NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 9, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 9, 2020

Auston Matthews sets an NHL record for American-born players, Logan Couture sidelined, the Flames re-sign Rasmus Andersson, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews became the first American-born player to score 30 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Matthews reached the milestone by scoring twice against the Jets, who took the game on Blake Wheeler’s game-winner. With the win, the Jets hold the first wild-card berth (52 points) in the Western Conference. Before the game, Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly admitted he’s been playing through a lower-body injury this season.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews is the first American-born player to score 30 goals in each of his first four NHL seasons (Photo via NHL Images).

Kevin Hayes’ shorthanded second-period goal proved to be the game-winner as the Philadelphia Flyers held off the Washington Capitals 3-2, snapping a four-game losing skid.

The Dallas Stars picked up their fifth straight win by edging the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves while Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored within 37 seconds in the second period.


NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture reportedly fractured an ankle during his club’s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. He’s listed as week-to-week and could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing their leading scorer could be the death blow to the Sharks’ fading playoff hopes.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner is ready to return from a knee injury, but center Dylan Strome will miss at least one game with a sprained ankle.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Despite Corey Perry’s suspension, the Anaheim Ducks still intend to honor his tenure with the club during tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars. Perry spent 14 seasons with the Ducks, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2007 and winning Hart and Maurice Richard trophies in 2011. He signed with the Stars last summer after the Ducks bought out his contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perry’s chippy style of play aside, he was one of the best players in Ducks’ history. He sits second in games-played (988) and goals (372) and third in assists (404) and points (776). For a time, he was also among the league’s elite scorers.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba donated $11.2K to help with Australia’s wildfire relief. He spent over two weeks last spring touring the country’s east coast and credits the experience with helping him mentally overcome a pectoral injury that cost him half of last season.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed defenseman Rasmus Andersson to a six-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $4.55 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Andersson, 23, has quickly established himself as a key member of the Flames’ defense corps. This is a good move by management, locking him into a long-term deal that could become a bargain as he continues his development as a top-pairing rearguard.

TSN: Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Cousins was fined over $2,600.00 for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green.

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren won’t face supplemental discipline for his hit on Colorado Avalanche winger Joonas Donskoi.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the department of player safety decided he suffered enough punishment after getting his butt kicked by Nazem Kadri following that hit.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins placed Joseph Blandisi on waivers.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has agreed to a shootout challenge with pop star Justin Bieber with the proceeds going to a charity of the winner’s choice. It appears the challenge will take place during the offseason.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings fans sang “O Canada” prior to Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens after the anthem singer’s microphone malfunctioned.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Classy move by Wings fans.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2019

Mark Scheifele reaches a career milestone, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Mark Scheifele scored twice, including the game-winner, to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Scheifele also reached his 400th career NHL point. Earlier in the day, the Ducks announced winger Nick Ritchie will be sidelined six-to-ten weeks with a sprained knee.

Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele picked up his 400th career points in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images).

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves backstopping his club to a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Keith Yandle, Aaron Ekblad, and Frank Vatrano each collected two points. Before the game, the Sharks announced defenseman Radim Simek will miss the next two weeks as he undergoes a minor knee procedure.

Alexandar Georgiev turned in a 38-save shutout as the New York Rangers downed the Vegas Golden Knights 5-0. Artemi Panarin, Jacob Trouba, and Ryan Strome each picked up two points. Golden Knights rookie Cody Glass left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury.

The Arizona Coyotes overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to edge the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Conor Garland tallied the winner in a shootout. Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner made 44 saves while Jonathan Toews had three points in a losing cause.

Colin Miller scored in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres nipped the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. The Oilers overcame a 2-0 deficit to force the extra frame. Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were held scoreless.


THE SCORE: Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will return to the lineup after missing eight games to an upper-body ailment.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings placed defenseman Derek Forbort on injury reserve following a setback in his recovery from an offseason back injury.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins assigned forward Joseph Blandisi to their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins placed defenseman Steven Kampfer on waivers.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2019

Marc Methot considering retirement, Chris Butler and Colin Greening hang up their skates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

YARDBARKER: cites Le Droit’s Marc Brassard reporting NHL defenseman Marc Methot is considering retirement. The 34-year-old blueliner is still rehabbing from recent surgery on his left knee. However, he’s unsure if he’ll be able to play next season. Methot is considering a future in sports media, as he has a tryout with Ottawa’s TSN 1200 as a guest host today. 

Former Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot mulling retirement (Photo via NHLPA).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Methot made his NHL debut in 2007-08 with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had his best seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2012-13 to 2016-17. Nagging knee injuries, however, limited Methot to just 45 games over the last two seasons. 

STLTODAY.COM: Defenseman Chris Butler announced his retirement after 11 NHL seasons. He spent his first six seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. The St. Louis native spent his final five seasons with the Blues organization, though he spent most of that time skating with their AHL affiliate. Butler played 13 games with the Blues this season. He was called up for the playoffs and got to join in the on-ice celebrations when they won the Stanley Cup. 

THE TELEGRAM: Veteran forward Colin Greening is retiring as a player. He played for six seasons in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent the last three seasons with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, helping them win the Calder Cup in 2018. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed winger Joseph Blandisi to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed UFA forward Phil Varone to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level. 

Ducks Ship Vatanen to Devils for Henrique

Ducks Ship Vatanen to Devils for Henrique

The Anaheim Ducks traded defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forwards Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi plus a third-round pick in 2018.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the second time this month, we see an honest-to-goodness hockey trade and not a salary dump or a couple of struggling teams swapping aging assets. This is a good move for clubs. The Devils needed more experienced skill on their blueline, while the Ducks needed to bolster their injury-ravaged forward lines.

Vatanen, 26, spent much of last season and this past summer as a fixture in the trade rumor mill. He’s a solid all-around defenseman and should be a good addition to the improving Devils’ defense corps. The only concern is he’s recently returned from offseason shoulder surgery, though he doesn’t appear significantly hampered by it, logging over 21 minutes per game.

The Ducks currently sit outside the Western Conference playoff picture, brought on largely because of injuries to a number of key players, including centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler. Henrique, 27, is a versatile top-six forward who can skate at center or left wing. He reached 40 points in five of the last six seasons and is on pace this season for over 45 points. 

Cap-wise they’re comparable, as Henrique is signed through 2018-19 with an annual cap hit of $4 million, while Vatanen carries a $4.875 million cap hit on a deal that runs through 2019-20.

Blandisi, 23, spent the last two seasons shuttling between the Devils and their AHL affiliate. He hasn’t played an NHL game yet this season. Given the growing number of Ducks forwards on the sidelines, however, he’ll likely see action with his new club soon. He’s considered an agitating forward who can play center or wing.