NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2018
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.
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.”