NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 14, 2019

by | Jun 14, 2019 | News, NHL | 6 comments

The latest on the Stanley Cup champion Blues plus updates on Connor McDavid, Marc-Andre Fleury, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues will hold their Stanley Cup parade and celebration on Saturday, June 15. “The parade will start at noon CT at 18th and Market Street and will end at Broadway and Market Street. A rally will follow at the Gateway Arch.” The Blues won the Cup by defeating the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Final on Wednesday. 

SPORTSNET: Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington can expect to see more money on his next contract. “He’s going to earn a big pay raise this summer and we’re looking forward to paying him,” said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. Binnington is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1. 

After backstopping the St. Louis Blues to the Stanley Cup, goalie Jordan Binnington could receive a big pay raise. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A career minor leaguer until called up at midseason, Binnington’s performance helped the Blues rise from the bottom of the standings to Stanley Cup champions. He’s got arbitration rights and is a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. Those factors will affect his contract negotiations.

NBC SPORTS: Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final was the most-watched NHL game on record since 1994. Over 8.9 million viewers watched the Blues defeat the Bruins. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the most-watched NHL game on record in the United States. In Canada, it’s a different story. With all Canadian teams eliminated after the opening round and the Toronto Raptors on an NBA championship run, the ratings for the Stanley Cup playoffs were down this year.

THE SCORE: Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland said he expects team captain Connor McDavid to be ready for training camp in September. McDavid continues to rehab from a knee injury suffered during the Oilers’ final game of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDavid was spotted limping at a recent charity event, generating concern over the status of his recovery. The injury didn’t require surgery and isn’t expected to affect his off-season training.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knight goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury sold his Las Vegas home for $2.3 million. Records indicate the buyer is a strip club owner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some might seize on this sale to raise concern over Fleury’s future with the Golden Knights. However, he’s about to begin a new three-year deal. As the Golden Knights’ starting goalie and franchise player, he’s not going anywhere. 

TSN: Former NHL player Rick Nash was named a special assistant to Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Nash announced his retirement as a player in January. 

NBC SPORTS: Hall-of-Famer Eric Lindros hopes a new campaign in Ontario will help amateur athletes, parents and coaches better identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  Lindros’ career was cut short by repeated concussions. 


  1. So basketball is Canada’s game now?

    • James Naismith, Almonte, Ontario, Duck on a Rock, Chrisms. It’s a legendary part of Canadian sport history but, of course, basketball is a world game, same as most others.
      Great night for the Raptors and their fans across the country.

      • Thank you. A “world” game. Darn tootin!

    • The second most represented country in the NBA is Canada. Our national team is going to be incredible if every eligible player plays. RJ Barret will have the best career of any player in this years draft. I’ve been a diehard Raptors fan for 24 years. And there were some pretty miserable years involved. The Raptors fan base is unbelievable and the city of Toronto has been starving for a championship of any kind for far too long. Now if the rumour that Kawhi bought a house in the GTA is true then its fantastic for the franchise.

    • Last night was the first basketball game I watched since my early 20’s, so about 20 years ago. Lost interest in the game after the David Robinson, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan era. Since then the players just became to much of an individual and less of a team player. The likes of Dennis Rodman, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and Lebron James. I just couldn’t get behind them anymore.
      I can tell you that the game has lost a lot of the quality it had back them. Now it’s just fast break after fast break. The players want to do it all on their own and don’t use their teammates anymore. That game will be the last NBA game I’ll watch again for another long time.

  2. Last basketball reference, Lyle, I promise. Game 1 of the NBA Finals was watched by 7.9 million viewers in Canada – just to compare with the Game 7, NHL Finals TV ratings in the US of 8.9 million. Pretty amazing indicator of the Raptors’ impact across Canada.
    And now back to hockey…..