAS SUN: With the Vegas Golden Knights just four wins away from the Stanley Cup, Las Vegas and Clark County officials are making tentative plans for a potential celebration.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks will interpret this as overconfidence by city and county officials. It’s really just common sense on their part. If the Golden Knights win, they want to ensure a safe celebration for the city. After last fall’s mass shooting at an open-air downtown concert, it’s understandable that they’re making preliminary preparations.



  1. Trotz is a very average coach with antiquated ideas, giving him too large a contract may come back to haunt the Caps. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I hope the Capspitals sign him to a long term, big dollar deal and then suck for the next 10 years.

    • Even if they give him a huge contract, you do know coaches can be fired right…even one year into that contract?? Exhibit A – Tortorella in Vancouver. Not like they would be stuck with him even signing him for long term. Not like a player that you are stuck with.

    • Your knowledge of hockey coaches is outstanding. Lol

  2. And if Caps didn’t sign him, who is firing their coach and handing him the job? Isles?

  3. Every city wants a safe celebration. Luckily, the people of Vegas, their politicians are smart enough to know that they have to try to plan for all different kinds of terrorist attacks. From bombings to trucks jumping then curbs. Heck, the Vegas terrorist, being a pilot, could have dropped a small plane on the crowd and did more carnage. Then the terrorist wouldn’t have won. You can tell the terrorist won, when a hockey analyst thinks he’s making an enlightened-woke comment, but in reality, is only making a very narrow dangerous comment.

    • I did no such thing. I simply pointed out how the city and county were taking the proper preliminary steps, as I know some sports fans would try to interpret that report as suggesting they were getting ahead of themselves by being too overconfident over the Golden Knights’ chances.