NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2020

The Stars hope to re-sign Anton Khudobin, the Wild are close to re-signing Carson Soucy, the Senators acquire Josh Brown from the Panthers, the Jets re-sign Laurent Brossoit, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Pierre LeBrun reports sources say the Dallas Stars hope to re-sign Anton Khudobin. The 34-year-old goaltender is due to become an unrestricted free agent on Oct. 9. General manager Jim Nill has reached out to Khudobin’s agent, Kent Hughes, expressing the club’s desire to re-sign him.

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise the Stars hope to keep Khudobin in the fold following his heroics in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. LeBrun reports Hughes said his client is interested in staying.

The question, of course, is the cost. Khudobin’s completing a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $2.75 million. He could seek between $3.5 million and $4 million annually on a two- or three-year deal.

Cap Friendly indicates the Stars have over $15 million in cap space, but they must also re-sign restricted free agents Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov. They could be keen to bring back pending UFA Corey Perry for another season. A new contract for Khudobin could be a tight fit, depending on how close to the salary cap ownership is willing to go.

TSN: Frank Seravalli reports the Minnesota Wild are closing in on re-signing defenseman Carson Soucy to a three-year contract at $2.75 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Soucy is completing a one-year deal worth $750K. Seravalli recently reported the pending UFA blueliner was attracting a lot of interest.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday acquired defenseman Josh Brown from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the Senators’ fourth-round pick (95th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Senators found their potential replacement for the departing Mark Borowiecki. The 6’5”, 217-pounder is a restricted free agent completing a two-year, $1.35-million contract.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed goaltender Laurent Brossoit to a one-year, $1.5-million contract.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed forward Denis Malgin to a one-year, $700K contract.

ESPN.COM: The Vegas Golden Knights revealed their metallic gold third jersey for 2020-21.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes named Ryan Jankowski as their new associate director of amateur scouting. He spent the last two years as the Buffalo Sabres director of amateur scouting.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Tim Smith, who performed as the Los Angeles Kings’ team mascot Bailey, was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Former Bruins winger Bobby Miller passed away yesterday at age 64. Miller spent his first four NHL seasons with the Bruins from 1977 to 1981, scoring 20 goals as a rookie in ’77-’78. He also spent two seasons with the Colorado Rockies and one with the Los Angeles Kings, finishing his NHL career with 75 goals and 194 points in 404 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Miller’s family, friends and former teammates.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 26, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 26, 2019

Updates on David Krejci and Vince Dunn, Don Waddell returning as Hurricanes GM and President, and the latest contract signings in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Boston Bruins center David Krejci (illness) skipped practice yesterday (Photo via NHL Images).

  NBC SPORTS BOSTON: An illness sidelined Bruins center David Krejci from practice yesterday. Head coach Bruce Cassidy expects Krejci will be on the ice for today’s practice. The illness isn’t expected to keep him out of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

STLTODAY.COM:  Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (concussion symptoms) skated with his teammates yesterday in practice. It’s the first time he’s done so since taking a puck to the face in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. No word if he’ll play in Game 1 against the Bruins tomorrow but he was traveling with the Blues to Boston. 

THE SCORE: Despite being without a contract for next season, Don Waddell confirms he’s returning as general manager and president of the Carolina Hurricanes. He’s working out terms for a new deal with team owner Tom Dundon. In his first season as Hurricanes GM, the club reached the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed defenseman Brett Kulak to a three-year contract extension worth $1.85-million per season. He was slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed goaltender Laurent Brossoit to a one-year, $1.225-million contract. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 16, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 16, 2019

Game recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Tomas Hertl tallied a hat trick and Joe Thornton scored in his 1,000th game with the San Jose Sharks in a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, picking up their seventh straight win. Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi returned to action after leaving Saturday’s game against Ottawa with an upper-body injury. 

Tomas Hertl’s hat trick powered the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo via NHL Images)

Viktor Arvidsson’s hat trick powered the Nashville Predators to a 7-2 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. Nick Bonino also scored twice for the Predators. 

An overtime goal by Valtteri Filppula gave the New York Islanders a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, handing Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington his first NHL defeat. The Blues sit four points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given up for dead a few weeks ago, the Blues have slowly climbed back into the playoff race as a couple of ahead of them in the standings (Edmonton and Anaheim) have struggled. Binnington played a significant role in the Blues’ recent improvement, with a 3-0-1 record in his four NHL starts. 

The Anaheim Ducks suffered their 12th consecutive defeat, falling 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings. Ducks forwards Ryan Kesler (undisclosed) and Jakob Silfverberg (lower body) left the game with injuries. Earlier in the day, the Wings placed forward Michael Rasmussen (hamstring) on injured reserve

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks remain only two points out of a playoff berth but they’re in danger of tumbling much further down the Western Conference standings. This tailspin could also ramp up pressure on general manager Bob Murray to do something to arrest this skid. 

