NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 23, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 23, 2019

Updates on the Bruins and Blues, Sedins inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, John Davidson takes over as Rangers president. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues Game 6 victory in the Western Conference Final generated their highest rating ever for a game on cable TV. Nielsen rating service reported 20.8 percent of homes with a television in the St. Louis market were tuned to that game. The Blues eliminated the San Jose Sharks in that contest to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins hope to combat their 11-day layoff between series with an intra-scrimmage game tonight at the TD Garden. The Bruins will face off against the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin were inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame (Photo via NHL.com).

  VANCOUVER SUN: Former Canucks stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin were inducted Wednesday into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved honor for the two greatest players in Canucks history. This won’t be the only Hall of Fame they’ll be admitted into shortly. They’re certain to be first-ballot inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2021. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers yesterday formally introduced John Davidson as their new president.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some observers wonder how Davidson’s hiring will affect the Rangers’ rebuild. While he’ll have input, I expect he’ll stay out of general manager Jeff Gorton’s way. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Team Canada winger Anthony Mantha received a one-game suspension for a hit to the head of Team USA’s Colin White during Tuesday’s game between the two clubs at the IIHF World Championships.

There’s no update on the status of Team USA center Dylan Larkin, who took a shot directly to the groin area during that game. He’s still being evaluated and it’s uncertain if he’ll play in today’s game against Russia. Mantha and Larkin are teammates with the Detroit Red Wings.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Growing speculation out of Edmonton suggests Dave Tippett will become the next head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens home games for 2019-20 will start at 7 pm instead of 7:30 pm. Exceptions will be matinee games scheduled for special events.

ABC/FOX MONTANA: Former NHL goaltender Peter Budaj is the new assistant coach of the Montana State Bobcats men’s hockey team.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2019

Blues tie Western Conference Final at two games apiece, John Davidson returns to the Rangers, Stanley Cup Final schedule released, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee Headlines. 

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues held off the San Jose Sharks 2-1 to tie the Western Conference Final at two games apiece. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 29 saves while Ivan Barbashev and Tyler Bozak were the St. Louis goal scorers. Tomas Hertl replied for San Jose. There’s concern over the status of Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, who spent a significant amount of time on the bench in the third period in obvious discomfort. 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson appeared to be hampered by an injury during a Game 4 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a solid bounce-back by the Blues from their controversial loss in Game 3. Binnington once again displayed his remarkable ability to shake off a tough loss with a strong follow-up performance.

As for Karlsson, we’ll learn more about his status between now and Game 5 on Sunday afternoon in San Jose. If it’s his nagging groin injury flaring up it could have consequences for the Sharks in this series. 

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final will begin on Monday, May 27 in Boston as the Bruins host either the Sharks or Blues. 

NEW YORK POST: John Davidson stepped down as president of hockey operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets to take the same position with the New York Rangers. Davidson spent most of his NHL playing career with the Rangers and was their lead analyst on national broadcasts for 19 years. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how Davidson’s hiring affects the Rangers’ rebuild.

TSN: The NHL’s unrestricted free agent interview period begins on June 23 at 12:01 am ET. The restricted free agent contact period begins three days later on June 26. “During the period, pending free agents will be able to meet with prospective teams, but are not permitted to discuss contract details. The NHL’s free agency period will open on July 1 at noon ET.”

SPORTSNET:  Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Igor Ozhiganov signed with KHL club AK Bars Kazan.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun donated $10,000.00 to The New Foundation, “a local foundation that focuses on mental health awareness.”










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2018

Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Jeff Skinner’s overtime goal gave the Buffalo Sabres their 10th straight victory as they edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski scored twice, including the game-tying goal.

Jeff Skinner’s overtime goal against the San Jose Sharks gave the Buffalo Sabres their 10th straight win. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the win, the Sabres also sit atop the Eastern Conference and the overall standings

Third-period goals by Brady Tkachuk (two) and Matt Duchene rallied the Ottawa Senators from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the struggling Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. With the win, the Senators snapped a four-game losing skid.

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 48 saves to backstop his club to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, spoiling the season debut of Canadiens captain Shea Weber. Earlier in the day, Montreal defenseman Karl Alzner cleared waivers and was sent to their AHL affiliate in Laval. 

