NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2018

by | Dec 1, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Game recaps, injury, waiver updates, possible candidates for the vacant Flyers GM job, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Another questionable hit by Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson overshadowed his club’s 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Wilson was ejected for an illegal hit to the head of Devils forward Brett Seney, though it was actually a hit from behind to Seney’s shoulder. The Capitals winger only recently returned from a 20-game suspension (reduced by an independent arbiter to 14 games) for an illegal hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist.

Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson could once again face supplemental discipline for another questionable hit. (Photo via NHL Images)

Meanwhile, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 626th career NHL goal to move past Joe Sakic and Jarome Iginla into sole possession of 15th place on the all-time goal-scoring list.

Ryan Getzlaf’s overtime goal gave the surging Anaheim Ducks their fifth win in six games by edging the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. The Hurricanes were skating with winger Micheal Ferland, who’s listed as day-to-day with a concussion. Earlier in the day, they demoted goaltender Scott Darling to their AHL affiliate and saw winger Valentin Zykov plucked off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.

Third-period goals by Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Backlund, and Sean Monahan lifted the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings were also playing without Ilya Kovalchuk, who was scratch from the game and is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko scored in overtime as his club nipped the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Avs blueliner Erik Johnson was ejected during the second period for elbowing Blues center Alexander Steen in the head.

Coming off a 10-game winning streak, the Buffalo Sabres dropped their second in a row by falling to the Florida Panthers 3-2 on an overtime goal by Aleksander Barkov.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins blueliner Brandon Carlo is expected to return to action tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. Carlo’s been sidelined since Nov. 10 with a shoulder injury. 

CBS SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings rearguard Trevor Daley (lower-body injury) is expected to be sidelined this weekend.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton lists former Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, Columbus Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito, former Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis, former Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis, and former Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman as five candidates to fill the vacant Philadelphia Flyers general manager position. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored Fletcher is the front-runner. Reports emerged yesterday claiming the Flyers sought permission to speak with Nonis (who’s now a consultant with the Anaheim Ducks) and Zito. Yzerman might not be available as it’s widely assumed he could take over from Ken Holland as Red Wings GM next summer. 

TSN: “Todd Ewen was posthumously diagnosed earlier this year by a Boston University neuropathologist with the brain-withering disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a development that contradicts the findings of a Toronto doctor two years ago that the former National Hockey League player didn’t have the disease.”



  1. Wilson refuses to learn that the league no longer tolerates goons. What will it take to get the league to ban him for life? A life threatening injury to one of his victims? Or “just” having one of his victims being left permanently disabled?

    • He seems determined to make it into the dinosaur’s last Rock-em Sock-em videos

    • He damn near permanently disabled ZAR last year by literally trying to take his head off.

      Even after his hits he has a no care attitude … skates on as if nothing has happened … “no big deal”

      20 games (reduced to 14) didn’t stop him????


      I will state that last night’s hit was no where near as agregious as the last three.

      He just tests the water how far he can push it

      Last year … smashed Dumo … no call…. so push the envelope

      Took of ZAR’s head … no call and that in effect allowed them to win a game that would have put Pens up 2-1 in series (game 4 in Pitts which they won … so Pitt would have been up 3-1)… as while Pens were up in game and should have had a 5 min power play… he’s in on tying goal on next shift and intereferes with Letang (no callBTW) so that Ovi can score winner… that made Caps up 2-1 in series

      Only after game and safety panel gives him suspension …. still ran roughshod rest of playoffs

      …. so no deterrent really … he got a Cup

      …. so push it again … a couple near misses in pre-season ..,no calls… push the envelope …. then the major one

      Finally 20 games…. should be a deterrent

      Gets reduced to 14… yes I can push the envelope again

      He’s had two attempts (prior to last night) since he was back but since no actual contact and there is no penalty in the books for attempts to hit to the head… push the envelope again

      …. so we get last night’s hit

      Again … no where near as agregious … but if he’s not suspended ..,. He will end somebody’s career (maybe even their life) soon

      He was a goon type hitter as a teen and remains so today

      Parros .., you MUST suspend him

      • You forgot Wilson nearly taking off Alexander Wennberg’s head in last year’s playoffs and the league doing nothing.

  2. Wilson’s hit was a late pointless yet not that dangerous hit… but he cant help himself

  3. Nylander just signed… 6 years @ 6.9 million AAV.