NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2018

by | Nov 29, 2018 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Game recaps, injury and waiver updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews made a big splash in his return to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup with two goals and an assist in a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. It was Matthew’s first game since suffering a shoulder injury on Oct. 27. John Tavares also scored twice for the Leafs.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews scored twice in a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. (Photo via NHL Images)

Sidney Crosby’s natural hat trick couldn’t prevent the Pittsburgh Penguins from dropping a 6-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and collected three assists for the Avalanche.

The Detroit Red Wings blew a 3-0 lead but Tyler Bertuzzi’s third-period goal allowed them to squeak past the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Bertuzzi had two goals on the night, as did Blues winger David Perron.

Nick Ritchie tallied the game-tying and game-winning goals as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Florida Panthers 3-2.

Tyler Seguin’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will miss the next five weeks due to a larynx injury. Meanwhile, winger Jake DeBrusk returned to practice yesterday, showing no ill-effects from taking a shot to the head on Monday. The Bruins will also honor former winger Rick Middleton tonight by raising his No. 16 to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony. 

CBS SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson is listed as day-to-day with a neck injury. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed Jean-Sebastien Dea on waivers on Wednesday.

SPORTSNET: The front-office purge continues for the Philadelphia Flyers as Chris Pryor and Gord Murphy were fired yesterday. They also placed goaltender Calvin Pickard on waivers. Former Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher is reportedly the front-runner for the vacant Flyers GM role. 

TSN.CA: Ottawa Senators chief operating officer Nicolas Ruszkowski disputed Ottawa mayor Jim Watson’s claim the club wants the city to pay for a new downtown arena, calling the mayor’s remarks “disappointing and inaccurate.”

WINNIPEG SUN: A recent five-goal performance by Jets winger Patrik Laine earned a Winnipeg pastor over $1 million in Safeway Sobeys $1,000,000 Score & Win. 



  1. The people in Ottawa hoping that that Melnyk gets bled dry and squeezed out of his team don’t seem to understand that it’s not Melnyk they have to worry about, his name is Gary Bettman and he is an absolute beast when it comes to protecting his owners interests and franchise values…this is gonna be a helluva fight

    • Iam really confused with this Flyer situation.

      There is 15 teams looking for a true # 1 Goalie so its not like the Flyers have not tried out different situations ..you can only do so much with what is available…Other teams are not going to do you a favor and just say …oh…ok ..well..were done with Jonathan Quick Or Bobrovsky …here you go …LMAO
      Its going to take a VERY significant deal to pull off a deal ..even if there is one to be had which Iam of the belief in reality there really isn’t !

      From Feltchers time in Minni ..he really liked to have a veteran laden team …and sprinkled in a few up and coming D men and wingers along the way and he did manage the cap very well in doing so, BUT OH WAITE …isn’t that exactly what Hextal was doing …Mmmmmm …that team needs a new Coach …no ONE trade out there to help this team ..they have quality players it needs to be more systematic on the ice !
      There is talent through all 4 lines and prospects who are right there knocking ta the door !

      • Maybe Hextall wasn’t actually fired…maybe he is secretly training to make his NHL comeback in goal for the Flyers…

        In all seriousness though, I think he was building a good thing there in Philly. I expect them to flourish over the next couple of seasons and for the next GM to get all the credit…we’ve seen it before.

      • @ Double minor

        As Brian Burke used to say …

        ” The table was set ” for the incoming GM !

      • I think a big part of Hextall not being there is because he wouldn’t fire Hakstol. Of course Holmgren and Scott aren’t going to say that because they have to retain Hakstol for the time being so the new GM can bring in his own guy but I can’t see how this WASN’T an issue. The Flyers certainly have issues in goal but I agree, it’s not like finding a #1 is easy and no other team is going to gift them a goalie. Hakstol is inept. He has shown he’s unable to adapt during a game, shows the same emotion whether the Flyers are winning a game or losing 7-0. Lineups and asset management of younger players are a joke and have been pretty much since he was hired…even before that with Berube as well. PK is historically low and have been abysmal for years and somehow Lappy still has his job as well. I suspect the first thing a new GM will announce is that he won’t be retaining Hakstol and his new coach will make the call on the assistants. If they fired Hextall and somehow this ends up that Hakstol keeps his job, I’m done with them. Hextall should and hopefully will get the credit he deserves if/when the team becomes a contender. He stocked the cupboards BUT, when the cupboards are full, people want to eat, and this team is as brutal as it was a couple of seasons ago. The Flyers don’t miss the playoffs for 9 out of 10 years and then claim to have figured things out so after 5 years of being patient it’s time to see at least SOME results.

  2. Chuck Fletcher?!? Yeah because his track record of impotence and mediocrity isn’t already legendary. Is this because Don Waddell wasn’t available? The next coach of the Flyers will be Mike Yeo, and I could not be happier. Time to start shipping up some of these young assets so they can turn into stats on other teams just like the old days. Replace them with Jack Johnson type overrated refuse.

    • I think you could pick up Karl Alzner pretty cheap right now. Maybe him and Antti Niemi for Ghostbear and Giroux?

    • Yeah that sounds like a flyers impatient, overreaction that we have all gotten used to. All these old dinosaurs have to go, including Rutherford. They just don’t see the future the way some of these newer gms do. In September I kept saying that Buffalo was going to surprise a lot of people because they had improved a great deal. Well they have even surprised me at this point. They are a lot of fun to watch and they still have some young guys like Rasmus Asplund that are not part of the current roster but are very much part of the future. That accross the board improvement can be attributed to some very shrewd moves that Jason Botterill has made since he took over as gm.