NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 8, 2019

by | May 8, 2019 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Blues eliminate Stars in Game 7 double-overtime win, Oilers introduce Ken Holland as their new GM, Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy gets a one-game suspension, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues are going to the Western Conference Final. Patrick Maroon scored in double-overtime for a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars to take their second-round series in seven games. Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop made a career-high 52 saves, while his teammates managed just four shots combined in the second and third periods. Vince Dunn opened the scoring for the Blues while Mats Zuccarello countered for the Stars.

St. Louis Blues winger Patrick Maroon scored the series-clinching goal in double-overtime against the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of their second-round series (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you had suggested to me in early-January that the Blues, who were dead last in the league at one point, would be in the Western Conference Final I would’ve laughed out loud. Yet here they are. They were the better team in this game. It’s also fitting that Maroon, a St. Louis native, tallied the winning goal. 

If not for Bishop’s heroics between the Dallas pipes, this game never would’ve reached overtime. He deserved a better fate. The Stars were dominated throughout most of this contest but Bishop gave them a chance to steal a win in this one. 

NEW YORK POST: Because of the Stars elimination, the New York Rangers won’t see the 2019 second-round pick they received in the Zuccarello trade turn into a first-rounder. If Zuccarello re-signs with the Stars, the 2020 conditional third-round pick they also received in the deal would become a first-round pick.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers officially introduced Ken Holland yesterday as their new general manager and president of hockey operations. During the press conference, Holland said Ken Hitchcock would not return as head coach.

Many observers noted the change in the appearance of Oilers owner Daryl Katz. It was revealed he’s spent the past two years battling a life-threatening sinus infection. Katz has undergone three surgeries with one more to go but he’s over the worst and the prognosis for a long-term recovery looks good.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Katz on a full recovery. As for Holland, replacing Hitchcock will be among his priorities.

Reaction toward Holland’s hiring was mixed among Oilers followers. Some point to the long period of success he had with his former team, the Detroit Red Wings. Skeptics point to the club’s decline over the past decade. Given the mediocrity the Oilers have been mired in for nearly 15 years, it’s understandable that many of their fans aren’t getting their hopes up. 

NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (concussion) remains day-to-day and isn’t expected to participate in tonight’s Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche.

Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy will be suspended from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final for an illegal hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks will not qualify the rights of defenseman Derrick Pouliot, who’ll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pouliot’s defensive miscues turned him into a frequent healthy scratch this season. That won’t help his efforts to sign with a new NHL club this summer. 



  1. I wonder how much the draft pick compensation comes into play when considering resigning players. With Dallas not advancing, will they be more inclined to resign Zuc? Will they consider losing their 1st round pick next year? Will Sharks re up with Karlsson?

    • If Karlsson and his agent still think he’s worth a 7-year deal at upwards of $10 mil (+?) a year off the cap I think he’ll find his way out of San Jose. Where to? Likely to some team with more money than brains.

      • Which is most of them

  2. The McAvoy suspension:It would be good if actions were penalized when they occurred and not a 2 min penalty with an additional game tacked on later.

    If something warrants a game suspension it has to be more than a 2 minute penalty at the time. At least that’s what common sense would suggest.

  3. Rule 48 says if no intent to injure it’s a two minute penalty they could have also given a 10 minute misconduct but not a 5 minute power play. Now if you deemed Charlie went to take his head off with intent to hurt him than it should have been 5. Refs didn’t see it that way so call was made as is. When Backes was elbowed in the jaw the Refs didn’t see any intent there either and rightfully so as some hockey plays turn out dangerous as it is a fast game played on a slippery surface. Bruins will miss Charlie in game one he plays a ton.

    • @OBE..I think before the new season begins, they will look at Rule 48 and determine if a broader definition of the rule should be implemented.

      I get what you’e saying but a shot to head with one’s shoulder/elbow by a player coming right across the ice who’s already engaged with another player at the time is hard not ask the question ” Just what were you thinking “?

  4. Joey I agree if a player deliberately tries to injure a player it should be 5 and a game. The Vegas call was wrong should never have been five arguably not even a penalty and it cost them the series. Unfortunately players sometimes not always try to influence the call by pretending they are dead. Joe was hurt but not from the play he fell awkwardly on his head and didn’t come back in the game. Sometimes players lay down for ever than after the call are back on the ice for the power play that is wrong. It’s hard for Refs to make a judgement on intent it’s hard to know what’s in someone’s head. Everyone will have a different point of view which makes sports awesome but for me the handshake between the two told the story sportsmanship at its finest.

    • @OBE: I do respect the mutual handshake between the two athletes; and nobody should dis either party for their handshake and mutual professional gig;;

      But Bro, you have to admit, It looked really bad: which is why I believe that before the 2019/2020 begins, there will be some form of modification to the level of penalty that can be assessed on the ice at the time of infraction

  5. It’s back to the daddy Campbell era,,,one has to wonder if Boston pays higher franchise fees than the rest.Byron 5 games Kadri multiple then min 3 for Mac .. playoff leniency etc considered

  6. Well Boston should pay extra they have been gifted with the best player ever in Robert Gordon the best power forward ever in Bam Cam best defensive forward ever in Bergie best fighter ever in terrible Terry best party guy in Sanderson best young forward in today’s game Pasta best young D man and Head hunter Charlie no wonder you guys cry foul play it’s not fair Boston gets all the breaks. Oh by the way best coach Bruce and best GM Sweeney.