NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 11, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 11, 2020

The Stars regain the lead in the Western Conference Final, Sean Couturier wins the Selke Trophy, and updates on Alex Killorn, Brayden Point and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Alexander Radulov scored 31 seconds into overtime as the Dallas Stars edged the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. The Stars hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Stars captain Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist while Anton Khudobin made 38 saves for the win. Mark Stone had two points for the Golden Knights, including the game-tying goal that forced overtime. Game 4 of the series is Saturday at 8 pm ET.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: All of the scoring came in the third period, with the Golden Knights out-shooting the Stars 18-4 thanks to three power-play opportunities. Khudobin was outstanding for Dallas while Stars coach Rick Bowness’ decision to reunite Benn, Radulov and Tyler Seguin on the top line provided a much-needed boost to their offense.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier is this year’s winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Couturier for a long-overdue recognition of his place among the league’s best defensive forwards. He’s the first Flyer to win the Selke since Dave Poulin in 1986-87.

The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Tampa Bay Lightning winger Alex Killorn for one game for boarding New York Islanders center Brock Nelson in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Lightning could also be without their leading scorer for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. Center Brayden Point left Game 2 with an undisclosed injury and might not dress for tonight’s contest with the Isles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning coped without Killorn and Point for most of Game 2. It will be a bigger challenge offsetting their absences for the entirety of Game 3.

TSN: Frank Seravalli reports 17 NHL teams have slashed expenditures and reduced payroll amid a COVID-19 crunch. That includes Original Six teams like the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.

Of the seven Canadian teams, only the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t yet reduced the pay of staff members, including team presidents, coaches and general managers. The Ottawa Senators’ coaching staff received relief from the league after having their pay cut by 50 percent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Seravalli points out, the teams are doing this because there’s been no meaningful revenue coming in since mid-March and none on the immediate horizon. He also anticipates those cuts will affect free agency and salary-cap payrolls.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki will test the free-agent market.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Jacob de la Rose to a one-year, one-way contract worth $700K.

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Adam Cracknell to a one-year, two-way contract.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed a three-year agreement with the Chicago Wolves to be their new AHL affiliate.

NHL.COM: The Charlotte Checkers (the Hurricanes’ former AHL farm club) signed a multi-year affiliation deal with the Florida Panthers.

CBS SPORTS: Former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio signed a three-year contract with Lausanne HC of Switzerland’s National League.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2017

Game recaps, latest Senators news, injury updates, waiver moves and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.  

NHL.COM: Daniel Sedin netted his 1,000th career NHL point with the game-tying goal as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Nashville Predators 5-3 to snap their four-game losing skid. Brock Boeser also scored twice for the Canucks, who learned earlier in the day that gritty forward Derek Dorsett was forced to retire due to a back injury. 

Brendan Gallagher scored twice and set up another and Carey Price made 28 saves as the Montreal Canadiens extended their winning streak to four with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, handing the latter their sixth straight defeat. The Canadiens were playing without sidelined center Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Shea Weber. Earlier in the day, the Habs made a minor trade, shipping forward Peter Holland to the New York Rangers for forward Adam Cracknell.

Marian Gaborik tallied his first two goals of the season and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves to give the Los Angeles Kings a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov netted both of the Capitals’ goals.

Eric Staal scored twice as the Minnesota Wild overcame a 2-1 deficit to double up the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2. Earlier in the day, the Wild claimed defenseman Nate Prosser off waivers from the St. Louis Blues after learning blueliner Jared Spurgeon will be out for two weeks with a groin strain. The Knights had activated defenseman Luca Sbisa off injured reserve but placed forwards David Perron and William Carrier on IR. 

Mark Jankowski scored a pair of goals and Mike Smith had a 28-save shutout as the Calgary Flames blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. It was Smith’s first game against his former club since being dealt to Calgary in the offseason. 

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kris Russell accidentally scored the winning goal into his own net as his club fell 6-4 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to his gaffe, Russell had a goal and an assist. The Leafs William Nylander scored and set up two others. The Oilers were playing without starting goalie Cam Talbot, who’s out at least two weeks with an upper-body injury. 