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad scored twice and set up two others in a 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Pavel Buchnevich and Tony DeAngelo also tallied two goals each for the Rangers. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to four games by beating the New Jersey Devils 4-1. Backup Joonas Korpisalo has three of those victories and kicked out 29 shots in this one. 

Montreal Canadiens backup Antti Niemi made a career-high 52 saves to backstop his club to a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who extended their win streak to three games and moved into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

The Minnesota Wild snapped a three-game losing skid as they edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on a shootout goal by Jason Zucker. 

Winnipeg Jets backup Laurent Brossoit turned aside 43 shots and teammate Kyle Connor scored twice in a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned in a 35-save shutout as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Dallas Stars 2-0. It was the Stars third straight loss and captain Jamie Benn wasn’t pleased over his club’s poor performance on the power play. “Our power play was s**t and that was the difference,” he said. They were 0-6 with the man advantage.

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers placed winger Dale Weise on waivers. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers claimed center Colby Cave off waivers from the Boston Bruins. 

TSN: A film about NHL Hall-of-Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk is slated to hit screens in March. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret hospitalized, and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

NHL.COM: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron’s four-point performance (including two goals) gave his club a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, handing the latter their 10th straight road defeat. It was Bergeron’s first game since being sidelined by a rib injury on Nov. 16. One of his goals was the 300th of his NHL careers. Linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and two assists.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron made a triumphant return to action with a four-point performance in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators (Photo via NHL Images)

Los Angeles Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give his club a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was Kovalchuk’s first game since undergoing ankle surgery on Dec. 1. Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson faces a hearing with the league’s department of player safety over an illegal hit to the head of the Kings’ Austin Wagner, knocking the latter from the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson doesn’t have a history of this sort of thing. While the hit on Wagner wasn’t malicious, Karlsson could be fined or suspended a game or two.

Nikita Kucherov had a five-point performance (one goal, four assists) as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3. With the win, the Lightning extended their points streak to 12 games (11-0-1). Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson both scored twice for the Bolts. Oilers captain Connor McDavid assisted on all of his club’s goals.

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark made 40 saves to blank the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. The win was overshadowed by the news of long-time Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret being stretchered from the press box during the third period and hospitalized after feeling lightheaded.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jeanneret, 76, had a pacemaker inserted in 2014. The Sabres said they will provide an update on his condition as soon as one becomes available. Here’s hoping he makes a quick recovery. 



A two-goal performance by Mitch Marner powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers. Marner’s teammate Andreas Johnsson had a goal and two assists. Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Leafs winger Tyler Ennis suffered a broken ankle after being struck by a slap shot by teammate Morgan Rielly.

Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley made 35 saves for his first NHL shutout as his club blanked the Ottawa Senators 4-0. The Senators were playing without starter Craig Anderson, who’s sidelined by an upper-body injury suffered during a 5-2 loss on Friday to the New Jersey Devils.

Sidney Crosby had three assists, Jake Guentzel scored twice and Matt Murray turned in a 39-save shutout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the Penguins’ third consecutive victory.

Phillip Danault tallied his first career NHL hat trick and Paul Byron scored in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens overcame a 3-2 deficit to edge the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. Brandon Pirri scored twice for Vegas.

Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau collected two assists for his 11th multi-point game in his last 14 as his team squeaked past the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo made 33 saves. The Wings played without Andreas Athanasiou, who’s nursing an upper-body injury.

Cam Atkinson scored two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, handing Flyers rookie goaltender Carter Hart his first loss of the season. Jackets winger Artemi Panarin had a three-point game.

The Calgary Flames dropped their third straight game, falling 3-1 to the St. Louis Blues. David Perron collected two points while teammate Jake Allen made 28 saves for the win.

Brad Richardson netted two goals late in the third period to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who had overcome a 4-1 deficit with three third-period tallies. Alex Kerfoot scored twice for the Avalanche.

Alexander Radulov’s goal in the dying seconds of overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Stars forward Martin Hanzal missed the game due to soreness in his back.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hanzal only recently returned to action after recovering from offseason spinal fusion surgery. While this could raise some concern, it’s also possible he doesn’t want to rush returning to game shape. He’s expected back in the lineup Sunday. 

Winnipeg Jets backup Laurent Brossoit picked up his first career NHL shutout by turning aside 40 shots to nip the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Mark Scheifele potted the winning goal late in the third period.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2018

Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury moved into the 10th spot on the NHL’s all-time wins list, picking up his 408th victory as his club beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. Ducks netminder John Gibson had a 42-save performance in a losing cause.

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 408th career NHL victory in a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images)

Jakub Voracek scored the game-winner and added two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2. The win gives the Flyers a .500 record with eight points in as many games. Devils defenseman Steven Santini suffered a broken jaw after being struck in the face by a puck during the first period.

