NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2021

by | Nov 4, 2021 | News, NHL | 27 comments

The Hurricanes reach their season-opening ninth straight win, Leon Draisaitl overtakes Connor McDavid in the points race, more fallout from the Blackhawks scandal and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes extended their season-opening win streak to nine games by rallying to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Jesper Fast and Martin Necas scored in the third period to give the Hurricanes the victory while goaltender Frederik Andersen (27 saves) remains undefeated (8-0-0) this season. Alex DeBrincat scored twice for the Blackhawks (1-8-2).

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen (NHL Images).

Leon Draisaitl (20 points) scored twice to overtake teammate Connor McDavid in the NHL scoring race in a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, ending the latter’s four-game win streak. McDavid (19 points) collected two assists to extend his points streak to nine games. Draisaitl is the first player to reach 20 points in less than nine games to start a season since Mario Lemieux in 2002-03.

The Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a 2-0 deficit and blew a 4-2 lead before nipping the Colorado Avalanche in overtime 5-4. Cole Sillinger and Jake Bean scored twice with the latter tallying the game-winner. Bowen Byram tallied two goals and Nazem Kadri collected three assists for the Avalanche.

A shootout goal by Arthur Kaliyev lifted the Los Angles Kings to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Torey Krug had a goal and an assist for the Blues (6-1-1). The Kings (4-5-1) have won three straight games.


CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Former Blackhawks video coach Bradley Aldrich’s name has been stamped out in the club’s 2009-10 section of the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks requested Aldrich’s name be removed from the Cup following an independent investigation confirming a 2010 sexual assault allegation against him by former Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach was covered up by senior team executives.

TSN: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews offered clearer support of Beach. “I can’t undo what happened, I’d just like to know more and more about what Kyle feels and what he wants and what he envisions for the future,” said Toews.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and defenseman Brian Dumoulin were placed in COVID protocol after testing positive for the coronavirus. Head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby displayed mild symptoms while Dumoulin is asymptomatic. This news comes less than 48 hours after Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel tested positive. Kris Letang, Jake Guentzel, Jeff Carter and Zach Aston-Reese also tested positive and were placed in isolation at times since preseason.

THE ATHLETIC: The Nashville Predators will retire Pekka Rinne’s No. 35 on Feb. 24. Rinne retired in July following 15 NHL seasons all spent with the Predators.

SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Predators, winger Filip Forsberg is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

TSN: Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin is listed as day-to-day after being struck in the head by a shot from teammate Brett Kulak during Tuesday’s 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. He is not believed to have suffered a concussion.

New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban was fined $15,000.00 by the department of player safety for a dangerous trip of Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras on Tuesday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is how much Subban’s stock has fallen. He only appears in headlines now when he’s being fined for dangerous trips (also known as slew footing).

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott is listed as day-to-day with an injured foot.

TSN: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Conor Timmins will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

SPORTSNET: The New York Rangers have loaned winger Vitali Kravtsov to the KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk. He can be recalled by the Rangers once the KHL season is over. The 21-year-old winger refused assignment to the NHL and returned to Russia awaiting a trade.


  1. Eichel saga is over. He’s going to Vegas.

    • But RWM promised us he was going Boston. I am heartbroken. (Yes, I am being sarcastic. )

  2. Didn’t get the 4 1st round pick; but considering the unknown. Its a good deal for Buffalo.

    Vegas gets a #1 C if healthy

  3. Ya Slick…..crazy

    And only for 3 assets…

    Tuch, Krebs, 1st ‘22

    They flip 3rds

    Knights lose Krebs off of the roster; Tuch has been off after surgery

    Per TSN , prognostication is return in 4 months….. but they have to have Cap room for him when he returns????

    Are they hoping for a longer rehab….. say until one day after the reg season ends???

    I still say this was a risky move but Sabres somewhat buffered it by taking less in the deal …. Equiv of 3 firsts

    • So the Sabres moved down from 4 pieces to 3 to get it done. A little compromise gets things done. Let’s tell the folks in Washington and Ottawa.
      Seriously, the return is somewhat less than expected. As to Eichel’s return, when they say 4 months, that may mean 4 months till he can resume skating. Longer to get to game action.

      • Hi Howard

        I’m skeptical to start re the surgery and return… but per TSN…. if successful, he starts skating in as little as 8 weeks; and the 4 months is their prognostication of first actual game back (of course that is WITH successful surgery and WITH projected successful recoup/recovery/re-Hab time

        Putting his potential return late in first week of March…. 7 weeks of regular season left

  4. Alex Tuch + picks isn’t a very good return.

    • cant believe they didnt have better offers in the summer

    • Hi SOP

      Key piece to the deal is Krebs

      Personally I think he has a bright future

      Knights felts so as well, as do many on SN, ESPN, TSN

      Very good in Jr, very very good in World Jrs, very good (small sample) in AHL

      so far at NHL …. Very small sample size and with noted “jumbled” use (all over the line-up)…. 13 games 1 point

      That said…. He’s only 20 now; and If he does get to the levels that the media and scouts have projected him at (1C) …. Then his value is greater than that of currently injured winger Tuch (5 years older and $4.5 M more in Cap hit for next 3 years)

      Time will tell

      The totality of the trade seems much less return than Weekes had reported re Flames last night

      Weekes (if he did have the inside on the trade) must have been reporting Adam’s demand side and not the Flame’s offer side

      • I’ve seen Krebs play live on several occasions. He’s ok. In all fairness to the kid, I’ve seen other WHL players who were ok, turn into really good NHL players.
        Time will tell.

