NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2019

by | Nov 28, 2019 | News, NHL | 26 comments

Bill Peters releases a statement regarding his alleged use of racial slurs, the Boston Bruins re-sign Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The Calgary Flames edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on an overtime goal by Elias Lindholm. Flames defenseman TJ Brodie collected his first points since returning to the lineup after collapsing during practice on Nov. 14. The Sabres have just one win in their last six games. They also announced Vladimir Sobotka is sidelined indefinitely following surgery on his right knee while Rasmus Dahlin is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Flames coach Bill Peters released a statement yesterday apologizing for racial slurs aimed at former NHL player Akim Aliu a decade ago (Photo via NHL.com).

The Flames’ victory was overshadowed by the ongoing controversy surrounding head coach Bill Peters. He was accused of uttering racial slurs toward former NHL player Akim Aliu when both were with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs a decade ago. Former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan also accused Peters of kicking him during a game in 2015-16.

Peters was not behind the bench against the Sabres, having returned to Calgary as the club investigates his previous conduct. Read below for further details.

Brad Marchand scored his fifth goal in four games as the Boston Bruins nipped the Ottawa Senators 2-1. The Bruins have won five straight games. The club also announced the re-signings of Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner (details below).

The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up their third straight win under new coach Sheldon Keefe by crushing the Detroit Red Wings 6-0. Andreas Johnsson scored twice and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves as the Leafs peppered the Wings with 54 shots. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard left the game in the first period after suffering a mid-body injury. An ailing Jonathan Bernier took over, giving up three goals on 40 shots.

St. Louis Blues winger Oskar Sundqvist scored twice as his club held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. He subsequently left the game with a lower-body injury. Ivan Barbashev also collected three assists. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored and picked up two assists.

The New York Rangers picked up their third straight win by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves for the win as his teammates tallied three first-period goals.

Evgeni Malkin had five points while teammates Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust each had four as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 6-3 deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 8-6. J.T. Miller and Adam Gaudette each tallied twice for the Canucks.

The Washington Capitals picked up their first win in three games by defeating the Florida Panthers 4-3. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby kicked out 37 shots. The Panthers are winless in their last three contests.

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Elliott made 15 saves in the third period to preserve a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers extended their points streak to four games.

Max Pacioretty’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Paul Stastny’s overtime goal as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Nashville Predators 4-3. The Knight snap a three-game winless skid. Earlier in the day, they placed forward Valentin Zykov on waivers.

Arizona Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak scored twice in the first period and buried the winner in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Coyotes have won four of their last six games.

The Colorado Avalanche tallied three third period goals to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for the Avs, who ended Edmonton captain Connor McDavid’s points streak at 11 games.

Dustin Brown and Alex Iafallo each collected two points as the Los Angeles Kings downed the New York Islanders 4-1. It’s the Isles second straight loss coming off a 17-game points streak. The Kings also activated Trevor Lewis from injured reserve.

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine collected three points as his club tallied five straight goals to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for the win while Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each picked up two points.


Calgary Flames head coach Peters issued an apology yesterday in a letter to general manager Brad Treliving, calling the incident “isolated and immediately regrettable.” TSN’s Frank Seravalli noticed a discrepancy in the statement. Peters claimed he immediately returned to the dressing room and apologized to the team following the racial slur aimed at Aliu, but the latter claimed that didn’t happen even after the team captain confronted Peters.

Seravalli also pointed out that Peters didn’t acknowledge the incident with Jordan. However, Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour acknowledged that incident took place, as well as another in which Peters punched an unnamed player. Brind’Amour was Peters’ assistant coach when those episodes took place. He claimed the incidents were addressed by the players and management and never happened again.

