NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 21, 2018

by | Jun 21, 2018 | News, NHL | 13 comments

2018 award winners, all-star and all-rookie teams revealed, Darryl Sutter retires from coaching and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall won the Hart Trophy as MVP at the 2018 NHL Awards held in Las Vegas. Other award winners include:

New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall won the 2018 Hart Trophy as MVP (Photo via NHL Images)

Ted Lindsay Award: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Norris Trophy: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

King Clancy Trophy: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Calder Trophy: Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders

Lady Byng Trophy: William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights

Masterton Award: Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils

Selke Trophy: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Jack Adams Award: Gerard Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights

Messier Leadership Award: Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights

Vezina Trophy: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

General Manager of the Year: George McPhee, Vegas Golden Knights

Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award: Darcy Haugan, Humboldt Broncos coach

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My congratulations to all the winners. You can see my selections here. No real surprises. I predicted Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the Hart but Hall is certainly a worthy choice. 

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne were named to the 2017-18 First All-Star Team.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler, Philadelphia Flyers left wing Claude Giroux, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck were names to the Second All-Star Team.

New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher and Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros were named to the NHL 2017-18 All-Rookie Team.

The NHL also honored the Humboldt Broncos and Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey teams.

The league also revealed its 2018-19 schedule will open on October 3. 2018. The complete schedule will be released later today.

The salary cap for 2018-19 is expected to be between $79.5 million to $80 million. The exact number is expected to be revealed later today or Friday pending a final agreement with the NHL Players Association. The cap ceiling for this season was $75 million. 

SPORTSNET: Darryl Sutter announced he’s retiring as an NHL coach. Sutter, who began his NHL career as a player (eight seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks), spent 21 seasons as either an assistant or head coach with the Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings. He achieved his greatest success with the Kings, coaching them to Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. 

THE ATHLETIC: It’s believed former Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz met with New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello on Monday. No confirmation was given by Lamoriello or Trotz, who’s been rumored as a leading candidate to take over the vacant coaching position with the Isles. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Auston Watson was arrested on Saturday and charged with domestic assault. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs yesterday re-signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a one-year, $1.3-million contract and goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year, $800K deal. 



  1. To me it’s only when, how much, how long for Trotz in NYI ….not IF

  2. TAylor hall . The most valuable player in the nhl . Hahaha . Does any person believe this to be true on any level ? 72 first place votes out of 160 some I think. Another embarrassment for the league , caught up in the best storylines as opposed to the most valuable players .

    • The players lining up against him every night did not . Also 110 first place votes for first team all star for mcdavid , 5 for hall . Hmmm

      • The PHWA votes for the Hart & most have never read the criteria, player most valuable to his team & by the time most teams play in the west those writers are drunk, stoned or sleeping.

        The Ted Lindsey is the best player but McDavid didn’t carry Edmonton anywhere. He is the best player in the game today but not the most valuable to his team in 2017-18.

        Those 2 trophies are completely different both by what the are supposed to represent & who votes.

        McDavid was so valuable to Edmonton they finished 23rd in the league, 17 points out of a playoff spot.

        Swing & a miss. McKinnon should have won but Hall is worth. The reason McKinnon was edged out by Hall? See 1st paragraph above.

      • Hall carried the Devils offensively. If not for him they would be bottom dwellers, instead they made the playoffs. Well deserved by Hall

    • I think Hall is deserving based on the weird qualifiers that are implicitly placed on the voting for the Hart, and he played too well to call it an embarrassment.

      All that said, I really hate how people over think the “most valuable to his team” definition. There are way too many subjective ways to use that definition. Some people will automatically leave out players on deep teams because they don’t feel they were as needed, just about everyone leaves out non playoff teams because apparently you can’t be valuable. So that leaves a lot of the vote to guys who lead mediocre teams to seasons above expectations and scraping into the playoffs. I think this narrows the field way too much to make the award fully credible.

      Some stats people will look at wins above replace stats and say that is a measure of most valuable, some will look at a team that scraped into the playoffs and think “well getting in when you have no chance to win isn’t very valuable to the organization in the long run”.

      Just pick the best player and be done with it. This year that was McDavid, and what makes it difficult is that the margin was not very close. Leading the league in scoring on a team with the worst powerplay in the league is an insane feat. Nobody has ever done it before. He also lead the league in even strength points by 20 points, which is also complete domination. McDavid is easily the best player in the game today, and was the best player all of last season. Most of the writers who voted would say the same, but then vote for someone else because of a qualifier they are making up themselves with their own interpretation to a somewhat vague definition.

      Just for fun, I wish someone would have voted for whoever is deemed the worst player on Buffalo with the argument that they provided the most long term value to their organization by helping them secure the right to pick Dahlin.

      • THAts what makes it an embarrassment Danny . Voting based on there own set of credentials instead of those set out by the award . Hall had a great season , nothing to be embarrassed about for him . The writers should be embarrassed . Mcdavid was the most valuable player . And it wasn’t close . I would also have taken McKinnon 2nd as he was more valuable as well . Among others .

      • 67 of the 72 writers who voted hall for mvp did not give him there first team all star vote . Should that not go to the player you , yourself deemed most valuable in the league ??

      • If we simply want the Hart to be the NHL’s best player then 1 of the 2 trophy’s & who gets to vote for such needs to be resolved. We don’t need 2 trophies for the same thing voted on by 2 different bodies.

        & if we are going to let players vote I would suggest they only vote for players in their own conference as seeing each other twice a season playing against the opposite conference isn’t enough of a representation to dedcide such.

        Is this just about points for you guys as winning is far more important to me. Yes McDavid is the best player in the NHL by his ability to generate points & his skills needed to achieve such but he is a center that can’t win faceoffs to save his life & he needs to find a way to get Edmonton winning more games.

        No professional sport is more a team game than hockey but to be the Hart trophy winner you need to have had your team accomplish something, even just be in the playoff race till the end. Edmonton was brutal & part of that has to be born by McDavid not winning the Hart.

        No 1’s questioning his stature as the best player in the NHL today but he isn’t the most valuable to his team, he & his team did nothing to make him even a consideration for the award.

      • Striker I suggest you look in to what mcdavid did for the team when he was on the ice . No one close to as valuable , McKinnon / hall included . Is it his fault that while on the bench he can not help the team ? The award has criteria , mcdavid wins in a landslide if that criteria is followed . If McKinnon or hall was on this years oilers are they a better team ? No , not in any world . If mcdavid joined the avs or devils this season would they be worse ? No , not in any world .

      • Never did have much time for “best this” or “best that” awards shows because almost never does anyone agree. The Hollywood/Emmy/Tony awards for example are just a gathering to risk dislocated shoulders from patting themselves on the back and seldom, if ever, do the most popular films/shows garner any winners.

        In sports, usually except for the no-brainers, the votes in many cases are often based upon popularity – or lack thereof – with the scribes – or make little logical sense.

        I recall way back in the CFL when QB Russ Jackson was named the most valuable player – but although nominated did not win “best Canadian” – which was just idiotic.

        I take them all with a grain of salt.

  3. Choosing 2 RW’s for the all-rookie team seems odd. Both Boeser & Keller played RW, shouldn’t we be selecting a rookie LW? That would by Connor.

  4. Edmonton trades Hall and he wins! Yikes. Which award did Larrson get last night