A 42-save effort by goaltender Philipp Grubauer carried the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Avalanche forwards Nathan MacKinnon (1 goal, two assists) and Mikko Rantanen (assist) extended their points streaks to eight games. Sebastian Aho (assist) extended his franchise-tying season-opening points streak to eight games.

Jeff Skinner tallied a hat trick leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, handing the latter their fourth straight loss and prompting a closed-door meeting by the team following the game. Jason Pominville netted his 700th career NHL point. He and Jack Eichel also each collected three points.

Winnipeg Jets backup Laurent Brossoit kicked out 42 shots and Jacob Trouba had three assists in a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Clayton Keller scored twice and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also had a three-assist effort in a losing cause for the Coyotes. The Jets (11 points) sit third in the Central Division.

Second-period goals by Robert Bortuzzo, Zach Sanford and Ryan O’Reilly powered the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, snapping a three-game losing skid and handing the Leafs their second straight defeat. Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career.

Mark Stone scored twice (including the winning goal) and Matt Duchene had two points as the Ottawa Senators overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. The Canadiens sit second in the Atlantic Division (10 points) while the Senators (nine points) hold the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Gustav Nyquist’s overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings their first win of the season as they edged the Florida Panthers 4-3, snapping a seven-game winless streak. The Panthers have just one win in their opening six games.

In just his second game of the season, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford turned in a 37-save performance in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Patrick Kane scored twice and added an assist while Alex DeBrincat (goal) extended his points streak to seven games.

Mikael Granlund scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4, extending their winning streak to three games.

The Vancouver Canucks handed the Boston Bruins their third straight loss in a 2-1 victory on Bo Horvat’s overtime goal. The Canucks sit second in the Pacific Division with 10 points. The Bruins were playing without David Backes, Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller, who are all sidelined by various injuries.

Jusse Saros turned aside 31 shots to pick up his first shutout of the season as the Nashville Predators blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. Earlier in the day, the Predators placed goalie Pekka Rinne on IR with an upper-body injury. He’s expected to miss the club’s next three games. The Oilers also revealed forward Ty Rattie (midsection muscle injury) will be sidelined for at least two weeks.

Tomas Hertl picked up three assists in the San Jose Sharks 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders. Joonas Donskoi scored and added an assist for the Sharks, who sit third in the Pacific Division with nine points.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Sebastian Aho, Jake Muzzin, Jimmy Howard and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron scored four goals for his second career hat trick and Brad Marchand collected four assists as the Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 10 games by crushing the Carolina Hurricanes 7-1. The Hurricanes also lost Sebastian Aho to a leg injury. He’ll be reevaluated today in Raleigh. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being written off at the start of this season as little more than a marginal playoff contender, the Bruins are among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Their surge in the standings has generated some suggestions that they could be Cup contenders this spring. 

The Colorado Avalanche picked up their fifth consecutive victory with a 7-2 beatdown of the Minnesota Wild. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had three-point nights while Carl Soderberg scored twice. Eric Staal did the scoring for the Wild. Before the game, the Avs honored former winger Milan Hejduk by retiring his No. 23 to the rafters. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the victory, the Avs (47 points) leapfrogged the Wild into the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. They’re on the verge of exceeding last season’s franchise-worst 48 points. 

Claude Giroux collected three points and Sean Couturier scored twice to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues, snapping the latter’s winning streak at three games. 

Alexander Radulov,Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg each had a goal and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers, chasing Oilers netminder Cam Talbot from the game after he gave up four goals on 19 shots. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another dispiriting defeat for the Oilers, whose playoff hopes are fading with each passing week. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector (no relation) lists six things that have gone wrong with the Oilers’ season thus far. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section, Oilers fans. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. Tyler Bozak scored the game-tying and winning goals. Canucks winger Brock Boeser, who leads his club and all NHL rookies in scoring, tallied his 22nd goal of the season. Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev left the game after a deflected Mitch Marner shot struck him in the mouth. 

Craig Anderson made 45 saves while teammate Ryan Dzingel scored two goals as the Ottawa Senators upset the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3. 

The New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes for the ninth straight game with Mika Zibanejad’s shootout goal giving them a 2-1 victory. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 38-save effort, surpassing Tony Esposito for eighth on the all-time wins list with 424. 

Auston Watson scored twice and P.K. Subban collected two assists as the Nashville Predators held off the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. Before the game, the Kings announced defenseman Jake Muzzin was placed on injured reserve .

Dougie Hamilton’s late third-period goal gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, who had overcome a 2-0 deficit to tie the game. Ducks winger Corey Perry returned to action after missing 11 games with a knee injury. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (lower-body injury) will sit out today’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (upper-body injury) and forward Andre Burakovsky (healthy scratch) are expected to be in the lineup for today’s contest against the St. Louis Blues. 

SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Frankie Corrado were placed on waivers yesterday. Meanwhile, defenseman Victor Mete is expected to rejoin the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. He helped Canada win gold at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo.