NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 22, 2018

by | Sep 22, 2018 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Latest on Mike Green, Max Domi, Alex Galchenyuk, Devante Smith-Pelley and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will miss the start of the upcoming season. (Photo via NHL Images)

  DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will miss the start of the season after being diagnosed with a virus that is attacking his liver. This comes after Green had been medically cleared for contact after recovering from offseason neck surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Green doesn’t appear to be in any danger, though more will be learned about his condition following medical testing. It’s currently unknown how long he’ll be sidelined.  

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Max Domi said he regrets punching Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad in the face. He accepted having to live with the consequences of his actions, adding his intent wasn’t to hurt Ekblad. Domi was suspended for the remainder of the preseason.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to Ekblad, those consequences Domi faces could also come in the first regular-season game between the Canadiens and Panthers. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk has suffered a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated next week. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly has yet to see preseason action. According to head coach Todd Reirden, “He’s just not at the level that he was at last year. That to me is really all there is to say about it. Once he gets there, he’ll be in and he’ll be helping us.”

Smith-Pelly,  meanwhile, said he’s not dealing with an injury and his not playing was a coach’s decision. While not making excuses, he observed that it was “a short summer”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like conditioning could be the issue. Doesn’t mean Smith-Pelly didn’t work hard enough but he could be used to having more time for offseason preparation. 

CBS SPORTS: Vegas Golden Knights placed goaltender Oscar Dansk on waivers. If he clears, he likely be sent to their AHL affiliate in Chicago. 



  1. Again I’d love some help re waivers and pre-season as my understanding of waivers is limited

    To all,

    If Dansk is picked from waivers does that team (receiving team) have to keep him up on the big team?

    If they must but they (new team) want him for their AHL team… can they then put him through waivers again next week and if he clears at that time he’s then on their AHL team?

    Thanks in advance for your answers

    • Morning Pengy, what do you make of this whole Nylander situation…personally I say move him or the most obvious just wait him out as he has no leverage.

      I get what some say that its his right to get whats his and I don’t want to get bogged down in that, just as I don’t care for this cap percentage bs, thats just union talk there.

      Its just looking more and more like Nylander simply could care less about what Shanny and Dubas are trying to build here, for now and the future and its understandable that not every player is going to agree but I don’t know for me when playing it was all about winning and everything else was secondary.

      • Gary

        With you all the way. I think Dubas likely to keep him. I would have traded him for D upgrade..,, however the time for that was a couple of months ago … other rosters pretty well set …. so Bridge Bridge Bridge

        I think Nylanders dad also played hardball … more of a me first player

        If Dubas capitulates with a long term with WW … he finishes his leverage in the MM and AM negotiations

        Heading out now to take my elderly mother shopping and other appointments so I’ll be out of the loop for a few hours

      • Not “finishes” … should have been “diminishes”

      • It’s just business, it happens. Tor shouldn’t do anything rash. Toronto will want to enter the bidding next summer for Trouba or Ceci. I would suggest Toronto not do anything rash until they have tried to acquire 1 of those 2 right handed Dman.

        These 4 remaining RFA’s will all capitulate eventually. What choice do they have? Their respective teams hold their rights for 4 more years in most cases.

        Since the implementation of the cap in 2004-05 the # of players to hold out into the regular season has been exceptionally low.

        I bridge all of them at monies acceptable to the team whether they like it or not.

    • Any player claimed off of waivers must remain on the claiming teams active roster til the end of their season. The new team can try to put him on waivers, but then they’d risk losing him. Also, anyone put on waivers this early in the pre-season usually passes through as the team doing the waiving sees no risk in placing them on waivers or don’t really care if they do lose him.

      • TB just claimed Martel off waivers from Phi.

      • Thanks Randy

        Just reading this now … had to take my mother out to appointments and just finished now.

        Greatly appreciated 🙂

    • Dansk has to clear waivers to get to the AHL so if claimed & his new team wants to send him down then they have to waive him again. It is somewhat common to see a player end up where he started the process eventually getting to the minors.

      There are a bunch of teams in exactly the same position as Vegas with Dansk having to send a young goalie down that now has to clear.

      Vancouver waived & sent Markstrom down before he really started his NHL career as Vancouver’s #1. Which ties to my comment to Raybark yesterday regarding the goalie supply & demand that exists in the NHL.

      • Thanks Striker