NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2022

by | Oct 7, 2022 | News, NHL | 29 comments

Recaps of Thursday’s preseason action, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman weighs in on Hockey Canada scandal as more sponsors withdraw support for the organization, and more in today’s Morning Coffee Headlines.


NHL.COM: Claude Giroux’s third-period goal stood as the game-winner as the Ottawa Senators held off the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in the Kraft Hockeyville game in Gander, NL. Tim Stutzle led the way with a goal and two assists for the Senators.

Ottawa Senators forward Tim Stutzle (NHL Images).

The New York Islanders downed the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty and Noah Dobson each had a goal and an assist while Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves.

A third-period power-play goal by Brandon Montour lifted the Florida Panthers over the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves in a losing cause while defenseman Mikhail Sergachev left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury.

The Columbus Blue Jackets thumped the St. Louis Blues 7-0. Andrew Peeke collected four assists while Daniil Tarasov turned in a 24-save shutout.

Mats Zuccarello, Marco Rossi and Sam Steel each had a goal and an assist to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Vegas Golden Knights winger Reilly Smith scored twice and collected an assist in a 6-4 win against the Los Angeles Kings. Jack Eichel and Mark Stone each collected two assists. Kings defenseman Sean Durzi had a goal and two assists.


MONTREAL GAZETTE: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman weighed in on Hockey Canada’s ongoing scandal over its handling of sexual assault allegations involving players of Canada’s 2003 and 2018 World Junior teams and its refusal to implement a change in its leadership.

I think the response from Hockey Canada certainly needs work”, said Bettman, who was in Gander for the game between the Senators and Canadiens. “I’m not sure I fully understand why they’re responding the way they are.”

Bettman said he was very disappointed at the current state of affairs with Hockey Canada. The league is conducting its own investigation into the situation. The commissioner wouldn’t speculate on what might happen to those junior players who could have been involved in the alleged sexual assaults who are now playing in the NHL. He indicated that will be determined once he’s received and read the final report.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Hockey Canada continues to lose support from corporate sponsors. Esso, Canadian Tire, Sobeys and Chevrolet Canada joined Tim Hortons, Scotiabank and Telus in withdrawing support for men’s hockey for 2022-23, with Canadian Tire permanently taking away its support.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Hockey Nova Scotia joined Hockey Quebec and the Ontario Hockey Federation in formally suspending fees it pays to Hockey Canada. “Until our values at Hockey Nova Scotia are reflected by Hockey Canada’s senior leadership, we simply cannot support hockey’s national governing body,” the organization said in a statement.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hockey Manitoba has called for the resignation of Hockey Canada’s senior leadership but Hockey Canada still stubbornly refuses to heed those calls. It’s growing more costly for the organization and could lead to its total downfall and potential replacement with a new national governing body.

NHL.COM’s Dave McCarthy reports Anaheim Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said that Trevor Zegras is expected to join his teammates in a full practice on Friday. The 21-year-old center has been sidelined since suffering an injury during a preseason game on Monday.

WASHINGTON HOCKEY NOW: Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov and winger T.J. Oshie are listed as day-to-day with injuries.

THE ATHLETIC: Montreal Canadiens winger Paul Byron could end up on long-term injury reserve due to an ongoing hip injury. The 33-year-old is in the final season of his contract with an average annual value of $3.4 million.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers released winger Jake Virtanen from his professional tryout offer.

They also announced former Oilers defenseman Steve Staios has been hired as a special advisor with a focus on prospect development. Staios was president and general manager of the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, who won the OHL championship in 2022.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames released forwards Sonny Milano and Cody Eakin from their professional tryout offers.


  1. Nosek..Foligno…Smith .. need to be moved out …fill in with the younger players let’s see what the Bruins have instead of them spending a year in the minors ….

    • Joe agree that Foligno and Nosek got to go. But no one going to take them. So bite bullet and send to baby B s

      • Hhhmmm, Mt comments must be getting reviewed now. Oh well if this one works, Google, Evander Kane assault, and the articles will come up. One in particular says the assault in 2016 was bad enough to require surgeries to repair the damage inflicted..

      • Your comments aren’t being reviewed, Nomad. Believe me, if and when they are, you’ll know…

    • Joe, McLaughlin not only made the team, he was one of the better players on the ice prospects and vets included. When I heard Montgomery’s standard excuse for sending him down to Providence, I thought the doo doos really hit the fan. I was looking forward to tonight’s game but seeing Foligno on the first line, they could put Pee Wee Herman on that line between Bergy and Debrusk and he’d probably score. Talk about someone who gets everything handed to him on a silver plate. Like I said before, I was going to watch the game guess I’ll have to pay attention to the wife instead nothing else to do.

  2. Hockey Canada will soon not exist, and they’ll be able to start fresh with a completely different leadership.

    Just spent a trip back home and there is a rumor floating around on who was the ringleader and whose room it was.

