NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 6, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 6, 2017

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne robs Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel during Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

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. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2017

Martin St. Louis and his family watch as his number 26 is retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 Game recaps,  Avalanche and Predators make a trade & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in his season debut to backstop the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prior to the game, the Lightning honored Martin St. Louis by retiring his number 26. St. Louis spent 13 seasons with the Bolts, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. He’s also a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy and won the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester Pearson Award in 2004.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, St. Louis is the greatest player in Lightning history and a future Hall of Famer.  

John Tavares tallied a hat trick and collected his 500th NHL point to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Isles defenseman Nick Leddy had a three-point game, netting a goal and two assists. 

Jeff Skinner had a three-point game (two goals, one assist) and Cam Ward made 36 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Buffalo Sabres 5-2. 

Braden Holtby made 24 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout as the Washington Capitals blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0. Jay Beagle scored twice and Tom Wilson had a three-point night. 

Frederik Andersen made 34 saves while Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak each collected two assists to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. 

Brendan Perlini scored twice while Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each collected three assists as the Arizona Coyotes edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. 

Keith Kinkaid turned in a 31-save performance and Taylor Hall tallied the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames, snapping a four-game losing skid. 

THE DENVER POST:  The Colorado Avalanche traded fourth-line winger Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators in exchange for minor-league center Felix Girard. McLeod is under contract through next season at an annual average value of $1.33 million, but the Avs will retain 40 percent of that salary-cap hit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The roster shakeup has begun for the floundering Avalanche. Expect more deals by the Avs to come before the March 1 trade deadline. Most will likely involve pending unrestricted free agents such as Jarome Iginla and Fedor Tyutin. It’s also possible a core player, such as Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, could be moved. 

CSNPHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers activated defenseman Mark Streit off injured reserve and placed center Boyd Gordon on waivers in order to clear sufficient salary-cap space for Streit’s return. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed defenseman Roman Josi and forward Colin Wilson on injured reserve. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (broken right wrist) will be sidelined approximately two months. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Roy MacGregor has the story of Len Boogaard, the father of late NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, who is trying to eliminate fighting from hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether you believe fighting belongs in hockey or not, Len Boogaard’s story is one that should be read by everyone on both sides of this issue. 

SPORTSNET:  Four-time Olympic champion and seven-time World Champion Hayley Wickenheiser yesterday announced her retirement. Wickenheiser is an icon of women’s hockey and played a significant role in growing the sport of women’s hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Wickenheiser is also a shoo-in for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hopefully, she won’t have to wait very long for that honor. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2016

President Barack Obama honored the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

President Barack Obama honored the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Penguins honored at White House, Lightning to honor Martin St. Louis, injury updates & more in your NHL morning headlines.

Check out NHL.com for last night’s preseason scores.

TRIBLIVE.COM:  President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House yesterday. “We are here to celebrate an extraordinary achievement. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion,’ joked Obama, who also hosted the Penguins back in 2009 for their previous Cup championship.

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  The Tampa Bay Lightning will honor former captain Martin St. Louis by retiring his No. 26 at a ceremony on Jan. 13. St. Louis spent 13 of his 17 seasons with the Lightning, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. During his tenure with the Bolts, he also won two scoring titles and the Hart Memorial Trophy (2004). He’s the franchise’s “all-time leading scorer with 953 points and he ranks second in Lightning history in games (972) and goals (365).”

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  There’s talk some Lightning fans are still upset over St. Louis demanding a trade to the New York Rangers following the 2014 Winter Olympics. While I can understand that bitterness, it’s best to remember what he did for the franchise during his long tenure with them. St. Louis played an important role in turning the Lightning from a laughingstock into a champion, helping them remain a competitive team. Without him, the Lightning’s history over the past fifteen years might be completely different, and perhaps not for the better.

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres forwards Ryan O’Reilly (back and midsection spasms) and Kyle Okposo (bruised knee), and defensemen Zach Bogosian (groin) and Dmitry Kulikov (butt bruise) are currently sidelined by injuries. 

ESPN.COM:  The Los Angeles Kings placed winger Marian Gaborik (broken foot) on injured reserve. 

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad will miss the next four weeks with a broken bone in one of his hands. 

CSNNE.COM:  Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is listed as day-to-day with a bruised knee. 

COURIER POST:  Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Laughton is out three-four weeks with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Brandon Manning (upper body) is listed as week-to-week. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo will miss the next four weeks with a groin injury. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM’s Michael Russo reports the Dallas Stars signed forward Justin Fontaine to a professional tryout offer. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Clayton Stoner on waivers, demoted blueliners Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour and ended the PTO contract of forward Sean Bergenheim. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stoner is earning $3.25 million this season and next. It’s unlikely a rival club will pick up that salary via waivers. 

NEW YORK POST: A New York judge has spared former minor league player Jordan Hart, who was accused of providing painkillers to the late Derek Boogaard. She found no basis that he supplied the drugs that killed Boogaard. Hart instead received a one-year probation. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Hart and Boogaard “were victims of organized sports, which did not consider the consequences of supplying large quantities of addictive pain medication to their players.”

MLIVE.COM:  NHL Hall of Fame defenseman and Detroit Red Wings director of pro scouting is one of the winners of the 2016 Lester Patrick Trophy.