NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 31, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 31, 2020

The latest on Zdeno Chara, Brady Tkachuk, Kaapo Kakko, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: During a conference call with NHL reporters on Monday, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara claimed goaltender Tuukka Rask’s smelly farts make him the teammate he’d least like to be quarantined with. “The way he farts? The smell is awful,” said Chara. “He likes his chicken wings. And after the chicken wings, I’ve had to sit behind him on the bus. I’ve got to tell you. I’ve got to control myself sometimes.”

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how depressing most of the NHL news has been of late because of COVID-19, I thought Chara’s remarks about Rask brought a welcome bit of levity yesterday.

OTTAWA SUN: During the same conference call, Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk said his two teammates who tested positive for COVID-19 are doing well. “We’re a tight group so we’re always in contact with one another but I think all of us are just concerned about them and everybody impacted by it.”

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes Kaapo Kakko’s stubbornness is blocking his potential greatness. The rookie Ranger’s insistence on holding the puck isn’t working as well in the NHL as it did when he dominated in Finland. He’s also struggled with the defensive of his game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brooks feels Kakko has the tools to become a dominant NHL player. The youngster isn’t the first promising player who’s ever struggled to adjust to the NHL in his rookie season. With maturity and a willingness to learn, he should become the elite winger he was projected to become.

THE SCORE: St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong believes his club is in a good spot to defend their Stanley Cup title if the season is resumed. “With the knowledge of what we did last year, and that we have a mature team, we’re not worried about whether they’re preparing or what they’re doing off the ice, eating correctly and doing whatever workouts they need to be doing; I know they are because they’ve shown that year in and year out,” Armstrong told The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said no Capitals players have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. Nevertheless, the club is preparing for all scenarios, including returning to action at some point in the summer if the league resumes action by then.

TSN: The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers yesterday announced temporary staff layoffs during the COVID-19 period. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes re-signed forward Michael Chaput to a one-year, two-way contract.

SPORTSNET: Goaltender Eddie Lack yesterday announced his retirement because of hip injuries. He spent five seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames, and New Jersey Devils. He compiled a “56-55-18 record, 2.62 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and nine shutouts.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Lack in his future endeavours.

2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Here’s the list of today’s notable deals heading toward the 3 pm ET deadline. This list will be updated frequently throughout the day.  Following the deadline, I’ll examine the day’s biggest moves in the Soapbox section. 

Florida Panthers trade defenseman Chris Wideman to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Sebastian Dea.

Winnipeg Jets trade left wing Nic Petan to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for center Par Lindholm.

Florida Panthers trade defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.

Buffalo Sabres trade defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a sixth-round pick. 

Vancouver Canucks trade defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winger Tanner Pearson.

Minnesota Wild trade center Matt Hendricks to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a seventh-round pick. 

Anaheim Ducks traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger Marcus Johansson to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a fourth-round pick in 2020. 

Philadelphia Flyers trade winger Wayne Simmonds to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Ryan Hartman and a conditional 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

Ottawa Senators trade Matt Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL Images)

Ottawa Senators trade right wing Mark Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights for prospect defenseman Erik Brannstrom, center Oscar Lindberg, and a second-round pick in 2020. 

Minnesota Wild trade forward Mikael Granlund to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Kevin Fiala. 

Los Angeles Kings trade defenseman Oscar Fantenberg to the Calgary Flames for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020.

New York Rangers trade defenseman Adam McQuaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth- and a seventh-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. 

Florida Panthers trade center Derick Brassard and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020 to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020

Florida Panthers trade forward Tomas Jurco to the Carolina Hurricanes for future considerations. The Hurricanes trade prospect Cliff Pu to the Panthers for future considerations.

Arizona Coyotes trade center Jordan Weal to the Montreal Canadiens for center Michael Chaput

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the New York Rangers trade center Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets for Brendan Lemieux, the Jets’ 2019 first-round pick and a conditional pick. 

New Jersey Devils trade goaltender Keith Kinkaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for a fifth-round pick in 2022.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2020. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, Evgeni Malkin receives a one-game suspension, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 to snap the latter’s seven-game winning streak. Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored a goal and set up three others and David Krejci scored twice. Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane (one assist) extended his points streak to 15 games. The Bruins played without high-scoring winger David Pastrnak, who’s sidelined at least two weeks with an injured left thumb. The Blackhawks (55 points) remain four points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand’s four-point effort sparked his club to a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on how the Pastrnak injury could affect the Bruins plans leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline later this morning in the Rumors section.

The Carolina Hurricanes (64 points) are one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins in the chase for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Micheal Ferland had a three-point performance. Senators goalie Craig Anderson missed the game after suffering a minor scratch to his left eye after being struck with a tennis ball on Monday. He’ll join the Sens for their road trip to Detroit though it’s uncertain if he’ll play in Thursday game against the Red Wings. 

Jack Eichel collected two assists in the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders, ending the latter’s three-game win streak. The Sabres (63 points) move to within two points of the Penguins for the final Eastern wild-card berth. 

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin had a 30-save shutout performance and teammate Tyler Seguin scored twice to down the Florida Panthers 3-0. The Stars now have six wins in their last eight games. 

Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 20 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the Washington Capitals 3-0. The Jackets (67 points) now sit two behind the Capitals for second place in the Metropolitan Division. 

