NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 15, 2022

by | Mar 15, 2022 | News, NHL | 13 comments

The Coyotes down the Senators, Auston Matthews suspended, the Ducks trade Josh Manson to the Avalanche, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: Arizona Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse tallied his first career hat trick in a 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Nick Schmaltz and Clayton Keller extended their points streak to six games with two points each while Scott Wedgewood made 40 saves for the win. Josh Norris scored two goals for the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun missed this game and will be sidelined two-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury. He’s been the subject of frequent trade speculation over the past couple of months but this injury could dampen his value in this season’s trade market.

TORONTO SUN: The NHL department of player safety handed a two-game suspension to Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews for cross-checking Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin during Sunday’s Heritage Classic game in Hamilton.

Anaheim Ducks trade Josh Manson to the Colorado Avalanche (NHL Images).

 NHL.COM: The Anaheim Ducks traded defenseman Josh Manson to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for prospect defenseman Drew Helleson and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the first major trade of this calendar year since the Calgary Flames acquired Tyler Toffoli last month from the Montreal Canadiens.

Cap Friendly indicates the Ducks also retained 50 percent of Manson’s $4.1 million cap hit. That gives the Avs’ some flexibility to make another deadline addition, especially if they place captain Gabriel Landeskog on long-term injury reserve following his knee surgery on Monday.

Manson, 30, will help to shore up the Avalanche’s blueline depth. Samuel Girard is out for four weeks plus there’s ongoing uncertainty over Bowen Byram’s status as he remains sidelined by concussion symptoms.

It’s not a bad return for the Ducks. Helleson is a well-regarded prospect who could blossom into a full-time member of their blueline.

Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek recently indicated he would trade his pending unrestricted free agents if he can’t re-sign them before the trade deadline. Manson’s departure casts a brighter spotlight on UFAs Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell, who will have greater value than Manson in the trade market.

NHL.COM: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom and New York Islanders captain Anders Lee are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 13, 2022.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars goaltender Braden Holtby remains sidelined by a nagging lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Holtby’s been mentioned as a possible trade candidate but I don’t think they intend to trade him while they’re jockeying for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. It’s even less likely with Anton Khudobin reportedly undergoing hip surgery on Monday. They will probably want to keep Holtby as Jake Oettinger’s backup for the remainder of the season.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals center Lars Eller was placed on COVID protocol after a positive test yesterday. It’s his second positive test this season and it’s uncertain when he’ll be back.


  1. Yotes have been playing well 7-3 in last 10. all want to get traded by deadline I assume

    • No question… all personally on a drive to showcase themselves so They don’t have to play infront of only 4000 fans (at best 5000 ) in a College arena with poor TV site lines …..for a guaranteed 3 years; 4 years a very strong possibility and 5 years not out of the question

      Not an attractive next 3 – 5 years

      • Maybe they do better on the road….(wink, wink)

  2. Looks like Sweeney’s done dealing Callahan ‘s in the fold. Manson’s gone actually I think This might be a good time to swing a trade for Chychrun, being hurt is a better bargaining tool for the b’s. ( Will not respond to you know who)

    • What good is trading for a player that is hurt?What does that tell your veterans who are ending their career very shortly.

    • Another smile to start the day😀

    • Lord Voldemort?

      • Nice one Chrisms

    • Boston still need a puck moving d/man?
      they have trouble moving it out of there end.

      The PP is Terrible steming from the back end bad problems coming into the playoffs⁉️

  3. Senators really missed Austin Watson last night …

  4. Re Manson to Avs…. Good deal both sides

    2nd and a good prospect for a player they knew they were trading; pretty fair

    Avs get solid RHD at a reduced Cap; while they are having their own D injury setbacks; and a good add for a deep playoff run…. Very good

    AM 2 games…. I’m glad Parros didn’t do the fine thing…, all hell would have broken loose

    I had posted that I’m a big AM fan but in no way support his action

    2 games appropriate…. No injury outcome

    Had Dahlin been injured (and with that cross check I was very surprised he got up)…. then 4 or 5 would have been appropriate

    Cross checks to the neck/head… are not playing hockey (heat of the moment or not)

    If you’re that riled up…, drop the gloves

  5. Mathews was lucky to get away with two games. IMO five games would have been a fitting penalty.

    • Hi Smitty

      For sure if Parros had given AM 5…. That probably all but ends any other player from doing that…. First time offender… no injury…. That should stop the rest from ever even considering this

      Cross check to the head is cowardly and heinous IMHO

      That said…. Parros all over the place with his suspensions and fines… 5 games after no injuries to a first time offender…when he lets Wilson, Ovi, Hathaway get away with everything…. Would have been chaos

      2 or 3 games acceptable (again for first offender no injury)… 3 would have sent a stronger message…I’m ok with the 2