NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2016

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko scores in overtime against the Dallas Stars.

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko scores in overtime against the Dallas Stars.

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

NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko’s overtime goal lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Jamie Oleksiak scored twice for the Stars. 

Thomas Hickey scored in overtime to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. The Islanders lost defenseman Adam Pelech to an upper-body injury

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending November 27. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal is sidelined indefinitely with concussion symptoms.

TSN:  Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler (finger surgery) will miss the next four-to-six weeks.  

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Red Wings Brendan Smith (sprained knee) and Tyler Bertuzzi (high ankle spain) are both sidelined for one month. Tomas Jurco will return to action from a back injury for the first time since April. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers general manager Tom Rowe cited the club’s inconsistent play this season and philosophical differences as the reasons behind the surprise firing on Sunday of now-former head coach Gerard Gallant. Rowe was named interim coach for the remainder of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gallant’s firing received universal condemnation from hockey pundits yesterday, who saw the move as a respected old-school coach losing out to front-office disciples of analytics. You can bet whoever takes over for Rowe next summer as the Panthers bench boss must be a big believer in advanced stats. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Center Jack Eichel could make his season debut tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Eichel was sidelined by a high-ankle sprain on the eve of the season opener. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  News of Radim Vrbata’s demise appears greatly exaggerated. He’s regained his scoring touch this season with the Coyotes, leading the club with 14 points in 20 games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That puts Vrbata close to a 60-point pace for this season. He netted only 27 points in 2015-16 with the Vancouver Canucks. 

THE MERCURY NEWS:  San Jose Sharks winger Mikkel Boedker is trying to work through one of the worst slumps of his NHL career. He’s managed only two points in 22 games and was benched in the third period during the Sharks’ recent game against Anaheim. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks signed Boedker last summer to a four-year, $16 million contract. So far, he’s been an expensive bust. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  The Oilers placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  The Blue Jackets last night traded  defenseman Cody Goloubef to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Ryan Stanton. Both players are currently in the minors. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2016

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was named one of the NHL's three stars for the week ending Oct. 30.

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was named one of the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 30.

Stars of the week, notable demotions, recalls, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending October 30, 2016.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: A plea agreement will see the harassment and trespassing charges against Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane dismissed, provided he remains out of trouble for the next six months.

THE HOCKEY NEWS:  The NHL intends to restrict All-Star Game participants to “bona fide players.” That could mean no repeat of a marginal player being selected via fan voting, such as what happened with enforcer John Scott last year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Scott situation had a happy ending for the league. However, I see the sense in restricting this sort of thing from happening again. Just because the Scott story ended well doesn’t mean another scenario involving a player who is clearly not All-Star caliber couldn’t become an embarrassment for the league. 

THE MERCURY NEWS:  Despite being pointless in his last seven games, Mikkel Boedker will continue to skate on the San Jose Sharks’ top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Injuries and limited salary-cap space prevented the Minnesota Wild from icing a full lineup for practice yesterday. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  Stars winger Ales Hemsky is sidelined five-to-six months following hip surgery.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward David Backes (day-to-day, elbow surgery) will miss the club’s upcoming road trip to Florida. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL’s James Mirtle reports the Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Matt Hunwick on injured reserve. 

NBC SPORTS:  The injury-riddled Los Angeles Kings recalled defenseman Rob Scuderi. 

NJ.COM: Promising center Pavel Zacha is expected to remain with the New Jersey Devils beyond the nine-game deadline for returning him to his junior club. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Coyotes assigned forward Christian Dvorak to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens sent defenseman Mikhail Sergachev back to his OHL club in Windsor. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Martin Frk on waivers for the purpose of demotion to the minors. 

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