NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2019

by | Jan 26, 2019 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Winners of All-Star skills competition, latest on Nathan MacKinnon, 2020 Winter Classic teams revealed, and a CBA update in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid won the fastest skater for the third straight year at the 2019 NHL All-Star skills competition at San Jose.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid won the NHL All-Star skating competition for the third straight year. (Photo via NHL Images).

U.S. women’s hockey team star Kendall Coyne Schofield became the first woman to participate in the skills competition, posting a time of 14.346 to beat Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller. She replaced Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, who’ll miss the All-Star Game because of a bruised left foot

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau was the winner of the puck control event for the second straight year. 

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak won the accuracy shooting, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson had the hardest shot, Oilers winger Leon Draisaitl was the premier passer, and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 12 consecutive stops to win the save streak event. 

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews drew some love from the San Jose crowd by sporting the Leafs jersey of teammate Patrick Marleau during the accuracy shooting event. Marleau spent 19 seasons with the San Jose Sharks. 

The league announced the Nashville Predators will face the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl. 

Executives from the NHL and NHL Players Association remain optimistic over the possibility of working out a new collective bargaining agreement without resorting to another work stoppage.

Both sides claim early discussions have been “cordial and constructive,” according to league commissioner Gary Bettman, who once again stressed he’s not spoiling for a fight with the players. Neither side would speculate over the possibility of either side triggering their early-out options from the current CBA in September. 

THE SCORE: cited TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reporting the two sides discussed the prospect of staging a smaller World Cup of Hockey tournament midway through the 2020-21 season. 


  1. Watched half hour of the ASG skills…then, I turned over to the paint drying channel and that really got the blood flowing!

  2. This was the first time in about 3 years I watched The skills from start to finish…..AWFUL! I don’t think the players even have fun anymore, lots of serious faces that looked like they didn’t want to be there. I’d love to see them include guys in the skills that aren’t in the ASG. Like for instance, for the hardest shot why not have guys who are known for having the hardest shot, or for fastest skater, actually have the fastest guys in the league. You’d actually be able to market the best of the best

    • Or have the skills competition, open to players who are not in the game. I’m not sure the guy with the hardest shot or fastest skater get voted in so find away to have challengers in the event, similat to Schofeild in the fastest play I’d like to see guys like Arvidsson or Kapanen go up against McDavid.ight make it a little more exciting if you didn’t have a pretty good idea who was going to win the event.

  3. Or, they could shut down the whole bleeding thing. It’s an embarrassment. Give the players the week off; they can sure use it. Even the fans can use it, considering how long the season is. Repeat after me, Gary. The commissioner’s job is not to kiss corporate ass…er, well…oh, never mind.