NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2022

by | Jun 25, 2022 | News, NHL | 18 comments

The Lightning stay alive with a Game 5 win in the Stanley Cup Final, Barry Trotz is in no hurry to return to coaching, the Blackhawks will name Luke Richardson as their new coach, Chris Kreider and Joel Farabee undergo surgery, and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

NHL.COM: Ondrej Palat’s third-period goal lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ondrej Palat (NHL Images).

Andrei Vasilevskiy picked up the win with a 35-save performance, Jan Rutta and Nikita Kucherov also scored while Corey Perry and Mikhail Sergachev each collected two assists for the Lightning.

Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar replied for the Avalanche, whose lead in the series has been cut to three games to two. Nichushkin tied a franchise record with his fourth goal in a Stanley Cup Final.

The series returns to Tampa Bay on Sunday for Game 6.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the third time in this postseason, the Lightning battled back with a hard-fought victory when facing elimination. Once again, Vasilevskiy was stellar in a must-win game. And once again, it was Palat with a clutch goal, giving him a team-leading three game-winners in this postseason and 12 playoff winners for his career, ranking third in that category among active players.

The breaks went the Lightning’s way in this contest. After the Avalanche got lucky in Game 5 with a missed too-many-men call during Nazem Kadri’s game-winner in overtime, they were tagged this time with 2:43 remaining in regulation, all but snuffing out an opportunity to pull their goalie and push for the equalizing goal. The Bolts also benefited when a tripping call on Makar led to Kucherov’s 4-on-3 power-play goal in the second period.

WINNIPEG SUN: Former New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz turned down the opportunity to coach the Jets, basing his decision on spending more time with his family.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report indicated Trotz was impressed by the Jets’ approach in both their patience as he considered their offer and willingness to accommodate his needs if he accepted the job.

Sources told the Sun that Trotz was reluctant to face the grind of another NHL season after 23 straight years of coaching. The Islanders also owe him another season of salary ($4 million), allowing him time to step back, spend more time with his family and ponder his future.

DAILY FACEOFF: Frank Seravalli reported the Chicago Blackhawks are expected to name Luke Richardson as their new head coach next week. Richardson has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Chris Kreider underwent surgery to remove a small bone fragment from his wrist. His expected timeline of recovery is two-to-four weeks.

PHILLY HOCKEY NOW: Flyers forward Joel Farabee could miss the start of the 2022-23 season after undergoing disc-replacement surgery in his cervical area on Friday. He’s expected to make a full recovery in three-to-four months.

VANCOUVER HOCKEY NOW: The Canucks have hired former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon as a senior advisor.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tallon’s NHL career has now come full circle. He began his playing career with the Canucks in 1970-71.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins named Tom Kostopoulos as director of player development. He replaces Scott Young, who was named the Canucks director of player personnel on Friday.

NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators signed forward Cody Glass to a one-year, two-way contract worth over $874K at the NHL level.

TSN: Minnesota Wild prospect Pavel Novak is taking time away from hockey to deal with an oncological disease.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Novak in his treatments. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and resumes his playing career.


  1. Av’s win Cup Sunday. Fire Sweeney, What’s the difference between a battery and Sweeney? Most batteries have a positive side.

  2. Would really like to see the Bruins sign PB and DK on 2 year deals ….take a run at it two more years then rip it down …. Big ? Mark is health of BM it’s a tough surgery to come back from 100%

    • Joe would love to see 46 re up even if for only 1 yr. Solve a big issue He was always under rated in my opinion Maybe pasta signs his new 8 yr 9.5 per deal and convinces 46 to take one more swing with the bruins before the new guard

      • Mrbruin … agree sign both ( PB..DK) on a 1 year .. next offseason the B’s will be done with those depth players they signed and if Sway continues his goalie growth maybe they can try to move Uiimark … A Krejci,Hall,Pasta line would be a nice hit …wouldn’t mind seeing the Bruins move DeBrusk and a Dman for a big tough scoring winger to play with PB and BM

    • Joe I didn’t think it would happen as matter of fact I thought krecji was more likely to come back than Bergeron, but I’m starting to think that now that Patrice is back maybe Krecji will sign as well,that solves our centre issue at least till next season 2023-2024 would have to be a rebuild. Even Sammy Pollack couldn’t shore up this ship. I still would have rather seen a rebuild this year but, since Sweeney and Neely’s jobs are on the line, they are gonna be like the Great White Hunter desperately searching the plains for the Elusive White Buffalo, please don’t censor this phrase not meaning to be racist in any way shape or form. I can’t stand bigotry I am merely stating a point in this politically correct world we’re living in.

