NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 31, 2019

by | May 31, 2019 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Updates on the Blues and Bruins plus latest on Patrick Sharp, Martin Erat, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist receives one-game suspension (Photo via NHL Images).

 NHL.COM: St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist received a one-game suspension by the NHL department of player safety for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. The incident occurred during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.  Sundqvist will miss Game 3 tomorrow night in St. Louis. 

BOSTON HERALD: Grzelcyk is listed as day-to-day and is in concussion protocol. He didn’t travel with the Bruins but they haven’t ruled him out for Game 3. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Former Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp is rapidly rising among the ranks of NBC Sports’ NHL analysts. 

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: Former NHL winger Martin Erat has officially retired. He spent 13 seasons with the Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes from 2001-02 to 2014-15. Erat spent the past three seasons in the Czech Extraliga. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Erat spent over 10 seasons with the Predators and enjoyed his best seasons in Nashville. However, he’ll be remembered for being traded to the Capitals in 2013 for then-promising prospect Filip Forsberg. Erat lasted only two more seasons in the NHL while Forsberg went on to become a big star with the Predators. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed defenseman Juuso Riikola to a one-year, $850K contract. 


  1. Interesting commentary on the one game suspension for Sundqvist. After listening to several pundits, the rationale is due to the Vegas 5 minute major. The refs now take the easier way out and leave the players safety board to clean up the mess.
    Common belief is if there was a 5 minute major on the call there would not be any further discipline, which I also believe to be true.
    You can debate if there should or shouldn’t have been a suspension or even if it was a 5 minute major; but the bigger question for me is, should the refs be afraid of making the proper call at that moment. The unfortunate part from the SJ vs STL was the refs got sent home and I believe that was the wrong message and now we are seeing that decision effecting how the refs make their calls. Refs will continue to miss call and make calls that are not penalties, it’s just part of the game we live with. The say they don’t want to impact the result, I would argue by not making the call out of fear of being sent home by your boss is also impacting the result of the game.

    • I do not even know what to say about the suspension….

      And I bet he suits up tomorrow… if he didnt leave the game would there not of been a suspension? plenty of plays happen where the receiving end is lucky they did not get an injury…i am lost

      • He was sent to hospital after he left the ice and is in concussion protocol.
        I doubt he plays, but you never know I suppose.
        I hate hits from behind, and it was obvious it would be from behind as he was staring at his number.
        Grezlyk lost his balance a little bit which caused it to be worse as his head dipped and then was slammed into the glass.
        That kind of stuff will happen when you drill guys in the back into the boards. The outcome was worse than most plays like that. but still a cheap play.
        They need to call it all the time or guys will keep getting hurt.

  2. C’mon Lyle! You always miss spell guys like Juuso (Riikola) or Juuse (Saros)! That is so disrespectful. This ain’t the first time.

    • A bold accusation coming from someone who can’t spell “misspell”.

      • Good one Lyle 🙂

  3. Thanks for pointing out the Patrick Sharp article!!! He was tied for the lead in goals scored by the 2010 Blackhawks in the playoffs. With the Blackhawks fallling just short of the playoffs this year had he not retired he may have been the extra push they needed to make the playoffs. When it comes to the local Chicago broadcasts Sharp stands out as a real professional. I wish he would have spent more time talking about the glory years of the Blackhawks; he’s only did that in his first few broadcasts and it was wondeful