NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 8, 2019

by | Oct 8, 2019 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Game recaps, three stars of the week, plus updates on Evgeni Malkin, Josh Morrissey, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Alex Pietrangelo’s 400th career point was also the game-winning goal as the St. Louis Blues edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 32 saves for the win. The Leafs best scorers – Auston Matthews, John Tavares, and Mitch Marner – were held pointless in his contest.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tallied the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images).

Alexandre Texier’s overtime goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He and teammate Nick Foligno each had a goal and an assist.


New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad, Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha, and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews were the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 6, 2019.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin threw the ceremonial first pitch in Game 4 of yesterday’s National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nationals won 6-1 to tie the best-of-five series at two games apiece.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad will be sidelined “longer term” due to lower-body injuries. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan expects Malkin will be out longer than Bjugstad but said his injury wasn’t season-ending.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a big blow to the Penguins depth at center. Jared McCann could shift from the left wing to cover the second-line center position. Dominik Kahun could slot into the third- or fourth-line center spot. The Penguins also called up Sam Lafferty and Andrew Agozzino.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey returned to practice yesterday after missing Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders. Blueliner Dmitry Kulikov will miss tonight’s game in Pittsburgh as he’s in Winnipeg dealing with a personal matter.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings placed Andreas Athanasiou, Frans Nielsen, Trevor Daley, and Jonathan Ericsson on injured reserve. They’ve called up forwards Evgeny Svechnikov and Ryan Kuffner, and defensemen Oliwer Kaski and Alex Biega.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers traded forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for minor-league defenseman Nick Ebert and a 2021 fourth-round pick. The Rangers reportedly retain $750K of Namestnikov’s salary-cap hit

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a cost-cutting move by the Rangers, saving over $3 million in salary-cap space. Namestnikov is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and no longer fit into their future plans. This move brings experienced depth at center to the rebuilding Senators.

THE DENVER POST: With defenseman Ian Cole returning from injury, the Colorado Avalanche reassigned rookie blueliner Conor Timmons to the Colorado Eagles.

THE SCORE: Journeyman goaltender Michael Leighton announced his retirement after 18 season of professional hockey. He played for 21 teams during his career, mostly in the AHL. His NHL high point was backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

In 111 career NHL games with the Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Carolina Hurricanes, Leighton finished with a record of 37 wins, 43 losses, and 14 overtime defeats, with a 2.98 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and four shutouts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Leighton in his future endeavors.


  1. As I said to Nyr4life’s late commiserating post yesterday, the Sens have plenty of cap space to take on that $3,250,000 cap hit for one year and the Rangers needed some breathing room. Hopefully, with the kids Batherson and Chlapik clearly needing more development time in the AHL, Namestnikov will be generated in a contract year by hooking up with fellow Russians Zaitsev, Anisimov and Abramov.

    • He really isn’t a guy that is going to hurt you. Ny had its top line in place the minute they signed Panarin. But I was kind of hopeful they’d at least try Namestikov on that top line. He was a very good player a couple of years back with Kucherov and Stamkos.

      He never saw any line mates in NY close to that talented.

      • LOL. He won’t in Ottawa either Nyr4life. But maybe he makes his linemates here a bit better.

      • If Namestnikov can find his game again in Ottawa, he could certainly be flipped at the trade deadline for more than the Sens paid to acquire him. Or he could probably be resigned relatively cheap.

        Really a no lose trade for Ottawa with some potential upside.

      • About to make the same point dm. If he plays reasonably well he might even fetch a second at the deadline. Nice asset management by ott.

      • Sure beats the hell out of a suggestion yesterday that they take Bjugstad from Pitt for Pageau!

  2. George, Pageau and Namestikov could both be solid dealine acquisitions for teams in the hunt.
    The move for Namestikov is a good example of one of the benefits of the salary cap – it gives players a chance to reboot their careers elsewhere in the league – same as the waiver wire.

    • It’s also a reminder that, when you spend right to the cap limit – or close to it – you simply cannot make those kinds of moves even if it’s seen as an opportunity to strengthen y our team. A full 19 of the 31 teams have not only put themselves in that squeeze with their available cap space almost non-existent, quite a few have to go with less than the 23 max – a could 3 less. And while Chicago, TB and Carolina look to have some wiggle room, it’s an illusion since all 3 are operating early season 2 and 3 below the 23 allowable. One or two ELC call-ups puts them right with the other 16.

      Vegas – $0 – 22
      Pitt -$0 – 23
      Tor $0 – 23
      Buf – $0 – 22
      Ariz $0 – 22
      Bos $0 – 22
      Dal – $815 – 23
      SJ – $7,837 – 23
      Det – $25,430 – 23
      Wash – $112,673 – 21
      StL – $145,406 – 23
      Cgy – $154,958 – 22
      Vcr – $172,354 – 22
      Edm – $171,851 – 23
      Pha – $283,811 – 21
      Fla – $766,331 – 22
      Chi – $1,514,685 – 21
      TB – $1,726,669 – 21
      Car – $1,792,817 – 20

      • “a could 3 less” should read “some even 2 or 3 less”