NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2019

by | Jan 15, 2019 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Game recaps, stars of the week, bye week schedule released, Ducks trade Andrew Cogliano to the Stars, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Goaltender Frederik Andersen’s return from a groin injury couldn’t prevent the Toronto Maple Leafs from dropping a 6-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. Carl Soderberg led the way for the Avs with a hat trick. The Leafs have lost four of their last six. Defenseman Jake Gardiner was the target of unhappy Toronto boo-birds, prompting his teammates to come to his defense in post-game interviews.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gardiner didn’t have a good game but that loss wasn’t solely his fault. The Leafs didn’t play well in this game and haven’t looked good in most of their last six contests. 

A four-point performance by Patrick Kane couldn’t prevent the Chicago Blackhawks from falling 8-5 to the New Jersey Devils. Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman each scored twice and Travis Zajac collected three points for the Devils, handing the Blackhawks their fourth straight loss. 

James van Riemsdyk’s hat trick carried the Philadelphia Flyers to a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild (Photo via NHL Images).

James van Riemsdyk tallied a hat trick as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 7-4. Wayne Simmonds and Nolan Patrick each scored twice for the Flyers. 

The St. Louis Blues got their first three-game win streak of the season by downing the Washington Capitals 4-1. Blues winger David Perron scored a goal to extend his points streak to 11 games. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin netted his league-leading 33rd goal while teammate Brooks Orpik played his 1,000th career NHL game. 

Jeff Petry potted the game-winner in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Boston Bruins 3-2. Canadiens goalie Carey Price kicked out 41 shots. 

Edmonton Oilers forwards Zach Kassian and Milan Lucic each scored twice in a 7-2 beatdown of the Buffalo Sabres. Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen made 41 stops. 

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 13. 

The NHL also released its bye week schedule

THE SCORE: Details have emerged over the incident that resulted in the Columbus Blue Jackets withholding goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from last Thursday’s game against Nashville. After being pulled during Tuesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bobrovsky went straight to the dressing room, removed his equipment, showered and changed into street clothes rather than return to the bench. Following the game, several players pulled Bobrovsky aside and spoke with him before the team’s flight. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report indicates Jackets coach John Tortorella was furious with Bobrovsky, as his antics left the club without a backup for Joonas Korpisalo in case he had to exit the game. It’s been a frustrating season for Bobrovsky but that doesn’t excuse his actions. Following a team meeting on Friday, Bobrovsky apologized and claimed he and the team put the incident behind them. 

TSN: The Anaheim Ducks traded winger Andrew Cogliano to the Dallas Stars for center Devin Shore.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Ducks having dropped 11 straight games, general manager Bob Murray has decided to shake up his roster a bit rather than fire head coach Bob Murray. They’ve dealt away experience and durability in Cogliano for a younger, faster and less expensive forward in Shore, who has just 17 points in 42 games. The Stars will look to Cogliano to provide a boost to a leadership core that recently came under criticism from team CEO Jim Lites. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed winger Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $1.5 million.

SPORTSNET: The Nashville Predators and New York Rangers made a minor-league swap, with the Predators sending forward Connor Brickley to the Rangers for Cole Schneider. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL defenseman Josh Gorges announced his retirement. He spent 13 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens, and Buffalo Sabres. He had 124 points in 783 regular season games and nine points in 68 postseason contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gorges spent over seven seasons with the Canadiens and became one of the league’s better defensive blueliners during that time. 


  1. Leafs, believe it or not , are at risk , of not making the playoffs .
    Gardiner has to go ..
    Zaitsev is not much better .
    Ducks are vulnerable right now .
    They have depth at defense and are good trade partners with the Leafs from the past .
    Just 1 example .
    The Leafs are very weak on the puck in their own end ,
    Teams know that and taking advantage of it .
    It’s deja vu all over again, as. per game 7 vs Boston ..
    it’s pathetic how people will defend Jake the mistake Gardiner !!!
    Package him up .. Put him behind us Please Dubas

    • Hi Ken

      I don’t think Leafs are realistically at risk of missing the playoffs

      Realistically they are at risk of losing home ice advantage

      There are changes that MUST be made and a strengthen D core is paramount

      However, as I’ve stated before … nothing IMO , gets them a SC this June

      All moves should be geared to a lengthy window (5-7 years stating in June ’20) of potentially getting a cup or two

      Any moves (if at all) by/at this year’s TDL should be to aquire an asset (preferably D upgrade) that will at least be under contract with Leafs next year (or more years)

      Manson (Ana) would, IMO , be a great target … RHD upgrade and under contract through ’21/’22 at very reasonable $4.1M per…. what’s he going to cost ?

      GMKD …. please please please under no circumstances; go all in this year … that would be blowing assets just to at best get to the ECF

      This team has a bright future if GMKD can get AM and MM signed and then makes strategic moves in July

      • The more I see the season play out the more I feel there is absolutely no intention for Leafs to go for the cup this year.

        I think they will make moves that will allow them to sign AM and MM to the contracts that will be required to keep them. Unless there is a major offer for Gardner, they let him play out the season and let him walk at the end,(perhaps as to not help anyone else win, which would be dumb)or trade at Draft because they cannot afford him going forward. I think they consider trading Kadri for a solid D man with term (Pesce, Manson,Montour) to free up the $$ to resign Kapanen and Johnsson in July. Marleau is not going to be traded due to his contract and whatever else he brings (uber for AM and MM LOL). Marleau can take his Kadris spot at Centre for next season. Trade Connor Brown at deadline or July 1 as he is now too expensive to be a 4th line RW. Fill the roster with Trevor Moore, Grundstrom etc. Bring Hainsey back as your 3rd pair LD on low $$ to play with Zaitsev or Ozighanov (whoever is lower in depth).In next two seasons when Cap is higher you can add quality additions. Liligren should be ready then and Sandin after that.

        If, (and I do not think they are) they are going all in, I think they must trade for Wayne Simmonds and Adam McQuaid as Rentals. What they give up other than picks I do not know, but that is the only way I see them getting beyond First Round with the rest of the team relatively intact.

      • Can’t agree more. Finally somebody who knows what he is talking about.

    • All the Leafs need is to trade for JVR and play Anaheim back to back…..

      • You need to pack your bags as you have been chosen to be an assistant coach along with Caper to serve me the new head coach of TML. See you at the press conference…

      • You need to pack your bags and hurry your azz to Scotiabank Center for the press conference. Up have been chosen along with Caper to serve as new assistant coaches to new head coach ME Mike.

    • The Leafs are weak in defending in their own zone. Kadri has a pond hockey stick lift in his own end that cost them a key goal. Does he have to go too?

    • Its hard to imagine from a Canucks fan perspective that the Leafs with an embarrassment of riches, could be anywhere but near the top and in the clear and yet hear they are. Is it really the team or are they just bored and waiting for the playoffs to start? The other thought that crossed my mind is perhaps they have too many great players and not enough role players?

  2. Lucic is on 🔥
    Kreider , Chytl and a 1st for Lucic?

    • 🙂

    • If Lucic continues scoring that the rate he did last night, he will finish the season with 76 goals…I think NYR needs to add to that scenario for such a prolific scorer.

    • Are you daft man?
      That’s not near enough for the likes of super hot Lucic.