NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 9, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 9, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin celebrates one of his two goals against the Winnipeg Jets.

Game recaps, injury news, latest from GM meetings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Evgeni Malkin scored twice and set up another while Nick Bonino tallied a hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Winnipeg Jets 7-4. Penguins winger Tom Sesito could face a suspension after being ejected for a dangerous hit on Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom, who was taken to hospital to be examined for facial fractures.

Earlier in the day, the Penguins revealed blueliner Kris Letang’s current absence to injury isn’t related to concussion or to a stroke he suffered earlier in his career. Winger Patric Hornqvist is dealing with concussion symptoms and has returned to Pittsburgh. 

David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scored twice as the Boston Bruins thumped the Detroit Red Wings 6-1. Bruins forward Tim Schaller left the game with a lower-body injury. 

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 35 saves to tie a franchise record for wins (146) as he backstopped his club to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Earlier in the day, the Sens announced center Kyle Turris is day-to-day with a broken finger. Meanwhile, the Stars announced the re-signing of forward Adam Cracknell to a one-year, $675K contract extension. 

USA TODAY: Addressing his recent letter to the Arizona state legislature warning the Arizona Coyotes could move if funding for a new downtown arena in Phoenix isn’t approved, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insists the league isn’t giving up on the Arizona market. He said he wants to make clear ” that the long-term future viability of that team isn’t going to be in Glendale.” Bettman also said there’s no progress in the league’s possible participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, if the state doesn’t pony up the $225 million to construct a new arena, the Coyotes are gone. And unless the International Olympic Committee agrees to share more broadcast and advertising revenue related to men’s hockey with the NHL, and unless the NHLPA rethinks its unwillingness to accept Bettman’s offer of an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement, the league won’t participate in the Pyeongchang Olympics. 

ESPN.COM: NHL general managers voted to recommend that teams not be allowed to use their timeout during icings starting next season. The league announced that, starting next season, “all the five-day byes will occur within a two-week period, with half of the NHL’s teams off one week and the other half the following week.”

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston yesterday reported NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said “the NHL’s salary cap is projected to be $75.5M-$76M next season, but adds it will depend on inflator negotiations with NHLPA.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The reduced value of the Canadian dollar continues to adversely affect NHL revenue. The league must consider looking elsewhere to bolster its stock. There’s already talk the league could stage more games in Europe and some exhibition games in China. 

NBC SPORTS: The NHL plans to televise the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft. However, the league won’t revealed the protected lists of the 30 NHL teams before the draft in June. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t worry, most of the names will be leaked by the media within an hour of the submission deadline at 5 pm ET deadline on June 17.

VANCOUVER SUN: TSN 1040, the longtime radio home of the Canucks, has lost the broadcast rights to Rogers.