Former Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. claimed then-Hurricanes GM Ron Francis never informed him about Peters’ alleged physical abuse of the two players. He claimed he would’ve fired Peter “in a nanosecond” had Francis told him about those claims.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman cites a source claiming a face-to-face meeting between Peters and the league will likely occur, depending on the Flames’ own actions. That raises the possibility of league-mandated punishment along with whatever the Flames do.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Peters remains coach of the Flames. His statement hasn’t done anything to dampen calls for his firing. This situation could result in more players coming forward, either on their own or through the NHLPA, with their own stories of mental and physical abuse by NHL and minor-league coaches.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins yesterday re-signed forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner to multi-year contract extensions. Coyle inked a six-year deal worth an annual average value of $5.25 million while Wagner got a three-year deal with an annual salary-cap hit of $1.35 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyle’s contract was the most notable, as he was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July. He’s become a valuable part of the Bruins’ lineup since being acquired in a trade last season from Minnesota. He’s proven to be a versatile two-way third-line forward who can play center or on the wing but also move up to the second line when the need arises. The term seems a little long and the salary a little high but the Bruins are willing to pay it to keep him in the fold.


  1. The Penguins victory over the Canucks ( 8 – 6 ) was “CLASSIC” and “EPIC” !!!!!!!!

    • Hi Speed Kills

      I’m certainly glad for the victory but my heart can’t take any more “classics” like that

      Yes. Absolutely loved the heroic comeback…. but that shouldn’t have been necessary

      Penguins in reality had only 2 real defencemen last night

      If it weren’t for the spectacular plays of 23 yr old Pettersson and 22 year old Marino bailing out their D partners …. this game could have easily been 12-8 for Canucks

      Murray was hung out to dry; and then so was Jarry.

      Even the usually very solid Dumo had a rough night. Tanger had GWG but two glaring guffaws leading to goals

      I tend to always dump on JJ as worst DMan in the NHL (he still is, that has not changed) and last night he was still very very bad…. that said he didn’t come close to the atrocious play of Ruhweedel….. just completely God awful…. worse than almost every game JJ has played all season

      Sully…. you canNOT count on Gino’s line getting 13 points every game

      I love high scoring games

      I’d much rather see a Pens 6-1 or 7-2 game than 8-6 V that included an empty netter

      You seem pig-headed in continuing to play JJ (who BTW magically gets a plus 1 on night after being directly responsible for 2 goals on two brutal mistakes because 1 was on PK and he jumped on late in a change twice when Pens scored… not in the play but credited for plus one on each!!)…. huge mistake.

      The bigger mistake is playing BOTH JJ & Ruhweedel…. what is your issue with Riikola…. he is gargantuan levels better than either of them…. waaaaaaay waaaaaaay better

      Shultz ….please please please …..speedy return:





      *call McQ…. if he’ll play you can prob get him very cheap… have him as spare 7th D instead

    • I got disgusted and turned the game off when it was 6-3 in the third. Then my phone started buzzing when I was painting my basement and I realized that I should have never given up on this team because they seem to play better when they are down multiple goals. Have to give some love to 2 third round picks, Brian Rust has 9 goals in 14 games this year and Penguins leading scorer Jake Guentzel has 54 goals in his last 107 games and is a point per game player this year so far. His draft year every scout said he could never play at the NHL level because he was too small.

      • Rusty Guentz Gino Jarry Pettersson McC Marino Vanek have all been very good since Sid has been off

        G-Chuck had a good game ; then really was not there last night

        You know the two that are just horrific; the rest holding the fort

        B2B tomorrow night and Sat…. I’d be a fool to believe they get 4 pts (both on road, 2nd one in StL)

        Fingers crossed for at least 2 points

        Fingers crossed Dumb and Dumber out ; Riikola/Trottman in

      • Vanek? Didn’t he retire a few years ago? Matty had a bad game but he’s been good most of the time this year, very classy offering condolences to Markstrom on the death of his father.

      • Wow …. friggin auto-correct changed Tanev to Vanek …😡☹️

        Re: Murray and last night …. one on him ; 2 absolutely no chance at; 1 fairly tough save but prob coulda had it

        I’d go Jarry Fri and Murray Sat

    • Careful. Don’t have a stroke.

  2. To all Americans here:

    To you and your families

    Happy Thanksgiving

  3. Not much happening, eh, Lyle?
    Thanks for the daily fix. Best hockey blog out there.

    • Concur

      Kudos and thanks Lyle

    • Thank you!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in America. Those of you elsewhere smile, you are alive and it’s a great day anytime you are upright. 😉
    Some good games last night for sure.

