NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 10, 2023

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 10, 2023

More details on what led the Senators to trade Alex DeBrincat, Zdeno Chara finds a new activity after hockey, the Lightning release Josh Archibald and sign Tyler Motte, and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch cites sources claiming Alex DeBrincat was unhappy with his role as the Senators’ second-line center behind captain Brady Tkachuk. “If that’s the case then DeBrincat really had to go,” wrote Garrioch, who noted that the 25-year-old winger sounded like he had one foot out the door during his exit interview with the media in mid-April.

Former Ottawa Senators winger Alex DeBrincat (NHL Images).

The Senators traded DeBrincat to the Detroit Red Wings on July 9. He immediately signed a four-year contract with the Wings worth an average annual value of $7.85 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This comes on the heels of Senators center Tim Stutzle telling the “32 Thoughts” podcast that he wasn’t going to try to convince DeBrincat to stay. “If you don’t want to be there, then good luck on your way,” said Stutzle.

NEW YORK POST: Former NHL star Zdeno Chara has taken up marathon running in his retirement. A fitness fanatic, the 46-year-old future Hall-of-Famer said he never took a break from his training regimen since hanging up his skates.

Chara successfully ran the Boston Marathon in April. He’ll be running in the New York Marathon in November. He’s also indicated an interest in competing in triathlons.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is what Chara does for enjoyment. He probably wrestles gators for relaxation.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning announced the termination of forward Josh Archibald’s contract and announced the signing of free-agent forward Tyler Motte to a one-year, $800K contract.

Earlier this summer, the 30-year-old Archibald signed a two-year deal with the Lightning worth $800K annually. Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said that the winger and his agent informed him that he was not planning on playing hockey for the time being and would not be attending training camp.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No reason was given for Archibald’s decision. Perhaps we’ll learn more in the near future. He spent eight seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers, collecting 83 points in 305 games played. He also won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2016-17.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Colin White to a professional tryout offer.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan profiled the Cap Friendly website and the four people behind it. Jamie Davis, his brothers Ryan and Chris, and Dominik Zrim have been running the site since its start in 2016.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly quickly filled the void after the influential CapGeek.com shut down in 2015 as founder Matthew Wuest battled and eventually succumbed to cancer later that year. It’s become one of the most reliable and invaluable resource sites (along with PuckPedia) for tracking NHL salary cap and contract information.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 11, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 11, 2020

Game recaps, injury updates, latest additions to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, and more in today’s morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: An overtime goal by Jared McCann lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 decision over the Colorado Avalanche. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, tying Jaromir Jagr for the third-most assists (640) in franchise history. Teammate Dominik Kahun collected three assists.

Evgeni Malkin ties Jaromir Jagr for third in assists among the Pittsburgh Penguins all-time leaders. (Photo via NHL Images)

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek kicked out 32 shots to shut out the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Warren Foegele, Lucas Wallmark, and Martin Necas were the goal scorers. Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta left the game with a lower-body injury and didn’t return. He recently returned from a lower-body injury suffered on Jan. 4 against Philadelphia.

Dylan Larkin tallied the only goal in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Winger forward Tyler Bertuzzi scored and collected an assist, as did Senators forward Colin White. The Sens are winless in their last six games (0-4-2).

HEADLINES

TSN: Arizona Coyotes winger Taylor Hall avoided supplemental discipline for his knee-on-knee hit on Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ondrej Palat on Thursday. Palat is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

SPORTSNET: San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl and Vegas Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty will replace Logan Couture and Jakub Silfverberg at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis. Couture recently fractured an ankle while Silfverberg is anticipating the birth of his first child during the All-Star break.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher is consulting a physician after experiencing headaches following Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. He recently returned after missing four games with a concussion. Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot will miss tonight’s game against the Senators with a lower-body injury.

TORONTO SUN: Friday’s AHL game between the Toronto Marlies and Texas Stars was forfeited to the Stars after Marlies assistant coach Rob Davison experienced a medical emergency in the dressing room before game time. Davison was immediately transported to a local hospital and was evaluated while remaining under medical supervision. The episode left the Marlies’ players in such a state of shock that they couldn’t participate in the game. The Marlies are the primary farm club of the Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Davison will be all right and make a swift recovery. No word yet as to what the medical emergency was.

SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Maple Leafs, they re-signed defenseman Martin Marincin to a one-year contract extension worth $700K.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chris Johnston first reported Marincin’s re-signing on Twitter. The reactions of some Leafs followers in Johnston’s Twitter thread were, shall we say, less than enthusiastic.

CBS SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks sent forward Troy Tery to their AHL affliliate in San Diego for a conditioning stint.

SPORTSNET: Sonny Sachdeva interviewed the founders of Cap Friendly on how the site came about and its rapid rise as an invaluable site for tracking NHL salaries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The good folks at Cap Friendly did a fine job replacing the seminal CapGeek.com after that site’s founder, the late Matthew Wuest, was forced to suspend operations in early 2015 due to health reasons. Since then, they’ve been my go-to site for all things related to the NHL’s salary cap, providing invaluable insight on individual player contract details, team salary-cap information, and much more.