Third-period goals by Nick Ritchie and Carter Rowney gave the Anaheim Ducks their fourth straight victory by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1.

The Colorado Avalanche ended an 11-game losing streak to the Nashville Predators with a 3-2 win thanks to two goals by Nathan MacKinnon.

Despite the departure of starting goaltender Antti Raanta in the second intermission with a lower-body injury, the Arizona Coyotes held off the Minnesota Wild 4-3. Coyotes forward Josh Archibald scored twice in the third period. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to five games by downing the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 thanks to third-period goals by Derek Grant and Zach Aston-Reese. Mark Scheifele tallied twice for the Jets. 

The Vegas Golden Knights picked up their fourth straight victory by crushing the Chicago Blackhawks 8-3. Cody Eakin and Shea Theodore each scored twice for the Golden Knights. Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks announced defenseman Brandon Davidson would miss six-to-eight weeks following knee surgery. 

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom scored the game’s only goal as his club nipped the Dallas Stars 1-0 in overtime. 

Dustin Brown’s overtime tally gave the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the day, the Kings activated goaltender Jonathan Quick off injured reserve but he didn’t play in this game. Canucks winger Brock Boeser returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a groin injury. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 25, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 25, 2018

A big night for Patrik Laine tops today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: A five-goal outburst by Patrik Laine powered the Winnipeg Jets to an 8-4 win over the St. Louis Blues. With 19 goals (11 in the last four games), Laine has taken over the lead among NHL goal scorers. Jets winger Kyle Connor collected four assists. Winnipeg forward Andrew Copp missed the game with a concussion and is sidelined indefinitely.

Patrik Laine’s five-goal game powered the Winnipeg Jets to an 8-4 win over the St. Louis Blues (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine can be a streaky scorer but when he goes on an offensive tear there are few better in the league right now.  With seven career hat tricks, he’s second to Wayne Gretzky (12) for the most hat tricks by an NHL player before age 21

A first-period hat trick by Andreas Johnsson carried the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-0 drubbing of the Philadelphia Flyers. Leafs goalie Garret Sparks kicked out 34 shots for the shutout.

Jake Guentzel tallied a hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. Jackets winger Cam Atkinson extended his goal-scoring streak to seven games. The Penguins played without winger Patric Hornqvist, who’s sidelined by a concussion suffered during Friday’s loss to the Boston Bruins.

Sam Reinhart’s shootout goal extended the Buffalo Sabres’ winning streak to nine games as they edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Reinhart’s teammate Jeff Skinner tallied his 18th goal of the season. 

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his league-leading fifth shutout backstopping his club to a 6-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Golden Knights. Sharks winger Evander Kane was ejected for “abuse of officials” following a questionable hit on Vegas forward Tomas Nosek.

The Washington Capitals picked up their fifth straight victory by defeating the New York Rangers 5-3. John Carlson collected three assists while Brett Connolly scored the game-winner.

Elias Pettersson’s tie-breaking goal in the third period helped the Vancouver Canucks snap an eight-game losing skid by downing the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. Pettersson leads all NHL rookies with 13 goals and 21 points.  Earlier in the day, Canucks winger Antoine Roussel was fined $5,000.00 for biting San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the hand on Friday. 

The Colorado Avalanche picked up their fourth straight win by edging the Dallas Stars 3-2. Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen scored a goal and set up another to remain atop the NHL’s leading scorer board with 38 points

A costly double-minor penalty by Montreal Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin late in the third period led to John Moore’s power-play goal lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win.

Erik Gustafsson’s overtime goal completed a three-goal rally for the Chicago Blackhawks in their 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers, snapping the Blackhawks’ eight-game road losing skid.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist in the New York Islanders 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, ending the Hurricanes’ three-game winning streak. Hurricanes defenseman Haydn Fleury missed the game due to a concussion suffered during Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: On the request of new head coach Ken Hitchcock, the Oilers recalled winger Jesse Puljujarvi from their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Puljujarvi’s been a disappointment thus far for the Oilers. The recently hired Hitchcock believes he can help the young winger reach his potential, which could go a long way toward improving Edmonton’s fortunes. 

