NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 27, 2019
Sidney Crosby named MVP of 2019 All-Star Game, latest on Erik Karlsson, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Team Metropolitan defeated Team Central 10-5 to win the 2019 NHL All-Star Game 3-on-3 tournament.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP, becoming the sixth players in league history to receive that honor as well as the Hart Memorial and Conn Smythe trophies during their playing careers.
Kendall Coyne Schofield, Renata Fast, Rebecca Johnston, and Brianna Decker were informed the NHL will donate $25,000.00 in each of their names to the charities or hockey programs of their choice.
The four were invited to demonstrate events at the All-Star Game, including Coyne Schofield becoming the first woman to participate in the fastest skater competition, while Decker’s unofficial time in the Premier Passing event was three seconds faster than the official winning time of Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl.
Decker wasn’t paid for her unofficial winning time but CCM Hockey stepped up and pledged her $25,000.00.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe to make the NHL All-Star skills competition more interesting, the league should invite the best all-stars from the women’s professional leagues to participate. I think it would help grow the game.
NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is keeping mum about his undisclosed injury and his contract status. Karlsson is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson and the Sharks can’t discuss an eight-year extension until after the Feb. 25th trade deadline. They can discuss shorter deals now if they wish. He recently said there’s no timetable on anything and it would be handled privately. In other words, he doesn’t want a media circus over his contract status like the one he faced in Ottawa last year.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings will face the Colorado Avalanche in an outdoor game on Feb. 15, 2020, at Air Force’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
BOSTON GLOBE: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said interested financial parties in Quebec City remain in regular contact with the league in hopes of bringing an NHL franchise back to that city. The Quebec Nordiques played there from 1979 to 1995 before being relocated to Denver and renamed the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quebec City has an NHL-caliber venue in the 18, 259-seat Videotron Centre, but as the piece points out, the city also has a relatively low number of corporations to fill the luxury boxes and invest in advertising sponsorships. If the league decides to add another franchise or relocate a struggling one, Houston, Texas, appears to be their destination of choice.