NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 4, 2022

by | Oct 4, 2022 | News, NHL | 20 comments

Recaps of Monday’s noteworthy preseason games, Flames coach praises Jonathan Huberdeau, Senators goalie Cam Talbot sidelined, and much more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.


NHL.COM: Roman Josi scored two goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over SC Bern in the NHL Global Series Challenge in Switzerland on Monday.

Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi (NHL Images).

Edmonton Oilers rookie Dylan Holloway collected a hat trick to lead his club over the Vancouver Canucks 7-2. Warren Foegele tallied twice and Zach Hyman had a three-point game.

The Carolina Hurricanes thumped the Columbus Blue Jackets 8-1. Martin Necas led the way with two goals and two assists while Derick Brassard and Brent Burns each collected three points. Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce left the game with a lower-body injury.

William Nylander and Alex Kerfoot each scored two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs romped to a 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek kicked out 24 shots to shut out the Boston Bruins 1-0. Tomas Tatar tallied the only goal.

The Pittsburgh Penguins nipped the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Casey DeSmith picked up the win with a 36-save performance.

Colorado Avalanche winger Artturi Lehkonen scored twice in a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Avs goalie Pavel Francouz made 38 stops.

Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves as the Calgary Flames downed the Seattle Kraken 4-1.


CALGARY SUN: Flames head coach Darryl Sutter had high praise for Jonathan Huberdeau. He called the 29-year-old left winger “probably the best passer that this team has had in maybe ever.” Sutter compared his playmaking to that of Hall-of-Famer Denis Savard. Huberdeau was acquired from the Florida Panthers in July.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That also seemed like a bit of a shot against Johnny Gaudreau, who departed the Flames in July for the Columbus Blue Jackets as a free agent. Gaudreau sits fifth on the Flames’ all-time assist list with 399.

Speaking of the Flames, they claimed forward Radim Zohorna off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators goaltending depth suffered a blow as Cam Talbot will be sidelined five-to-seven weeks with a suspected broken rib. The 35-year-old netminder suffered the injury during a recent practice. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talbot was supposed to share the goaltending duties with Anton Forsberg for this season. Hellberg has just five games of NHL experience since 2013-14.

TSN: The Columbus Blue Jackets released winger James Neal from his professional tryout contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 35-year-old Neal has 269 goals and 559 points in 869 career NHL games. However, he saw limited playing time over the past two seasons and missed 15 games in 2021-22 with an upper-body injury. This could be the end of his NHL career if no other club takes an interest in him.

GOPHNX.COM: Nick Schmaltz is among three Arizona Coyotes players listed as day-to-day with lower-body injuries. Speaking of the Coyotes, ARIZONA SPORTS reports they’ve hired Kurtis Foster and Jeff Shantz as player development coaches.

CBS SPORTS: Vegas Golden Knights forward William Carrier remains sidelined with an upper-body injury suffered during Sunday’s preseason game against the Avalanche.

DAILY FACEOFF: The Seattle Kraken signed winger Daniel Sprong to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level.

ESPN.COM: The NHL is debuting digitally enhance dasherboards (DEDs) this season. It is a digital replacement of camera-visible arena dasherboard ads within local, national and international NHL game broadcasts. It will allow broadcasts to erase ads on all boards visible to TV cameras and replace them with their own advertisements.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move is part of the NHL’s push to expand its revenue streams. In an interview with Sports Business Journal, league commissioner Gary Bettman said the potential revenue growth from DEDs will be in the tens of millions and could reach hundreds of millions over time.

FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW: The Panthers are donating all proceeds from ticket sales to their Thursday preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning to the ongoing Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues announced they’re establishing a Hall of Fame to honor and pay tribute to the legends of the franchise. Eight former players – Al MacInnis, Bob Gassoff, Bob Plager, Barclay Plager, Brian Sutter, Brett Hull, Bernie Federko and Chris Pronger – will be automatically inducted.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Several years after Hockey Canada drew on player registration fees to set up a fund to cover sexual assault claims and other lawsuits, it channeled a significant portion of those fees into a second multi-million dollar fund for similar purposes. Hockey Canada did not disclose this fund during testimony before a Parliamentary committee this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: How much longer will this Hockey Canada shit show roll on before its’ leadership is finally brought to account? How much more toxic does the culture have to get? How many more people have to be hurt? How much more money must be poured into secret accounts to cover the legal costs of lawsuits? How much more damage must be done to an organization supposedly dedicated to growing the game of hockey in Canada? How much more trust must be eroded? What more does it take?


  1. I am glad you have power again.

  2. Most sports writers feel AJ Greer is the guy who will make the cut. Out of the top 4 , Steen, AJ, McLaughlin, Studnicka. I think McLaughlin should get the nod. He has played himself into a role on this team: Foligno’s a downgrade from all four of the aforementioned. Studnicka could be on his way out. He has had his chance.

