NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 4, 2019
Game recaps plus updates on Roberto Luongo, Erik Karlsson, Ryan Kesler, Glen Sather, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in a shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Toews set a personal best with 45 goals on the season while teammate Patrick Kane hit a career-high 107 points for the Blackhawks, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday. The loss prevented the Blues (95 points) from moving into a tie for first place in the Central Division.
The Anaheim Ducks upset the Calgary Flames 3-1 thanks to a 25-save performance by goalie Ryan Miller. Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau collected an assist for his 98th point of the season. Speaking of the Ducks, their medical staff have set up appointments with hip specialists for sidelined center Ryan Kesler to determine whether he can continue his playing career.
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist came up short in his effort to secure his 450th career victory in a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Brady Tkachuk and Colin White each had two points for the Senators, who tallied four straight goals for the win. Speaking of the Rangers, Glen Sather is reportedly on the verge of stepping down as team president. He’s been part of their front office as general manager and president since 2000.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Bob McKenzie cites sources saying this is Sather’s call and he’ll still be an advisor to executive chairman and CEO of MSG.
THE SCORE: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo remains undecided if he’ll return for another season. He has three years remaining on his contract but injuries have hindered the 40-year-old netminder, raising speculation this season could be his last.
NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is inching closer to returning from a lower-body injury that’s sidelined him since late-February. He participated in team practice on Wednesday. He’s vowed to be 100 percent when the playoffs open next week.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams isn’t ruling out returning for next season. He’s having one of his best offensive performances in years and played a key role in the club’s rise into playoff contention.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes have recalled Adin Hill following an injury to starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper on Tuesday.
TSN: The NHL and NHL Players Association have agreed to extend the current playoff format through next season. The matter will continue to be discussed between the two sides.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reading the tea leaves, perhaps this is another indication that a new collective bargaining agreement could be in place before September 2020. The league and the PA each have the opportunity for an early “opt-out” of the current CBA this September but there’s speculation the two sides could reach a new agreement before then.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils hired Tyler Dellow as their vice president of analytics. Dellow is a former analytics blogger who worked for two seasons as a consultant with the Edmonton Oilers (2014 to 2016) and recently wrote for The Athletic.