NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2019

by | Oct 31, 2019 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Game recaps, Dustin Byfuglien undergoes ankle surgery, John Tavares could soon return to action, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Tyler Johnson’s overtime goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 7-6 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Brayden Point each collected three points. Devils winger Kyle Palmieri tallied a hat trick while teammate Jesper Bratt scored two goals. Earlier in the day, the Lightning recalled Luke Schenn, Cory Conacher, and Alexander Volkov. 

Brock Boeser’s hat trick powered the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 win over the LA Kings (Photo via NHL Images).

Brock Boeser’s hat trick powered the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Elias Pettersson had a goal and three assists for the Canucks, who went four-for-six on the power play. Jeff Carter tallied twice for the Kings.

Edmonton Oilers winger Leon Draisaitl scored twice and collected an assist in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists and James Neal tallied his 11th goal of the season.

Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, as his club overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.

The St. Louis Blues picked up their fourth win in the last five games by edging the Minnesota Wild 2-1. Alex Pietrangelo snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period. Wild winger Mats Zuccarello netted his first goal of the season.

Shea Weber had a goal and an assist and Carey Price made 33 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens over the Arizona Coyotes 4-1.


WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien underwent ankle surgery last week in Minnesota and is expected to be sidelined until sometime in January. Byfuglien has been suspended by the Jets for salary-cap reasons as he was on a leave of absence mulling his future. It appears the Jets were unaware he had opted for surgery but general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff expressed his full support. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien’s surgery raised questions over why he didn’t undergo the precedure during training camp last month. Whatever the reason, his ongoing absence leaves a significant void on the blueline that the Jets have struggled to fill. The uncertainty over his future also make it difficult for Cheveldayoff to look for help via trade or free agency. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks blueliners Josh Manson will be sidelined five-to-ten weeks with a sprained knee.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs captain John Tavares (broken finger) could return to action as soon as Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour (broken hand) could return to the lineup by this weekend. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks rookie Kirby Dach will remain with the Blackhawks this season. He was the third-overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft. 

TORONTO SUN: Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Jim Gregory has died at age 83. In his 10 seasons as GM, the Leafs drafted such notables as Darryl Sittler and Lanny McDonald. He went on to become the NHL’s director of Central Scouting, executive director of hockey operations, senior vice-president of hockey operations and supervision, and chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gregory was also among the first general managers to discover European talent, the most notable being Hall-of-Fame defenseman Borje Salming. Other standouts drafted by Gregory include Rick Kehoe, Ian Turnbull, Tiger Williams, Mike Palmateer, Doug Jarvis, Randy Carlyle, and Joel Quenneville. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and associates. 


  1. Big Buff never had surgery in the summer for one reason; he was entered into too many fishing tournaments. Fishing season is over so he now has the operation.
    Without telling Chevy prior to the surgery he’s obviously drifting away from his team and the sport itself.

    • Bob McKenzie asked today why Bufuglien didn’t have the surgery during training camp, go on the disabled list, and get paid?
      Good question that needs an answer. What else was happening?

    • Henry, do we know he didn’t tell Chevvy? I haven’t heard/read that.
      I think we can go with what Buff has said, he is considering retirement and his ankle hasn’t healed the way it was expected to. It’s not like the Jets don’t have team doctors, if they thought he required surgery then he likely would have had it earlier. You can fish with a cast on your leg, I have done it.
      It didn’t heal, he was already considering retirement and told the Jets that. They asked him to take his time because they want him back. So they wait and he will make a decision. The Jets can make one to, and it appears they have decided to wait this out. So far anyway.

  2. Chevy

    You now have earliest time-frame for Buff return….. Jan

    You are at $5.4 M in space now with max Buff hit (if he returns) of a 1/2 year’s sal… so at worst you’ll have $1.6 M

    Isn’t it time to at least call McQ’s agent?

    • Adam Mcquaid won’t be playing in Winnipeg, or anywhere else for that matter.
      His health is more important than a 60 game contract somewhere.
      Seriously, he has concussion issues.

