NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 12, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 12, 2020

Training camps slated to open on July 10, CBA updates, and the latest on Patrick Kane, David Pastrnak, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL TRAINING CAMP TO OPEN JULY 10

NHL.COM: The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced yesterday Phase 3 of the return-to-play plan will see training camps open on July 10. Both parties agree this will take place provided medical and safety conditions allow, and the two sides reach an agreement on resuming play (Phase 4).

NHL training camps could begin on July 1 (Photo via NHL.com).

Earlier this week, the league and PA implemented Phase 2, allowing small-group workouts at team facilities voluntarily.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks listed the outstanding issues that must be addressed before Phase 4 (24-team playoff tournament) begins. They include travel and quarantine restrictions when crossing the Canada-United States border, determining the location of two hub cities to stage the tournament, various health and safety issues, as well as escrow and salary cap issues.

TSN: Pierre LeBrun cautions the start date for Phase 3 could change if negotiations drag between the league and the PA. They’re also hoping for the Phase 4 start date to be around August 1.

Darren Dreger reports Las Vegas is considered a front-runner as one of the two hub cities. Toronto could have the inside track among the three Canadian cities because of its experience hosting the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Vancouver and Edmonton also made pitches to be a host city.

SPORTSNET: Mark Spector reports those three Canadian cities could learn by today if the Canadian government’s quarantine restrictions will be loosened for NHL teams.

If those restrictions aren’t lifted entirely, they could consider extending the quarantine area to include the team employee’s home and arena, thus allowing them to practice while serving out their 14-day quarantine period.

If a Canadian city is chosen as a hub, teams from the United States participating in the tournament could quarantine inside an “NHL bubble” created between the team hotel, practice arena, and the NHL arena.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks star Patrick Kane wants the league to take a cautious approach toward resuming play.

The NHL is putting out these dates and whatnot, and as players, we’re taking a step back and saying, ‘Why are these dates being put out when we haven’t really agreed to anything yet?’ ” Kane said. “We just want to be cautious.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The PA also agreed to those dates, but as the joint statement yesterday indicated, it’s based on whether medical and safety conditions are met and both sides have reached an agreement on resuming play.

This can still be derailed at any time by the pandemic. The players could also vote against it if they feel their health and safety cannot be assured.

Yesterday’s announcement of training camps opening on July 10 is a positive step, but significant hurdles remain between now and then.

NHL CBA UPDATES

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the two sides are believed discussing a four- or five-year CBA extension. A four-year one would push the CBA to the end of the 2025-26 season. Whatever news rules are agreed upon would be implemented right away.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports escrow and the salary cap are the key issues before a CBA extension can be reached before the playoff tournament begins in August.

NHL players could potentially face escrow deductions of 40 percent or more next season. The league and the PA are attempting to negotiate an escrow cap that would allow the players to make their payments over a longer period.

The two sides are also discussing keeping next season’s salary cap at a flat rate ($81.5 million). Without it, Brooks speculates the cap could drop by $10 million. That would produce chaos and instability around the league as teams shed salary, flooding the free-agent market and depressing salaries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A CBA extension would ensure labor peace for the next six years. It would be the silver lining to the dark cloud of COVID-19 hanging over the league right now.

IN OTHER NEWS…

THE SCORE: Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak won the Golden Hockey Stick as the Czech Player of the Year for the fourth straight season, tying the record set by future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr.

TSN: Darren Dreger reports Peter Laviolette could be the front-runner for the role of New Jersey Devils head coach. Laviolette is among four candidates, including Devils interim bench boss Alain Nasreddine.

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports sources claim NBC Sports broadcaster Ed Olczyk was among those interviewed for the Devils GM position. When asked, Olczyk said he speaks to a lot of people in the NHL. Interim GM Tom Fitzgerald remains a candidate.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils are leaving Nasreddine and Fitzgerald twisting in the wind. Those two should be commended for how well they’re handling this situation.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan is expected to be fully recovered from shoulder surgery to participate in the playoff tournament in August.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights re-signed goaltender Oscar Dansk to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700K at the NHL level.

TSN: Kim Pegula will be staying on as president of the Buffalo Sabres.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: Former San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels announced his retirement. Wingels spent 337 of his 448 career NHL games with the Sharks from 2010-11 to 2016-17, as well as stops with the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, and Boston Bruins from 2016-17 to 2017-18. He had 62 goals and 143 points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Wingels in his future endeavors.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 22, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 22, 2018

Latest on Mike Green, Max Domi, Alex Galchenyuk, Devante Smith-Pelley and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will miss the start of the upcoming season. (Photo via NHL Images)

  DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will miss the start of the season after being diagnosed with a virus that is attacking his liver. This comes after Green had been medically cleared for contact after recovering from offseason neck surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Green doesn’t appear to be in any danger, though more will be learned about his condition following medical testing. It’s currently unknown how long he’ll be sidelined.  

