NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 1, 2018

by | Oct 1, 2018 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Capitals’ Tom Wilson facing another suspension, plus updates on Dustin Brown, Scott Darling, Cory Schneider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CSN WASHINGTON: Capitals winger Tom Wilson was ejected from Sunday’s preseason game against the St. Louis Blues for an illegal hit to the head of Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist, leaving the latter motionless on the ice. Wilson received a five-minute major penalty and a match penalty while Sundqvist had to be helped from the ice.

Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson faces an in-person hearing with the league for an illegal hit to the head of St. Louis Blue forward Oskar Sundqvist. (Photo via NHL Images)

NHL.COM’s Tom Gulitti reports Blues coach Mike Yeo said Sundqvist’s status was “not good”, adding he had a couple of upper-body injuries and could be sidelined for a while.

SPORTSNET: Wilson has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety. This means Wilson could face a suspension of six-or-more games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wilson is a repeated offender, fined twice and suspended a total of four regular-season games, two preseason games and three playoff games for separate incidents since 2015. He could face a lengthy suspension for that hit on Sundqvist. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Dustin Brown is sidelined indefinitely with a broken finger.

YAHOO SPORTS: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling left Sunday’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators with a lower-body injury. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said there’s some concern over Darling’s injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Darling was looking forward to a bounce-back season after struggling through most of 2017-18. This could be a potential setback for the Hurricanes’ starter. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils revealed veteran goaltender Cory Schneider won’t play in the club’s season opener on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. Schneider underwent hip surgery during the offseason. He’s practiced regularly with his teammates but didn’t take part in any preseason games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schneider remains optimistic about returning to action soon. His first game could come in mid-October. 

CBS SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is questionable for Thursday’s season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He tweaked a previous injury but no details have been disclosed. 

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers placed forward Pontus Aberg on waivers and released defenseman Jakub Jerabek. 



  1. Repeat predator. Personally, I’d like to see 15-20 games. And 30-40 the next time he does it. Is it possible to impact the mindset of a player like this? If not, he may headhunt his way right out of the NHL.

  2. Wilson should be out for 12 to 20 games for that hit. Unnecessary and stupid.

    • Aimed at head all the way. at best he was going to hit from behind? league needs to send a message. this is not about keeping your head up…

  3. I am a Wilson fan but agree that the league should send a 20 game message – on top of EVERYTHING else – it’s PRESEASON! What was Wilson thinking of???

  4. L’ami Canadien, DC, ds, Nasdaq40

    On board with all of you… serious repeat predator …. unwarranted headshots all geared to separate player from game instead of player from puck.

    Look at progression of last 3 serous ones …. Dumolin …. ouch … nothing . ZAR … nothing in game at all …. almost separated head from shoulders … finally suspended after review.

    Yes yes yes …. 15 or more … next time 40…. any more after that …. lifetime ban.

    It’s almost at the intent to maim if not intent to kill level.

    Hard and heavy clean checks I’m all for … deliberate head shots MUST be completely eliminated

    If they give him 6 or less ; he will do this again

    • He will do it again no matter how many games he’s suspended for – that’s just the way it is with Wilson – and I’m a Wilson fan living in St. Louis – and trying to remain a Wilson fan but he makes it difficult!

  5. 10 games would be a start, he be forfeiting $700,121 of income.
    You would hope losing that much off your income would be a deterrent.

    • Caper

      I think you’d be right on that with any other player

      However watching this guy … I would not be surprised if his mindset was that he didn’t do anything wrong and that $700 K was worth it as he still gets (after loss of $700 K) a $2.5M raise from last year but only has to play 72 games. I’m saying this tongue-n-cheek but not that far off in my belief.

      He played that way in Jr and even as a kid in the GTHL (he’d often play in games just before or after my youngest son who is 1 year older; so I sometimes saw parts of Wilson’s games and he was very dirty then)

      Throw the proverbial book at him

      • Maybe, for these type of repeat offenders, the NHL should introduce a “gotcha” rule which would see anyone in the rest of the league have a free shot at him without penalty. That might make them think more than the monetary loss.

  6. Don’t give him any games so he plays against Boston opening night and put him in a cage match fight with Chara.

  7. Tom Wilson should be suspended for one season. His shenanigans and intentionally injuring players have gone far enough.

    The Capitals will also need to send a message for other repeat offenders on their team: Brooks Orpik and T. J. Oshie.