NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2019

by | Nov 1, 2019 | News, NHL, Uncategorized | 4 comments

The Canadiens and Flames rally for overtime victories plus the latest on Dustin Byfuglien, injury updates and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Max Domi’s overtime goal gave the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Habs overcame a 4-2 deficit on goals by Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher to force the extra frame. Domi and Tatar each had a goal and an assist. Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty collected an assist against his former club for his 500th career NHL point. Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi missed the game as he’s listed as day-to-day with a groin injury.

The Calgary Flames overcame 2-0, 4-1, and 5-4 deficits to burn the Nashville Predators 6-5 on a between-the-legs overtime goal by Matthew Tkachuk, who also tallied the game-tying goal. Tkachuk and Sean Monahan finished with three points apiece. Predators winger Auston Watson celebrated his new three-year, $4.5-million contract extension with a four-point performance. Teammate Calle Jarnkrok also tallied twice.


TSN: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien could require up to four months to recover from recent ankle surgery. His agent is in discussions with the NHL Players Association as they review his case. it could have financial complications if it’s determined he injured his ankle playing hockey.

Dustin Byfuglien’s ankle surgery raises more questions over his future with the Winnipeg Jets (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien is on a leave of absence mulling his future and was suspended without pay for salary-cap purposes. He underwent this surgery in his home state of Minnesota without informing the team.

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff shed little light on the situation, raising speculation of a difference of opinion between the player and the organization over the status of his injured ankle. The silence from both sides only generates more questions over the future of Byfuglien’s playing career. For the time being, it seems increasingly likely he won’t be back with the Jets this season.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets got more bad news as center Mark Letestu has been sidelined by a heart virus (myocarditis) for six months. Winger Patrik Laine remains sidelined with a minor lower-body injury. Center Bryan Little left practice yesterday with an undisclosed injury and could miss tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Letestu is expected to make a full recovery but he’ll miss the remainder of the regular season.

THE SCORE: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has hired a lawyer to investigate how his name became associated with a Russian virtual reality start-up that reportedly lost millions of dollars. The report claimed Malkin invested $4 million into the company, which used his name to attract other investors. He denied investing in the company.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Speaking of the Penguins, they’ve assigned Sam Lafferty to their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

CBS SPORTS: Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Buffalo Sabres winger Jimmy Vesey (lower body) has been upgraded from week-to-week to day-to-day. San Jose Sharks center Dylan Gambrell is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings forward Tyler Toffoli was a healthy scratch during Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Toffoli is an unrestricted free agent in July. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds to this move.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Adam Boqvist.

The Charlotte Checkers have released Jamie McGinn from his professional tryout offer.



  1. Dear Ron

    Your ship has come in!!!

    don’t look now…. but a win in Disneyland tonight and Canucks are in First Place (less games played with equal number of points) in the Pac Div

    Kudos 🙂

  2. Uh Oh

    I know very early in season; but Leafs as at now— out of playoff position.

    D/Grit/Back-up please — all moves need to be geared toward SC window of ’21–’24

    GMKD— do NOT blow brains out on moves (sending out futures) to try and win cup this year


    • So are last year’s presidents trophy winners. Weird starts all around the league only means a hot mess of a finish to the end of the season.

  3. Re Pens

    Gino situation– who knows if he knows whether he invested in this or not???

    I’m going to use a Chrism’s favourite line (sorry Chrims for stealing this– I laugh every time)

    Reporter: Gino can you tell us about the Crypto investment issue

    Gino : “I’m Score”

    Re: Laff to WBS— WTF????—- if they are sending anybody it should be JJ but at the very least; send Ruhweedel… in the last 2 plus years Ruhweedel has been a press-boxer for well over 100 games and just in the last 95 games he has been in the press box for about 70 games.

    That is wasted Cap space.

    He is a waste on the ice and off the ice

    Laffy makes 68 K more (than CR) a year… CR down and SL up for the balance of the year is about 57K in Cap ….. Pens would be much more logical spending the 57K in Cap and having SL on the big club

    Oh and BTW… JJ down and SL up for the balance of the year; actually hands the the Pens an extra $260 K in Cap space AND immediately makes them tremendously better.

    Just sayin’