NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2019

by | Nov 19, 2019 | News, NHL | 12 comments

The Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019 is officially inducted, the three stars of the week, Cory Schneider on waivers, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The six newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame were officially inducted on Monday night in Toronto. Entering the Hall are former NHL stars Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, hockey pioneers Hayley Wickenheiser and Vaclav Nedomansky, and Boston College coach Jerry York.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Class of 2019. I was touched by Wickenheiser’s induction speech in which she spoke of the difficulties and resistance she overcame as a girl playing hockey in the 1980s. She remains a role model for thousands of aspiring female hockey players.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson collected two points in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images).

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson extended his points streak to seven games with two assists in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 15th goal of the season. Washington winger Garnet Hathaway could face supplemental discipline after being ejected for spitting on Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson following their on-ice scrap.

Antti Raanta turned in a 31-save shutout as the Arizona Coyotes downed the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. Conor Garland tallied his team-leading 10th goal of the season and added an assist.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, and Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle are the NHL stars for the week ending Nov.17, 2019.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Cory Schneider on waivers and recalled Louis Domingue. Given his $6 million annual salary-cap hit on a contract that runs through 2021-22, it’s unlikely anyone will claim him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils will get very little salary-cap relief with this move. They’re painting this as a way for Schneider to see more playing time and regain his once-stellar form. He’s been hampered by injuries in recent years, taking a toll on his performance.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres winger Kyle Okposo has suffered his fourth concussion since joining the club in 2016 and his second in this calendar year. The club also announced Tage Thompson is sidelined three-to-five weeks with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report reminds us Okposo was hospitalized in 2017 due to post-concussion symptoms and reaction to medication. Given the frequency of his head trauma, it might be time to seriously consider retirement. Here’s hoping he makes a quick recovery from his latest injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will be without two key forwards for a lengthy period. Jonathan Drouin underwent wrist surgery while Paul Byron will require knee surgery. Drouin’s agent claims his client will be sidelined eight weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens will feel their absence. Drouin was off to his best start since joining the Habs in 2017 with 15 points in 19 games. Byron, meanwhile, is among their best-skilled two-way forwards.

SPORTING NEWS: Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert is sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury. He’s undergoing concussion protocol since being struck in the head by a shot from Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson on Saturday. He has not yet been diagnosed with a concussion.


  1. I’m with Lyle on Okposo. That is a lot of concussions in a short period of time. He’s better off hanging ‘em up than risking serious brain damage down the road.

    • Agree Howard and Lyle

      At the very least he has to take a considerable amount of time and evaluate his future…. he has way more years after hickey than he does playing hockey….. family and health first

    • I saw video footage of Okposo in the hospital a couple of years ago. He couldn’t recognize his wife and he thought everyone was trying to hurt him. It was terrifying to watch. He needs to hang it up before he ends up with untreatable encephalopathy. Brain stuff is no joke.

  2. Hathaway and his “Gob Smack” need a suspension … even if it’s only 2 games… friggin disgusting IMHO

    Congrats HHOF ‘19 Class … agree great speech by HW…. to me …. she ranks up their with Bobby , Wayne , and Mario as best hockey player ever

    I didn’t don’t know York’s story before … Kudos to HHOF for inducting him

    • Agreed, Pengy!

      You can’t spit on one another.

      Gudbranson looked like someone who was just violated.

      Hathaway should sit for a bit, for that classless action.

      Driving the other kids head into the ice after pulling him down was unnecessary as well.

      Washington has been playing some rough/dirty hockey lately.

      • Lately?

      • Gudbranson sucker punch too but dont spit yo

      • At least there is some affection when you lick somebody.

      • After Mark Letestu went on injured reserve, he gave Hathaway his cramp-relieving mustard packets to suck on.. Since then, Hathaway’s been spitting everywhere.

  3. Rutherford’s Hockey Hall of Fame credentials include factors more momentous than his accomplishments as a player, though he did win 151 games Nonetheless, as he stands alongside the other inductees, his conspicuous lack of size (5′ 8″) makes me wonder how he might fare as a player in today’s world of massive goalies, where 5′ 11″ Jaroslav Halak is “small.” Would Alex Ovechkin score on 50% of his shots if he played against a Rutherford equivalent today? Would Carey Price have had a shutout every other game if he’d played in Ritherford”s day?

  4. All the best to Cory Schneider. It was a difficult situation coming to NJ to succeed Marty Brodeur after backing Luongo in Vancouver. Had some good seasons here but the hip injury hampered him. Win or lose always a stand up guy-deflected credit to teammates for the win and took blame for losses.

    • Ditto re Cory Schneider. He was terrific in Vancouver and, as said, always a standup guy.