NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 11, 2019

by | May 11, 2019 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Latest on the Blues and Sharks, Sergei Bobrovsky puts his Columbus condo up for sale, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE SCORE: St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said his search for a full-time head coach is down to “a list of one”. Craig Berube is currently filling the role on an interim basis. He’s also among the finalists for the 2019 Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, expect the interim label to be removed from Berube’s job title once the playoffs are over. 

STLTODAY.COM: Speaking of the Blues, defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He’s questionable for Game 1 of the Blues’ Eastern Conference Final series with the San Jose Sharks. 

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones is playing more aggressively in his crease (Photo via NHL Images)

  THE MERCURY NEWS: Playing with a little more aggression between the pipes has improved San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones’ performance in this postseason. 

SPORTSNET: It looks like goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s time with the Columbus Blue Jackets is drawing to a close. He put his Columbus condo up for sale this week with an asking price of $2.95 million. Bobrovsky is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe Bobrovsky is selling his condo because he’ll buy a new house near Columbus with the expensive new contract he’ll be signing with the Jackets? OK, even I don’t believe what I just typed. The widespread assumption is he’ll be moving on via free agency, with the Florida Panthers considered the likely destination. 

SPORTSNET: Promising prospect winger Kaapo Kakko tallied two goals to lead Finland to a 3-1 victory over Canada in a preliminary game at the World Championships. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ranked as the top European skater among this year’s prospects, Kakko is expected to be selected among the top three at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver next month. 

WGR 550: Dave Tippett and Jacques Martin are considered the front-runners for the vacant head-coaching position with the Buffalo Sabres.

NBC SPORTS: A Vegas Golden Knights fan gifted a team jersey to Pope Francis during a recent visit to the Vatican. 

Hockey luminaries, including former Toronto Maple Leafs Darryl Sittler, Lanny McDonald, Frank Mahovlich, and Dave Keon, were honorary pallbearers at Red Kelly’s funeral yesterday in Toronto. The Hall-of-Famer recently passed away at age 91. Also in attendance were Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan, general manager Kyle Dubas, Detroit GM Steve Yzerman, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and former Toronto captain Wendel Clark.


  1. I still think that any team that passes over Kaapo Kakko of Finland in the draft to take Hughes is making a mistake

    • George, I’m wondering myself. He sure looks more NHL ready than Hughes. Makes me glad Rangers have 2nd pick. Devils get to make the hard choice.

      • I know one thing for sure Slick62, the first 2 picks will put to bed forever the repeated contention that Ottawa should have opted to give Colorado their 1st pick last year – which turned out to be Tkachuk – because neither Hughes nor Kakko will fall to 4th this year, which is where Sakic will be drafting with the Senators pick. Now the only question is, will whoever goes 4th this year turn out to be better than Tkachuk?

      • George I was happy it worked out the way it did for your Sens. I’m not a fan, but was also sick of all the bashing they took. It’s pretty much agreed that after the top 2 picks this year there’s a drop off in talent. I like Tkachuk. I don’t see anyone Avs take this year being better.

    • Agreed on letting the Devils make the Big decision for the Rangers. I will be dancing in my living room whichever player falls to us.

      Does Hughes help NJ resign Hall? That is a huge wild card. Also the Rangers do need an offensive center more than a wing-is Hughes a true center?

      • DS… Going back to yesterday,I do think it will impact what they do in FA. If they get Kakko, I’d rather maybe they try to sign Duchene instead of Panarin. After trading Hayes, I’m not thrilled with center depth. A top 2 of Duchene and Zib is solid. Now if Devils pass on Hughes, that’s a different story

      • @Slick62 Duchene needs too much term and money. Hayes did himself no favors the way he played in the Peg

        I’d prefer a 3-4 year contract to a decent 2nd line center while the kids grow. There is no reason to sign any forward besides Panarin for big $.

      • DS. Depends on what you see as the ceiling for these kids. I don’t see either Anderson or Howden as a legit 1 or 2C. We are deeper at wing with Kravtsov and Kakko both making team next year. As far as contracts, Panarin will probably cost more and could mean the end of Kreider.

      • yes lias and howden 3rd line centers….one should be packaged away imho

        my bet is strome starts 2nd line

      • its sad how Rangers were lifted (and Devils) in draft. Devils again had so much “luck”

      • K. Sad? Conspiracy theory much? Rangers never get in top 3. Their best chance was when Crosby was drafted. Why didn’t league “fix” that?

      • k, I for one am delighted both Rangers and Devils were “lifted” for the draft – since Ottawa was out of the picture due to the Colorado trade for Duchene two years earlier. It stopped all the crap we kept hearing about how they should have allowed Colorado to take that 1st pick last year.

  2. How is Dave Tippett not currently an NHL head coach?