Mattias Janmark scored twice, including in overtime, to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson said he won’t accept a hometown discount on his next contract. Karlsson is eligible in 2019 for unrestricted free agency and intends to seek market value. He was responding to comments on Wednesday by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty suggesting he could touch base with Karlsson for advice during his own contract talks. Like Karlsson, Doughty is eligible for UFA status in 2019. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson is one of the league’s very best defenseman, a two-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the league’s best blueliner. He could command over $11 million annually. 

Speaking of the Senators, team president and CEO Tom Anselmi denied rumors claiming team owner Eugene Melnyk was planning to sell the club. “I have no idea where it’s coming from. There’s nothing to it and I just have no idea where it’s from,” Anselmi said Thursday. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has been diagnosed with a concussion and is sidelined indefinitely. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward Cedric Paquette received a one-game suspension for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres placed defenseman Matt Tennyson on waivers. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2017

Game recaps plus injury and waiver updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM : Shea Weber scored twice, Alex Galcheyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty ended their goalless droughts and Carey Price made 26 saves as the Montreal Canadiens snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Earlier in the day, the Panthers claimed goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the first time this season, all the Canadiens top players were at their best at the same time. The Habs looked a little shaky in the first period and fell behind 1-0 early in the second but three goals late in the second period (two on the power play) shifted momentum in their favor. As for the Panthers claiming Niemi, that move suggests starting goalie Roberto Luongo could be sidelined longer than expected. 

In his first-ever NHL star, goaltender Oscar Dansk made 29 saves as the Vegas Golden Knights doubled up the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Tomas Nosek had a goal and an assist for the Knights, who’ve won seven of their first eight games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights fairy-tale start continues. No one expected them to play this well. This was their second straight win against one of the top teams in the Western Conference, having defeated the St. Louis Blues in their previous game. 

John Tavares tallied a hat trick to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, leaving the latter winless through their first nine games of this season. Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller collected two assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keller’s performance is among the few bright spots for the floundering Coyotes thus far this season. He leads all NHL rookies in goals (six) and points (10). 

Steven Stamkos had two assists and Nikita Kucherov scored a goal to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Both players now have 10-game point streaks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only early in the season but the Lightning are serving notice they’re back as serious Stanley Cup contenders. 

Phil Kessel scored in overtime and Matt Murray made 29 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins nipped the Edmonton Oilers 2-1. Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers. Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz left the game in the first period with a concussion. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If not for Murray’s heroics, this game never would’ve reached overtime and the Penguins wouldn’t have won. He made several big saves in this one. The Oilers didn’t help themselves, missing some opportunities to score with an open net. 

Ryan Getzlaf netted a goal and an assist in his return from injury as the Anaheim Ducks downed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-2. Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick, the second-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, left the game with a possible concussion

Matthew Tkachuk scored in regulation and netted the winner in a shootout as the Calgary Flames rallied to defeat the Nashville Predators 3-2. Dougie Hamilton had two assists for the Flames. 

Matt Nieto’s first career NHL hat trick carried the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Adrian Kempe scored the game-tying goal and the winner in a shootout as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed Jeff Carter (leg injury) on injured reserve

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 21-year-old Kempe’s off to a terrific start for the Kings. With five goals and seven points in nine games, he’s already exceeded the two goals and six points he netted in 25 games last season. 

Robin Lehner turned in a 32-save shutout performance and Benoit Pouliot scored the only goal to give the Buffalo Sabres a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. 

Anders Nilson kicked out 29 shots as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the injury-ravaged Minnesota Wild 1-0. Jake Virtanen potted the game’s only goal. Earlier in the day, the Canucks announced defenseman Troy Stecher will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a knee injury. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky will be out six-to-eight weeks following surgery to repair his fractured left thumb. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers placed forward Adam Cracknell on waivers and recalled Cristoval “Boo” Nieves. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2017

Game recaps, stars of the week, waiver wire updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Mike Smith turned in a 43-save shutout performance as the Calgary Flames snapped a 25-game winless streak in Anaheim by blanking the Ducks 2-0. Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames. 

Nikolaj Ehlers tallied a hat trick to give the Winnipeg Jets their first win of the season by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. 

Auston Matthews scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. 

Marcus Johansson and rookie Jesper Bratt each scored twice in the New Jersey Devils’ 6-2 thumping of the Buffalo Sabres.

Nikita Kucherov scored the game-tying goal and Brayden Point got the winner in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. 