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and collected three assists in a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Sean Monahan scored twice for the Flames (74 points), who now sit two points behind the San Jose Sharks for second place in the Pacific Division. 

The St. Louis Blues picked up their seventh straight win by crushing the New Jersey Devils 8-3. Alex Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbashev each tallied two goals and added an assist for the Blues (61 points), who hold the first wild-card spot in the West. 

Andreas Athanasiou’s third-period goal held up as the game-winner as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Nashville Predators 3-2. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 32 saves. 

James van Riemsdyk scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied to edge the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Luke Kunin tallied twice for the Wild. With 59 points, the Flyers are six points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot. 

Mark Scheifele scored twice and added an assist and Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. It was the Jets’ eighth win in their last nine home games. 

Three second-period power-play goals within 1:49 gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who suffered their eighth straight loss. With 55 points, the Avs are four points out of a wild-card berth. Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists while Kaspari Kapanen and Nazem Kadri each scored twice for the Leafs. Alex Kerfoot and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia native Ryan Graves tallied for the Avs. 

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper made 41 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, handing the latter their fourth straight home loss. With the win, the Coyotes (55 points) move with four of a wild card spot. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom is dealing with back spasms. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That explains why the Canucks yesterday acquired goalie Marek Mazanec from the New York Rangers in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2020. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin received a one-game suspension for swinging his stick at the head of Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl. The Penguins also announced defenseman Olli Maatta is on injured reserve for an undetermined time due to an upper-body injury. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens placed Michael Chaput on waivers. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2018

Capitals re-sign Carlson, Senators re-sign Wideman, a couple of minor trades and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC WASHINGTON: The Capitals yesterday re-signed defenseman John Carlson to an eight-year deal reportedly worth an annual average value of $8 million. 

The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman John Carlson to an eight-year contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. The Capitals couldn’t afford to lose their best defenseman, Their trade of blueliner Brooks Orpik and his $5.5-million cap hit to Colorado on Friday was done specifically to clear sufficient salary-cap space for Carlson’s new contract. The deal is comparable to the reported eight-year, $8.25-million AAV deal agreed upon between the Arizona Coyotes and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Carlson would’ve been the best defenseman in this summer’s unrestricted free agent market and would’ve attracted lucrative offers. The extra year from the Capitals and the opportunity to stay with the Stanley Cup champions were obviously attractive options for him.

With Carlson signed, Cap Friendly indicates the Capitals have over $66.2 million invested in 16 players. leaving around $13 million to re-sign free agents such as Michal Kempny, Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly and Jay Beagle. 

TSN: The Ottawa Senators re-signed defenseman Chris Wideman to a one-year, $1-million contract. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Michael Chaput from the Canucks for forward Tanner Kero.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Nikita Soshnikov to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800k.

THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings placed defenseman Xavier Ouellet on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year ($1.3-million AAV) of his contract.

MLIVE.COM: The Wings also traded defenseman Robbie Russo to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 14, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 14, 2017

There’s a $500 million offer to purchase the Carolina Hurricanes.

Updates on the Hurricanes, Coyotes, Penguins and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Peter Karmanos Jr, majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, is considering a $500 million offer to purchase the club by an ownership group that includes Chuck Greenberg, a former part owner and CEO of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. If the offer is accepted, the Hurricanes will not leave Raleigh.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karmanos has searched for a buyer for some time, though if memory serves he was also hoping to maintain a measure of control over the club. It could take time to finalize this potential sale. Karmanos could even reject the offer. Despite assurances claiming the Hurricanes won’t relocate, some of their fans could be nervous over the team’s future. A stable ownership group, however, should ensure the franchise stays put.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway remains adamant that a new arena for his club will be built closer to Phoenix. The Coyotes’ hiring of former Arizona State University athletic director Steve Patterson as their new president and CEO is seen as a promising sign that this new venue will eventually be constructed. Barroway also apologized to former Coyotes captain Shane Doan and the team’s fans over the clumsy way the winger was informed that the club wouldn’t offer him a new contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Doan situation aside, Barroway’s takeover of the Coyotes as its sole owner – as well as recent shakeups in the front office, behind the bench and on the roster – are seen as potentially bringing stability to the organization following years of uncertainty over its future in Arizona. The team’s on-ice performance in 2017-18 could be the earliest indicator of its direction. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar reportedly remain far apart in contract negotiations. The Tatar camp rejected a five-year offer worth $5 million annually, preferring six- or seven-years at closer to $6 million per season. Tatar’s salary arbitration date is July 20. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins hired former defenseman Sergei Gonchar as an assistant coach. Gonchar spent five seasons with the Penguins from 2005-06 to 2009-10, playing a significant role in their rise to Stanley Cup contention and their championship run in 2009. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Former Oilers captain Andrew Ference officially announced his retirement. He played 16 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and the Oilers. He was part of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship run in 2011. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Ference and his family in his future endeavors. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames avoided salary arbitration with forward Micheal Ferland, signing him to a two-year, $3.5 million contract

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks re-signed forward Michael Chaput to a one-year, one-way contract worth over $687K.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators released their 20th anniversary logo. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the “Eye of the Tiger” jokes. 

Former NHL goaltender Jhonas Enroth signed a one year deal with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk.