NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2018

by | Oct 18, 2018 | News, NHL | 18 comments

Game recaps plus the latest on Corey Crawford, Mike Matheson, Nick Ritchie, Brady Tkachuk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin scored twice, John Carlson had a three-point night and Matt Niskanen tallied in overtime as the Washington Capitals edged the New York Rangers 4-3. Defenseman Neal Pionk assisted on all three Rangers goals.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice in his club’s 4-3 win over the New York Rangers. (Photo via NHL Images)

Johnny Gaudreau netted his 100th career NHL goal and Michael Frolik scored twice in the Calgary Flames’ 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Gaudreau had to leave the game in the third period as part of the league’s concussion protocol following a high hit from Bruins blueliner Charlie McAvoy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No update was provided on Gaudreau’s condition but it doesn’t sound as though it’s serious. Hopefully, we’ll learn more later today. 

Ryan Kesler scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks downed the New York Islanders 4-1.

The Ducks also ended their contract impasse with winger Nick Ritchie as they reached an agreement on a three-year, $4.6-million deal ($1.533-million annual average value) and inked unrestricted free agent defenseman Jake Dotchin to a one-year, $800K contract.

Dotchin must clear waivers before joining the Ducks. He’s also filed a grievance against his former club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, for terminating his contract over what they called a “material breach” regarding his conditioning.

Brendan Gallagher’s goal with 11 seconds remaining in the third period gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Max Domi and Mike Reilly scored their first goals this season for the Canadiens, who have a 4-1-1 record.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canadiens winger Tomas Tatar also picked up an assist, giving him a team-leading eight points in six games. Former Habs captain Max Pacioretty, the guy Tatar was traded for, has one point in his first seven games with the Vegas Golden Knights.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford hopes to make his long-awaited return from concussion symptoms tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. Crawford’s last game was Dec. 23, 2017.

THE SCORE: Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson said he’s received death threats and online harassment following his hit on Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson on Saturday. Matheson was slapped with a two-game suspension for the hit by the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matheson doesn’t deserve this. You can take issue with his hit on Pettersson but there’s no reason to harass him online. I daresay those making those threats lack the guts to make those comments to his face. Lots of folks with keyboard courage out there. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk will miss a month because of a torn ligament in his left leg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough break for the Senators and Tkachuk, who was off to a promising start (six points in four games) to the season.

SPORTSNET: The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700K at the NHL level. He was placed on waivers yesterday for the purpose of demotion to their AHL affiliate.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings claimed forward Jacob de la Rose off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Phil Di Giuseppe on waivers.




    • Pens are resigning gonchar to replace Schultz? Neato!

      • Gonchar couldn’t make the team 3 years ago when he was on a PTO.

      • Who’d you rather have? Gonch or Jj? 😇

    • Conacher has been waived more time than a flag at the U.N.

  1. What is wrong with certain people, these days? Don’t agree with a politician’s positions/party? Harass them and send them death threats. A professional athlete does something you disagree with? Send him death threats. Since when did we descend into Nazi Germany or the Dark Ages?

    • Read the news from around the world. To a large extent we never left those days, especially with a significant part of the world still functioning under a 12th century mentality.

      • So very accurate George.

  2. Lyle,

    Absolutely love this sight. I was a “watcher” every day for a long time before I became a poster. I didn’t have the time to post as I’ve had for the last few months.

    I will continue to be a grateful reader and will post as often as possible. I, however, have to crimp my posting as my plate is completely full now for the next few months. I’ve decided to go ahead with something major and can’t expect my staff to work hard on this if I’m posting throughout the day. I can’t be that selfish – LOL. I’ll try where possible to get posts in early and if possible late.

    Won’t be any late tonight as I will be at the Leafs/Pens game.

    For those who posted a response or question to me yesterday; I will see if I can now post a response back (if required).

    Again, many thanks Lyle— absolutely love this venue.


  3. Re: Ritchie: Thought he would get a bit more. Why the hold out? If the contract is only in the $1.5 range then the difference could only have been about $200 K apart I would think— I don’t get that one.

    Re: Dotchkin signing– I have a question—Cap Friendly has him still as an RFA after this contract??? I thought once your team nullified your contract that you immediately become a UFA? Does anybody know?

    For the signing itself— fantastic move. I’m not exaggerating here. This is a very very low risk move with the potential for a high return. $800K is just a little over the league minimum. Dotchkin now has everything to prove. He’s had his hands slapped. I truly believe he will (if he has not already) get himself back into shape and will work very hard to prove himself for his next contract.

    If he is in fact, still and RFA (please see my question above); then Anaheim just paid $800 K to get an asset that will give them at least some breathing room in case of an injury to a defenceman; AND will either prove to be a top 6 D (and IMO a possible [please read as possible and not definite] top 4 down the road) for them; or a tradeable asset that will give them futures or prospects.

    With the injury to Shultz—- this is what GMJR should have done. With the way JJ has been playing… I would prefer a 240 lb Dotchkin over that.

    I’m hoping the play of the other day was an anomaly for JJ. He was a post, a bar and a spectacular save by De Smith, away from a minus 5 night (and all 5 of those goals would have been as a result of his poor positioning). JJ prove me wrong please. Rant over!!

    • Dotchin has only played 83 games in the NHL, way too little to qualify for UFA status.

    • Hey Pengy.
      $200,000 is a pile of money if you’re only set to make 1.5 mil.
      Not so much if you make 6-13 mil.
      It’s all relative I suppose.
      Everyone wants to get their rewards, earned or not.
      Best of luck on whatever you’re tackling here in the present and future.
      You are a solid poster and excellent contributor to this site.
      Just reading your daily comments makes me smile.
      Your subordinates are lucky to have you.
      I’d work for you in a heartbeat.
      No joke.

    • Another Jake Dotchin mysery: He cleared waivers several days ago. Why does he have to do it again? Since he does, the Penguins, or any other team, could still get him.

  4. Lol George. Spot on with that comment. World was always $#%@ed Paul, the age of technology has just brought certain issues to the forefront and made it easier for people to find access to others and spread their hate mongering ways. It’s a sad state of affairs, but there are still more good than bad out there. 🙂

  5. Keyboard courage. Nicely phrased.

    • Liked it too!

  6. Though I admit it is early, Domi and Tatar have a combined 13 points through 6 games and are both highly engaged…. Galchenyuk has yet to suit up for a game and Patches has 1 point in 7….. Looks like Crow may be on the menu, Habs home GMs.

    • I believe the majority here felt that Montreal did extremely well in the Pacioretty trade. I have very few friends who are habs fans and they were quite pleased at the time too.
      With Chucky not so much, for some reason the fans loved him – I like the domi swap, think it’ll be good for both