    • My sentiments exactly. Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers

      • Ditto. I have two great-grandsons in Seattle (dual citizens) and wish, and all my American friends only the best, especially those putting up with that monster storm in the mid-west.

  5. Yup. Was even pleased with the Ottawa game against Boston. Although they lost 2-1, they did force the play for much of the game in limiting Boston to 21 shots (while they fired 34 at Rask), but in the end, they couldn’t keep Marchand off the scoresheet and Rask was excellent.

    • Of course, the Bruins were coming off the Montreal game and didn’t wake up until the third period, where they had 11 shots. But, yes, the Sens play an enthusiastic and tough game.

  6. If Akim found it so offensive I wonder why it took 10 years to come forward? A guy offend ME (not my music) 2 days ago and we dealt with it right there. Done.

    Won’t be surprised if they fire Peters, but it would be unfair. I realize that we now serve the God of Public Opinion, and that God requires sacrifices.
    Sorry Peters, looks like you’re next.

    Is there anyone on this planet that hasn’t said something offensive (in the last 10 years) that they regretted immediately?

    We all want to be “Good Guys” and fortunately we are running out of real “Bad Guys” (you can’t be a good guy without the existence of a bad guy) so we are now creating “Bad Guys” out of nothing…
    To satisfy our own need for self righteousness as a culture.

    I know most don’t agree with me, but then again you’all voted for a PM that makes “Hearty” shapes with his hands like a 15 year old girl…

    In 50 years we’ll all be chicks.

    Happy Turkey Day!

    • This is different due to his position of power over the player. If 20yo Aliu says anything he will never play in the NHL and loses potential to make millions, ditto his teammates.

      Racist remarks even in 2009 were known to be absolutely inappropriate, the difference was that Peters knew he could get away with it.

      The second most self-righteous idea here (my post has got to be #1 after this) is the idea that with BCD everything uncomfortable gets dealt with right away.

      The only thing needed for a racist environment to flourish is for people to say nothing

    • Hahahaha

    • Cowboy Dan,

      However, not too many people in a position of power go around throwing N bombs and assaulting their staff.

      Have you recently called one of your employees a racial epithet or assaulted them and kept your job?

      Probably not.

      • Well I would flippin’ hope not Joe Hockey, so with ya there. The comment from Dan was predictable, even managed to take a shot at our PM again. Who I didn’t vote for but couldn’t care less about making heart shapes. Things like taxes, health care, climate change, globalization, automation, foreign relations seem just a tad more important.
        Talk about glass houses.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone down south and best of luck during your Black Friday specials.

    I must say I think the US does it pretty good when it comes to their Thanksgiving weekend.

    We also get to benefit from it with 3 NFL games on today.

  8. The Charlie Coyle signing was to much dollars and to long on term.

    I like this player however he has only reached the 20 goal mark once and is on pace for 16 this season. 5yrs @ $4.25 would’ve been my number.

    Charlie had a great post season and if he can pull that off again then it’s money well spent. But these are the type of deals that can crush your cap.

    The bigger question now is what happens with Torey Krug? Boston has $16m in cap space with 15 players signed for 2020. Chara, Debrusk and Halak to resign there goes $8m; now 5 players to sign including Krug with $8m left. Even if the 4 players only combined for $4m that leaves $4m for Krug . Buying out Backes last year may do the trick but we’ll see.

    • Halak will likely be history after this season. I hate to see him go, but I think it’ll happen.

      • Both Halak and Krug are luxuries they my not be able to afford. And I like both of them.
        They may have signed Colyle to a little too much because of the lack of centers in their system. Studnicka is the only guy with a real chance to play in the top 6 as it sits now, and that is still a big maybe. Has taken off offensively of late in Providence which is promising.
        At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, I hate buyouts. Would really like to see them just get it over with on Backes. That money could be really useful to get a#1C as a UFA, in a couple years as drafting one is unlikely from their normal draft position if you think long term. Methinks short term is more important though.

  9. You’re welcome everyone!