NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 30, 2018

by | May 30, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Notable Stanley Cup Final news plus updates on Radim Vrbata, Slava Voynov and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson won’t be suspended for his blindside hit on Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault (Photo via NHL Images)

  NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson avoided supplemental discipline for his blindside hit on Vegas Golden Knights winger Jonathan Marchessault during Game 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.

LAS VEGAS SUN: The T-Mobile Arena crew are working to improve ice conditions for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Players on both clubs complained about the poor quality of the ice during Game 1. 

ESPN.COM: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said it’s too early for the league to comment on suspended former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s efforts for reinstatement.

Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the league and the Kings terminated his contract after he returned to Russia in 2015 following a two-month jail sentence on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse. Daly said Voynov still has a couple of legal hurdles to clear before the league will comment on the matter. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: After nearly two decades living in North America, now-retired NHL forward Radim Vrbata and his family head back to the Czech Republic today. He intends to take a year to spend time with his family before considering his next options. 

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has published his third children’s book. 

ARIZONA DAILY STAR:  Tucson Roadrunners coach Mike Van Ryn is reportedly taking a coaching job with the St. Louis Blues. A former NHL defenseman, he spent several seasons as an OHL and AHL assistant coach before taking over as the Roadrunners bench boss this season. 

TSN: A “a top NHL lawyer watered down a warning to players about the long-term dangers of repeated head trauma on a poster displayed in every NHL team dressing room.” 



  1. Wilson the goon should have been suspended. Just look up what happened to Bobby Farnham 2 years ago. No history of suspensions and was not known for this type of hit…. was given 4 games for what the player safety committee riled as an intereference infraction…. 4 games for a first timer. I’m all for hard hitting. Separate puck from player. In just the 2018 NHL playoffs, Wilson has gone out to intently separate the player from reality … several times….sole intent was to remove the player from the game (at least) if not the series or season. 3 players have now been removed from the games at least for some time… ZAR had his jaw shattered. Wilson’s goal in game 1 was to completely eliminate a key player from Vegas for at least some of that game and hopefully (to him) the series. I actually said to #1 son prior to puck drop; that I believed Wilson would try to knock out Marsh… what a gruesome prediction …. sure enough the prediction comes true…. hit WAS late; very late. Hit sole purpose was intent to injure. No other way to view it …. by any way you look at it … intent to injure…. he should have been suspended . Now he has free reign . He got no suspension on the Dumoulin hit …. so his “free reign” allowed by the NHL; let him ramp it up so that he could totally shatter the jaw of a young player. This should have been another 3G suspension

    • Pengy, quite simply your comments are rubbish.

      • No, not rubbish. I am a Flyer fan and was so during their Broad Street Bully heyday. Therefore I am no stranger to mayhem. I like Tom Wilson the player but some of his hits DO seem borderline and the last one was, period. Any other suggestion is simply facetious at best and frankly he did deserve a suspension. Blindside, no possession of puck, c’mon guys, that is a textbook description of interference at a minimum. His history, (see Radko Gudas) plus the nature of that hit rated a suspension. If the league is really serious about curbing these kinds of hits, they gotta lay down the law. Otherwise it is a waste of everyone’s time.Rik Farish

      • You’re right Richard, it was the textbook description of interference as it was late and he no longer had the puck.
        That is why he got exactly that, an interference penalty.
        Yes Wilson is skating around drilling guys, that is his job and they are trying to win the Stanley Cup. I agree he crosses the line and deserved the last suspension he got, and the punishments will continue and get worse if it continues.
        He did not make principal contact with his head, that is why it is not a suspension. If he did, he would be suspended. Clear a simple, an interference penalty.
        Last I checked you could still hit guys in the NHL, and Wilson is good at it and has amp’d it up in the playoffs.
        Marshassualt was fine.

      • Raybark.

        If it was his 1st offence not his 3rd & 2 of the 3 were just recently I would agree with you but it was late, predatory, not vicious but when watching at full speed, Wilson crossed significant distance to hit Marchesseault, he had a clear line of sight, more than enough time to pull out of it making no such effort, it wasn’t even close, no question it was late, blindside & a deliberate intent to injury. He certainly toned it down as his last 2 suspensions seem to have helped his limited level of intelligence take control.

        I would have given him 1 game as a repeat offender as it was predatory & thankfully Marchesseault wasn’t injured but what if he were. I don’t want punishments for illegal hits based on the outcome but the intent & what actually occurred. If you are going to play the front end of the equation the player wasn’t hurt then you should play the back end if he is & gone for a significant time so should the offending player.

        This wasn’t a hockey play, my fundamental problem with hitting in the NHL. I love hard hitting hockey, legal but not hitting to hurt, which this was. Wilson knew the puck was gone, gone for an extended period of time & hitting Marchesseault serves no purpose but the goon mentality that is hurting players. I have come full circle on this issue in the last 20 years due to what we know about concussions today.

        The NHL had an opportunity to send a message that this type of hit by a 3-time offender this season 2 within the last few months will not be tolerated. They missed yet again, unfortunately, & their wishy-washy response in suspending players condones their actions.

        Hockey Canada has eliminated the word hitting replacing it with checking. The define checking as required to achieve 3 results, remove the player from the puck, puck from the player or player from the play. Not lying on the ice wreathing in pain, nor having to go to the darkroom as you got nailed by a player having let up after making a pass, blindsided & not having an opportunity to set yourself bouncing your brain off the inside of your skull.

        We have a lawsuit by players against the NHL for head trauma, it’s not the owners or the league condoning these types of plays its the players choosing to do so willingly, & the neanderthal mentality of many still in the game that needs to change. It’s changing just not fast enough for me.

      • We agree and disagree to some extent on this one Striker.
        I don’t agree that he wanted to hurt Marchassault, because he easily could have launched at his head and put him out. But he didn’t. If had the puck it was a clean hard hit, it was late, it was interference.
        Suspensions have to be by the letter of the rule, just like Perron didn’t get suspended for leaving the bench as there was no altercation on the ice when he did it and engaged with Ovie. If Ovie reacts, and gets into it with him, 10 games for Perron.
        If the league/players want that hit to be a suspension, change the rule.
        We agree that the rules will change, and that they should. I believe that eventually (a decade plus) that hit will be a suspension even if he had the puck. The evidence for head trauma, even when you head snaps back and forth from severe collisions not involving direct head contact, will prove beyond refute.
        Hard hitting hockey was an intense blast to play, and is fun to watch, but the game will change because it has too.

  2. hyman would have lot’s of material for his childrens books … playing with the ” LAFFS “