NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2019

by | Feb 16, 2019 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Game recaps, Oilers trade Cam Talbot to Flyers, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Nino Niederreiter scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. The victory moves the surging Hurricanes (66 points) within one point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth. 

The Edmonton Oilers traded goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo via NHL Images).

Following the game, the Oilers traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for goaltender Anthony Stolarz. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers and Flyers were discussing this deal since Thursday. The move clears Talbot’s $4.16-million annual average value from the Oilers’ salary-cap payroll to make room for defenseman Andrej Sekera, who’s returning to action after missing most of this season to injury.

The Flyers get an opportunity to see if Talbot, who’s friends with Carter Hart, can make a good backup and mentor for the young rookie netminder. If he works out, the Flyers will probably re-sign him to provide additional stability between the pipes. 

The Buffalo Sabres failed to gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings, falling 6-2 to the New York Rangers. Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice and set up another for the Rangers. The Sabres (63 points) remain four points out of a wild-card berth. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider picked up his first win since Dec. 27, 2017, in a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Nico Hischier tallied the winner in overtime as the Devils overcame a three-goal deficit. The Wild (60 points) are clinging to the final Western Conference playoff spot, sitting one point up on the Vancouver Caucks. 

Jaroslav Halak turned in a 30-save shutout as the Boston Bruins blanked the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. Earlier in the day, the Ducks placed Brian Gibbons on waivers

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz has been activated off injured reserve and could play this afternoon against the Calgary Flames. 

CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner has suffered a minor injury and won’t travel with the club for today’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have called up defenseman Luke Schenn from their AHL affiliate in Utica. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Joe Morrow is sidelined two-to-three weeks with a lower-body injury. 


  1. Lopsided trade. Good for the oilers, not so much the Flyers. They gave up a guy that could be a very solid backup, for a guy that is overpaid, not as good, and could’ve been free in the summer… Fletch, care to explain?

    • Talbot and Hart are friends. The Flyers want to see how well Talbot performs and if he’ll make a suitable backup and mentor for Hart. It doesn’t hurt the Flyers at all to make this move. If Talbot works out well in a backup/mentor role, they’ll be able to re-sign him to a reasonable deal exclusively before July 1. If he doesn’t pan out, they just cut him loose and look for other options.

      • That rationale makes sense. I’m just concerned they gave up a goalie who still has a chance to be a good starter. Time will tell.

    • I think the Flyers not only came out on top with this deal, now Edmonton kinda owes you one for helping them activate Sekera without blowing their cap.
      Talbot is a very good goalie.
      He was not the reason Edmonton stinks.

  2. It’s also not unreasonable to suppose that Talbot could return to form.

  3. When will Edmonton do something to improve the team?

  4. The oilers continue to make quality players look bad and trade them for low returns. Talbot has shown starter ability i wouldnt be surprised if a new environment improves his game. Time will tell but this smells of Dubnyck 2.0.