NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 1, 2018

by | Jun 1, 2018 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Latest on Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ryan Reaves, Ryan Callahan and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said center Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered in Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Kuznetsov left the game in the first period following a hit by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb favoring his left wrist and arm and didn’t return. 

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Capitals went on to win that game without Kuznetsov, losing him for any length of time could be a blow to their Stanley Cup hopes. This postseason’s leading scorer with 25 points, the 26-year-old center was riding an 11-game points streak prior to his injury and played a key role in the Capitals reaching the Cup Final. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: McNabb won’t be subjected to supplemental discipline for his hit on Kuznetsov. Teammate Ryan Reaves also won’t be disciplined for punching Capitals winger Tom Wilson in the face during Game 2. Reaves received a roughing penalty on the play.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan underwent surgery on his right shoulder and will likely miss the start of next season.  

The Lightning also announced yesterday it was parting ways with assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Brad Lauer. 

BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins will not be extending contract offers to pending unrestricted free agents Brian Gionta, Kenny Agostino and Paul Postma.

SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames hired Geoff Ward and Ryan Huska as part of their coaching staff.



  1. Unfortunate that Kuz will be out. This “day to day” is IMHO just a Psyche ploy— I believe he’s done for the rest of series.

    Re: Further discipline: The whole thing would have been absolutely idiotic if McNabb was even considered for further discipline due to the fact that Wilson was not subject to any discipline for the hit on Marsh.

    They BOTH should have had some time off…. but if Wilson the uber uber repeat offender was not even considered (for further discipline) for his hit—– Nooooooo Waaaay should McNabb have been considered for it.

    IMHO, there should not have even been a mention re: Reeves for supplemental discipline. It as a single punch to the head — that happens w/o incident (and many times w/o penalties)— many times in games with scrums in front of goalies. Aggressive face rubs and shots to the chin are the norm in scrums. Usually they are trade off jabs. This punch just came from a powerful arm and huge fist and was blatant— hence the penalty. Hopefully the refs are watching things closely

    • McNabb left his feet and targeted the head (although Kuznetsov’s injured his arm). Wilson’s hit was shoulder to shoulder – it was late and a bit dickish, hence the interference call.

      Understand the Wilson hate – he is an edgy, abrasive player – but the two incident’s are not comparable.

  2. Re: Gionta— 39 now— 40 in Jan. The non extension offer understandable. His Gionta hinted towards retiring? If not , someone will pick him up (if he accepts) at 1 year 900K. Understandable also for Postma as he is a journeyman. Agostino is in his mid 20’s and only has a couple of dozen NHL games under his belt. It seems like he does relatively well in the AHL— so perhaps he will be a career AHL’r or he goes to Europe???

  3. “has” Gionta– not “his” Gionta— must go to Tim’s for my morning Java now