NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 11, 2019

by | Nov 11, 2019 | News, NHL | 42 comments

​Connor McDavid reaches 400 career points, Mitch Marner sidelined for a month, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.com: Connor McDavid tallied a hat trick, including his 400th career point, as the Edmonton Oilers thumped the Anaheim Ducks 6-2. Leon Drasaitl had four assists, Zach Kassian picked up three points and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid reached 400 career points in a 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDavid and Draisaitl continue to tear up the league offensively in the early going. They’re key factors in the Oilers’ surprisingly strong start to this season.

Robin Lehner kicked out 53 shots backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat each had three-point performances for the Blackhawks, who erupted for four goals in the opening period. William Nylander tallied twice for the Leafs, who learned Mitch Marner will be sidelined for a month with a high-ankle sprained suffered during Saturday’s game against Philadelphia.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a significant blow to the Leafs offense. Marner had 18 points in as many games before his injury. His absence likely means the Leafs won’t have to demote or trade anyone, for now, to make room for Zach Hyman’s return this week.

Mark Scheifele scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 3-2. Stars forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn were held goalless for the 14th time in 18 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin has just three goals in 18 games, Benn only one. Despite their struggles, the Stars overcame their woeful 1-7-1 start to reach a .500 record after 18 games. Seguin and Benn also went through a lengthy offensive drought in the first half of last season, culminating in team president Jim Lites publicly tearing into them for their poor play. The Stars need those two to regain their scoring form.

The Florida Panthers edged the New York Rangers 6-5 on a shootout goal by Vincent Trocheck. Evgenii Dadonov scored a goal and collected two assists. Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar left the game after being struck in the head by a puck. Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider each had two points for the Rangers.

The Philadelphia Flyers picked up their fourth straight victory by beating the Boston Bruins 3-2. The Flyers blew a 2-0 but got the win on a shootout goal by Joel Farabee. Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny each had two points. Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk remains sidelined with a lower-body injury.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves to give his club a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. It’s the 11th straight time the Devils have defeated the Canucks.

Anthony Mantha’s goal with 31 seconds remaining gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.


TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno faces a hearing today with the NHL’s department of player discipline for his elbow to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Saturday. Foligno has no previous suspensions.

KUKLA’S KORNER: Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry is under fire for comments on Saturday’s Coach’s Corner in which he appeared to single out new Canadian immigrants for not wearing poppies leading up to Remembrance Day. “You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

Sportsnet and the NHL issued apologies and condemning Cherry’s comments. His sidekick Ron MacLean also apologized for the remarks and for not taking Cherry to task over them during the segment.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m a veteran. I served 25 years in the Canadian Forces, including service in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and a peacekeeping tour in the former Yugoslavia in 1994. While I believe everyone should wear a poppy and honor our fallen comrades I don’t believe in forcing or shaming anyone into doing so. It’s called freedom of choice. The minute we start forcing people to wear poppies, we’re heading down a dangerous road.

I also disagree with Cherry’s remarks. Canada is a nation of immigrants and refugees of all races, creeds, colors, and religions. They all built this nation and continue doing so. Many of them served this country. I served alongside them. Some paid the ultimate price. They are Canadians, period.

While I disagree with Cherry, he has the right to say what he wants and his critics the right to disagree and condemn him. That’s freedom of speech

It’s those freedoms veterans like myself and serving military members uphold and defend. Once you start taking those away from someone because you don’t like their choices or comments, it’s only a matter of time before someone takes them away from you.


  1. Well put Lyle. What happens here in the US is usually a network will start losing advertisers that don’t want to be associated with “free speech” comments from guys like Cherry. Seems like maybe folks in charge might start to think it’s not worth having to issue apologies every time he says something stupid.

    • Thank you for your service Lyle!

  2. The reality is, Canada’s freedom (like most free countries) is bought and paid for with American lives.

    • I believe the US number is 10 times the casualties as compared to Canada in WW2 and over 20 times the casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq…

    • Hold on there buddy. In two world wars we were in them up to our armpits for a combined 5 years before the U.S. made an appearance.

      • The U.S. also has 10 times our population.

    • You don’t really want to start with this kind of horse manure today, do you, cowboy?

    • You, you dont really believe that, do you?

      So, I’m enjoying my comfortable lifestyle because of the debacle in Vietnam? Or Korea? Or was it Iraq? Or Afghanistan? Or maybe it’s because of the imminent war at your southern border?

      Most of the lies and sensationalism you watch on tv, or at the movies aren’t real.

      I’m not downplaying America when it comes to quarreling and armed conflicts, by any means.
      But to write what you wrote, is the absolute heights of self centered bullsheets.
      Do some research, guy.

