NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 27, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 27, 2019

Sidney Crosby named MVP of 2019 All-Star Game, latest on Erik Karlsson, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Team Metropolitan defeated Team Central 10-5 to win the 2019 NHL All-Star Game 3-on-3 tournament. 

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named the MVP of the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. (Photo via NHL Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP, becoming the sixth players in league history to receive that honor as well as the Hart Memorial and Conn Smythe trophies during their playing careers. 

Kendall Coyne Schofield, Renata Fast, Rebecca Johnston, and Brianna Decker were informed the NHL will donate $25,000.00 in each of their names to the charities or hockey programs of their choice.

The four were invited to demonstrate events at the All-Star Game, including Coyne Schofield becoming the first woman to participate in the fastest skater competition, while Decker’s unofficial time in the Premier Passing event was three seconds faster than the official winning time of Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl.

Decker wasn’t paid for her unofficial winning time but CCM Hockey stepped up and pledged her $25,000.00.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe to make the NHL All-Star skills competition more interesting, the league should invite the best all-stars from the women’s professional leagues to participate. I think it would help grow the game. 

NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is keeping mum about his undisclosed injury and his contract status. Karlsson is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson and the Sharks can’t discuss an eight-year extension until after the Feb. 25th trade deadline. They can discuss shorter deals now if they wish. He recently said there’s no timetable on anything and it would be handled privately. In other words, he doesn’t want a media circus over his contract status like the one he faced in Ottawa last year.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings will face the Colorado Avalanche in an outdoor game on Feb. 15, 2020, at Air Force’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  

BOSTON GLOBE: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said interested financial parties in Quebec City remain in regular contact with the league in hopes of bringing an NHL franchise back to that city. The Quebec Nordiques played there from 1979 to 1995 before being relocated to Denver and renamed the Colorado Avalanche. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quebec City has an NHL-caliber venue in the 18, 259-seat Videotron Centre, but as the piece points out, the city also has a relatively low number of corporations to fill the luxury boxes and invest in advertising sponsorships. If the league decides to add another franchise or relocate a struggling one, Houston, Texas, appears to be their destination of choice. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2019

Winners of All-Star skills competition, latest on Nathan MacKinnon, 2020 Winter Classic teams revealed, and a CBA update in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid won the fastest skater for the third straight year at the 2019 NHL All-Star skills competition at San Jose.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid won the NHL All-Star skating competition for the third straight year. (Photo via NHL Images).

U.S. women’s hockey team star Kendall Coyne Schofield became the first woman to participate in the skills competition, posting a time of 14.346 to beat Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller. She replaced Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, who’ll miss the All-Star Game because of a bruised left foot

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau was the winner of the puck control event for the second straight year. 

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak won the accuracy shooting, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson had the hardest shot, Oilers winger Leon Draisaitl was the premier passer, and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 12 consecutive stops to win the save streak event. 

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews drew some love from the San Jose crowd by sporting the Leafs jersey of teammate Patrick Marleau during the accuracy shooting event. Marleau spent 19 seasons with the San Jose Sharks. 

The league announced the Nashville Predators will face the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl. 

Executives from the NHL and NHL Players Association remain optimistic over the possibility of working out a new collective bargaining agreement without resorting to another work stoppage.

Both sides claim early discussions have been “cordial and constructive,” according to league commissioner Gary Bettman, who once again stressed he’s not spoiling for a fight with the players. Neither side would speculate over the possibility of either side triggering their early-out options from the current CBA in September. 

THE SCORE: cited TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reporting the two sides discussed the prospect of staging a smaller World Cup of Hockey tournament midway through the 2020-21 season. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 10, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 10, 2019

Game recaps, Commissioner Bettman hopes to avoid another labor war, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as his club edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Those goals were Forsberg’s first since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for 17 games. Blackhawks wing Patrick Kane collected two assists. 

Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg scored twice in a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo via NHL Images)

David Rittich made 32 saves and Mark Giordano had three assists to give the Calgary Flames a 5-3 victory over the slumping Colorado Avalanche. Teammates Johnny Gaudreau and T.J. Brodie also had two helpers each. Avalanche forwards Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog had two-point performances for the Avs, who’ve dropped eight of their last 10 contests. 

The Ottawa Senators picked up their first win in nine games as Colin White’s overtime goal gave them a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, who are winless in their last nine. 

IN OTHER NEWS…

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin donated nearly $60,000.00 to victims of an apartment explosion on New Year’s Eve in his hometown of Magnitogorsk, Russia. 

TSN: Mitch Marner’s agent said his client intends to hold off on contract extension negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs until the offseason. Marner is slated to become a restricted free agent. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marner doesn’t want to be distracted during the season by contract talks. Given his high-scoring performance this season, it’s probably best to wait until the summer to start those negotiations. The more points he piles up the more money he can command. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is recovering from a foot infection that developed during the holiday break following stitches received to close a cut from blocking a shot during a Dec. 17 game against Montreal. 

