NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2018

by | Nov 1, 2018 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Canucks defeat Blackhawks plus the latest on Jonathan Quick, Henrik Lundqvist, Sebastian Aho and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Jake Virtanen had his first two-goal NHL game to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Canucks forward Brendan Gaunce had a goal and an assist. Blackhawks star Patrick Kane missed the game due to illness.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is sidelined indefinitely following surgery yesterday to repair a torn meniscus. Recovery time is typically between three-to-six weeks.

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will be sidelined several weeks following knee surgery. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on the Kings later this morning in the Rumors section. 

NEW YORK POST: Long-time Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist insists he’s committed to the club’s rebuilding plans.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, he’s not going to ask for a trade to a playoff contender so quit bugging him about it. 

THE SCORE: The Nashville Predators activated goaltender Pekka Rinne (undisclosed ailment) off injured reserve yesterday.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said he believes a new contract for rising star Sebastian Aho can be completed before season’s end. Both sides are seeking a long-term deal and Waddell said they’re not that far part regarding the money.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Aho is in the final season of his entry-level contract and has steadily improved in his brief NHL career. He had 49 points as a rookie, 65 as a sophomore (and was their leading scorer last season) and is on pace (17 points in 12 games) for 116 points this season. He might not finish with 100 points but it’s safe to assume (barring injury) he could reach 80.

Aho is the real deal, the biggest star the Hurricanes have had since Eric Staal was in his playing prime. He could get between $8.5 million and $10 million annually. If the Hurricanes can get him for less than $8 million per it’ll be a bargain. 

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Ron Hainsey will play in his 1,000th career NHL game when the Leafs face off against the Dallas Stars.

SPORTSNET: Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (lower-body injury) is questionable for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators placed goaltender Mike Condon on waivers. 

CBS SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers forward Corban Knight (broken collarbone) is expected to be sidelined four months. 

The Anaheim Ducks sent forward Sam Steel to their AHL affiliate

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: The NHL is shifting more weekend games to afternoons to attract more European fans. The league “has changed the start time of nearly 50 games this season for the purpose of broadcasting games in prime time across the European continent.”



  1. Brendan Gaunce is a centre and “there’ not that far part” should be “they’re not that far apart”. Many commenters don’t know the difference between there, their and they’re but the writers should know how to apply them correctly.

    • Everyone watch out, the grammar police is out in full force.

  2. So is it the sweater that Aho is wearing that makes him worth $8m? How is it a guy who played just two seasons putting up 40pts his first year and 60pts his second doing well his third is worth that much but a similar player not wearing those colors who put up 60pts his first two seasons can only be worth no more than $6m? I see a bit of bias there. Love to hear the reasoning on this.

    • THAT is the proverbial $64,000 Question. And what you say underscores the hypocrisy being put forward by the Leafs braintrust in trying to lowball Nylander, ostensibly because they don’t feel he has “earned” the big money yet. And many in here have agreed, saying “let him rot until he caves in.” Then in the same breath, some suggest they should only hold out for a Top 2 D-man which , as Nbleafsguy points out in the other thread, would put them right back in the cap hell they are trying to avoid by getting Nylander to settle for $6. First of all, no team is going to give up an asset like that for a F (unless he’s named McDavid), so if the Leafs can’t see themselves managing the cap to their preference when Marner and Matthews get the big bucks next year by giving Nylander what he thinks he’s worth NOW, why would anyone believe that that would change by bringing in a top tier D-man in his prime? They need to work out a deal for a solid, stay-at-home mid-range D-man in the 30-33 range and have done with it. Otherwise, they’re just cutting off their nose to spite their face.

    • That’s kinda what I was getting my yesterday, the only reason aNylander is getting low balled is the other contracts the team is chosing to make a priority it has nothing to do with the players value in the Leafs eyes it’s the others, Nylander easily gets 7 plus if he isn’t a Leaf and if it wasn’t for 12 to Taveres on top of Marner and Matthews coming down the pipe the deal is done and signed in September. Since he came in to the League he is in the top 50-60 guys for production despite playing less games and minutes than the majority of the others, a head of Brayden Point Tyler Johnson Couturier, Towes Aho Stamkos … The issue isn’t that he isn’t worth the contract oys that the Leafs in a calendar year have 4 guys maybe seeking around the neighborhood of 40 million dollars worth of contracts. The argument that if the Leafs don’t have the money or don’t think he is worth it is skewed. I’m sure there are more than a few teams willing to give out a top line player between 7-8 mill a year RFA or not. Looks like the Canes really don’t have any issues with it funny how Aho is a deal at that price

  3. How about those Canucks? The players and coaches deserve a ton of credit for what they have achieved despite significant injury problems.

    • Very much I know some are hard on the front office there but that’s a really good looking group of young guys there

    • I would trade you Carlo and Heinen for your super Swede and Guddy.