NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 9, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 9, 2019

The latest on Alex Ovechkin, Joe Murphy, Marko Dano, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin doesn’t want to discuss speculation he might retire when his contract expires in 2021. Earlier this month, Ovechkin said he’d wait and see whether he’d continue his career depending on his health. Speaking from Beijing where he’s spending the week as an NHL ambassador, Ovechkin said he’ll talk about that in two years. For now, he’s focused on the upcoming season.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin isn’t ready yet to consider retirement (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Ovechkin, who turns 34 next month, continues playing at a high level over the next two years, I can see him continuing his NHL career with the Capitals. I believe they’ll be quite receptive to re-signing him.

If pursuing another Stanley Cup isn’t motivation enough, breaking the record for most 50-goal seasons could be enticing. Ovechkin is one season away from tying the record (nine seasons) held by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy. With 658 career NHL goals, he also has a shot at perhaps beating Gretzky’s record of 894 goals.

USA TODAY: Former NHLer Joe Murphy is once again homeless and refusing help in Kenora, Ontario. Over the past two years, dozens of people – “including the NHL Alumni Association, members of the local police department, former teammates, his lawyer and an entire team of mental health experts and social workers” – have tried to assist Murphy. He suffered several concussions during his playing days but it’s inclusive whether those injuries contributed to his current condition.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A year ago, Murphy was the focus of a TSN documentary on his plight. While people are trying to help him, it’s done little to change his current situation. It’s a sad situation that probably won’t end well for Murphy.

CBS SPORTS: Marko Dano is back with the team that drafted him, signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A former first-round draft pick (27th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft), Dano was once a highly touted young player. Sadly, he hasn’t developed as anticipated. He’s bounced from Columbus, Chicago, Winnipeg, and Colorado before returning to the Jackets. It’s probably his last chance to establish himself as an NHL regular.

TSN: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenseman John Marino to a two-year, entry-level contract on Thursday. Acquired in a trade from the Edmonton Oilers, the latter receives a sixth-round draft pick in 2021.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Former Florida Panthers enforcer Peter Worrell has been named ” hockey director of the team’s IceDen in Coral Springs.”

THE SCORE: The New York Islanders arena project at Belmont Park received approval of its environmental impact statement by the state of New York yesterday. “The next step before groundbreaking can begin is for the Franchise Oversight board to rubber-stamp the state’s environmental review.” That’s expected in a matter of weeks.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 24, 2018

Game recaps, updates on Joe Thornton, Roberto Luongo, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists and Joe Thornton moved past Mario Lemieux into 11th place on the NHL all-time assist list as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0, handing the latter their eighth consecutive defeat. Thornton now has 1,034 assists. Canucks forward Antoine Roussel could face supplemental discipline for biting Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s left hand during a fracas at the end of the game.

Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen scored twice to lead his club to a 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. Bobby Ryan had three assists for the Senators while goalie Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a losing cause. Speaking of lost causes, that might be the best way to describe the Senators’ hopes for a new arena in downtown Ottawa. Team owner Eugene Melnyk has filed a lawsuit against now-former partner John Ruddy over their “failed” arena bid.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As The Athletic’s Chris Stevenson observed, “there is now no way the Senators will be playing in a new rink at LeBreton as long as Melnyk owns the team.” 

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo is sidelined by an apparent knee injury. (Photo via NHL Images)

Jordan Martinook tallied his NHL hat trick as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo left the game with an apparent right knee injury and is listed as day-to-day. Teammate Mike Hoffman had his personal points streak ended at 17 games.

Craig Berube got his first win as coach of the St. Louis Blues as his club rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. Earlier in the day, the Blues placed Jaden Schwartz (upper body) on injured reserve. It was also reported that former Blues president Jack Quinn died on Tuesday of cancer at age 80.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Quinn’s family, friends, and the Blues organization. 

The Buffalo Sabres extended their winning streak to eight games with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Jeff Skinner scored the tying and winning goals.

Josh Anderson scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Jackets winger Cam Atkinson extended his goal streak to six games.

Four unanswered third-period goals by Nino Niederreiter, Eric Fehr, Eric Staal, and Zach Parise rallied the Minnesota Wild from a 2-0 deficit to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, the Jets reclaimed winger Marko Dano off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche.

Calvin Pickard made 31 saves backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-0 shutout over the New York Rangers. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Travis Konecny each collected three points.

Tyler Johnson’s two first-period goals powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Two first-period shorthanded goals by J.T. Compher paved the way for the Colorado Avalanche’s 5-1 win over the slumping Arizona Coyotes, who’ve won just three games in their last 10.

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby kicked out 31 shots to give the Washington Capitals a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 28 shots to shut out the Calgary Flames 2-0.

Joakim Nordstrom’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins, who’ve won just twice in their last 10 games. Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves.

Nick Ritchie’s goal in the dying seconds of the third period set the stage for Rickard Rakell’s overtime winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1.

Mathew Barzal’s overtime goal gave the New York Islanders a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2018

Senators trade Chris Wideman to Edmonton plus updates on Matt Murray, Shea Weber, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins starting goaltender Matt Murray was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury expected to keep him sidelined “longer term.” The Penguins recalled Tristan Jarry from their AHL affiliate

Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber could return to action next week. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That might explain Murray’s struggles this season. It also provides fodder for critics who consider him injury prone. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens captain Shea Weber could make his season debut on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Weber’s been recovering from offseason knee surgery. The club also recalled blueliner Brett Kulak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber’s imminent return should be a welcome boost to a Canadiens blueline that has struggled in his absence despite the club’s otherwise better-than-expected start to this season. 

SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames placed defenseman Michael Stone and winger Michael Frolik on injured reserve. Stone has a blood clot and there’s no timetable for his return. Frolik, meanwhile, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators traded defenseman Chris Wideman to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Senators turning toward younger talent there wasn’t any room for the 28-year-old Wideman, who saw his ice time in Ottawa decrease this season. He’s expected to skate on the Oilers’ third defense pairing. 

TSN: Speaking of the Senators, their efforts to get a new area constructed in downtown Ottawa are in danger of falling through. Issues between Rendezvous Lebreton Group primary partners Eugene Melnyk (owner of the Senators) and John Ruddy (part-owner of the CFL’s Ottawa RedBlacks) are cited as factors that could put their proposal to the National Capital Commission into jeopardy. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like the cantankerous Melnyk’s bargaining tactics are to blame, as he apparently wants to avoid paying for the arena’s construction. 

CBS SPORTS: New York Rangers forward Cody McLeod will be sidelined four-to-six weeks due to a fractured hand. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets rookie Kristian Vesalainen has exercised his out-clause in his entry-level contract allowing him to return to KHL club Jokerit for the remainder of this season. He spent five games with the Jets before being assigned to their AHL affiliate. He’s eligible to return to the Jets or their AHL farm team once Jokerit’s KHL season ends. 

TSN: The Colorado Avalanche placed forward Marko Dano on waivers. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 16, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 16, 2018

Game recaps, players of the week, injury updates and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews continues to make history with the Toronto Maple Leafs, collecting two assists in his club’s 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Matthews is the fifth player in NHL history to have multiple points in each of his first seven games of a season. Kasperi Kapanen scored twice for the Leafs while Ilya Kovalchuk tallied for the Kings. The Leafs, who’ve won five straight, played without starting goaltender Frederik Andersen, who’s listed as day-to-day with a knee injury.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews continues to make history this season. (Photo via NHL Images)

Speaking of the Kings, defenseman Drew Doughty admitted he never seriously considered departing Los Angeles as a free agent last summer. He floated the notion of joining the Leafs as a negotiating tactic with Kings management, who inked him earlier this year to an eight-year, $88-million extension.

Tomas Plekanec scored in his 1,000th NHL game, Tomas Tatar scored a goal and collected two assists and Jonathan Drouin scored twice to give the Montreal Canadiens a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Andreas Athanasiou scored twice in a losing cause for the Wings, who’re still seeking their first win (0-4-2) of this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired in a preseason trade from the Vegas Golden Knights in the Max Pacioretty trade, Tatar is lighting it up with his new club. With 3 goals and 7 points, he’s the Canadiens’ leading scorer

Rookie defenseman Maxime Lajoie extended his points streak to three games and Matt Duchene collected two assists in the Ottawa Senators’ 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars. During the game, the Senators paid tribute to their former starting goalie Ray Emery, who passed away over the summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Lajoie’s three goals makes him the Senators’ leading goal scorer

P.K. Subban picked up two assists and Filip Forsberg tallied his third goal in two games as the Nashville Predators doubled up the Minnesota Wild 4-2.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, and Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 14, 2018

TSN: Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson received a two-game suspension for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct on Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Elias Pettersson, who is expected to be sidelined 7-10 days with a concussion.

CBS SPORTS: Speaking of the Canucks, center Jay Beagle suffered a broken wrist and could miss up to six weeks.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz will be sidelined four months with a fractured lower left leg.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights center Paul Stastny could be out for two months with a lower-body injury.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak suffered a setback in his recovery from a lower-body injury. More information is expected to be made available later this week.

NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon surprised members of Kenya’s senior men’s hockey team by joining them for a game this summer. The team had been flown to Canada by Tim Horton’s. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad could be a healthy scratch from their upcoming game against the Arizona Coyotes. Saad has struggled this season and was recently demoted to their fourth line. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman must be regretting his decision to ship Artemi Panarin to Columbus in June 2017 to bring back Saad. Panarin tallied over 80 points last season while Saad managed 35. 

OTTAWA SUN: Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot acknowledged he’s been dealing with knee issues since last season. While he hopes to continue playing, he intends to take things one year at a time. Methot is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. 

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche claimed winger Marko Dano off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Elias Pettersson, Mike Matheson, Justin Schultz and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Kyle Palmieri had his third straight two-goal game, Taylor Hall collected two assists and Keith Kinkaid made 37 saves as the New Jersey Devils overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to nip the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Palmieri is the first player in Devils history to score two goals in each of his first three games in a season.

Kyle Palmieri’s third-straight two-goal game powered the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks (Photo via NHL Images)

The Winnipeg Jets downed the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 thanks to late third-period goals by Bryan Little and Kyle Connor. Patrik Laine also scored for the Jets while backup goaltender Laurent Brossoit turned aside 42 shots for the win. The Jets were without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (upper-body injury) and Marko Dano, who was placed on waivers yesterday.

Third-period goals by Ben Street and Andrew Cogliano lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm picked up two assists.

TSN: Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson will have a telephone hearing today with the NHL’s department of player safety for interference/unsportsmanlike conduct Saturday on Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pettersson left the game with what appeared to be concussion-like symptoms and didn’t return. He reportedly felt “a little bit better” on Sunday but his status remains uncertain. 

TSN: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz is believed to have suffered a fracture after leaving Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens with an apparent left leg/ankle injury. 

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO: The Blackhawks made sports history on Saturday by winning their fifth straight overtime game to start the season. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: A country-by-country breakdown of the 18 countries providing players to the NHL. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2018

Austin Watson pleads no contest to domestic assault, an update on Jake Gardiner, the latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson yesterday pleaded no contest to a criminal misdemeanor domestic assault charge involving an incident with his girlfriend at a gas station last month and received three months probation. The NHL released a statement indicating it will launch an investigation to determine if Watson will receive league discipline. Watson’s attorney said his client will cooperate with the league investigation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Watson could receive a fine or a suspension from the league, which could come before the start of the 2018-19 season.

TSN: The Athletic’s James Mirtle yesterday said he knows agent Pat Brisson, who represents defenseman Jake Gardiner, has met with Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas to discuss a new contract for his client.

The agent for defenseman Jake Gardiner has reportedly met with Toronto Maple Leafs management to discuss his contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gardiner is due to become an unrestricted free agent next July. So far, there’s no word the two sides are actively pursuing a contract extension.

Gardiner was made the goat by Leafs fans for the club’s Game 7 defeat to the Boston Bruins in the opening round of the 2018 playoffs. To his credit, the blueliner took responsibility for what he called one of the worst moments of his career. However, that hasn’t prevented some Leafs followers calling for management to trade him

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Brandon Montour as the two sides agreed to a two-year, $6.775-million contract. “Montour will make $3.250 million in 2018-19 and $3.525 million the following season.”

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues and defenseman Joel Edmundson also avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

NBC SPORTS: A month after being traded to the Colorado Avalanche and being bought out of the final season of his contract, defenseman Brooks Orpik has returned to the Washington Capitals. He signed a one-year, $1-million contract with the Caps, who shipped him to the Avalanche to free up salary to re-sign pending free agents such as blueliner John Carlson.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets yesterday re-signed defenseman Tucker Poolman to a three-year, $2.325-million contract and avoided salary arbitration with winger Marko Dano by agreeing to a one-year, $800K deal.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux has put his “50-room Quebec castle on the market Tuesday with an asking price of $21,999,066.”

TSN: A lawyer for former NHL players who filed lawsuits against the league won’t appeal a judge’s decision to deny their motion to proceed as a class action suit. It’s now up to those players to file individual suits against the league. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Chuck Kaiton, the long-time play-by-play man for the Carolina Hurricanes, is out of a job after 39 years. He and the club were unable to reach agreement on a new contract. Kaiton began covering the team in 1979 when they were known as the Hartford Whalers.