THE SCORE: Anaheim Ducks prospect Maxime Comtois took to Twitter yesterday thanking fans who supported him after he was the victim of cyberbullying following his failure to score on a penalty shot for Team Canada during his country’s loss to Finland in the recent World Junior Championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Sportsnet’s Steve Dangle did a fine job defending Comtois, who played in that tournament with a separated shoulder, from the bigoted cowards who trolled the young forward’s Instagram account with hate-filled messages. 

THE SCORE:  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he’s not looking for a fight in the next round of collective bargaining with the NHLPA. “I’m hoping we can extend or renew (the CBA) with minimum fanfare, and I’m not a fan of work stoppages, although we do have to have a system that works and keeps the game healthy and vibrant and entertaining as it is now. So we’ll see what happens, but I’m not looking for a fight.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The current CBA expires on September 15, 2022, but the league and the NHLPA each have the opportunity to take an early opt-out this September. If one or the other exercise that option, the current CBA will expire in September 2020. Given the contentious history between the two sides, fans can be forgiven for anticipating another lockout on the horizon, but there have been recent reports suggesting the two sides could start soon working on a CBA extension. Keep your fingers crossed!

NBC SPORTS: The uniforms for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game have been made in part with “repurposed and upcycled marine plastic debris.”

The Washington Capitals have invited the Maryland-based Metro Maple Leafs youth hockey team to a game after they stood up for a black teammate who was the target of racial abuse during a game. Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban also sent that player a message of support. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no place for racism in hockey. Scratch that, there’s no place for racism anywhere! 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2019

Game recaps, coaches named for 2019 All-Star Game, and more in this morning’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Jonathan Quick collected his 300th NHL win and Anze Kopitar tallied his 300th NHL goal as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was perhaps the worst game of the season for the struggling Oilers, who seemed listless throughout this contest. At one point, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty elbowed Oilers captain Connor McDavid in the face without getting a penalty or receiving retribution from McDavid’s teammates, drawing a furious reaction from Oilers fans on social media. The faithful are getting restless as the hashtag #FireChiarelli (referring to Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli) was trending in Canada this morning. 

Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar tallied his 300th career NHL goal in a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 16-game point streak came to an end last night with a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Winger Evander Kane scored twice for the Sharks, including his 200th career goal, while Brent Burns collected three assists and Erik Karlsson had two helpers.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban collected his 300th career NHL assist against his former club in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Craig Smith tallied two goals for the Predators. With the loss, the Canadiens dropped out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The New York Islanders moved ahead of the Canadiens into that second wild-card spot by holding off the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist for the red-hot Isles, who’ve won six straight contests. 

Michael Hutchinson had a 28-save shutout in his second game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, backstopping them to a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists for the Leafs. The Canucks, meanwhile, were playing without star rookie Elias Pettersson, who is expected to miss two weeks with a sprained right knee. 

Defenseman T.J. Brodie scored in overtime as the Calgary Flames overcame a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, who suffered their sixth straight defeat. Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as his club held on for a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Returning from a three-game suspension, David Backes tallied the winning goal. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their seventh win in their last nine games by downing the Florida Panthers 4-3 on an overtime goal by Seth Jones. 

The Minnesota Wild handed the Ottawa Senators their seventh consecutive loss by edging them 4-3. Wild blueliner Jared Spurgeon scored two goals and teammate Zach Parise had a three-point performance. 

IN OTHER NEWS…

Josh Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Paul Maurice of the Winnipeg Jets, Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals, and Bill Peters of the Calgary Flames will serve as the head coaches in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose on Jan. 26. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers will be sidelined at least a month with an upper-body injury.

CBS SPORTS: Florida Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie has announced his retirement to become an assistant coach with the club. He suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the season. In a career stretching back to 2001-02 with the Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, and Columbus Blue Jackets, McKenzie scored 51 goals and 74 points for 125 points.

ESPN.COM: Former New Jersey Devils forward Mike Peluso has filed a lawsuit claiming the club hid the true extent of a head injury he suffered during a game in 1993. “The suit says Peluso has suffered “nine grand mal seizures, early onset dementia, total and permanent disability in the workplace, all signs of being afflicted with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), as well as other severe neurological and psychological impairment.”










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2019

Game recaps, three stars and the top rookie for December revealed, All-Star Game rosters released, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Vancouver Canucks rookie center Elias Pettersson scored in overtime to complete his first NHL hat-trick performance in a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Canucks defenseman Alex Edler collected three assists.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson’s first career hat trick carried his club to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images).

Earlier in the day, Pettersson was named NHL rookie of the month for December 2018. He previously received that honor for October 2018. The Canucks also shipped goaltender Anders Nilsson and forward Darren Archibald to the Senators in exchange for goalie Mike McKenna, forward Tom Pyatt, and a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also pushed the Canucks to within one point of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Thanks in part to Pettersson’s efforts, they’ve overcome a lousy November performance that threatened to scuttle their playoff hopes. As for the trade between the two clubs, the Senators need an experienced NHL netminder after starter Craig Anderson was recently sidelined by a concussion. 

