NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2022

by | Oct 3, 2022 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Recaps of Sunday’s preseason games, Bruins winger Taylor Hall sidelined longer than expected, Jaromir Jagr could be hanging up his skates and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines


NHL.COM: The Minnesota Wild blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0. Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 12 stops to shut out his former team. Blackhawks netminder Petr Mrazek made 30 saves.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mrazek is hoping a new stretching routine will improve his flexibility and reduce his injury risk. He’s been frequently sidelined over the past two seasons.

The Blackhawks also learned yesterday that Boris Katchouk will miss four-to-six weeks with a sprained left ankle. The 24-year-old winger suffered the injury during Saturday’s preseason contest against the Detroit Red Wings.

New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield tallied what proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game marked John Tortorella’s first of the preseason behind the Flyers bench. He’d spent the previous four contests observing his club’s performance from the coaches box. I daresay Tortorella isn’t too pleased with what he’s seen thus far. The Flyers have won just once in their five preseason contests and scored just five goals.

Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall (NHL Images).

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves to backstop the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Urho Vaakanainen could soon return to the Ducks lineup. The 23-year-old defenseman was stretchered from the ice after crashing into the end boards during Friday’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks. He was taken to a hospital for observation but was released on the same night.


BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: Bruins winger Taylor Hall is listed as week-to-week after suffering an upper-body injury during Saturday’s preseason game against the Flyers. Rookie winger Fabian Lysell also left that game and is listed as day-to-day.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall could miss the start of the season next week. The Bruins will also be without Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk as they are still recovering from offseason surgeries.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Brian Hedger tweeted that Blues Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs goaltenders Matt Murray and Erik Kallgren wore specialized goggles during training yesterday. They are designed to reduce their peripheral vision as a puck-tracking technique.

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks left veterans Alexander Barabonov and Markus Nutivaara behind as they traveled to Czechia for their season-opening games against the Nashville Predators. Injuries sideline both players and questionable to join their teammates for those upcoming games.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning returned to Tampa Bay to resume training camp. They moved camp to Nashville last week ahead of Hurricane Ian which battered Florida.

DAILY FACEOFF: Jaromir Jagr is mulling retirement from hockey. The 50-year-old forward has spent the past five seasons playing for the Kladno Knights in Czechia. He also owns the club and helped them play their way into Czechia’s top league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr’s last NHL season was in 2017-18 with the Calgary Flames before being loaned to Kladno midway through that campaign. He’s one of the greatest players in hockey history but hasn’t been elected into the Hall of Fame because he’s still maintained his playing career.


  1. Long live Jagr. Hard not to like the guy

  2. Taylor appears to be easily injured. Lysell needs more size and seasoning. sign Pastrnak Sweeney, for g’s sake don’t drag this out the entire season.

  3. I daresay those “special goggles” will also help Murray and Samsonov NOT see any defensive help in their own end either.

    Another top five regular season and first playoff round exit for the Leafs with that defense.

    • Good to know.

      PS long live the mullet! Greatest mullet of all time, hockey hair 101.

    • As someone who played hockey as a young kid to the ripe old age of 14, but had to quit due to getting a part-time job and high school sports, I would think you would want to strengthen a goalie’s peripheral vision. Does anyone know the idea behind these goggles and how they can help a goalie?

  4. Wonder who will complain when Sweeney resigns pasta as the highest paid Bruin?????

    • Probably nobody. He’s worth it. However, if it were me, I’d pull the plug and start the rebuild. It’s painful but has to happen. Trade everyone but Swayman at the deadline for picks.

  5. Jagr another terrible bruin signing decent regular season numbers, but when the post season started he had nothing left in the tank. Just enough to cover his goal spread in reg season. I thought the signing was desperate attempt by the bruins to show how gung ho they were for another cup run. The fact he stayed in the league so long was all for Jags how many goals & pts can I put up?

    • You take that back! Claude messed up that one by switching Seguin and Jagr and screwing up the chemistry on Bergys line. Marchand was more focused on feeding JJ than playing his own game. It was a debacle to say the least.
      I’m still in disbelief over that one.

      • Sop. Yes it seamed they were in awe of 68. The playoffs taking them out of their own game. Don’t worry for RWM. He would complain if Sweeney signed McDavid

  6. I haven’t watched any Flyers preseason games, so I don’t know what the effort is like in those losses. I just want to add that last preseason the Flames started off with three straight losses, including one from their A team to the Oilers B team (4-0 Oilers), and ended with a preseason record of 3-5.
    You can’t predict a team’s regular season from their preseason results.

    • Don’t worry, Torts will clean up that Flyer’s room and the rest will be history.

      • With all their key injuries he can re-arrange a mess all he likes – he still winds up with a mess.

        Talk about trying to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse!