NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2018

Devils edge SC Bern, Shea Weber named Canadiens captain, Scott Hartnell and Radim Vrbata retire, Sam Gagner on waivers and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NJ.COM:  Taylor’s Hall’s overtime goal lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over SC Bern during exhibition play in Switzerland yesterday.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens named defenseman Shea Weber as their 30th captain in franchise history.

Shea Weber named the new captain of the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber, the former captain of the Nashville Predators and one of the most respected players in the league, was the logical choice to replace former Habs captain Max Pacioretty. 

CALGARY SUN: Speaking of the Canadiens, they acquired defenseman Brett Kulak from the Calgary Flames in exchange for AHL blueliners Rinat Valiev and Matt Taormina. Kulak will report to the Habs’ AHL affiliate in Laval. They also offered rearguard Simon Despres a minor-league contract.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will be sidelined three-to-four weeks with an injured left ankle.

TSN: Winger Scott Hartnell retired after 17 NHL seasons. In 1,249 game, Hartnell tallied 327 goals and 707 points with the Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets, including nine 20-goal campaigns.

Radim Vrbata also announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. He had 284 goals and 623 points in 1,057 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. That included eight seasons with 40-or-more points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Hartnell and Vrbata in their future endeavors. 

SPORTSNET: The Vancouver Canucks placed forward Sam Gagner on waivers yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagner is signed through 2019-20 with an annual salary-cap hit of $3.125 million. Don’t be surprised if he clears waivers today. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenseman Connor Carrick to the Dallas Stars for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers traded blueliner Jakub Jerabek to the St. Louis Blues for a conditional draft pick.

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres acquired defenseman Jack Dougherty from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Nicholas Baptiste. They also announced forward Scott Wilson will be sidelined eight-to-10 weeks following surgery to repair a fractured ankle. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 15, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 15, 2018

Latest on Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Brock Boeser, plus the latest contract signings, in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: In his first interview since signing a three-year, $18.75-million contract with the Los Angeles Kings, Ilya Kovalchuk said he wanted to go to a place where he’d have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. He added he had a great meeting with Kings president Luc Robitaille and general manager Rob Blake over how they intend to use him as a player.

Kovalchuk also acknowledged the pace of the NHL has changed in the five years since he departed for the KHL. “Time’s running and I’m not getting younger. We’ll see.”

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is looking forward to a healthy 2018-19 (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 35-year-old Kovalchuk may not boost the Kings’ speed but he still has solid offensive skills. I expect he’ll see plenty of power-play time. The Kings could be taking an expensive gamble but it could pan out if he can average 25-35 goals per season. 

TWINCITIES.COM:  Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise claims he’s feeling 100 percent and looking forward to next season. The 33-year-old missed nearly half of 2017-18 to back surgery and had his postseason ended with a fractured sternum.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries have hampered Parise over the past five seasons. Turning 34 on July 28, age could also soon take its toll upon his performance. 

THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning is willing to discuss a contract extension this summer with winger Brock Boeser, who was a Calder Trophy finalist last season.

TSN: Defenseman Ryan Murray accepted the Columbus Blue Jackets’ one-year, $2.825-million qualifying offer.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes signed defenseman Trevor Murphy and forwards Michael Bunting, Laurent Dauphin and Hudson Fasching to one-year, two-way contracts.