    • Wow, complicated subject matter in the headlines section today.
      First of all, Canada and the US are allies. I am personally thankful for that.
      We are safer being the USA’s ally, the entire world is safer when the US assumed the massive responsibility of global leadership after WW2. It has also helped the US, even though there is now talk of a more isolationist foreign policy from the current administration.
      George is right, Canada did enter both world war’s prior to the US. That was also an isolationist time in the US, after WW2 that changed and NATO was formed.
      Article 5 states that is 1 NATO member is attacked, it is an attack on all of us. Article 5 has been enacted once; after Sept 11 and the war in Afghanistan.
      We are on the same team folks, and hopefully it stays that way and not forget the lessons history has taught us.
      A really interesting article on the conservative (old school conservatives) website The Bullwark. Worth a read on this topic and why US led global foreign policy after WW2 was successful and so important today.

      Give it a read if you are so inclined.


  3. Lyle,
    I’m an American veteran. While I can agree with the spirit of Cherry’s words, in that immigrants (and citizens) should show appreciation to veterans and currently serving, I disagree with his attitude and exact language. Then, again, Cherry has long been a loose cannon whose mouth could be registered as an infectious disease.
    To you, personally, Happy Remembrance Day. Or do Canadians celebrate Veterans Day? As I get older, I have trouble remembering these things.

  4. To all those here who have defended our freedom ; thank you for your service

    In Canada we have “Rememberance”/“Armistace” day; and in the US it is “Veterans” day

    Governments and banks are closed today to honour those who fought for our freedoms.

    I’ve given my entire firm the day off

    My dad just missed being old enough to serve in WWII; my grandfather (who died before I was born) served in WWI.

    I have never had anybody close to me who actually served and as a child going through the Remembrance Day/ Armistice Day ceremonies didn’t really mean that much to me

    As I aged and learned more and more about the strife and sacrifices made by brave soldiers on behalf of those at home and those yet to be born ; it started to hit home.

    I’ve never put my life on the line as they have

    To all of those brave men and women ; past, present, and future; thank-you for your service

    Thank-you Lyle for your service and sentiments

    I will say that unfortunately I was not offended my DC’s words at the time he said them

    I guess I wasn’t drilling down the words that he espoused.

    I narrow-mindedly interpreted it as …. “c’mon everybody…. buy a poppy and show your support”

    Reading back his quote ; I see now the way he positioned his message

    I agree with you Lyle that freedom of speech is also a right.

    Everybody knows that DC leans very anti Europe when it comes to NHL players and he often (always!!! LOL) speaks w/o thinking

    This was obviously a very important issue for him …. support our vets…. and I believe he misguidedly lashed out at new Canadians

    He did also say something about very few people wearing poppies in downtown Toronto; which I took to mean a shot at white-collar workers vs. Blue Collar workers… what do I know

    I walk a careful line in admonishing someone who on second read appears to have been (albeit passionately jaded) singling out new Canadians ; while at the same time defending his freedom of speech

    Lyle is bang on that we shouldn’t be forcing/guilting anybody to buy poppies. Encouraging is one thing.

    I encourage all to do so.

    Poppies and the day meant nothing to me as a child

    Later when I realized that many of the things that I take for granted came at the expense of grave sacrifices made (before I was born and continue throughout my life ) by very brave individuals ; I knew that I just “must” overtly show my support.

    That’s me…. I encourage all to do the same …. you certainly should never be forced/guilted into buying one …. but if my thoughts/sentiments helps the word spread and more poppies are bought and more support shown …. all good

    DC’s specific words and directive messaging are not something I can get behind

    His passion, sentiments and general line of thought of supporting and thanking those brave men and woman …. I can (and do) get behind

    • PENGY…I echo George O in well said…I have the day off here in Los Angeles I’m a teacher/coach athletic director.

      Where would we be without the brave mn of the armed forces that protect us here and your brave men and women in Canada.

      Our kids all have written letters to the forces its called operation Bell gratitude. where all the kids write letters and they get sent to the troops kindergarten through12th grade

    • Well said Pengy. Though I did not serve in the forces, my family includes some of those we remember. One grandfather was killed at Passchendaele, the other was invalided out and died young as a result. My father served for six years as a volunteer and as a result saw a big chunk of the world (and was occasionally shot at and bombed). An uncle was a RCAF bomber pilot shot down over Berlin, and was thrown with his surviving crew in Bergen-Belsen by the Nazis as a ‘sky-terrorist’. All served because they thought it was the right thing to do, and I suspect none of them would have agreed with DC.

  5. I still❤️Grapes!

  6. Good words Pengy. Agree 100% with them and with Lyle’s observations. I was 1 1/2 when my father went to England in December 1939 as a Sgt-Major with the 1st Anti-Tank Rgt of the First Canadian Division. I didn’t get to see him again until Aug 1945 when I was 7. In that period he was part of the campaigns in Sicily then up the boot to the Battles of the Moro River, then Ortona (little Stalingrad according to the NY Times), and after being shipped back to England with other elements, the campaigns in the Scheldt, including the liberation of Antwerp and then Holland.

