NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 20, 2018

Updates on Wayne Simmonds, Niklas Kronwall, Scottie Upshall and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Having recovered from offseason pelvic surgery, Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds expects a strong bounce-back performance in 2018-19. He’s got additional motivation, as he’s heading into his contract year and will be eligible for unrestricted free agent status next July. The Flyers could take a wait-and-see approach this season before deciding if they’ll re-sign him.

Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds will be motivated for a strong performance in 2018-19 (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Simmonds loves being a Flyer, the club wants to keep him and the Philadelphia fans love him. If he regains his physical 30-goal style in 2018-19, the Flyers will do all they can to keep him in the fold. A return to form will put Simmonds in line for a hefty raise over his current $3.975-million annual cap. 

NHL.COM: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said the upcoming season could be his last in the NHL. The 37-year-old blueliner is feeling the effects of age and the physical toll of his 874 career NHL games, all spent in Detroit. Kronwall is in the final season of his seven-year contract and admits there’s been no extension talks thus far. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring a significant resurgence in Kronwall’s performance, this season is likely his last. He carries a modified no-trade clause listing 10 clubs he can be traded to, but he doesn’t sound as though he’s keen on the thought of playing elsewhere. 

NBC SPORTS: New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner is facing a make-or-break campaign in 2018-19. He’s struggled to establish himself as a starter and is now on his third NHL club in five years. He signed a one-year contract with the Isles last month as an unrestricted free agent. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers signed forward Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout offer. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins forward Anders Bjork is ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He’s expected to suit up in a rookie tournament early next month. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 4, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 4, 2018

Games recaps, All-Star Game captains announced, Vegas re-signs Jonathan Marchessault plus updates on Shea Weber, Filip Forsberg & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou tied an NHL record for the fastest goal (six seconds) to start a regular-season overtime period as his club edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1. It was Athanasiou’s second goal of the game.

Patrick Sharp’s third-period goal proved to be the game winner as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the New York Rangers 5-2. Hawks forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz each collected a goal and an assist while goalie Jeff Glass picked up his second NHL victory.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid is among the four division captains for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (Pacific Division), Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (Atlantic) and Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (Central) will captain their respective division teams in the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay on Jan. 28.

The league also unveiled the jerseys for this year’s All-Star Game.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights signed winger Jonathan Marchessault to a six-year, $30 million contract extension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the annual average value is $5 million, it’s a front-loaded contract that pays Marchessault $7 million in actual salary for 2018-19, $6 million in 2019-20, $5 million in ’20-’21 and ’21-’22 and $3.5 million in ’22-’23 and ’23-’24.

It’s a significant pay raise for the 27-year-old Marchessault, who’s currently completing a two-year deal worth $750K per season. However, it’s a reasonable contract for the late-blooming forward, who was eligible for unrestricted free agent status in July.

Marchessault’ enjoyed a career-best 30-goal, 51-point performance last season with the Florida Panthers. With 15 goals and 37 points in 35 games this season, he’s the Golden Knights’ leading scorer and on pace for a 35-goal, 85-point performance. 

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will be sidelined at least six weeks with a foot injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s what this means for the Canadiens’ playoff hopes:


THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg will be sidelined four-six weeks with an upper-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Preds will certainly feel the absence of their leading scorer. With 15 goals and 34 points in 37 games, the 23-year-old was on track for a 32-goal, 73-point performance. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body muscular injury. He’s expected to miss the club’s next two games before their week-long break begins Sunday.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer is okay after missing part of Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to Minnesota with a neck injury. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Patrick Maroon received a two-game suspension for interference on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during a recent game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maroon had no prior suspensions or fines and Doughty was able to return to the game. Those factors likely explain why he only got two games for that dangerous hit. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins assigned rookie winger Anders Bjork to their AHL affiliate in Providence.

TSN: The Calgary Flames waived forward Freddie Hamilton on Wednesday. 

SPORTING NEWS: With his professional hockey career over, Angelo Esposito now sells, renovates and rents homes in Montreal. The Pittsburgh Penguins selected him 20th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft but his NHL dreams were derailed by frequent injuries.