NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 21, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 21, 2017

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Johnny Gaudreau extended his points streak to 10 games with a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames burned the Washington Capitals 4-1. The red-hot Flames have won seven of their last nine games.

Ryan Johansen got his 300th career NHL point and was among six Nashville Predators to collect two points in their 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The Preds have now won seven of their last eight contests. Mathieu Perreault scored twice for the Jets.

Clayton Keller and Max Domi each had two points to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Coyotes, who snapped the Leafs six-game winning streak, have won three games in a row, all on the road against eastern Canadian teams

John Moore scored in overtime as the New Jersey Devils edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3. The Wild had rallied back to force the extra frame on two goals by Mikael Granlund. The Wild welcomed back Charlie Coyle, who missed 16 games with a fractured right fibula. They also placed winger Zach Parise on long-term injured reserve.

Antoine Vermette’s shootout goal was the game winner as the Anaheim Ducks nipped the San Jose Sharks 3-2, giving goalie Reto Berra his first victory since Dec. 1, 2015.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. It was the Jackets fourth consecutive win and the Sabres sixth straight loss.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 19.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and is sidelined four-to-six weeks. Center Martin Hanzal will miss the next three games with a hand injury and goalie Kari Lehtonen is out due to personal reasons.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester returns to the lineup tonight for the first time this season. He fractured his ankle back in September.

THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks placed right wing Anton Rodin on unconditional waivers yesterday as the two sides mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Angela Price, wife of Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, took to social media to dispel rumors she was planning to divorce her husband and wanted to leave Montreal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That nasty bit of unfounded gossip was among the recent spate of conspiracy theories over why it’s taken Price so long to return to action from a supposedly minor lower-body injury.  



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2017

Game recaps plus latest on Steven Stamkos, Carey Price and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Connor McDavid collected three assists and Cam Talbot picked up his 100th career victory as the Edmonton Oilers downed the New Jersey Devils 6-3, snapping the latter’s three-game winning streak. The Devils were playing without forward Marcus Johanssen, who is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion. 

Pekka Rinne made 35 saves and Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Earlier in the day, the Ducks placed goaltender Reto Berra on waivers. 

TSN: Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn and New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes were each fined $5,000.00 for unsportsmanlike conduct during their game on Thursday. Hayes sprayed Killorn with water from the Rangers’ bench before a faceoff, prompting Killorn to jab Hayes with his stick. Stamkos sprayed water in the direction of the Rangers bench after Killorn received a slashing minor. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Childish behavior in the NHL can be costly, though considering how much these players make, those fines are more of a minor irritant. Kinda like if the average fan got a $50.00 fine. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is suffering from a “minor lower-body injury” and won’t play in tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. Price has a history of knee problems, which could explain his poor start to this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price hasn’t looked good since backstopping the Habs to their season-opening win over the Buffalo Sabres a month ago. That’s prompted speculation over why he’s struggling this season. A nagging injury would explain why his side-to-side movement has slowed. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: After 11 seasons as the Carolina Hurricanes’ starting goaltender, Cam Ward is adjusting well to being Scott Darling’s backup.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser was diagnosed with “an incurable form of cancer call essential thrombocythemia, a rare chronic blood disorder.” Fraser is treating his condition with blood thinners to prevent a blood clot causing a heart attack or stroke. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My best wishes to Fraser. Here’s hoping he can successfully deal with this condition. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2017

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson & Ondrej Palat are among the notable players filing for salary arbitration.

List of NHL players filing for salary arbitration, some notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHLPA.COM: 30 NHL players filed yesterday for salary arbitration. Hearings are set from July 20 to August 4. Two of them, Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk and New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast, re-signed with their respective clubs soon after filing.

Arizona Coyotes

Jordan Martinook

Boston Bruins

Ryan Spooner

Buffalo Sabres

Nathan Beaulieu

Johan Larsson

Robin Lehner

Calgary Flames

Micheal Ferland

Colorado Avalanche

Matt Nieto

Detroit Red Wings

Tomas Tatar

Edmonton Oilers

Joey LaLeggia

Los Angeles Kings

Kevin Gravel

Minnesota Wild

Mikael Granlund

Nino Niederreiter

Nashville Predators

Viktor Arvidsson

Marek Mazanec

Austin Watson

New York Islanders

Calvin de Haan

New York Rangers

Mika Zibanejad

Ottawa Senators

Ryan Dzingel

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Pittsburgh Penguins

Brian Dumoulin

Conor Sheary

St. Louis Blues

Colton Parayko

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tyler Johnson

Ondrej Palat

Vancouver Canucks

Reid Boucher

Michael Chaput

Vegas Golden Knights

Nate Schmidt

Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck

The deadline for club-elected salary arbitration is 5 pm ET today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind the overwhelming majority of these cases are resolved before they go before an arbiter. In most instances, these filings are done merely to set a deadline for contract negotiations to be completed, rather than have them drag on throughout the summer. Players filing for arbitration are also ineligible to receive offer sheets. 

