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.
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.
Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf could decline to waive his no-movement clause.
Latest contract signings plus updates on Dion Phaneuf, Kevin Bieksa, Matt Greene & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf is not expected to waive his no-movement clause for the purpose of exposure in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. However, the Senators do have the option of trading him before the Saturday deadline for submission of player protection lists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trading Phaneuf is just one option the Senators face if he declines to waive his NMC. Details on that later this morning in the Rumors section.
There’s reportedly no need for the Anaheim Ducks to ask defenseman Kevin Bieksa to waive his no-movement clause because they apparently have a pre-arranged deal with the Vegas Golden Knights.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Are they trading one of their other blueliners to the Golden Knights? Are they shipping them a forward? A draft pick? A top prospect? Have the Golden Knights agreed to take another player left exposed in the draft? Let your imagination run wild!
Should Preds go the 8-skater (4 D) protection route, which is likely, it’s possible W James Neal gets exposed. Not for sure, but possible
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Los Angeles Kings activated defenseman Matt Greene off long-term injured reserve for the purpose of buying out his contract. Greene has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $2.5 million. The buyout would count as over $833K per season against the Kings’ cap payroll for the next two seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings currently have over $67 million invested in 18 players for next season. This move would free up roughly $1.7 million. Perhaps they’ll use that extra cap space to pursue a scorer via trade or free agency this summer.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein is leaning toward retiring from the NHL and continuing his playing career in Europe.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That likely explains why the Rangers didn’t ask Dan Girardi or Marc Staal to waive their no-movement clauses for the upcoming expansion draft.
NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators re-signed defenseman Yannick Weber to a one-year, $650K contract.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres re-signed goaltender Linus Ullmark to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed forward Marko Dano to a one-year, $850K contract.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers head of player personnel Kelly Buchberger is reportedly set to join the New York Islanders’ coaching staff.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins promoted Kevin Dean into an assistant coaching role. Dean was head coach of the Providence Bruins.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Former Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling recounted his recovery from alcohol abuse and his journey through the minors to the NHL in a piece in The Players Tribune. Darling was recently traded to the Carolina Hurricanes and re-signed a multi-year deal with his new club.
NBC SPORTS: The Grand Rapid Griffins are the 2017 Calder Cup champions, defeating the Syracuse Crush 4-3 in Game 6.
The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 15th consecutive victory.
Game recaps, injury updates and alumni game results in your NHL morning coffee headlines
NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to 15 games while ending the Minnesota’s Wild’s 12-game streak with a 4-2 victory. Cam Atkinson scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win matches the second-longest streak in NHL history and puts the Jackets only two games away from tying the record of 17, set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.
Chris Kreider tallied a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist moved past Dominik Hasek for most career NHL wins by a European-born goaltender as the New York Rangers defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. Lundqvist picked up his 390th victory. J.T. Miller also scored twice for the Rangers.
Conor Sheary’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Evgeni Malkin’s overtime tally as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Malkin has 43 points on the season, tying him with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the league’s points lead.
Jaromir Jagr netted his 756th career NHL goal and James Reimer kicked out 35 shots in the Florida Panthers 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
Jeff Carter’s 20th goal of the season was also the game winner as the Los Angeles Kings squeaked past the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is listed as day-to-day after being struck in the face by a puck during the Sharks’ recent game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Jacob Markstrom made 42 saves and Bo Horvat netted the only goal in the shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid tallied the game-tying goal that forced overtime and the shootout.
Tuukka Rask’s 26-save performance backstopped the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the struggling Buffalo Sabres to sweep their season series. Sabres center Johan Larsson suffered a suspected dislocated left wrist and could be out for weeks, while defenseman Josh Gorges suffered a hip pointer. Earlier in the day, the Bruins announced winger David Backes (concussion) will be sidelined indefinitely.
The Washington Capitals killed off nine penalties, including four in the first period, on route to a 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The win, however, was overshadowed by Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson hitting Devils defenseman John Moore from behind, resulting in the latter leaving the game on a stretcher. Moore was released from hospital but has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion. There was no penalty called on the play.
John Tavares and Ryan Strome each netted a goal and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak cleared waivers and was sent to their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. Meanwhile, Jets forward Marko Dano is out for up to eight weeks with a lower-body injury suffered during a recent loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
First-period goals by Michael Frolik, Dennis Wideman, Lance Bouwma and Mikael Backlund carried the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
Nikita Kucherov collected two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. An illness to Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack saw equipment manager Jorge Alves pressed into service as a backup. With the game out of reach in the final seven seconds, Carolina coach Bill Peters put Alves in the net, allowing him to fulfill his dream of playing an NHL game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s a nice way to end 2016. Meanwhile, in other news…
The Detroit Red Wings edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in Saturday’s Centennial Classic alumni game at Toronto’s BMO Field, but the highlight was a dazzling first-period glove save by Leafs goalie Mike Palmateer. Unfortunately for the 62-year-old Palmateer, he wrenched his back and had to leave the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was exactly the type of acrobatic save Palmateer used to make in the 1970s that made him a fan favorite.
Pierre Turgeon scored twice, including the game winner, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-7 in the Winter Classic alumni game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Former Blues star Keith Tkachuk wore a Pavol Demitra jersey in honor of his late teammate, who perished in the 2011 plane crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nice touch by Tkachuk to remember Demitra, who sits fifth on the Blues all-time points list with 493.
SPORTSNET’S Elliotte Friedman reports the Winnipeg Jets have traded left wing Andrew Ladd, defenseman Jay Harrison and forward Matt Fraser to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right wing Marko Dano, a first-round draft pick plus a conditional pick, reportedly a third-round pick in 2018 if the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup this year. (more…)