NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 5, 2019

by | Jun 5, 2019 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Latest on Zdeno Chara, Connor McDavid, Pavel Datsyuk, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET:  Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara may have suffered a broken jaw after being struck in the face by a puck during Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. His status for Game 5 on Thursday in Boston is uncertain. The Bruins have yet to reveal the official diagnosis.

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara reportedly suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Chara is unable to play it’ll be a serious blow to the Bruins blueline. They’re already shorthanded with Matt Grzelcyk (undisclosed) and Kevan Miller (lower-body) also sidelined. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Zach Sanford has once again found offensive chemistry with Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron. He recently returned to the lineup after spending 18 games as a healthy scratch. 

TSN: Speaking at a recent promotional event wearing a brace and limping, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid remains mum on the status of his knee injury. McDavid suffered the injury two months ago during the club’s final regular-season game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Following McDavid’s injury, the club released a statement claiming their captain wouldn’t require surgery and would be ready for training camp in September. Yesterday’s report has Oilers fans understandably concerned. Some feel the club should release an update to address those worries.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Don’t expect a reunion between the Red Wings and Pavel Datsyuk. His agent said the former Wing appears likely to remain in the KHL and sign with his hometown team Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Datsyuk retired from the NHL in 2016 to finish his playing career in Russia. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks have hired Marc Crawford as an assistant coach. Crawford spent the past three seasons with the Ottawa Senators.

THE TENNESSEAN: Former WHL Spokane Chiefs head coach Dan Lambert is joining the Nashville Predators as an assistant coach. 

SPORTSNET: The Newfoundland Growlers captured the ECHL’s Kelly Cup with a 4-3 victory over the Toledo Walleye in Game 6 of their series. It’s the first time a team has won the Kelly Cup in its inaugural series since the Greensboro Monarchs in 1990. The Growlers are an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 


  1. As per TSN, they are claiming Chara will miss the remainder of the Cup final. I don’t know who’s right here but I do know that losing Chara has a significant impact on the Bruins as a whole moving forward.

    • Yes that’s a tough blow for sure. I suspect we are going to see Brandon Carlo logging some heavy minutes the rest of the series if Z can’t return.

      If Boston loses any more defensemen, Don Sweeney may have to suit up for a few games.

      • Haha Sweeney could help! I said at the start of the series injuries could decide it, these 2 teams are so close

      • Bruins remaining 3 of the top 4 D are going to be maxed out. Is Grzelcyk close to returning?

  2. If he wasn’t already, Tuukka Rask is now the most important player in the series.

    For Boston to win, I think he’s going to have to “steal” a game or two.

    Bruins forward are going to have to do a better job of driving possession too.

  3. My opinion differs, I find people confuse Chara of today with Chara of yesterday. He is slow, gets knocked down easily, cough up the puck when pressured and doesn’t hit anymore. But yet he lead all players with a plus 12.
    We’ll see, this will leave Boston with their best skating D on the ice, all young so ice time shouldn’t be an issue.