A four-point effort (one goal, three assists) by Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau powered his club to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, who’ve dropped six straight games. Elias Lindholm had a goal and two assists for the Flames. 

The surging Pittsburgh Penguins won their seventh straight contest by crushing the New York Rangers 7-2, chasing Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the game after he gave up six goals on 18 shots. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist. He also honored his hometown of Magnitogorsk, Russia, with messages of support written on his skates following an apartment explosion that killed 33 people on Dec. 31.  

Two-goal efforts by Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen helped the Dallas Stars edge the New Jersey Devils 5-4. It was a costly win for the Stars as captain Jamie Benn left the game with an upper-body injury in the second period following a late hit by Devils wingers Miles Wood. 

Center Joe Pavelski and defenseman Brent Burns each had a goal and three assists to give the San Jose Sharks a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Tyson Jost scored twice for the Avs, who’ve now lost six games in a row. Sharks defenseman Justin Braun left the game with an injured right leg

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs are now clinging to a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. If they don’t reverse this slide soon they’ll tumble out of playoff contention. 

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid scored twice and set up another in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, snapping his club’s six-game losing skid. 

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are the NHL’s three stars for the month of December 2018

Kucherov, Gaudreau, and McDavid are also among the players selected to participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose on Jan. 26, 2019. San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture and defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson were also selected for the game. 

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he will skip the game to take advantage of the extra time off for rest. As a result, the league will suspend him for one regular-season game. 

“First of all, thanks for all the fans who voted for me,” Ovechkin said Wednesday. “I know it’s a tough decision, obviously. I like to be part of all the events, but right now I think that time of the year and my age we decide to take a one-week break. It’s hard, but it’s better for me.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some fans and pundits have no problem with Ovechkin’s decision while others feel he’s shirking his obligation to attend after being selected by the fans. After attending 10 of these meaningless pond hockey-style contests that tend to be swiftly forgotten by NHL fans, he’s more than fulfilled his duty to the league and his contract. Coming off a year in which Ovechkin led his club to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, and facing another potentially long grind attempting to repeat as champions, he’s earned the right to take a little extra time off. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price revealed he’s been nursing a lower-body injury for several weeks. After missing the late three games, Price is expected to play in tonight’s tilt with the Vancouver Canucks. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames have recalled goaltender Jon Gillies after David Rittich was listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

TSN.CA: The Chicago Blackhawks placed recently-acquired defenseman Jason Garrison on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract after he didn’t report to the AHL affiliate in Rockford. Garrison was traded to the Blackhawks by the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. The Blackhawks also placed blueliner Brandon Davidson on regular waivers. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 28, 2018

Check out the latest noteworthy NHL headlines from Dec. 24 to Dec. 27, 2018. Game recaps will return on Dec. 29. 

NHL.COM:  Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, and Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov were the NHL stars for the week ending Dec. 23, 2018.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was one of four players selected by NHL fans as one of four captains in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. (Photo via NHL Images).

NHL fans elected Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (Pacific), Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (Atlantic), and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (Central) as captains of their respective divisions in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. 

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov (61 points) took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with a four-point performance in a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. He also set a franchise record for most points (26) in one calendar month.  

TSN: The St. Louis Blues will host the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss the club’s upcoming three-game road trip with a lower-body injury. The Canadiens also recalled defenseman Karl Alzner from the AHL and placed David Schlemko on injured reserve. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet as to the seriousness of Price’s injury. He was previously sidelined by groin and knee injuries in 2015-16 and last season.  

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed winger Jake Guentzel to a five-year, $30-million contract extension. The annual average value is $6 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Guentzel, 24, is on pace for a career-best 35-goal, 75-point campaign this season. He’s also proven himself a clutch playoff performer, tallying 13 goals and 21 points during their 2017 championship run and netting 21 points in just twelve contests last spring. It’s a heck of a pay raise for Guentzel. Considering how well he’s fit on Sidney Crosby’s line, Penguins management felt he was worth it. 

His new cap hit, however, pushes the Penguins’ 2019-20 cap payroll to over $73 million invested in 14 players. Assuming the salary cap rises to $83 million next summer, general manager Jim Rutherford won’t have much room to fill out the rest of the roster. It means kissing UFAs like Derick Brassard goodbye this summer. Rutherford might also consider shedding some payroll once the playoffs are over. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba will miss at least three months recovering from chest-muscle surgery. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild will miss Dumba’s production from the blueline. Heading into Dec. 27, his 12 goals this season placed him second among NHL defensemen

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson suffered a concussion on Dec. 21. He won’t accompany the club on their next two games (Thursday and Saturday). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Anderson’s bloated goals-against average (3.58) and average save percentage (.905) this season, he’s stolen several wins for the Senators this season. Indeed, his stats reflect the porous defense in front of him this season.  If he’s out for a lengthy period it’ll crush any hopes they have of climbing back into the playoff chase. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators activated defenseman P.K. Subban and winger Viktor Arvidsson off injured reserve. 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller and winger Jake DeBrusk all returned from injuries for Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.