NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 29, 2019

by | May 29, 2019 | News, NHL | 4 comments

The Oilers hire Dave Tippett as their new head coach, latest on the Bruins and Blues, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: As expected, the Edmonton Oilers yesterday formally announced Dave Tippett was taking over as their new head coach. He’s their 16th coach in franchise history, but also the ninth in the past 11 years. Tippett formerly coached the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes.

The Edmonton Oilers hire Dave Tippett (right) as their new head coach (Photo via NHL.com).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tippett has a good reputation as a coach who can quickly improve a team’s performance. However, he faces a daunting task achieving the same results with the Oilers. Their goaltending is suspect, their defense porous, and they lack secondary scoring depth. It’s up to general manager Ken Holland to provide Tippett with a better roster for next season.

SPORTSNET: Paul Coffey won’t be returning as the Oilers’ skills development coach. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The dismantling of the Oilers’ “old boys network” in the front office continues. Craig MacTavish recently departed for a coaching gig in the KHL. Last week, the Oilers announced they were parting ways with VP of player personnel Duane Sutter. 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug’s hit on St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was the talk of yesterday’s player interviews. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington joked about Krug’s intensity. “His pupils were pretty big. I don’t know if he’s on something, but he was pretty fired up.” Game 2 of the series is tonight in Boston at 8 pm ET. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues coach Craig Berube said there’s a chance Vince Dunn (concussion symptoms) could play in Game 2. He’s been sidelined since Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe to a two-year contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Several NHL teams expressed interest in hiring Keefe. Some observers believe the Marlies coach could one day take over behind the Leafs bench.

NEW YORK POST: Following a dazzling performance at the 2019 IIHF World Championships, prospect winger Kaapo Kakko said he’ll skip the upcoming NHL Draft Combine. The 18-year-old winger helped Finland win the gold medal at this year’s tournament. Kakko is the sixth player in IIHF history to win gold at the Worlds, the under-18 and under-20 tournaments. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A bold decision by Kakko. Nevertheless, his performance at the Worlds is perhaps the best audition he needs to prove himself as this year’s top prospect. The New Jersey Devils hold the first-overall selection in next month’s NHL Draft. American center Jack Hughes was ranked as No.1 by Central Scouting but Kakko’s play at the Worlds could change that. 

NHL.COM: The Hockey Hall of Fame has awarded long-time hockey writer Frank Brown the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award. Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Jim Hughson will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. 







4 Comments

  1. The Blues have won 2 and lost 2 in each of the 1st 4 games in every series so far this year.

    Should this series be any different?

    Go Blue!

  2. As TSN points out, this will be RNHs 7th coach and 5th GM.

    This HAS to be some sort of record for a player with one team at his age…. has to….

    As far as the results Tippets will yield…. sorry, I’ll believe it when I see it. I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard all this with every trade , draft pick, UFA signing and coaching change in Edmonton!

    • Could well be. I know that Zach Smith has been in Ottawa full time since 2009-10 but did play a game in 2008-09 and 15 in 2009-10 and in that span he’s played for 7 coaches – but just the two GMs – Murray and Dorion

    • The Oilers have become the Leafs west – at least in terms of pre-Shanahan who did turn things around there, although he didn’t have quite the scale of cap problems facing the Oilers now.