NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 12, 2019

by | Jun 12, 2019 | News, NHL | 11 comments

The latest on the Bruins and Blues ahead of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE ATHLETIC: Boston Bruins forward David Backes will be a healthy scratch from tonight’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston. Backes was also scratched from Game 6. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy will go with the same lineup from that game. 

Boston Bruins forward David Backes will be a healthy scratch from tonight’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be difficult for a veteran like Backes to watch this game, the biggest of his career, from the press box. Nevertheless, Cassidy’s got to go with the lineup that was successful in Game 6.

If the Bruins win tonight, Backes is assured of getting his name on the Stanley Cup. He played in 15 playoff games, including four in the Final. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (upper-body injury) skated in a non-contact jersey in practice yesterday. It’s unlikely he’ll be in the lineup for Game 7. 

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube won’t say if forward Robert Thomas will return to the lineup for Game 7. He missed four games of the Final with a wrist injury before returning to the lineup for Game 6.

Forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Tyler Bozak missed practice yesterday but Berube said they’ll be in the lineup tonight. 

NBC SPORTS:  Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was upset at Boston’s TD Garden staff yesterday for not having the ice ready in time for the club’s practice. “Do your ****ing jobs!”, he yelled at one point. To which one of the staff replied, “Who pissed in your Cheerios this morning?” Armstrong later apologized to the crew. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like the pressure of this series is taking an emotional toll on everyone involved. 

TSN: Pending unrestricted free agent center Kevin Hayes visited the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday and met with general manager Chuck Fletcher. Hayes was acquired last week from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. Fletcher hopes to re-sign him before the UFA market opens on July 1. 

CBS SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, two-way contract. He spent all of this season with the Wild’s AHL affiliate in Iowa.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Keith Gretzky will remain with the Oilers as their assistant general manager in charge of their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. Gretzky was interim GM after the Oilers fired Peter Chiarelli in January. Ken Holland took over that job last month.

SPORTSDAY: Former LA Kings coach John Stevens is joining the Dallas Stars’ coaching staff. 

NHL.COM: The NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee released a statement revealing recommendations for several potential rule changes. Among them are changes to video review and coach’s challenge and for players to leave the ice if their helmet comes off during play. The recommendations require the approval of the NHLPA’s executive board and the NHL board of governors. 


  1. Looks like now the Bruins are picking the refs. The league dropped the alternating of the officials. lol

    • Morning Vinny!
      Wrong again.
      Way to be consistent.

  2. Vinnie you should be golfing with your Leaf friends but than again nerds don’t golf and can’t see you having any friends maybe take up an easier hobby. Sounds to me Vinnie is a little jealous of the Black and Gold. Leafs won cup in 67 I was a child since than I’ve been married 30 years raised two boys worked over 30 years retired and they still haven’t won again. Maybe jump ship Vinnie just don’t cheer for Boston know nerds allowed. Game 7 baby game 7.

    • Hello Obe , hope you’re on blood pressure medication. You sure crank easy. Lmao

    • Obe, Maybe go back to 1st grade and learn the difference between then and than???

  3. Must be tough for Backes something you dream of your whole career and you get to watch from the press box. Backes was scratched in game 5 when Boston went with 7 dman. Unfortunately for Backes his faith was sealed when Kuhlman scored in game 6.

    • I’m not a Backes fan, but yeah, he’s lucky to be even be there at all.
      Must be some pretty weird feelings that he has to handle.
      His new team playing his old team, and he’s stuck on the 9th floor.
      What’s his future with the Bruins?

    • From what I’ve read, Backes is a good team-mate. I’m sure the guys that play tonight will include him in any celebrations if they win.
      He seems like a buyout candidate but then what?
      It seems glamorous but pro sports can really be a tough career at times – ask David Backes about that. Ask Kevin Durant.

  4. New strategy in the NHL. Rip someones helmet off so they have to leave the ice.

    • You are probably right. The league sure likes to create problems where there doesn’t need to be. No wonder the refs have trouble.