NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 15, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 15, 2019

The NHL buyout period begins today, Islanders re-sign Jordan Eberle, a list of Bruins injuries and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

The NHL buyout period begins today and runs to 5 PM ET on June 30. 

NEW YORK POST: The New York Islanders re-signed right wing Jordan Eberle to a five-year, $27.5-million contract extension. Eberle, 29, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

The New York Islanders re-signed winger Jordan Eberle (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eberle took a cut in pay from his expiring six-year, $36-million deal to stay with the Islanders. This was a surprise most observers didn’t expect him to be re-signed. At the very least, he was considered a lower priority than captain Anders Lee and Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner.

Eberle may have accepted a pay cut but that contract term seems too long. It’ll be a worthwhile signing If he performs over the next five years at the same level he did down the stretch and in the postseason. Otherwise, it could become a salary-cap headache in the coming years. 

Newsday’s Mark Herrman believes Eberle’s decision to stay was “a sign of faith in general manager Lou Lamoriello, coach Barry Trotz and the future at Belmont Park.”  The winger and his family enjoy living and playing on Long Island. The future construction of a new arena at Belmont Park provides stability for the Islanders. That could become a factor in the Isles’ efforts to retain and attract quality talent. 

NHL.COM: A lengthy list of Boston Bruins players were nursing injuries during the Stanley Cup Final. Captain Zdeno Chara’s jaw was fractured in several places requiring plates, screws, and wires to repair. He’s looking at five-to-six weeks of recovery.

Brad Marchand played through groin, abdominal and wrist injuries. Patrice Bergeron played through a groin injury. David Pastrnak took a blow to his surgically repaired thumb.

Noel Acciari suffered a fractured sternum in the second round. Defenseman John Moore played 10 games despite fracturing his humerus on March 25. Blueliner Kevan Miller suffered a twice-fractured kneecap. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I remain amazed over how professional hockey players continue playing despite serious injuries that would sideline athletes in other sports. 

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the Washington Capitals are still trying to re-sign pending UFA winger Carl Hagelin. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes re-signed defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin to a one-year contract. Cap Friendly indicates it’s a two-way contract worth $925K at the NHL level. 

SPORTSNET: The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed blueline Cameron Gaunce to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson to a one-year, two-way contract. 

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Former Canadiens rearguard Michael Bournival announced his retirement after suffering multiple concussions during his playing career. “I’d rather stop there before it’s too late,” he said in an interview with TVA Nouvelles. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers have hired recently-retired winger Tanner Glass to work in their player personnel department. He spent this season playing in France and announced his retirement as an active player earlier this week.

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres announced they’ve hired Mike Bales as their new goaltending coach and Don Granato as an assistant coach. Steve Smith will remain as an assistant but Davis Payne, Chris Hajt and Tom Ward were let go. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 20, 2018

Playoff game recaps, injury updates, Norris Trophy nominees revealed and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins pushed the Toronto Maple Leafs closer to the brink of elimination with a 3-1 victory in Game 4 of their opening-round series. The Bruins hold a 3-1 lead in the series and can wrap things up on Saturday in Boston. Tuukka Rask made 31 saves, Brad Marchand scored the winning goal and David Pastrnak collected two assists for the Bruins, who were playing without top center Patrice Bergeron (lower-body injury, day-to-day).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs dominated this game but a couple of defensive breakdowns led to consecutive two-on-one goals by Marchand and Jake DeBrusk, giving the Bruins an insurmountable two-goal lead.

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s three-point game helped the Washington Capitals defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their opening-round series (Photo via NHL Images)

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists as the Washington Capitals downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 to tie their best-of-seven series at two games apiece. Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby made 23 saves for the win. The series returns to Washington for Game 5 on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets looked surprising flat in this game, showing little of the spark from the first three games of the series. Secondary scoring has become a problem for the Jackets, as they’re not getting much production beyond leading scorers Artemin Panarin and Cam Atkinson. 

Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators are this season’s three finalists for the Norris Trophy.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (lower-body injury) hopes to return for Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Couturier missed Game 4 after suffering his injury in practice the day before.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist (upper-body injury) will miss Game 5 tonight against the Flyers.

Andrew Hammond will replace sidelined Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier tonight in Game 5 of their series against the Nashville Predators.

The Predators will be without forward Ryan Hartman, who received a one-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg in Game 4. 

New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He hasn’t been ruled out for Game 5 on Saturday. 

The Lightning signed forward Michael Bournival to a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair has reached out to a young Nova Scotia goaltender who was the victim of a racial slur. “I just told him that he does belong,” Duclair said.“He can do whatever he wants in this world.”

BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres owner Terry Pegula said his club will not raise season-ticket prices for 2018-19.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering how poorly the Sabres played this season they would’ve had a difficult time justifying a price hike.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 9, 2017

Check out the latest notable news in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: After giving up five goals on 17 shots on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 34-save shutout backstopping the New York Rangers to a 2-0 blanking of the Montreal Canadiens. It was the Rangers’ first win of the season after dropping their first two games. Mika Zibanejad and Brady Skjei tallied the game’s only goals.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward J.T. Brown said he received death threats and racist remarks on social media following his silent protest during the national anthem before Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers. Brown raised a fist to bring awareness to to police brutality and racial inequality. He said the reaction he received afterwards is proof why these issues must be addressed.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some will likely say Brown brought that reaction upon himself. Nothing justifies or excuses that type of response to his stand.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (lower-body injury) could make his season debut tonight against the Calgary Flames.

TSN: The Ottawa Senators recalled defensemen Thomas Chabot and Christian Jaros. 


THE GLOBE & MAIL: New NHL rule changes for this season, including a crackdown on slashing, could be behind the high-scoring games we’ve seen thus far. 

BARDOWN: Jaromir Jagr crashed an interview of the Traveling Jagrs. Hilarity ensues. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 28, 2017

Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux share a laugh during a press conference prior to the NHL 100 gala in Los Angeles.

NHL unveils remainder of their 100 greatest players to start All-Star weekend. Reaction and more in your morning headlines.

NHL.COM: On Friday, the NHL unveiled the remaining 67 of its 100 greatest players at a gala event in Los Angeles to kick off the start of the All-Star weekend. They were all players who played predominantly from 1967 to the present. The list included such greats as Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, as well as current active stars such as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Jaromir Jagr. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the complete list of the top 100, as well as bios of the players, by following the above link. 

For the players being honored, meeting and chatting backstage before the gala left them in awe of each other. Many of the younger players were honored to be mixing with their idols, who were in turn thrilled to meet them. 

ESPN.COM: Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agreed that the greatest player of all time was Gordie Howe, who passed away last June at age 88. Among active players, Gretzky and Lemieux consider Crosby the best in the league right now. “Until someone knocks him off the castle, that’s the way it’s going to be,” said Gretzky. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Mr. Hockey” may no longer be with us, but his legend still looms large over the NHL. 

NBC SPORTS: Pierre Pilote, Dale Hawerchuk and MIchel Goulet were among some of the notable Hockey Hall of Famers who were not part of the 100 greatest, while active stars such as Joe Thornton, Evgeni Malkin and Zdeno Chara were also passed over. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s very difficult to come up with a list of the 100 greatest players of all time. For every slam dunk selection such as Howe, Orr and Gretzky, there will be several worthy candidates who fail to make the cut. Every fan will have a favorite star they believe merits inclusion over others. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson could return to action early next week. Anderson had taken a leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who’s completed treatment for throat cancer. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for the Senators, and here’s hoping Nicholle Anderson make a complete recovery. 

TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie reports the Tampa Bay Lightning placed Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival on waivers.