      • I’d bet my farm that Debrusk retracts his trade request, now that cASSidy is gone from the organization.

  3. Gonna be the summer of cap casualties and who benefits from it! I say let Montreal, Las Vegas and the Leafs stew awhile before trading with them! Make ’em squirm!

    • Well Johnny it’s like you have your finger on the pulse of the off-season. What an intellectual comment. Are those the only three teams you know of that are in deep cap trouble? You seem to only repeat what you hear and wondering if you heard of any other teams in worse shape than the Leafs…. You know like the Sharks, non playoff bound team up against the cap, oh then you have Vancouver who will be down there for a while, the flyers and at this point, barely an nhl roster but still so close to the cap, incredible. Teams like TB, the Avs and Leafs have this cap issues but at least they are top contending teams so being close to the cap is expected, but you shown me its not to be the case. Thank you. Another enlightening well thought out comment.

  4. Just don’t put Tallon in charge of filing qualifying offers and he should be fine.

  5. Joe. Yes I think bruins need to move Jake and 1 d man. But wouldn’t be able to add much as the $$ would be needed for 37 and hopefully 46. Yes. Bruins have lots of filler expired next year which is good news especially if 37 does just a 1 and done will the $$ to go after a ctr. Like Dubois. Or shief. As I doubt either are staying when contracts are over. Dubois stated as much wants to be had in 24

  6. Tampa recieved all the calls last night, including the first pp on a high stick that didn’t exist.

    Byram and Makar slashed up on the hands what use to be an automatic, nothing to see here.

    If the refs thought they missed one in game four, is the way to make it up, give the opposition all the lead way?

    As I said Av’s in 6

    Colorado needs better goaltending

    • Agreed on the point of the Avs needing better goaltending. I think the significant injuries to the Lightning lineup is the ONLY reason the Avs can get away with minor league type goaltending.

  7. I like how Farabee’s disc replacement surgery is just a thing mention and a full recovery is expected. Such a. Contrast to eichel.

    • Exactly!

  8. Exciting game once again

    I know Avs’ fans want series over in 6, Bolts fans want series to go 7

    As a hockey fan; and with no vested favourites (being a Leafs and Pens fan)…, I’d love this series to miraculously be a best of 9…,

    Each team has dominated a game at home; and there have been 2 OT games; plus last night’s 1 goal game

    Each team has had several phantom penalty calls; each team benefited from missed/ignored calls

    Avs overall have certainly been the better team in the series…. But here is the reality check….

    Bolts hit iron and out late in game 1; and twice in OT in game 4

    So if that late one in Game 1 goes iron and in ; AND either of the Game 4 OT ones goes iron and in…. that’s Bolts winning in 5 last night

    I realize that Avs have a few posts/cross-bars and out as well (including last night); but I just wanted to point out what could have been the outcome

    Again, no vested interest; I love the exciting play; so I’m hoping for a game 7…. and better still… for that game 7 to go to OT!!

    Re Tom Kotsopolous now Pen’s director of player development….congrats Tom….. Tip # 1…. P-O J is now NHL ready… gedddderrrrdone

    Caper and others here residing in Manitoba…..Not sure if you follow…. But shout out to Bombers…10 straight at IG field; 3-0 this year; defending B2B GC champs; more importantly…. Last night’s V made Argo’s nemesis TiCats 0-3 on season 👍👍👍

    • I’m an Avs fan and want the series to go 7 so they can win at HOME!

      • Barney, trust me, you don’t want to go 7 with Tampa Bay. You really don’t want to go 6.

  9. If Sway is absolutely the real deal in which nobody really knows for sure …..buts let’s assume he is then there’s no need for Ullmark mic he’s willing trade him for a real need and bring in a vet goalie to help Sway along …. save some $$$ there too