NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 17, 2019

by | May 17, 2019 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Bruins sweep the Hurricanes to advance to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. Check out the recap plus the latest notable news in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: For the third time in nine years, the Boston Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Tuukka Rask turned in a 24-save shutout and Patrice Bergeron scored twice as the Bruins blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Bruins took the series in four straight games. The Bruins played without captain Zdeno Chara (undisclosed injury), but he’s expected to be ready for the Final. 

The Boston Bruins are the 2019 Eastern Conference Champions (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins were just too powerful for the upstart Hurricanes in this series. They outscored the Canes 17-5 and were lethal on the power play, going seven for 15 with the man advantage. They also killed all but one of 14 penalties against them. Their best players all stepped up, especially Rask. At this point, he’s my Conn Smythe Trophy candidate.

Despite the disappointing performance in the Conference Final, this was a successful season for the Hurricanes. They reached the playoffs for the first time in a decade, upset the defending Cup champion Washington Capitals, and swept the New York Islanders to reach the Conference Final. They’ve got some promising youngsters in guys like Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. They must build upon their achievements this season. 

Boston’s Don Sweeney, Carolina’s Don Waddell, and St. Louis’ Doug Armstrong are the 2019 finalists for NHL General Manager of the Year.

SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars re-signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a six-year contract worth an annual average value of $5.8 million. He “set career highs in goals (11), assists (21), points (32) and ice time (24:20 per game) this season. He averaged a team-high 3:14 per game on the penalty kill and was second leaguewide in total time short-handed”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the 25-year-old Lindell will also get a full no-movement clause in the final four years of the deal. He was slated to become a restricted free agent.

Lindell blossomed into a top-pairing all-around blueliner with the Stars. If he maintains this season’s level of performance over the term of his new contract, his annual cap hit will be considered a bargain. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Vince Dunn’s status for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final is uncertain. He left Game 3 after taking a puck to the face, suffering damage to his teeth. It’s also possible he suffered a broken jaw and/or a concussion. He’s currently listed as day-to-day. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour suffered a sprained MCL playing for Canada at the 2019 World Championships. His recovery time is six weeks. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers executive Craig MacTavish is heading to the KHL to coach Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This decision could be tied to the Oilers recent hiring of Ken Holland as the Oilers new GM. MacTavish spent the past two seasons in charge of the Oilers AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. 

TSN: Jim Schoenfeld has resigned as vice president and assistant general manager of the New York Rangers.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators inked a 30-year lease extension with Bridgestone Arena. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Manchester Monarchs, the Kings ECHL affiliate, is folding. They’ve been associated with the Kings since 2001.



  1. Craig MacTavish is heading to the KHL to coach Lokomotiv Yaroslavl?? There’s a pending train wreck!

    • Wow , very disrespectful.

      • He doesn’t deserve respect. 1 year in jail for vehicular homicide while DUI and firing a coach over Skype is reason enough to not feel any respect towards the man – but my comment is directly related to his, let’s say less than stellar record as a GM/coach in Edmonton where they are trying to sort out the train wreck he left behind there. He makes Mike Milbury look like Sammy Pollock.

  2. I give a lot of the credit to Carolina’s success to BrindAmour. Surprised he wasn’t considered a candidate for coach of the year.

    • Plane crash 8 years ago

  3. BrindAmour is a breath of fresh air a great leader who tells it like it is. He has been through the battles and knows it’s hard to win. I have great respect for him and knew his final press conference would be humble and truthful

  4. Boston’s special teams and quality goal tending from Rask separated the Bruins from every opponent in the East. They will be tough in the finals.
    I keep waiting for Rask to have his annual soft patch somewhere along the line but this could be the year when it doesn’t happen.

  5. tip of the cap to the bruins….played well and Rask avoided any melt downs and has played great….good to see the canes advance a couple rounds….they have a solid team maybe just missing a piece or two at the top end

  6. Bye bye you bunch of jerks. What a breath of fresh air.

  7. The further the Bruins go us Leafs fans are sitting here wondering what could have been.
    Congrats to the Bruins fans on this forum!

    • Lots of reasons for Beantowners to be proud what with the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins.

  8. So everyone is hoping for San Jose to advance and see if Joe can win a cup against the team that said can’t win with him?

    • Nope.

    • Nope. As a Bruins fan I don’t want to see Thornton and the Sharks. I didn’t like the return at the time but when they traded Thornton that was step one to being a cup contender. I’d rather see Backes against the Blues.