NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2018

by | Oct 9, 2018 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Game recaps, stars of the week plus injury updates on James van Riemsdyk, Roberto Luongo, Joe Thornton and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron tallied a hat trick, David Pastrnak scored twice and Brad Marchand collected three assists as the Boston Bruins doubled up the Ottawa Senators 6-3. Ryan Dzingel scored twice in a losing cause for the Senators.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron tallied a hat trick in a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins’ top line has wasted little time picking up where they left off last season. However, the club’s production drops sharply beyond Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak. 

In his season debut with the New York Islanders, goaltender Robin Lehner turned in a 35-save shutout performance backstopping his club to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Isles got the win in front of just 8,790 fans at Barclays Center.

Earlier in the day, the Sharks revealed the swelling in the surgically repaired right knee of center Joe Thornton was due to an infection and not to any structural damage to the knee.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton’s condition is being treated with antibiotics and he’s not expected to be sidelined for long. 

The Anaheim Ducks won their third straight game with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Troy Terry tallied the winning goal. The Wings were playing without Trevor Daley, who suffered an upper-body injury during Sunday’s game against the LA Kings.

Jack Eichel scored twice and Carter Hutton kicked out 35 shots to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 7.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk will be sidelined five-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: A knee injury has put Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo on the shelf for two-to-four weeks. The Panthers will turn to backup James Reimer and call-up Michael Hutchinson between the pipes.

TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky was placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a strained oblique.

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) could miss tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets.

THE SCORE: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs believes Houston would be a great market for an NHL franchise. Jacobs is the chairman of the league’s executive committee.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL hasn’t indicated if it intends to expand beyond 32 franchises once Seattle’s expansion bid is formally approved in December. Perhaps Houston will become a destination for a relocated franchise, though there’s no indication any current club could be on the move anytime soon.



  1. Relocation of any franchise should go to Quebec

    • I could be wrong, but I just don’t see Quebec getting a team under any circumstances.

      • If there is one location in North America where they could simply NOT separate professional sports from politics it would be Quebec City.

      • Paul

        I hope you are wrong . Bettman is the hold up…. whatever he tells the owners to do, he’ll get enough on board to sway against QC/PQ

        George is right … strong politics ; but per TSN, SN, Hockey news etc etc, every economic study done by the NHL has shown it would be a significant revenue contributor (unlike Arz et al that draw from the Rev pool to stay afloat ) and would be a successful franchise even if $Cnd hits 70 cents.

        Bettman will likely not change his mind…. look at how stubborn he’s been with Phoenix/Arz. The small uptick in NHL interest in the market has paled in comparison to the losses that the profitable franchises keep carrying for the franchise.

        Even if Arz made the playoffs and got to the 2nd round 3 years running (basically impossible) the franchise would still be drawing from the rev sharing pool

        This is why Arz would gladly give up 4 first rounders and pay through the nose in an offer sheet to get AM…. that cost would be offset with increased fan base, ticket sales, and other HRR. That is how bad things are in this market.

        Quebec would immediately sell out season’s tickets for 3 years running; would be an immediate and significant Revenue contributor; has an ownership in place; has a fan base already there; and most importantly has a state of the art arena already up and running.

        Yet … Bettman says no

        It’s mind boggling

        Rant over

  2. Houston would be great. Just don’t put a relo in Quebec.

  3. I’ve heard Houston would not be a good place for an NHL franchise, as it has many other sports franchises to turn to. Population density isn’t a key trigger to success, i.e. Phoenix, which is the team most likely on the move once Seattle bumps them into the Central. Austin would be a better city if you want to ignite a Texas rivalry, as they have a large enough demographic for hockey, and a natural dislike of Dallas. Just my 2 cents Canadian.

    • Winning is the key. Phoenix gets some playoff action they will be fine. Even the Canadian teams don’t sell out each game without winning.

  4. I agree Arizona’s woes mostly come from being a perennial loser. Winning fixes everything. Unfortunately they seem to be cursed and no amount of rebuilding ever fixes it. I seriously hope Houston is not the next city to get an NHL team. They love their ball down their, not their frozen rubber. It’s a hard sell to a city that couldn’t keep an AHL team. (The Houston Aeros) I see no reason why an NHL team would be any different.