NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 22, 2019

by | May 22, 2019 | News, NHL | 13 comments

St. Louis Blues are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Game recap plus updates on Erik Karlsson, the latest on the Oilers and Senators, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: For the first time in 49 years, the St. Louis Blues will be playing in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. Ryan O’Reilly collected three assists, David Perron had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves. The Blues will take on the Boston Bruins – the team they faced during their last trip to the Final – in Game 1 of the Cup Final on Monday night

The St. Louis Blues are the 2019 NHL Western Conference champions. (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues are the feel-good story of 2018-19. On Jan. 3, they were dead last in the league standings. They overcame the odds (in part thanks to Binnington’s goaltending) to reach the playoffs, eliminating the Sharks, Winnipeg Jets, and Dallas Stars along the way. 

NBC SPORTS: The Sharks played without defenseman Erik Karlsson, winger Tomas Hertl and captain Joe Pavelski. The trio was sidelined by various injuries. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Had those three been healthy, perhaps the outcome of Game 6 would’ve been different. Karlsson was plagued by injury throughout the regular season. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said the blueliner was healthy and dialed in “for about six weeks.”  An unrestricted free agent this summer, Karlsson’s future in San Jose is uncertain. I’ll have more on his status later today in the Rumors section.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators general manager Pierre Dorion met with former Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy yesterday in Montreal. Roy was reportedly being interviewed for the Senators’ head-coaching position. Dorion has also interviewed “associate coach Marc Crawford, Belleville coach Troy Mann, Pittsburgh assistant Jacques Martin, Providence College coach Nate Leaman, Toronto assistant D.J. Smith and Dallas assistant Rick Bowness.” A decision could come as early as this weekend. 

TSN: Former Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett remains the front-runner for the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching job. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers also dismissed Duane Sutter as their vice president of player personnel. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook (core muscle injury) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (right shoulder) recently underwent surgery. Martinook’s recovery time is four-to-six weeks while de Haan will be sidelined four-to-six months. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings center Dylan Larkin was injured during Team USA’s 3-0 loss to Canada during a preliminary round game at the IIHF World Championships. No update as to his status but it’s believed to be a groin injury. 


  1. Congrats to the Bues – what a great story they have written this year. As a lifetime Leafs fan, hope springs eternal and St Louis stands as another example of “you never know.”

    • Yes seeing the blues get to the finals gives Leaf fans hope. Go Bozak. Although Karlsson is not what the Leafs need, he should sign with them for 1 year at 4 million. He could pad his stats playing with Muzzin make up the difference in money with endorsements. He would become a superstar in Toronto.

      • You should ask Tavares about all of that endorsement money he is bringing in since signing in Toronto. As per Forbes it’s all of 1.6 million.
        Maybe he should sign in Edmonton, after all McDavid is getting 4 million in endorsements. 😉

  2. I’m pk with a few days off; but to wait 6 days for game 1 of the Finals is to long. Series should be starting on Saturday.
    The playoffs should be over by the end of May, should not be playing hockey in June.
    First time in 49yrs and yet they get to play the same team, wonder if we’ll see any Bobby Orr pictures?
    As the Canadian media had it round 1 was about the two 21yr old super stars on Toronto Matthews and Marner; round two was about Columbus going all in and keeping their two ufa’s and adding more ufa’s; round three was about the jerks and i’m guessing the finals will be about St. Louis being in last place on Jan 3.
    The other feel good story won’t be about Thornton going for his 1st cup against Boston, but David Backes going for his first cup against St. Louis

    • Ya Caper, it would be good to see Backes hoist the cup. The guy is an all in, team first do whatever it takes kind of team mate.
      If the B’s win I would guess that Bergy and Keicji stand aside and Chara hands it to Backes.
      Worried about the long stretch of time off for the B’s, and agree with you that this series should be starting on Saturday.

    • Kevjam , it was a joke . He won’t be doing anybody any favors

      • Sorry, missed that the first time. I see it now.

    • It’s funny that the photo of airborne Bobby Orr has become one by which a lot of fans remember #4. My strongest memories of him date back to his junior career with the Oshawa Generals. He was then, and remained throughout his career, a player you simply could not stop watching. He skated so effortlessly that it seemed his skate blades never touched the ice and he just had that extra gear that superstars have. I loved Bobby for his attitude after he scored – he would accept the stick taps from his team-mates and skate back to his spot on the blueline, ready for the next shift.
      The most emotion I can remember from him after he scored was captured in a photo – you may have seen it.

  3. incase anyone does not know… Patrick Maroon is from St Louis

    • Yet another Chia mistake. He should have been signed to an extension. Instead of keeping Maroon for $1.75 he thought it would be better to sign Tobias Rieder for $2 million.

      • Believe Maroon wanted 3.5M in Edmonton. He gave a very public hometown discount to St. Louis

      • $3.5 million for 10 goals and 28 points is a heck of a lot better than $2 million for zero goals and 11 points.
        You would have to think that he would have gotten another 40 point season, if not close to it, playing with McDavid again. Also just because he was asking for $3.5 million doesn’t mean that after negotiation he wouldn’t have signed somewhere between $2 to $3 million a season. This would have also freed up Draisaitl and Nuge to be on the same line, instead of having to spit them up to have one playing with McDavid.

  4. I’m cheering for the Cinderella Blues here. Dead Last Jan 03..to Stanley Cup Finalist May 21/2019.

    30 Other Teams Wish They Could Say The Same Thing. Both The Bruins n The Blues Play Similar Style Games.
    Both Are Heavy On The Forecheck, Strong On The PowerPlay And Can Dish It And Take It.

    This Series Will Come Down To GoalTending. Rask Has The Experience And Binninngton Is The Unknown. Expect The Bruins To Crash, Bump And Otherwise Annoy Binninngton To Throw Him Off His Game. If That Don’t Work, Blues Claim Their First Cup?