NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 25, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 25, 2019

The PHWA mid-season awards plus updates on Erik Karlsson, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC SPORTS: Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov, Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson are among the winners of the Professional Hockey Writers Association’s midseason awards.

Kucherov gets the nod for the Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP), Giordano for the James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman), and Pettersson for the Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year). They also gave the nod to Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron for the Frank J. Selke Trophy (top defensive forward) and Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov for the Lady Byng Trophy (most gentlemanly player). 

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov is the midseason favorite to win the Hart Memorial Trophy (Photo via NHL Images).

The PHWA voted Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson as the Vezina Trophy winner, New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz for the Jack Adams Award (coach of the year), Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving as GM of the Year and Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner as comeback player of the year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The PHWA votes each year for the Hart, Norris, Calder, Selke, and Lady Byng trophies so their midseason votes provide an early insight as to this year’s front-runners. 

SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid still believes his struggling club can reach the playoffs this season. He denied there were character issues or turmoil within the dressing room and said he wants to be part of the solution. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers’ recent firing of Peter Chiarelli as general manager has given rise to concerns by fans and media over the club’s direction and McDavid’s future in Edmonton. He’s in the first year of an eight-year contract. Should the losing continue, some wonder if he’ll still be with the Oilers when that deal expires.

MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson said he’ll be participating in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game this weekend in San Jose. Karlsson has been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury and missed the Sharks’ last two games. 

CBS SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon underwent an MRI on his foot yesterday and could miss the All-Star Game. He is considered day-to-day.

THE SCORE: Speaking of the Avalanche, they will wait until the offseason to hold contract talks with winger Mikko Rantanen, who’s a restricted free agent this summer without arbitration rights. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rantanen’s on pace for 120 points and currently sits second in the NHL scoring race. Doesn’t matter when he and the Avs start contract talks. He’s going to get paid a lot of money, probably at least $10 million annually, perhaps much more.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated following the All-Star break. It’s believed he suffered a slight tear in his meniscus and could miss three weeks. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers have loaned goaltender Carter Hart to their AHL affiliate during the All-Star break.

TSN: Former NHL player Ryane Clowe stepped down yesterday as head coach of the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers citing ongoing concussion symptoms suffered during his playing career. The Growlers are an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. GM Kyle Dubas said Clowe will remain in the organization in an as-yet undertermined role. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 19, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 19, 2018

Barry Trotz out of Washington, Seattle group hires Dave Tippett, Mike Babcock to receive honor and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals yesterday announced Barry Trotz was stepping down as head coach. Trotz, 55, guided the Capitals to two Presidents’ Trophy seasons (2016, 2017) and the Stanley Cup earlier this month.

Barry Trotz yesterday stepped down as head coach of the Washington Capitals (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trotz’s contract was due to expire at the end of this month. Though there was a two-year option for an extension that would’ve given him a $300K annual pay bump, Trotz was reportedly seeking a longer-term deal for a big raise. Term, not money, was considered the deal breaker.

There’s considerable speculation over Trotz’s plans, linking him to the New York Islanders among other clubs, but it remains to be seen what his next step will be. Meanwhile, Capitals assistant coach Todd Rierden could be Trotz’s replacement

SEATTLE TIMES: Former NHL coach Dave Tippett has been hired as a senior adviser to the group hoping to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle. The move prompts speculation he could also become their first head coach.

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has been named to the Order of Canada in Hockey. Two-time Olympic champion Danielle Goyotte and former Edmonton Oilers star Ryan Smyth are also receiving this honor. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to this trio. They’ve been strong representatives of Canadian hockey at the international level.

ST. JOHN’S TELEGRAM: Former NHL winger Ryane Clowe will reportedly take over as head coach of the Newfoundland Growlers, the new ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Clowe was employed as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.

SPORTSNET: Former Calgary Flames forward Hakan Loob was named the team’s new European scout.

STLTODAY.COM: Former St. Louis Blues player Kelly Chase is giving up his radio color commentary duties and will become involved in private real estate.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins prospect Jordy Bellerive is reportedly in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery from injuries suffered from a fire-pit explosion during a bachelor party he attended in Calgary over the weekend.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The NHL will honor the Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team during the league’s annual awards on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. The team won the Florida state championships just days after 17 people were killed and another 17 wounded during a shooting at the school.