NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2018

by | Oct 25, 2018 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Game recaps, Golden Knights re-sign Nate Schmidt, Brian Boyle cancer-free, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs took a 3-0 lead into the third period against the Winnipeg Jets and held on for a 4-2 victory. Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele narrowed the score to 3-2 but John Tavares put it out of reach with his first goal in five games. Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 38 saves for the win.

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned in a 22-save shutout as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Colorado Avalanche 1-0. Nikita Kucherov tallied the game’s only goal in the third period.

Third-period goals by Frank Vatrano and Evgenii Dadonov set the stage for Mike Hoffman’s overtime winner as the Florida Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the New York Islanders 3-2.

Vegas Golden Knights re-sign defenseman Nate Schmidt to a six-year contract extension. (Photo via NHL Images)

Bo Horvat scored twice, Jacob Markstrom kicked out 33 shots and Markus Granlund scored the only goal in a shootout as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. Alex Tuch, who’d been sidelined by a lower-body injury since preseason, rejoined the Golden Knights lineup.

Speaking of the Golden Knights, they reached an agreement with defenseman Nate Schmidt on a six-year, $35.7-million contract extension. The annual average value is $5.95 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schmidt, who’s currently serving a 20-game suspension for violation of the league’s PED policy, is in the second year of a two-year, $4.45-million contract and was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July. He’s getting a significant raise based on a limited body of work.

After several seasons as a speedy depth defenseman with the Washington Capitals, Schmidt was selected by the Golden Knights in last year’s expansion draft, quickly establishing himself as a top-four blueliner. He tallied a career-high 36 points in 2017-18 along with seven points in 20 playoff games. The Golden Knights are betting the 27-year-old has the potential to maintain that level of play over the long term. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle said his cancer is now in remission. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia 13 months ago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance last season. Happy to hear that his treatments were successful. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter will play his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings at XCel Energy Center.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed defenseman Dan Hamhuis on injured reserve.

SPORTSNET: Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki received a one-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety for elbowing Boston Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen in the head on Tuesday night.

CBS SPORTS: St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri has been sent to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio on a conditioning stint. Fabbri has been sidelined by a groin injury. 

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers sent goaltender Michal Neuvirth to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms for conditioning. 

THE SCORE: The New York Rangers placed winger Matt Beleskey on waivers. 



  1. Re Schmidt at almost $6M * 6… This was strange to me. Not the contract so much as the timing— is this the first time a long term contract has been signed while a player is on a lengthy suspension?

    I do believe he will prove to be worth this contract but it is a bit of a gamble for VGK in that he doesn’t have a ton of proven games behind him. If they had signed this contract in Jan or Feb after he’d come back and had shown no degredation in play… then that contract would have been an appropriate gamble.

    Its just the timing for me…. just a small bugaboo by me.

    I think this will work out fine. If he does not improve at all but stays at steady as you go pace… contract value is fine.

    Low risk with possible great value (possible big uptick in play) contract; just signed at the wrong time IMO.

  2. Boyle

    Great news that your cancer is in remission 🙂

  3. Re: Leafs game last night

    80 shots between the two teams and lots of good saves on both sides— what’s not to like.

    Bouts of dominant play for minutes on end by both teams— great to see.

    I’m not blind to the fact that the 4-2 goal should not have been scored as there should have been a penalty to Oz just before that goal … which would have put the agressively attacking (at that time) Jets on the PP to try and tie the score… this could have turned the tide (into a “tied”- LOL) in the game. I know this. Missed calls go all the time.

    Not saying it is fair. IMO, and much to my wants and hopes, Jets likely to be the winner on Sat. Their lengthy bouts of discombobulation during the game will be cleared up by Maurice by Sat.

    No matter what … Sat will be an exciting game.

    Also liked seeing “taking care of business” (BTO) outside of the arena pre-game.

    Can leafs have Kim Mitchell do a little gig just before Sat’s game? ….”might as well go for a soda…”???