NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 15, 2019
Bruins take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final, Leafs re-sign Brendan Shanahan, Sabres to name Raph Kruger as head coach. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Tuukka Rask made 35 saves as his Boston Bruins edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1, taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final. Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins while Calvin de Haan replied for the Hurricanes. Game 4 goes tomorrow night in Raleigh at 8 pm ET.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes had their best game of this series. They controlled most of the play, generated plenty of scoring opportunities and were the more physical of the two clubs. They also got a steady effort from backup goalie Curtis McElhinney. But it wasn’t enough to beat Rask, who was outstanding in this game.
The Hurricanes also missed about half-a-dozen glorious scoring chances and failed to cash in on the power play. They now find themselves on the verge of getting swept out of the Conference Final.
NBC SPORTS: Wagner suffered an injured right arm after blocking a shot in the third period. His arm was in a sling following the game and he’ll get x-rays to determine the severity of the injury.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs yesterday announced clubs president Brendan Shanahan signed a six-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Color me unsurprised by this news. Under Shanahan’s stewardship, the Leafs rose from one of the worst teams in the league into one of the best during the regular season.
WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres are today expected to announce they’ve hired Ralph Kruger as their new head coach. Krueger was the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers in 2012-13.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Apart from coaching Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Krueger’s been out of the game for a while. For the past five years, he was chairman of the Southhampton Football Club in the English Premier League. However, he’s a highly-regarded hockey coach. Many Oilers followers believe their club made a big mistake firing Krueger after only one season.
THE ATHLETIC: George Richards reports Columbus Blue Jackets teammates Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin are vacationing in South Florida. Bobrovsky insists the trip is merely a post-playoff holiday. Rumors link the duo to the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The trip prompted speculation this foreshadows their anticipated signings with the Panthers on July 1. The duo remains the property of the Blue Jackets until then.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said he’d prefer re-signing winger Mikko Rantanen to a long-term contract. He also has no problem inking him to a short-term deal if necessary. Rantanen is completing an entry-level contract and could become the Avalanche’s highest-paid player.
TSN.CA: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour will miss the remainder of the World Championships with a lower-body injury. Playing for Canada, Montour suffered the injury during a 6-5 win over Slovakia on Monday.