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Max Domi said he regrets punching Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad in the face. He accepted having to live with the consequences of his actions, adding his intent wasn’t to hurt Ekblad. Domi was suspended for the remainder of the preseason.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to Ekblad, those consequences Domi faces could also come in the first regular-season game between the Canadiens and Panthers. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk has suffered a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated next week. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly has yet to see preseason action. According to head coach Todd Reirden, “He’s just not at the level that he was at last year. That to me is really all there is to say about it. Once he gets there, he’ll be in and he’ll be helping us.”

Smith-Pelly,  meanwhile, said he’s not dealing with an injury and his not playing was a coach’s decision. While not making excuses, he observed that it was “a short summer”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like conditioning could be the issue. Doesn’t mean Smith-Pelly didn’t work hard enough but he could be used to having more time for offseason preparation. 

CBS SPORTS: Vegas Golden Knights placed goaltender Oscar Dansk on waivers. If he clears, he likely be sent to their AHL affiliate in Chicago. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 7, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 7, 2018

Alex Burrows retires, latest player signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: After 13 NHL seasons, winger Alex Burrows announced his retirement to become an assistant coach with the AHL’s Laval Rocket. He finished his NHL playing career with 205 goals, 409 points and 1,134 PIMs in 913 games. He spent over 11 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and less that two with the Ottawa Senators. 

Former Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators forward Alex Burrows retires (Photo via NHL.com).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burrows’ best seasons were with the Canucks. Skating on the same line with the Sedin twins, Burrows tallied 26-plus goals and 48-or-more points four times between 2008-09 to 2011-12. His most memorable goal was the overtime winner in Game 7 of the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals. Burrows’ agitating style was hated by opposing players and fans but he was beloved by the Canucks and their supporters. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel has changed his number from 15 to 9, the same number he wore in college hockey. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers re-signed forward Ryan Strome to a two-year deal worth an annual average value of $3.1 million.

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a two-year, $3.95-million contract with forward Matt Nieto. 

SUN-SENTINEL: The Florida Panthers re-upped defenseman Alexander Petrovic to a one-year, $1.95-million deal. 

TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed unrestricted free agent forward Tyler Ennis to a one-year, $650K contract. Ennis was recently bought out by the Minnesota Wild. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights re-signed goaltender Oscar Dansk to a two-year, two-way deal worth $675K at the NHL level. 

SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars agreed to a one-year contract with center Jason Dickinson worth $875k. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Former Pittsburgh Penguins first-round pick Beau Bennett signed with KHL club Dinamo Minsk. 

TSN: Ottawa Senators assistant general manager pleaded not guilty to a second charge of sexual harassment. 

SPORTSNET: In notable non-NHL news, the RCMP has charged the driver of a transport truck with ” 29 criminal charges in a fatal collision that killed 16 people, including 10 players, with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team” in April. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2017

Game recaps, update on Vadim Shipachyov, Mark Streit retires & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: John Tavares scored twice and Josh Bailey collected three assists to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, snapping the latter’s win streak at five games. The Knights also lost goaltender Oscar Dansk to a lower-body injury. He joins Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban on the sidelines.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t appear as though Fleury or Subban will be rejoining the lineup soon. If Dansk is out for a lengthy period, GM George McPhee could be forced to shop for help between the pipes. 

Vegas center Vadim Shipachyov’s NHL tenure may be coming to an end. Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reports he could be returning to Russia once he clears unconditional waivers and has his contract terminated. The Golden Knights also recalled defenseman Shea Theodore, though he was made a healthy scratch against the Islanders.

The Arizona Coyotes 11-game losing skid is over. Alex Goligoski’s overtime goal gave the Coyotes their first victory of the season as they edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3.  The Coyotes blew a 3-0 as the Flyers stormed back to force the extra frame. Sean Couturier scored twice for the Flyers.

Tim Heed, Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward scored as the San Jose Sharks hung on for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, spoiling the return of Patrick Marleau to San Jose for the first time since he signed with the Leafs in July. Sharks fans greeted Marleau warmly with a lengthy standing ovation. 

Charles Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens crushed the Ottawa Senators 8-3. After opening the season 1-6-1, the Habs have now won three of their last four games. Earlier in the day, the Habs learned young forward Nikita Scherbak underwent knee surgery and will be sidelined for six weeks. 

Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up another to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to an 8-5 victory over the Florida Panthers. Aleksander Barkov had a four-point game and Jonathan Huberdeau netted three points for the Panthers. 

Vladimir Taranseko and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. 

Artemi Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in a shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Patrice Bergeron collected two points for the Bruins. 

Alexander Radulov’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (ankle injury) will be sidelined an additional 10 to 21 days. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Following goaltender Casey DeSmith’s poor showing in his first NHL game, the Pittsburgh Penguins returned him to their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and called up Tristan Barry. 

TSN: After 12 NHL seasons, defenseman Mark Streit has retired. In 786 games, Streit tallied 96 goals and 338 assists for 434 points with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, winning a Stanley Cup with the latter. From 2011-12 to 2012-13, he was captain of the Islanders.