NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 21, 2019

by | Nov 21, 2019 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Henrik Lundqvist ties Curtis Joseph on the all-time wins list, the NHLPA files a grievance on behalf of Dustin Byfuglien, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 454th career victory in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. He ties Curtis Joseph for fifth on the all-time list. Rangers winger Artemi Panarin extended his points streak to 12 games with a goal and an assist. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom missed the game with an upper-body injury, while teammate Garnet Hathaway received a three-game suspension for spitting on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 454th career win (Photo via NHL Images).

Brady Tkachuk scored in overtime as the Ottawa Senators edged the Montreal Canadiens 2-1. Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau tallied his team-leading 13th goal of the season. The Senators played without winger Bobby Ryan, who entered the NHL/NHLPA assistance program. Before the game, the Canadiens honored Guy Carbonneau for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


WINNIPEG SUN: The NHLPA filed a grievance yesterday against the league on behalf of Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien challenging his suspension. Byfuglien was suspended by the club for failing to show up for training camp. It was initially believed he was taking time to consider his playing future. The situation took a turn earlier this month when he underwent surgery to repair his ankle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien isn’t being paid during this suspension. There have been questions over why he didn’t show up to training camp, fail his medical, undergo surgery, go on long-term injury reserve, and receive payment. Both sides have kept quiet on the matter, but differing opinions have emerged.

The Jets reportedly claimed Byfuglien, who was hampered by an ankle injury last season, passed his exit medical at the end of last season. The Byfuglien camp apparently disputed this, believing their client hadn’t fully recovered. The grievance will be heard by an independent arbiter soon, likely early in the new year.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Sammy Blais requires wrist surgery and will be sidelined for at least 10 weeks. The club signed free-agent winger Troy Brouwer to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level.

WGR550: Buffalo Sabres assistant coach Don Granato is back behind the bench after being sidelined by severe pneumonia for several weeks.


  1. Re the Buff situation

    I thought that y/e medicals had to be signed off by 3 parties ….. Dr. , player, team

    If this is the case and all agreed on his status then …. what’s the dispute

    1) If they all signed off that he was healthy enough to play as at y/e…. then Buff was mandated to show up for this year … he didn’t … suspension and no pay is valid

    2) If they all signed off that he remained with injury ….. should have been on LTIR … suspension unfounded… he gets paid

    That’s where I’m confused .., is it not either one of those cases …. is there a situation # 3?

    No matter what …. the Buff / Jets relationship has suffered huge over this

    ‘Peggers on this site …. do you have any further insight in this?

    Thanks in advance

    • Pengy you summed it up pretty good. It’s sound like the argument will be although signed off obviously it wasn’t healed. Counter argument you injured it in the offseason while on your leisure time. The surgery wasn’t authorized by the Jets and Byfuglien didn’t seek their opinion.
      As Lyle mentioned Buff camp nor Chevy is saying anything but the belief is that is when Byfuglien is healed and ready to play that it may not be in a Jets sweater.

      • Dunka Caper

    • Things also get a little muddy because by some accounts when he left at the end of the year it was in a hurry. He skated straight off the ice, avoided media and there is speculation that he may have skipped or glossed over the year end medical. If so it was buff being buff, no harm intended but complicates the matter.

      • And still no answer to why Bufuglien didn’t report, go on LTR and continue being paid. Makes zero sense.

      • Dunka 2.0

        If he glossed over what he was signing off on then I don’t think he has a “leg” to stand on (sorry couldn’t resist the pun)

        Anybody know if he’s represented by Celino and Barnes ?? LOL

        Just a wild prediction…. $ settlement ….. gets some of this year’s Sal and retires….. no Cap hit in out years to Jets

      • BCLeafFan

        Agree….from Hamlet ….. “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” 🤓

      • 2.0 It’s been reported that Buff signed off on all the medical reports. However that wasn’t reported by the Byfuglien camp or the Jets camp.

        This could be tough for Byfuglien return to the Jets. We’ll see how it plays out. Don’t forget Byfuglien wasn’t happy with his playing time and slammed his stick when he wasn’t getting PP time.

      • a potential’beef’ would be if the team doctor advised buff that structurally everything was fine and any discomfort just needed time.