      • Pengy, Adams has confirmed Tkachuk was never discussed as an option. Makes me question where Weekes and some others are getting their information. Ouiji perhaps?

        I have seen reports this morning that Calgary was offering picks and prospects, not roster players.

      • Thanks Sparky

        No idea where Weekes was coming from; and often he seems to be in the know

        Can’t see Cgy offering that package quoted (as it is better than what was received from Knights) or parts of it leaked by Flames

        Either Weeks was fed a load of 💩 from a previously reliable confidential source; or somebody is lying…
        in the words of Ricky Ricardo…..Luuuuuuucy, yew goht sum splainin’ ta du

    • Shoreorrpark–I think that what Vegas gave up is so underwhelming that they may have actually made a low-risk trade. In the worst possible case–Eichel being unable to play again–couldn’t Vegas use the cap space they would gain by making Eichel their Hossa to almost compensate for the assets they’ve sent to Buffalo?

      • Maybe, Vegas offers Bergeron the money he’s worth, and next season, he leads them to th e Cup they thought Eichel would bring.

      • Now why would you go and try to upset me with sacrilegious talk like that?
        St. Patrice would never play for anyone but my beloved Bruins.
        I don’t even like to think about stuff like that, Francis.

  5. When the Rangers were in the mix, people were suggesting names like Laffrienere, Kakko and Fox!!!!

    • When a lot of teams were in the mix a lot of ridiculous names were being tossed around. Doesn’t mean the Rangers were actually going to trade any of those guys for Eichel.

    • From what we seen so far from kakko and laf krebs may end up beating them out for value.

  6. Re PK and Trip and 15 K

    Again inconsistency from Parros

    I don’t challenge the $15 K…. But it was only a week or so ago that Ovi tried to put a Sen through the corner…. All ovi hit was numbers…. No fine no suspension …. And he’s a repeat offender

    Paquette got suspended; and I’ve looked at this over and over..,, first contact is from the side, Zegras body then rotates on contact and then slams into boards…, injurred

    I don’t challenge the suspension

    What I do challenge is Parros giving Ovi a free ride

    Ovi’s hit is more powerful AND was full on numbers start to finish…. The difference is the size and outcome of the pkayer hit

    Zegras went down and was hurt; Ovi’s recopieny unscathed

    Again , no challenge to throwing fines and suspensions (PK and Paquette); just don’t let some walk scott free for identical infractions

    Let’s not forget Parros giving multiple free rides to Wilson

    Consistency is what is required

    Parros fails this at every angle

    • I think Subban should have been suspended. This season alone he has dangerously tripped (slewfoot like) Reaves, who was injured, Lucic (who could have easily been injured) and Zegras.

      These were all dangerous plays, makes me wonder the DOPS in doing.

      • The DOPS is a joke.

  7. Last night it was Tkachuk going to Buffalo. I don’t get how that could’ve been remotely true with Vegas offer being way less. Has to be more coming for Vegas. Not nearly cap compliant before end of year.

    • With you Slick

      Weekes seemed pretty confident with his posts

      Re Cap compliant….. yep… Knights will need to drop $5M off the roster for Eichel to be activated

      Of course there is always a chance that they have another big Cap hit on LTIR at the time… but you can’t can’t on that

      …. And the 4 month prognosticated return might stretch a bit…. But stretch to 30/4/22 (day after season ends) ….. just shy of 6 months…… mmmmmm …….nnnnnnnnoooooo

      All above of course depends on successful surgery and quality of play on return

      If healthy… Eichel should definitely out produced Tuch ; and should definitely out-produce Tuch plus what Krebs has produced so far this year….. but IMHO, Krebs has a bright future ahead

      As at now the winner in this entire thing is Eichel….. he gets the surgery he wants to ; and gets a big uptick in take-home pay (no state taxes in Nevada)

      Time will tell as to which team won the trade…. If the surgery has complications and/or delays; heaven forbid fails outright…. Sabres win

      Healthy Eichel back in 4 months and cantering top line and producing at his pre-injury level…. Knights win the trade

  8. As to Subban, I recall that when the trade was made, pundits were saying that it would hurt the Habs in five years. Well, five years have now passed. Weber’s playing days are done. Yet, as Lyle implies, I don’t get the sense that these pundits feel the Habs are missing out by not having Subban.

    • Hi Howard

      No challenge from me on that

      Still fair chance he is moved at TDL on a to-through …. 50% retained by Devils; another 50% (of that by a middle team)… at TDL …. End team (and middle team) end up with ~ $750 K in Cap hit and having to pay ~ $145 K cash

  9. The trade shows how little interest there actually was/is for Eichel.
    It also shows how out of touch the pundits and so called reporters are.

    • @ habfans, it shows how mismanaged the Sabres are. For 1 they showed no spine. They should have risked Eichel getting his surgery in hopes of a likely healthy return to the ice so that they can get a better return in a trade. If they absolutely didn’t want to do that then they should of held out until either they get the true return they want or Eichel brakes his contract and gets the surgery done himself. Of Eichel comes back healthy which is the likely scenario they would still own his rights and could have tried him then. If Eichel is not healthy then they could have just terminated his contract. Also makes you wonder if the rumors are true and the only reasons the Canadians did not pull the trigger on a trade for Eichel was KK then yikes, but that’s only a rumor so who knows.