      • Hi ShoreOrrPark

        Yes I knew he had concussion issues and health for sure comes first… his decision

        However I had heard on TSN that he was looking to sign …so that would indicate that he is not retiring

        I had expected the possibility of him announcing retirement but in the absence of that Chevy at least should call him.

        If McQ says he’s retiring or not ready to return yet…. so be it…. I’m just saying Chevy should make the call… nothing lost by making the call and potentially a lot gained if McQ is willing to play and they can come up with a deal

        I’d love Pens to have McQ instead of Ruhweedel …. who could very well be a press boxer for 75 + games… complete waste (on or off the ice)

        Best of luck to McQ … retirement or recoup and return

      • Hey Pengy, I didn’t hear the same news regarding Mcquaid as you have. Thanks for enlightening me!

        From my understanding, if he were to play again, it would only be for a team in the Eastern conference.
        So, maybe you get him in Pittsburgh after all.

        You are correct though.
        Nothing ventured, nothing gained when it comes to checking around to see if a player might come and play.

        I’d say, if he were healthy enough to play, Pittsburgh would be a fine landing spot for him.

        Mcquaid is an exceptional person, a solid bottom pairing guy, and a nuclear deterrent when it comes to pugilistic affairs.
        So, you never know, I guess.

      • Deee

        Thanks for the link

        I was one of those who did think Gino had been put on LTIR ; and I thought LTIR banked Cap…. I’m still confused about the LTIR and how it affects Cap space

        I like the idea of Brodie in and JJ out

        Even if they can’t trade him (JJ) …. waiving him and sending him to WBS frees up another $1.08 M in Cap

        I’d like to see Ruhweedel sent to WBS as well and have Lafferty up with the big club

        I wonder if they’ll have a boo at Poulin for a game or two…. he’s doing quite well (almost 2 PPG) and is physically big enough (6’2” ; 217) for a couple of show me games

    • Agree Pengy, Yes McQuaid has concussion issues but he still wants to play, that is why he was skating with Boston players in the summer. I for one thought he would be a better pickup then Lucas Sbisa who contribution so far was to take Laine out of action.

      • Hi Caper

        Yep yep and more yep

        I also has heard that he was diligently training in the summer

        Is there a chance that he (his agent) is asking too much?

        I haven’t heard much of anything wrt “talks” with his agent

        Somewhere between $700 K (League min) and $1.2M is really a low risk contract for Chevy

        A healthy McQ FOR SURE HAS to be better than Poolman or Sbisa

  3. Is Leon Draisaitl the best player in the league so far in this season? He tied for the league in goals 12 with Pastrnak (McDavid has 6) and leads the league in points with 25.

    Interesting to note Draisaitl leads the league amoung forwards in TOI at 23:51 followed by McDavid at 23:23 this but them at 24th and 28th respectively amoung all skaters in ice time. The next forward in TOI is Mark Scheifele in 53rd spot with 22:03 toi compare that to David Pastrnak who is second in league scoring with 18:16 TOI

    I’ve watched a few Oiler games and one of the things that stood out to me is that Draisaitl and McDavid are out there for most if not of the PP time yes they score a lot. The more I think about it, the more I wonder why more teams don’t adapt this philosophy. You have your two best players on the ice as much as possible giving you the best chance to win. There is a reason why they’re your highest paid players and take of more of your cap space. If they can handle the ice time so be it. Also consider that generally in the first part of the PP you’re playing against the other teams best PK and doubtfully they’ll play all two minutes and now you have your best against their second best. This is why they make the big bucks so play them accordingly.

    • You should forward all of that to:
      Mike Babcock
      C/O The Toronto Maple Leafs
      Scotia Bank Arena
      40 Bay Street
      Toronto Ontario
      M5J 2X2

    • Ya Caper, it makes sense, but you also wonder how long they can keep this up.
      The issue in EDM is that other than 4 guys, no other forwards have contributed offence. So over the boards they go.
      The fear is that they get caught on the ice tired, or they get worn out over the course of the season.
      This seems born out of necessity not strategy.
      The PP is one thing thing, but when you add that to high minutes 5 on 5, it is concerning for forwards. But hey they’re young guys, maybe they’ll be fine and more teams do it.