NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 6, 2017
Predators tie Stanley Cup Final at 2 games apiece, ’84-’85 Oilers voted greatest NHL team & more in your morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and Frederick Gaudreau tallied the game winner as the Nashville Predators downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg also scored for the Preds, while Sidney Crosby netted the Pens only goal. The series returns to Pittsburgh on June 8 tied at two games apiece.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Predators leading 2-1 in the second period, Rinne’s diving save on Jake Guentzel proved to be the game’s turning point. This contest was more closely matched in shots and scoring opportunities compared to the previous three games, but once again it was the Predators controlling much of the play. With this series now a best-of-three, the Penguins must find a way to shift momentum their way. Otherwise, they can forget about repeating as Cup champions.
NHL fans have voted the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers as the greatest team in league history.
SPORTSNET: NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley crashed the press conference featuring Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey announcing the ’84-’85 Oilers as the NHL’s top all-time team. Barkley, a long-time hockey fan, took the opportunity to laud the Stanley Cup playoffs.
TSN: The Florida Panthers remain in contract talks with free agent winger Jaromir Jagr.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring an unforeseen development, I expect Jagr will return with the Panthers on a one-year, bonus-laden deal.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Jesper Fast underwent hip surgery and will be sidelined up to five months.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year, one-way contract. It’s believed the deal is worth $675K.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: A lawsuit filed against the NHL by the parents of the late Derek Boogaard was dismissed by a federal judge in Chicago. Boogaard died of an overdose of painkillers in 2011.
THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed goaltender Troy Grosenick in a move that is seen as insurance in case backup Aaron Dell is selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the upcoming expansion draft.
WGR 550: The NHL’s competition committee recommended a couple of minor changes to the rules for next season. One would see no timeout granted following an icing to the club guilty of that infraction. Another would tweak where faceoffs occur during a power play if a puck is knocked down by a high stick in the offensive zone resulting in a stoppage of play.