    • George,

      My parents were both Holocaust survivors. My mom is still here, Thank G-d. My dad passed 15 years ago. It is because of brave men such as your father that they were finally able to be free. And we also cannot forget the sacrifice made by you and your family in living without your father for so long. Happy Remembrance Day to you and to your dad in heaven.

      • Howard, all the best to you and your family as well.

        I just saw something that would have had my dad laughing. Don’t know where you’re located, but here in Ottawa at the national war memorial, once the ceremonies are concluded, people place their poppies on the tomb of the unknown soldier in front of the war memorial – they began that spontaneously a number of years back.

        Apparently they also do that in Canberra, Australia only this time they caught an intrepid pigeon on camera stealing some to build a nest in the corner of a stained glass window – kinda nice to know they aren’t just blown away in the wind or gathered up and disposed of


  7. Lyle, we all thank you very much for your brave service. It’s because of veterans such as yourself that we are all free to read Spectors Hockey every morning. Happy Remembrance Day!

    As to Cherry, I find it to be one too many ignorant and bigoted statement. No one supports freedom of speech more than I do, but freedom of speech obviously does not include the right to a segment on Hockey Night and Canada. It is often said that the number one rule in the business world is to not embarrass your employer. Cherry has, unfortunately, done that numerous times. The old coach’s time has come and passed.

  8. Cherry has the right to say what he wants. And they have the right to can his @&$&&. The guy continues to be an embarrassment to the network, to the sport, and to Canadians everywhere.

    Thanks for you service everyone.

    • I thought Cherry had a 7 second delay, so who was asleep at the switch that didnt end the segment when he started with ” You people…..”

    • NO Thanks Chrism, while I don’t agree with Cherry comments. This is nothing to be fired about.
      Don has always been passionate about the Veterans and always will be. There is not one singular personality out there that pays more respect to the men and woman who have served. Most people remember the people that served only on Remembrance Day, while Cherry Remembers them thru out the year.
      The positive that came out of Don rant is that it has people talking and more people paying respect to those who have and who are serving.

      Lyle and to whom ever else has served no matter what side of the border you are on, Thank You.

      • That’s just silly.

        he chose to display his ‘passion’ through a discriminatory statement which is ignorant and since he is representing the network it shows poorly on them. He should absolutely be fired.
        Easy to sit there on your high horse while you aren’t the one being discriminated against.

      • Taz, that’s your opinion, my opinion is that yours is just silly. You want to fire someone because what you find is discriminatory, time for you to get off your high horse!
        That’s the problem today people just want to fire people because they don’t agree with what they said and because I don’t agree with them lets shut them up.

      • Are you kidding me?
        As an immigrant, not just ‘people today’ I find the comments to be in fact completely discriminatory. For someone, who is on TV and has people of all ages watching, this is absolutely the WRONG message in a country like Canada.
        What’s next, the ‘N” word is just a word?

        Don’t pretend to know what discrimination is until you actually have some experience facing it.

        The fact that you can brush this off shows me how little sensitivity you have and how you simply give it the label of ‘people today’ – that is ignorant at best. I’m no sign holding protest loving person, but indifference to such behaviour and your acceptance of it is plain wrong.

      • Caper. For what’s its worth I actually don’t believe this is inherently a fireable offense. On an island. Combined with all the other garbage plus the fact the man is an embarrassing caricature of Canadians in general it would benefit the company to use the opportunity to get rid of him.

      • Oh. Wait. Just saw sportsnet did exactly that. Smart move.

      • Taz You don’t know me from a hole and the ground, yet as you tend do is make statements, that you don’t have a F#@KING clue about. But you get on your high horse and shout to the top of your lungs! In fact you just become a bully wanting his/her own way. Be damn with free speech, lets get someone fired because I don’t like what he said.
        I don’t condone what Cherry said but I don’t believe he should have got fired over it. Sportnet thought otherwise so there you have it. Free speech takes a back seat to the vocal minority who turn into bully mode when things don’t fit their narrative that’s just the way it is.
        It’s extremely easy to make statements saying someone isn’t sensitive because you’re not a minority or an immigrant so your opinions are not valid.
        This was an opportunity for discussion and educations but your way, it’s just remove it and be done with it, lets move him out to the streets and banish him.
        Not sure why your bringing up other issues that don’t pertain to Cherry comments, but again that what you want to do when it doesn’t meet your narrative.
        A little fyi, in the past I had my life threaten and dislike by a lot simply because of the color of my skin. I had a knife pulled on me and had a person waiting for me with a chain just because I’m white but no I don’t know racism because I chose to live where I lived and their actions didn’t really bother me.
        Some people are more sensitive then others. Taz be happy you got what you wanted. A passionate man who card more about the soldiers then most and who always show respect to the veterans, was he wrong yes, should he be fired I say no.