SPORTSNET: Former NHL referee Mick McGeough passed away late Friday night after being taken off life support following a stroke, He was 62. McGeough officiated 1,083 regular-season games and another 63 playoff contests from 1987-88 to 2007-08. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to McGeough’s family, friends, and colleagues.  

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 28, 2018

Bob Cole returning for 50th and final season on Hockey Night in Canada, Carolina Hurricanes resurrect the Whalers jersey for two games plus the latest injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: Long-time Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Bob Cole will return for his 50th and final season in 2018-19. The 85-year-old will call 10 game during the first half of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For millions of Canadians, Cole was the voice of Hockey Night in Canada for decades. He ranks with Foster Hewitt, Danny Gallivan and Dan Kelly among the greatest play-by-play men in the show’s history. Check out this link and this link and this link for some of his greatest calls. 

NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes will wear throwback Hartford Whalers jerseys for two games this season against the Boston Bruins. The first game will be December 23 and the second on March 5.

The Carolina Hurricanes will play two games this season wearing the Hartford Whalers jersey. (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A classy move by the Hurricanes to honor their past. The Whalers jersey is among the most iconic in NHL history. Here’s hoping they also blast some Brass Bonanza during the home game.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders winger Andrew Ladd is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and remains questionable for the club’s season opener next week. General manager Lou Lamoriello said he currently doesn’t plan to place Ladd on injured reserve or long-term injured reserve.

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was suspended for the club’s remaining two preseason games and the opening game of the regular season for elbowing Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny earlier this week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. As I noted yesterday, Bortuzzo had been fined twice by the league in the last two years.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators are hoping recently demoted forward Eeli Tolvanen will remain with their AHL affiliate. He has a clause in his contract allowing him to return to his KHL team (Jokerit) after 10 games with the Milwaukee Admirals. If he returns to the KHL, he’ll be ineligible to return to the NHL for the remainder of the regular season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tolvanen is a highly-touted Predators prospect who was expected to crack their roster this season. They’re obviously hoping some time in the minors will better acquaint him to the North American game. 

THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks winger Antoine Roussel (concussion) will miss the start of the season,. 

CBS SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Daniel Sprong is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Travis Boyd is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks signed defenseman Brandon Davidson to a one-year, $650K contract. 

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets signed forward Mark Letestu to a one-year, two-way contract. He was placed on waivers yesterday for the purpose of sending him to their AHL affiliate in Cleveland. 

 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2018

Latest on Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Garrison, Shane Doan and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Concern over the future of Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg continues to rise after he said he wouldn’t take part in training camp or the start of the regular season. A history of back pain threatens to end his playing career. “I will need more answers from doctors before I say I have played my last game,” Zetterberg said. “In my mind, I am hoping it can get solved.”

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss training camp and the start of the 2018-19 season. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to Zetterberg, symptoms arise whenever he does something “uncontrolled”. In other words, it appears any sudden and unexpected body motion is a problem. He said the next procedure he’d face would be spinal fusion and that’s something he’d rather not have until he’s much older. By the sound of things, he’s played his final professional hockey game.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have signed free-agent defenseman Jason Garrison to a professional tryout offer. He’s a veteran of 539 NHL games over ten years but spent most of last season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With top-pairing blueliner Andrej Sekera sidelined indefinitely with a torn Achilles’ tendon and carrying limited cap space, the Oilers are looking at whatever affordable short-term options they can find to fill the void for now. They recently signed rearguard Jakub Jerabek to a one-year, $1-million contract. In his heyday, Garrison was a skilled puck-moving d-man who tallied over 30 points in a season three times. This could be his last shot at continuing his NHL career. 

Free-agent defenseman Brandon Davidson is joining the Chicago Blackhawks on a tryout offer. If they like what they see from Davidson they intend to sign him to a one-year, one-way contract. 

TSN: Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan will serve as a pallbearer at Senator John McCain’s memorial service on Thursday. McCain succumbed to brain cancer last Saturday. 

LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens are close to re-signing restricted free agent center Michael McCarron to a short-term contract.