The Edmonton Oilers signing Connor McDavid to an eight-year, $100-million contract extension dominated headlines yesterday. Here’s a look at some of the day’s other notable contract signings. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  The Canadiens yesterday re-signed Alex Galchenyuk to a three-year deal worth $4.9 million per season. The Habs also named former defenseman Francois Bouillon their player development coach. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The New York Rangers re-signed forward Jesper Fast to a three-year contract worth $1.85 million per season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Affordable re-signings by both clubs. The Galchenyuk deal also indicates he’s no longer on the trade block following weeks of speculation over his future in Montreal. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed forward Zach Hyman to a four-year deal worth $2.25 million annually. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed goaltender Reto Berra to a one-year deal. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes signed winger Emerson Etem to a one-year, two-way contract. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning signed defenseman Jake Dotchin to a two-year deal worth over $812K per season. 


NHL Rumor Mill – October 25, 2016

NHL Rumor Mill – October 25, 2016

Could Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason became an LA Kings trade target?

Could Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason became an LA Kings trade target?

Potential trade targets for the Los Angeles Kings plus the latest Anaheim Ducks speculation in your NHL rumor mill.

SPORTSNET: Luke Fox lists seven goalies the Los Angeles Kings could target in a trade to bolster their injury-ravaged goaltending. They are Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets, Jonathan Bernier of the Anaheim Ducks, Reto Berra of the Florida Panthers, Steve Mason or Michal Neuvirth of the Philadelphia Flyers, Mike Condon of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders.

Fox notes Pavelec’s $3.9 million cap hit and the possible reluctance of Jets management to part with him are potential stumbling blocks. Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford is fond of Bernier and the Ducks do need to shed salary, but trades between bitter rivals rarely take place. Berra carries a cap-friendly $1.45 million cap hit. Like Pavelec, he is currently buried in the minors. 

Mason’s name appears more in trade chatter than Neuvirth’s because of his $4.1 million cap hit, but neither have better stats than the Kings call-up Peter Budaj. Condon carries a very affordable $575K cap hit and is eight years younger than Budaj. Fox doesn’t believe the Kings will target Pens veteran starter Marc-Andre Fleury, in part because of their long-term commitment to sidelined starter Jonathan Quick. Greiss and J-F Berube are on expiring contracts and Fox guesses the Isles prefer to keep the younger Berube.

PHILLY.COM’S Sam Carchidi, replying to a reader’s question on if the Flyers might trade a goalie to the Kings, named Neuvirth if the price was right. However, he also points out Flyers GM Ron Hextall likes having two strong goaltenders. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets apparently aren’t fully sold on their young goalie tandem of Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson, preferring to retain Pavelec as insurance. Bernier’s cap hit is $4.15 million and Mason’s $4.1 million. The Kings lack the cap space to take on either salary unless the Ducks or Flyers are willing to pick up a significant chunk. Neuvirth is more affordable, but the Flyers probably wish to retain him. With both clubs also squeezed for cap space, I don’t see that happening. Greiss, Berra and Condon are much more affordable, but are they really worthwhile options? If the Kings struggle with their current netminders, they might not have much choice. 

SPORTSNET: Luke Fox reports trades rumors continue to swirl around the Anaheim Ducks as they attempt to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman Hampus Lindholm.  While observing the Ducks freed up some valuable cap space to re-sign Lindholm by placing concussed defenseman Simon Despres on LTIR ($3.75 million AAV), Fox notes that’s only temporary as they’ll have to free up cap room when Despres is ready to return to action.

Fox also cites speculation suggesting the Ducks could instead trade Lindholm for a good young defenseman if there’s no end in sight for this contract stalemate. Ducks GM Bob Murray reportedly dismissed that rumors. Lindholm’s agent, Claude Lemieux, said both sides remain motivated toward getting a new deal in place. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was only a matter of time until speculation about trading Lindholm, rather than Cam Fowler, bubbled to the surface. While I don’t dismiss that possibility, my guess is the Ducks management intend to re-sign him and deal with the possible cap problems of Despres’ return later in the season. At some point, they’ll have to shed a significant salary if they intend to retain Lindholm. Fowler ($4 million annual cap hit) remains the likely trade candidate.