NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 14, 2018

by | Jun 14, 2018 | News, NHL | 16 comments

Updates on the Capitals, Golden Knights and Senators,the latest on Mike Green, the Lightning and Kings make a trade, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov will not require surgery for injuries suffered during the playoffs. Backstrom had two fractures in his right index finger while Kuznetsov suffered a left-shoulder injury.

Nicklas Backstrom was among four Capitals who played through injuries in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs (Photo via NHL Images).

Andre Burakovsky revealed he broke both thumbs during the season, one of them in the opening round of the playoffs. Defenseman Brooks Orpik needed surgery to reattach the tip of his left pinkie following a slash by Vegas Golden Knights center Erik Haula in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think anyone’s surprised that Backstrom and Kuznetsov were nursing those respective injuries. Fortunately, they weren’t serious enough to significantly hamper their play in the Stanley Cup Final. 

Meanwhile, the status of head coach Barry Trotz, whose contract expires at the end of this month, remains uncertain. Trotz once again said he’d like to return, while general manager Brian MacLellan said he spoke with the coach yesterday morning and intends to meet with ownership to discuss the matter further.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights held a fan appreciation rally yesterday on Fremont Street. Despite a heat advisory, around 7,500 fans turned out to cheer the team.

THE ATHLETIC: Chris Stevenson traces how the Ottawa Senators became “a dysfunctional mess” this season, from allegations of Mike Hoffman’s fiancee harassing team captain Erik Karlsson’s wife, to ” ownership’s comments at the outdoor game, the swirl of rumours around Karlsson’s future with the team, the waffling on LeBreton, Daniel Alfredsson’s plea for new ownership, to the impending court date for assistant GM Randy Lee in Buffalo”.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan also weighs in on the Senators woes, suggesting things began to fall apart during an unusually lengthy stretch of road games last November. He believes the recent bad news will adversely affect efforts to trade Hoffman (or at least to get a reasonable return for him) and re-sign Karlsson.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Hoffman’s $5.1-million annual cap hit and now the additional baggage of his fiancee facing harassment allegations, the Senators could find his value is plummeting in the trade market. As for Karlsson, I think he’s a goner now. I know management has stated they intend to offer him a contract extension, but with all that’s transpired since last fall, who could blame him if he rejects it? For that matter, who could fault him if he requests a trade? 

MLIVE.COM: Pending free agent defenseman Mike Green has received contract offers of one and two-years from the Detroit Red Wings, who aren’t comfortable with giving him another three-year deal.  Green could get lengthier offers on the open market but he likes playing in Detroit.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Los Angeles Kings yesterday in exchange for forward Andy Andreoff.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has filed a petition asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse. He spent nearly two months in jail and received three years of probation. It’s believed this move could be the first step toward his possible return to the NHL.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens won’t be renewing the contracts for three of their amateur scouts. 

SPORTSNET: Former NHL player Nick Boynton recently shared the emotional and physical toll of his 11-year playing career and its effects upon his life since leaving hockey. 



  1. Was away yesterday and first found out about the awful posts re Karlson’s wife by overhearing 2 guys talk. Idiots were posing the possibility of entire thing made up so Karlson would be traded.

    Made me sick

    The guilt/proof thing is no irrelevant . Everybody by law is innocent until proven guilty…. that’s now thrown out the window…. outside of someone else coming forward admitting to the posts and proving they had done it… Hoffman’s fiancée and therefore Hoffman by extension… are publicly guilty

    …. so both players just can’t remain on same team

    …. one or both must be traded… and Karlson wayyy easier to trade than Hoffman

    I’m not downplaying Hoffman’s talent and I’m certainly not casting a guilty vote on Hoffman now …. he could have been completely blind to this and/or the (remote remote) possibility that posts were by someone completely different than his fiancée …. regardless …. his stock has now fallen

    I don’t believe this affects Karlson’s trade value …. has there only been 1 or 2 suitors … maybe ..,, with several teams interested … no value change IMO

    • Sorry

      “Had” there only been

      NOT “has” there only been

      It wasn’t a question

      Darn single finger typing

      • Pengy, re “the awful posts re Karlson’s wife by overhearing 2 guys talk” was nothing more than “conspiracy theorists” crawling out of the woodwork.

        Even more idiotic was hearing Craig Button say the Sens should give up their 4th pick this year to Colorado so they could draft Jack Hughes next year when they finish last. Like a last place finish is a guarantee of anything. Given their string of bad juju they’re likely to drop several notches anyway.

      • Craig Button is terrible. Does he not realize that with the new lottery system, Ottawa would only have an 18% of getting first overall if they finish last? They would likely pick fourth if they finished last next year based on odds, which is where they picked this year. Ottawa would be stupid to give the pick up this year as it is much more likely that the pick is lower next year.

        He is also wrong on Hoffman. Yes, his trade value will be affected, but he will still get a decent return. 25G/50+ point scorers don’t grow on trees and there are countless examples of good players being in a controversy and still getting traded quickly for a decent to good return.

    • They won’t need someone to come forward. It’s relatively easy to match up who wrote these things by way of IP address and or phone. It really shouldn’t take long.

      Now, you can disguise your IP address, but does anyone think if she did do this she was capable?

      • The problem is, Nyr4life, the articles so far say this has been under investigation by the detective division of the Ottawa Police since November. So, either the detectives assigned are Frick & Frack or it’s much more murky than a simple address ID.

      • Everything leaves a trace. They can track down hackers that know what they’re doing. I’d imagine an amateur wouldn’t be anywhere near as hard.

        Then again, maybe it is frick and frack? Or Barney Fife completely out of touch with technology. But my gut says a detective assigned to a cyber case, would have some knowledge of how the internet works.

  2. There is a thought in Tampa that the Lightning might move Ryan McDonough, as a way to capture value as the defence is reconfigured. Also available is Coburn, and perhaps Dotchin.
    Tampa sniffed after Karlson last season….sign and trade? With the offensive D from Karlson, Tampa could make the cap work with an entry level third line to go with a stingy fourth. Already seems to have decided in favor of a puck moving backup goalie. As unlikely as the Subban trade before it happened….?

    • Tampa is thin on the blueline. I do not think they get anywhere close without Ryan McDonagh

    • no chance McDonough gets traded for Karlsson. Nevermind RM’s NTC, but also the fact he’s a UFA next summer. Ottawa will have to take prospects, picks and/or young players back for EK, especially since they have a lousy owner who doesn’t want to spend $$$

  3. So, the Houston Senators?

    • The implication being that Ottawa’s fans are somehow at fault for the team’s complete disfunction?

    • Les Senators du Quebec

      • No doubt Don Cherry would gleefully agree. Same owner, mngt., players = same problems. Then there’s the not so insignificant fact that you would be moving the team from a small market Canadian city to an even smaller Canadian market that’s already lost a team.
        A new ownership group in Ottawa is much more likely.

  4. I wish Mike Green the best. He wasn’t nearly the defensive liability I thought he would be and plays pretty hard-nosed. But the Wings need to move on. This is the latest in a series of short-sighted moves by Holland. Fans are excited to see some of the prospects and possibly our first round damn selection which hopefully isn’t Hughes. We need some more size and a R shot. If we bring Vanek back I quit.

  5. So Tampa felt the need to go out and get a goon and one of the best goons in the league to boot. I wonder why? Could it be in case they run into POS Tom Wilson again? Too bad Wilson only fights and hits guys smaller than he is.