NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2022

by | Nov 23, 2022 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Recaps of Wednesday’s games, the Leafs place Morgan Rielly on LTIR and the Stars’ Jason Robertson is on pace to match a franchise points record. Details and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.


NHL.COM: The Buffalo Sabres snapped an eight-game losing skid by thumping the Montreal Canadiens 7-2. They jumped out to an early 3-0 lead within the first 2:13 and finished the night with Jeff Skinner scoring twice and adding three assists, Tage Thompson enjoying a four-point performance while Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Tuch each collected three points. Cole Caufield and Sean Monahan replied for the Canadiens (9-9-1) while the Sabres improve to 8-11-0.

Buffalo Sabres winger Jeff Skinner (NHL Images).

New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider tallied two third-period goals to lead his club to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin picked up the win with a 35-save performance to boost his club’s record to 10-6-4. Kevin Fiala had a goal and two assists for the 11-9-2 Kings.


TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs placed defenseman Morgan Rielly on long-term injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury against the New York Islanders on Monday. He’ll be sidelined for at least 10 games and 24 days.

Rielly joins fellow blueliners Jake Muzzin (neck) and T.J. Brodie (strained oblique) on the sidelines. The Leafs have called up Victor Mete and Mac Hollowell.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rielly’s absence is stoking trade speculation that began when Muzzin went down last month. I’ll have more in today’s Rumor Mill update.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jason Robertson can tie a Stars franchise record for the longest points streak (13) held by Dave Gagner when his club faces off on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Robertson, 23, currently sits third among NHL scorers with 14 goals and 29 points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Robertson and Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger are two of the brightest young stars in the league right now. The Stars are currently second overall in the Western Conference in part because of those youngsters but they aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. Hopefully, that changes as the season rolls on.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Good news for the Blackhawks as defenseman Seth Jones is returning to the lineup after being sidelined for 10 games with a broken thumb.

PHILLY HOCKEY NOW: The Flyers provided an update on sidelined forwards Scott Laughton, Travis Konecny and Wade Allison. Laughton will miss approximately two weeks with a suspected head injury, Konecny is out 10-14 days with an injured right hand while Allison is out for two-to-three weeks with a hip pointer/strained oblique muscle.

Laughton, Konecny and Allison joined Ryan Ellis, Sean Couturier, James van Riemsdyk, Cam Atkinson and Bobby Brink on the sidelines.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s no wonder the Flyers have struggled in recent weeks.

SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW: The Sharks have called up Aaron Dell as starting goaltender James Reimer is out with a lower-body injury. Forward Nico Sturm is also sidelined as he has an upper-body injury.

BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: Bruins forward Trent Frederic is listed as day-to-day with an apparent shoulder injury.


  1. Conor Timmons – junior career -Sault Greyhounds
    Join the dots – what team likes previous greyhound players ?

    Right defense

    Unless it’s Chychrun – money in, money out scenario

  2. Frederic out,chance to show that Craig Smith can still play and be effective,so the Bruins can trade him!

    • SR

      Yes my thoughts exactly

    • Nice luxury to have a player of Smith’s caliber able to step in for Frederic, but yeah with Forbort coming back soon they need to do something to get cap compliant.

      Who is going to want Smith and has the cap space? Will the Bruins get anything back or will it cost them an asset to shed his contract?

      • DM, that is the issue the two players you want to move are not playing and everyone knows the issue. Teams out there could definitely use Reilly but the second year maybe part of the issue.

        I thought Craig Smith on an expiring contract would have been the easy move at $3.1 maybe too expensive and Boston can’t retain and salary unless they leave Reilly in the minors.

        A way out maybe to trade an asset teams want and will give back an asset to get. Maybe that player is Matt Grzelcyk and his $3,687,500 for this and next season. Moving Grizz teams wouldn’t be looking for a throw in. This would make moving or keeping Smith and Reilly easier to do.

      • Yeah no retention or salary coming back certainly complicate things.

        Even if Boston does trade a forward and promote Reilly, then what? When Forbort comes back they would have Stralman and Reilly both sitting.

        You may be right that moving a D-man is the better option. I would hate to see Grizz go though I feel like Montgomery’s system is more suited to his game than Cassidy’s was. The team has played so well I’d hate to see anyone taken off the roster, honestly.

        A tough call anyway you look at it.

      • We can’t trade Gryz. He’s too valuable.

  3. Lyle, as to Reilly, I think that should be 10 games and 24 days.

    • Fixed, thanks Howard!

  4. Someone tweeted this the other day; the 2017 draft.

    Phil #2 Nolan Patrick
    Phil #27 Morgan Frost
    Phil #35 Isaac Ratcilffe

    Dal #3 Miro Heiskanen
    Dal #26 Jake Oettinger
    Dal #39 Jason Robertson

    The tale of two team drafting; obviously Phil would not have been able to draft Oettinger before Frost.

    You could do this with alot of teams, as we know the Bruins three picks in 2015 have been and still are picked apart.