Shootout goals by Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Nail Yakupov scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves as the Colorado Avalanche shut out the Boston Bruins 4-0. 

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 8.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former NHL winger Brian Gionta is skating in practice with the AHL’s Rochester Americans in preparation for participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights GM George McPhee denied rumors forward Vadim Shipachyov wanted to return to the KHL after being demoted to the AHL. McPhee called it a roster move and wasn’t based on performance. He expects Shipachyov to be back with the Knights as soon as possible. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shipachyov was a notable free agent signing for the Golden Knights this summer. With the club reportedly looking to make some trades, Shipachyov’s situation could be worth watching. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers claimed center Adam Cracknell off waivers yesterday from the Dallas Stars. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move likely means rookie center Filip Chytil will be returned soon to his Czech club without burning up the first year of his entry-level contract. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes demoted forward Dylan Strome to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers acquired goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations. He will be sent to their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to avoid politics when they visit the White House today as President Trump honors their 2017 Stanley Cup championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins are being hammered by a number of hockey pundits and a number of fans for today’s visit. Those critics believe the club should’ve canceled in support of NFL players singled out for criticism by the president for staging silent protests during the national anthem to raise awareness toward police brutality and racial inequality. The Penguins are simply honoring the tradition of the White House visit. Some observers, however, fear the president (a lightning rod for controversy) could upstage the players or attempt to use them as political props to advance his agenda against NFL players. 

SPORTSNET: A divorced Edmonton couple are facing off over who gets custody of their season tickets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those ducats are significantly more valuable now than they were a few years ago. 


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 – March 25, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 25, 2017

New York Islanders captain John Tavares scores the game winner in a shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game recaps, injury updates, latest on the Olympics & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: John Tavares scored the game winner in a shootout and Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves as the New York Islanders edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. The Isles (82 points) move into a tie with the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. It was also Halak’s first game back in the NHL since his demotion to the AHL on Dec. 29.

The Isles also learned forward Ryan Strome (broken right wrist) won’t require surgery but will be sidelined beyond the end of the season on April 9. 

Speaking of the Penguins, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wasn’t pleased that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby didn’t face discipline for injuring Sens defenseman Marc Methot with a slash to his right hand during their game on Thursday. Calling Crosby a “whiner”, Melnyk believes the Pens captain should’ve received a lengthy suspension. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The department of player safety likely looked at intent in deciding not to levy supplemental discipline against Crosby. While the Penguins captain may not have intended to hurt Methot, in my opinion the severity of the injury should’ve merited some form of action from the league. Players have to be careful with their sticks. If the roles had been reversed, you can bet the Penguins would’ve called for Methot to be suspended. 

Nikita Kucherov’s overtime goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning (81 points) are within one point of the Isles and Bruins for that final wild-card spot in the East. The Bolts also learned defenseman Jason Garrison is day-to-day with a lower-body injury suffered on Thursday. 

Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg scored to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The Ducks (91 points) vaulted into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with the slumping San Jose Sharks. Earlier in the day, the Ducks announced they sent defenseman Clayton Stoner to their AHL affiliate on a long-term conditioning stint

Adam Cracknell’s hat trick powered the Dallas Stars to a 6-1 drubbing of the Sharks, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi returns to their lineup after missing the last dozen game with an ankle injury. 

CBC SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation must make concessions in order for NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “If nothing changes, I don’t see anybody participating,” Bettman said. “If somebody proposes something that’s pragmatic, that’s radically different, that gets the attention of the clubs where they say, `You know what, we don’t like going, but on balance it’s worth it because of this,’ we’ll have to look at it again.” The IIHF has asked the NHL for a decision by the end of April.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Typical Bettman negotiating tactic. I believe he’s using the deadline set by the IIHF to squeeze them and the IOC to do more to pick up the travel and insurance costs of the players and to agree to sharing more broadcast revenue with the league. If they don’t bend to Bettman’s demands, the NHL won’t participate. 

OTTAWA SUN: The NHL confirmed yesterday the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche will participate in back-to-back regular season games in Sweden on Nov. 10 and 11, 2017. 

YAHOO SPORTS: The failed NHL Guardian Project has resulted in a $500K lawsuit award to Filmula Entertainment.