  3. From a brief experience with a national sport organization in a different sport, it seems to me, Lyle, that provincial hockey organizations could force a resignation by the Hockey Canada board simply by refusing to pay fees until the change is made.
    Otherwise the federal government may go all nuclear and take over stewardship of the board.
    Something has to give.

    • are the teenagers who performed the heinous sexual acts ever going to be held responsible?
      sure the heads of hockey Canada need to go but the kids need to be help liable as well. It doesn’t matter if they were under 18 at the time

      • Quite simply. Firing or “bringing the board to account” will do ZERO for fixing this. It’s not just the teenagers. It’s the children and the way they’re permitted, ENCOURAGED to be raging little arseholes from their first rep team they make. It’s nationwide, english and french and all the rest of them. It’s a culture of entitlement and firing a bunch of adults who try and cover it up so we can watch our boys on New Years and then see them grow up to be our over paid heroes…..it’s not getting fixed by this government or the next.

      • Agree with the root cause Dark G. Too many of these kids have been pampered and excused for bad behavior for most of their life.

        But not all the players and not everyone involved in minor hockey treats the best players that way. Not even close. I am guessing that others on this site who have coached high level bantam and above can attest to that. Most of the people involved have good intentions.

        Plenty of this starts with the parents as well, most are good people who simply want to see their kids do well. And most do.

        Also that doesn’t excuse the board for contributing to that, and I believe holding these spineless board members accountable is a good start to trying to solve the problem. Not the only one but a good start.

        Heads need to roll and what can legally be made public needs to be made public. They get tax payer $, the citizens money. We need to know. That’s how this is supposed to function.

        A strict policy on how these types of situations, and other disciplinary situations, are handled all the way down to the individual associations needs to be laid out clearly. Remove ambiguity.

  4. Missing context in the Hurricanes – Jackets game. The Jackets iced a nearly all “on the bubble” team while Carolina iced primarily the players expected to be on the opening night roster. Essentially, one of the best NHL teams against a primarily AHL team.

    • We know how the pre season works, Paul but thanks for the daily Jackets update.

    • That’s the Jackets roster every night isn’t it

      had to, it was right there.?

      • I wanted to as well but the Johnny signing kinda ruined the joke

  5. a cracked rib is probably among the weirder injuries … initially the pain from the slightest movement can be intense ,,, but they do heal fast and by the second week there is usually no pain whatsoever. As Dreger said, it might not be 5 to 7 weeks but closer to 3 or 4. If Talbot is a fast healer he could be back on the ice taking shots by week 3 – probably taped but able to move freely.

  6. @kevjam … I tried posting a response to your query yesterday but, for whatever reason, it did not upload. I think the tunnel vision glasses force the goalie to turn their head, and thus their body, to where the puck is on the ice and is supposed to develop a habit of always being square to the puck. In a real game, peripheral vision is of course required to understand where the puck might go … anticipation etc., but the exercise is supposed to make sure the goalie is always “square to the puck”.

    • Oh, perfect. That makes sense. Thank you!

  7. Good pick up Flames (Zoho)

    Good signing Kraken…. Sprong (league min Sal)

  8. I totally agree with you Lyle about Hockey Canada. This organization is an embarrassment to this country. The way these kids act I think it’s time they put that money towards babysitters. Every room has two to three players and a babysitter. Every place that serves alcohol is off-limits. That would be a good starting point IMO.

  9. Holloway, Foegele, and McLeod have been the bright spots in the Oilers training camp. Puljujärvi has looked good, but with the way Holloway has played he needs to show better. Campbell had a strong game last night. The first goal he had no chance on and the second was a Cici own goal, tipped the puck between Campbell’s legs a foot in front of him. Skinner is also having a strong training camp. The Oilers shouldn’t have an issue in net this season.

    • Ya, the Oil are deep up front KevJam. Holloway definitely has the skill and physical tools to flourish. I will temper my enthusiasm until I see him go against a full NHL lineup though. And then regular season as well. If he keeps it up he will get some early season looks to see how he does.

      Holland has been clear that he won’t keep him in the NHL to play 10 minutes a night, which is the right call, so he needs to bump JP or Yamo out of one of those spots. Won’t be Yamo.

      It would be something if he forced his way into the top 6 though. Having a 2nd line winger produce on an ELC is a really valuable thing these days. Makes trading someone a lot easier to do.

  10. Maybe Canada should be banned for the next few world events . I know sounds crazy. But would guess that would open some eyes . If it was a country like say the Swiss no one has a problem with it I would bet

    • I would have a problem with penalizing young players who had nothing to do with any of this no matter where they are from.