NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 11, 2019

by | Jun 11, 2019 | News, NHL | 14 comments

The latest on the Bruins and Blues, Flyers hope to re-sign Kevin Hayes, the Coyotes could have a new owner, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins’ poise and leadership made the difference in their Game 6 Stanley Cup Final victory over the St. Louis Blues. It could make the difference again in the seventh and deciding game tomorrow night in Boston.

STLTODAY.COM: Struggling special teams play continues to haunt the Blues in the Stanley Cup Final. They’ve been outscored 7-1 by the Bruins in power-play goals and 1-0 in shorthanded goals. The Blues are 1-for-18 on the power play while the Bruins are seven-for-21 with the man advantage.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Blues lose this series their special-team play will be a big reason for their downfall. The play of Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask is a significant factor behind those numbers. Despite the Blues PP generating 34 shots-on-goal in this series, only one has eluded Rask.

The Philadelphia Flyers remain hopeful of signing recently-acquired center Kevin Hayes (Photo via NHL Images).

 COURIER-POST ONLINE/SPORTSNET: Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher remains hopeful of re-signing Kevin Hayes to a new contract. The Flyers last week acquired the 27-year-old center from the Winnipeg Jets.

Hayes is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. While nothing’s close yet, Fletcher said he’s had preliminary discussions with the center and his representatives.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes could opt to test the UFA market. If so, it didn’t cost the Flyers much to acquire him. They only gave up a fifth-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft to the Jets in that deal. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Billionaire entrepreneur Alex Meruelo is reportedly close to purchasing a majority share of the Arizona Coyotes. The potential ownership change will need the blessing of the NHL’s Board of Governors. This sale is expected to be on their agenda at their next meeting on June 19. If approved, the sale could be completed at some point this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If approved, it’ll be interesting to see what effect the new majority owner could have upon the Coyotes’ off-season roster plans. 

NBC SPORTS: The Edmonton Oilers restructured their front office, promoting Bob Nicholson as their chairman. They also hired Tom Anselmi as president, business operations and chief operating officer.

THE ATHLETIC: Los Angeles Kings goaltender development coach Dusty Imoo will be joining KHL team Kunlun Red Star in China. Imoo had a hand in salvaging the careers of Peter Budaj and Jack Campbell.

NEW YORK POST: Former NHL player Sean Avery was in Manhattan court Monday for allegedly hitting a car with his scooter.



  1. Berube is playing the official again, stating he believe his team wasn’t physical in game 6, because they were scared of getting a suspension.
    Simple make legal hits and you won’t be penalized; however the refs in game 7 cannot leave the fouls for dept of safety to clean up. They must make the on ice call if an infraction happens.

    • If the Blues lose the series it is because of their special teams and some stupid penalties they took. There is a fine line to the way they play and have beat the Bruins. Interference penalties…

  2. Hayes isn’t getting Skinner like money, so no reason for him to sign early.

  3. Friends, I have a dilemma and could use some advice. Perhaps Lyle could have a “Dear Abbey” column now and then with advice for hockey fans lol

    I am a lifelong Bruins fan. I was away for military duty in 2011 and missed the entire Boston-Vancouver series.

    Several months ago, my wife made plans for us to meet some friends about 4 hours from us and spend a long weekend with them. Our families are renting a house and sharing it. I’ll be driving until about 9:00 Wednesday night.

    Would it be rude to show up and watch the final two periods? I’ve never even met these people.

    • Watch the game. YOLO! Go Blues!

  4. I would tell my wife we’re leaving early in the morning bring the friends a nice gift and be there for breakfast.

    • The thing is, tomorrow is her friend’s birthday. My wife has made a cake and everything. That plan won’t fly.

      Sigh….maybe I can fall down some stairs at work today and break a limb or something.

      • If you’re wife’s onside perhaps she would explain the situation to her friend and how much it means to you to watch the final period or two of the game. Game seven’s in a championship final isn’t just a regular game. My bet is they’ll understand if it’s presented properly. They may even want to watch it too!

      • @ Doubleminor,
        What if they’re Blues fans?
        “Pack her up honey, these aren’t our kinda people.”
        Cut the cake, leave a sliver for them, enjoy the rest in the car while traveling to a sports bar to catch the last period, and presentation of the cup.

      • Do you have a smart phone? You can just stream the game on that and keep one eye on it while you’re suffering through having to converse with other humans in person.

      • What about the husband of your wife’s friend? That seems like the key to me if you have a plan with him.
        If he has the game on when you arrive, you immediately ask what the score is and advise to the group that you are a lifetime Bruins fan.
        Pushes the decision onto the ladies to shut it off, which seems unlikely now knowing what it means you.
        You have a couple drinks, pause the game to sing happy B’day, eat some cake, then watch the 3rd.
        Hopefully the good guys win.

      • Ray Bark is the hero we all need.
        That was sage advice if I’ve ever heard it.

      • I had a smart father, watched and learned.

  5. “Former NHL player Sean Avery was in Manhattan court Monday for allegedly hitting a car with his scooter”.
    Still crazy after all these years!