NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 13, 2018

by | Oct 13, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Canucks to retire Sedins numbers plus updates, Duncan Keith reaches a key milestone, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

VANCOUVER SUN: “Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini announced Thursday morning on Sportsnet 650 that the team plans to retire the Sedins’ numbers during the 2019-20 season.” The date has yet to be determined but the club is talking to the league over scheduling.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Future Hall-of-Famers Daniel and Henrik Sedin were the greatest players in Canucks history. They deserve this honor. I expect they’ll also be inducted into the club’s “Ring of Honour” at some point. 

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will play his 1,000th career NHL game on Saturday. (Photo via NHL Images)

  CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will play his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center in Chicago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keith’s NHL career began in 2005-06, spending each of those 1,000 games with the Blackhawks.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday announced three players – “winger Ryan Dzingel (muscle injury), defenceman Cody Ceci (two separate undisclosed injuries) and winger Alex Formenton (concussion)” – were placed on injured reserve.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers forward Travis Konecny left practice yesterday with an apparent foot injury. It’s uncertain if he’ll be able to play in today’s games against the Vegas Golden Knights.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Michael Haley “will be away from the team while taking part in the NHL/NHL Players Association assistance program.” Haley, an eight-year NHL veteran, played 73 games last season with the Panthers.




  1. Lyle ,

    Can rfa receive nmc ntc ? As I understand it they cannot . They can negotiate them into years when they flip from rfa to ufa . (Ex : an rfa with 2 years to ufa can sign a 4 year deal with a nmc that kicks in for the 2 years he is ufa . I believe that’s what the cba said , it’s tough to decipher at times .

    • You are correct

    • “Once a National Hockey League player has played seven years or reached twenty-seven years of age (Group 3 Free Agent Status) he is eligible to qualify for the NMC or NTC in his contract. These clauses can start mid-contract once the player reaches his Group 3 status. (example: in the fourth year of a seven-year deal).”

      • Thank you Scott and Lyle , you run a great site

      • Glad we could help, and thanks for the kind words!

  2. To Jim Matheson:
    Why can’t we talk about rare feats and comparisons?
    Would you prefer we avoid talking about NHL hockey until the playoffs begin?

  3. Typical leaf fans and Toronto media.Year in year out nothing changes.Everyone is a leafs fan again drinking the koolaid and making parade plans.Waiting to hear the excuses in April again.