      • You are over thinking this a bit caper. And a bit too emotional about it. Free speech has nothing to do with it. He represents an entity and that entity has sponsors that support it. Said sponsors said enough is enough… we don’t want to lose business. It was a vocal minority that kept this turd on the air… a loud vocal minority. Not the other way around

      • Chrism sorry to inform you, the only reason Don Cherry was on the Air, is because he brought people to the station. It wasn’t the vocal minority it was the strong majority. What entity as you stated would keep anyone on the airwaves if they weren’t bringing in the viewers.
        Yes I’m passionate because Don remarks are taken way out of context, his wording not the best, basically we wants everyone to wear a poppy no matter if you were born here or immigrated here. He didn’t imply that other Nationalities didn’t serve he respects them all.

  9. And while we’re on the Cherry-induced topic of the immigrants to Canada, I think the old coach should take notice of the fact that the minister of defense, Harjit Sajjan, is an immigrant to Canada who served nobly in Afgahanistan. As have so many others.

    • I honestly don’t believe too many new Canadians
      Know about, or care about what Don said.

      The people who seem outraged by his comments are just dying to be part of something, anything.
      Hey! Look at me! I’m angry at Don Cherry on your behalf!
      I can’t believe he said that about you!
      Now I’ll go on Instagram and rant about something that doesn’t have merit.

      My God, where are we heading?
      Seem to be the same young people who point their phone camera at themselves whilst cheering for their “favorite” team.
      It’s more like I won, than my team won.

      You can’t please the contrarians.

  10. He was getting old and paunchy
    His hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew where of he spoke.

    But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
    For ol’ Joe has passed away,
    And the world’s a little poorer
    For a Veteran died today.

    He won’t be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won’t note his passing,
    ‘Tho a Veteran died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young,
    But the passing of a Veteran
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Some jerk who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician’s stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Veteran,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever-waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Veteran
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Veteran,
    Who would fight until the end.

    He was just a common Veteran,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his likes again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Veteran’s part,
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he’s here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let’s give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    • Well done George

    • Meaningful and moving, George. Insightful thoughts from reflective writers elevate this blog over the usual local news comments sections. I don’t know where the guy who suggested that it was shallow the other day was coming from.

    • Thanks, George.

  11. There’s a difference between doing what is legal and doing what is proper. In countries that I visited while in the service, people always were appreciative of the respect I showed for their culture and my gratitude for their hospitality. I didn’t have to do that, and it wasn’t demanded of me. It was just heartfelt courtesy that I thought was proper and just.

    It seems to me that Cherry never denied anybody’s rights–he was simply appalled by what he felt was impropriety. That’s his right, and his countrymen, new and old, should admire him for exercising it, even if questioning its propriety. And anybody who realizes that the “Ugly American” needn’t be an itinerant U.S. citizen should abide him, at least.

    • Well, he’s just been fired.

      • Now that’s a shame.

        Free speech for all, unless offends the few.

        He just wanted people to support the veterans.
        The folks who fought for the freedoms we enjoy here in Canada, today.
        Like freedom of speech.

        He may have lacked the tact required in today’s world, and had a tendency to say things in a perceived inappropriate manner,
        but his heart IS in the right place.


      • I guess he was unCherryshed.

  12. Yeah – it seems to me that that was more an admonishment by Cherry than what some idiots are charging – i.e., “hate” – he wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to veterans and just lacks the ability to articulate it in the “politically correct” terms we hear out of the mouths of so-called “polished” politicians who couch their true feelings using bafflegab.

    • For the record, Cherry went after millennials for the same thing a few years back.
      His mistake in this instance was painting all immigrants with the same brush. He is wrong about that and shouldn’t have said it, just as he shouldn’t have painted all millennials with that brush.
      It is wrong because it isn’t true.
      What he s right about is that too many in our current society take our democracy and freedom for granted.
      Perhaps he just could have said that.
      This isn’t about free speech, he can still say whatever he wants. Sportsnet just isn’t going to pay him to do it. That is their right too.
      I get were he was coming from, I think, and don’t believe he is a racist, but what he said was wrong, and he paid the price.

  13. Don Cherry is a pure Canadian he is Pro Canada Pro Vets and Pro Hockey. Cherry loves Canada and wants everyone to feel the same and show it the same way he does. I don’t believe he is a racist I do believe he thinks our great Nation is heading in the wrong direction he said what he felt and it cost him his job. Still believe if you took a poll most Canadians would be pro Cherry. Don will be missed on Saturday nights I know my parents who are 85 and 87 only watch for the intermission lol.