    I won’t mention the name, but this player has not distance himself from the incident and he is an NHL player.

    • Not to diminish what Logan Mailloux did to the young woman’s life when sending her pics to his friends however what happened in 2018 is levels beyond and a few of those 8 hockey players are in the NHL now

      • DS what Mailloux, did was unacceptable; however, the other issue with Mailloux is the Montreal Canadians, he asked not to be drafted and the Canadians drafted him anyway. That for me is a huge blackeye on the Canadians. It was like saying we don’t care about what he did, and we don’t care about that young lady; our job is to put the best players on the ice and drafting the best prospects.

      • Caper

        Agree with you on Habs

      • Why is there so much talk about 17 year old Mailloux and never a word said about what an older Austin Mathews did.

      • Cause there is a difference in severity?

    • There are three.
      Their identities have been known for a while.
      And who the “bi-standers” were. There’s no such thing as a good samaritan law. But there should be.

    • Not defending the players here, but isn’t there video of the girl saying both before and after the incident that she was a willing participant and that she “had fun”.

      I mean the teenage Ballarina that The Oilers owner has texts of him offering her money for sex, yet that one is being swept under the rug. Is he protected by the ” billionaires act” , are people in Canada really this sexually deprived.

      They really need to open up every detail of both of these incidents so everything comes out because everyone is pretty much just assuming at this point, that’s not really fair to anyone involved.

      The Oilers have the owner and Kane that are known womanizers/ Beaters yet no one is taking shots at that organization somewhat of a double standard going on.

      • vid of girl surrounded by 8 elite 6 foot+ athletes saying whatever they tell her to say

        tough situation all around

      • Kane beats women?
        Careful there Nomad, might want to check your sources of info if you are gonna post that type of stuff.
        Kane was disliked by his team mates as he didn’t think the rules applied to him and he was selfish. Also the reason he had to accept a smaller contract than his value on the ice.

        I highly doubt he beat his wife or girl friend as he was given custody of their child. You will need to square that circle if you want any one to believe it.

        Regarding Katz, it was civil and he paid. Legally, if she doesn’t make a complaint, provide the evidence and file charges, nothing the justice system can do.

        Doesn’t make him any less slimy.

      • Never saw the video, but the early articles on it said there was a phone turned in and it had the video and texts where the girl said it was her mom pressing charges, not her. Probably why no police investigation is going on.
        Yeah Kane had 2 exes accuse him of assault. One from his Buffalo days, one from the San Jose days. But he must have paid them both off since it more or less just got swept under the rug.
        One you could say 2 sides to the story, when 2 accuse there is usually causation. I’ve been watching hockey over 35 years, I remember when each one happened. His money troubles were probably related to paying them off and not necessarily gambling/taxes.

      • Tried to post a link for Kanes assault cases, 2016, and 2021. But it didn’t seem to go through. Anyway Google Evander Kane assault and a sporting News article will come up that talks about them with some details, he messed up the girl in 2016 enough to require Several surgeries.

      • It probably didn’t appear because of caching at your end, Nomad. Your comments are appearing just fine.

      • Thank you Lyle. There is definitely a bit of a delay on my end. My apologies.

  3. This is the first mission statement that is on hockey Canadas’ website

    Hockey Canada believes…

    In a positive hockey experience for all participants, in a safe, sportsmanlike environment.

    I’m not sure what it takes for organizations of this nature to finally be held accountable for failing to protect players. What really baffles me is how long it has taken for folks like the Prime Minister and Gary Bettman to speak up. It also has taken for ever for sponsors to pull their dollars from this corrupt bunch of jerks. So we have current NHL players that were involved and something may happen to them. But we will wait until the investigation is completed to take any action. I am sure by then most of the culprits will be retired from the NHL. Scandals of this nature never turn out good for the victims. It is time to flush this thing down the toilet and start over.

  4. Put the tee shirt and shorts away … time for some fall baseball,NFL in full swing and of course Hockey …Get well quickly BM & C Mc the Bruins need you

  5. Sonny Milano… What’s up with him? Forgot how to play!

  6. RIP Hockey Canada. No one will miss you. All that money from sponsors can easily go to a new and better run organization that better have more accountability and transparency. It boggles my mind that they think sticking to their guns is going to work out for them. I hope the door hits them hard on the way out.

    • I think Bettman asks the right question, just not in the form of a question:
      “I’m not sure I fully understand why they’re responding the way they are.”

      I would like to understand that as well. What it does is make you question, what else are they trying to keep the new folks from finding out?

      Again just guessing, but this makes no sense that they can possibly be this arrogant or stupid. So why?

      Or maybe they just are that arrogant.

  7. Weegar signs 8 year extension with the Flames @ 6.25M/year. Calgary did well this off season.