NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2018

by | Sep 21, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Max Domi suspended for remainder of the preseason, Ondrej Pavelec retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Canadiens forward Max Domi for the remainder of the preseason for punching Florida Panthers forward Aaron Ekblad in the face during a preseason game on Wednesday. 

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi suspended for remainder of preseason. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting reaction on social media to Domi’s punching Ekblad and his suspension. Many folks drew comparisons to Domi’s father Tie’s sucker-punch of Ulf Samuelsson while Domi’s defenders blame Ekblad for goading Max into punching him. Some, like Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, questioned whether it should be considered a sucker punch. Some folks believe Domi’s suspension was excessive while others consider it a joke that the suspension didn’t carry over into the regular season.

Provoked or not, Domi shouldn’t have popped Ekblad, who had no intention of dropping the gloves. The suspension means Domi won’t get a chance to improve his play while the Canadiens can’t evaluate his performance at center in game situations before the regular season opens next month. 

VANCOUVER SUN:  Canucks winger Loui Eriksson is listed as week-to-week with a bone bruise on one of his legs. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers goaltender Alex Lyon will be sidelined up to four weeks with a lower-body injury. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Former Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavalec announced his retirement after 11 NHL seasons. “He had a record of 156-167-48 and a goals-against average of 2.88.” Except for 19 games last season with the New York Rangers, he spent his NHL career with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Pavelec in his future endeavors. 



  1. I concurre with Nick K that it is hard to call Domi’s punch a sucker punch. That said Domi was totally in the wrong and he should have been suspended 1-2 regular season games as well, IMO.h

    • I’m not 100% sure but I think NHL sals are based on reg season roster … I know they don’t get paid from team payroll for playoffs (that comes from playoff pool of NHL rev that has some formulaic way of doling out $’s) so I’d assume same for pre-season

      If that’s the case … Domi not affected at all.. he’ll still practice, get paid and the only backfall to him is that he’s not going to get as many pre-season games in to be game 1 (reg season) ready

      • 2 brutal slashes and doesn’t expect to get punched in the face? Ekblad deserves what he got and Domi doesn’t

      • Piere McGuire on TSN 690 said the same as you just now. Your spot on Pengy. Bigbear, I get why Domi did what he did, but that was still wrong. Pot a goal instead!

      • Players are only paid during the regular season. The exception being signing bonus monies which are due & payable July 1st, considered to be the start of the NHL’s next season.

      • So is it right to slash when the player doesn’t have the puck? How about what ekblad and the panthers are saying how something will be done to Domi in the future over something that ekblad started and didn’t finish? If you’re are going to play dirty you’d better expect retaliation that was ekblads biggest problem and he got what he deserved

  2. If someone grabs you…you might want to consider a defense, which Ekblad didn’t. For someone with concussion history he may want to consider this in the future. With regards to the punch, it didn’t look like much to me, but what do I know…I’m just a hockey fan. I think the suspension was more than enough, plus Ekblad wasn’t even injured except for bleeding all over himself lol