NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2022

by | Oct 15, 2022 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Recaps of Friday’s games including Brent Burns’ return to San Jose with the Hurricanes plus updates on Jake DeBrusk, Ondrej Kase and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.


NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes nipped the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on a third-period goal by Sebastian Aho. Martin Necas also scored for the Hurricanes while Evgeny Svechnikov tallied for the Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was also defenseman Brent Burns’ first in San Jose since the Sharks traded him in July to the Hurricanes. His former club honored the former Norris Trophy winner with a video tribute while Sharks fans gave him a standing ovation. He was held without a point in this game.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (NHL Images).

Steven Stamkos scored two goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Johnny Gaudreau scored in his first home game with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Winnipeg Jets got a 40-save performance from Connor Hellebuyck (including 21 in the second period) and two goals from Mark Scheifele to defeat the New York Rangers 4-1. Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers collected two assists while Dryden Hunt scored the only goal for the Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Winnipeg head coach Rick Bowness missed this game after testing positive for COVID-19. The Jets also activated Mason Appleton from injured reserve for this game. The Rangers went with backup Jaroslav Halak for this game as Igor Shesterkin had started against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Detroit Red Wings goalie Ville Husso kicked out 29 shots to shut out the Montreal Canadiens 3-0. Michael Rasmussen had a goal and two assists for the Wings, who fired 38 shots at Canadiens netminder Jake Allen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen made 37 saves as the Wings’ final two goals were empty-netters. He was the reason the score remained 1-0 until the final minute of the game, making 25 saves in the first period alone.


BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk will miss tonight’s home opener against the Arizona Coyotes with an upper-body injury suffered on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals. Bruins coach Jim Montgomery is hopeful DeBrusk will return to the lineup in the coming week.

DAILY FACEOFF: Hurricanes forward Ondrej Kase returned to Raleigh to be evaluated for a possible concussion. This is alarming news for the 26-year-old Kase, who has a history of concussions stretching back to 2015-16.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It may be time for Kase to hang up his skates. He’s been sidelined far too often by these injuries and risks permanent brain injury if he has suffered so already.

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers announced Duncan Keith is joining the club in a player development role. The former Norris Trophy winner retired this summer after 17 NHL seasons. He spent 16 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to the Oilers.

PHILLY HOCKEY NOW: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman isn’t concerned about the Flyers’ sagging attendance. He observed the franchise has “great fan support” and pointed out that teams go through cycles where attendance may be lower in some years compared to others. “This team will get better, and the fans will be back in bigger numbers,” said Bettman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bettman’s right, Flyers fans will return as the team improves. They’re coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history but just two years prior finished among the top-four teams in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.

LA KINGS INSIDER: The Kings promoted Nelson Emerson to assistant general manager and Glen Murray to senior director of player personnel.

SPECTOR NOTE: I included this for those of you who may have wondered what became of those two former NHL players. Emerson had 488 points in 771 games during his 12-season NHL career while Murray had 337 goals and 651 points in 1,009 career games during his 16 NHL seasons. Speaking of “whatever became of…”

ESPN.COM: Former NHL coach Mike Keenan was named coach of Italy’s Men’s Hockey Team, giving him the opportunity to guide the host country at the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. The 76-year-old Keenan’s last coaching gig was with Kunlun Red Star in the KHL in 2017.


  1. Players seem to be so delicate these days, I think they coddle them too much back in Bobby Orr’s days he played injured all the time ,like Johnny Bucyk used to say Bobby Played with injuries most other players wouldn’t be able to Be that as it may, even with Debrusk out if you can eat the yotes. Time to pack it in and head for the links.

    • Orr did not even make it to 700 games which is a huge loss to every hockey fan

      Concussions are tricky. If you have never had a serious concussion you are lucky.

    • Just look back every playoffs they list the serious injuries players play through once series is over Not a soft player in nhl to think otherwise. Is plain dumb

      • brain bruise heals on its own timeframe

        you can think you are 100% and a random collision on the ice retriggers all the issues again. does not even take a hit to the head again.

    • Orr also shortened his career as a result, Rick. Suggesting today’s players are “so delicate” or “coddled” or don’t play through injuries is a ridiculous statement to make. Look at all the season-ending reports where each team reveals players (from superstars to depth guys) who skated throughout the season or playoffs with serious injuries that require surgery to repair.

  2. Kase should retire even though he is not old by nhl standards he has way too many brain injuries that will ultimately affect his life in a very negative manner

  3. I like the mention of glen murray! didn’t realize what a great player he was until he was on the Kings/ or at it seemed like his play got even better when he was out there. I remember him in that 7 game series against the Avalanche where he was the King’s best player. I knew he was good on Boston when I lived back east but when I moved to Colorado and he was on the Kings, he took off! Very good hockey player. then he did one more stint with the Bruins I think, right Lyle? Anyways, good blast from the past. GO AVS!!!!!!!!!

    • Man Tommyboy, the King’s and Avs had a couple real awesome playoff series in a row back 2000 and 2001. But yes that first series Murray was great but was traded a few months later for Allison.

      Those Avs teams were stacked but the King’s were sneaky good. Thanks for mentioning it, takes me back even my team was on the wrong side.

      • You’re right Canadian King, the Kings were sneaky good. In fact, I remember thinking the Avalanche might blow the series. Roy was doing those antics in goal, coming out playing the puck when he should be staying in the net, LOL!!!! Like I should be giving advice to Patrick Roy! But I couldn’t believe how good the Kings were and I thought they might win the series. Made me appreciate what a good hockey player Glen Murray was.

      • Lol.

        Yea, if my memory serves me correctly both those series went the distance too and the Avs went on to win the cup the second year they met, after LA took out Det in round one, your welcome, lol.

        Good times

  4. With Kase out Carolina has 12 forwards and 8 defensemen on their roster. Not sure if Carolina will call up Drury for 4th line minutes. The De Haan Chatfield bottom D pair has played very well and is an improvement over Ian Cole and Brendan Smith. Carolina now has a solid third pair at a combined cost of 1.6 mill. Ethan Bear at 2.2 mill has yet to play. How about a Foegele for Bear retrade when Carolina plays Edmonton on Thursday?