NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 17, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 17, 2018

Game recaps, Connor McDavid and Kyle Palmieri make history, Marc-Andre Fleury reaches another milestone and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid had a history-making performance leading his club to a 5-4 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets. McDavid (two goals, two assists) has a point in all of the Oilers’ nine goals this season, breaking the record set by Adam Oates with the Detroit Red Wings in 1986-87. Adam Lowry scored twice for the Jets, who blew a 4-1 lead in the third period. They were also playing without Dustin Byfuglien, who remains sidelined with an upper-body injury.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid had a record-setting performance in a 5-4 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDavid’s feat is impressive but it also highlights the Oilers’ lack of scoring punch this season. Without him, they would be screwed. If they don’t get more production from their secondary scorers they won’t make the playoffs next spring. 

Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 407th career victory backstopping the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Fleury is now tied with Hall-of-Famer Glenn Hall for 10th on the all-time wins list. Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and William Karlsson had a three-point night. Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian made his season debut after returning from a groin injury. 

Kyle Palmieri became the first NHL player to score his team’s opening goal in the first four games of a season as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0. Keith Kinkaid made 24 saves for the shutout.

Kevin Shattenkirk collected two assists and scored the winning goal in a shootout as the New York Rangers edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Mats Zuccarello also had two assists and scored in the shootout. Avs center Nathan MacKinnon extended his goal streak to six games while teammate Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves. Earlier in the day, the Avalanche learned forward J.T. Compher (head injury) is sidelined indefinitely

The Philadelphia Flyers blew a 5-2 lead but managed to defeat the Florida Panthers 6-5 on shootout goals by Jakub Voracek and Jordan Weal. Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each scored twice for the Flyers while Aleksander Barkov and Frank Vatrano also had two-goal performances.

Tyler Johnson’s hat trick carried the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Lightning goalie Louis Domingue kicked out 38 shots for the victory.

Brock Boeser’s overtime goal gave the Vancouver Canucks their third straight victory by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2.

Devan Dubnyk turned aside 31 shots and Eric Staal netted the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings poor start has some observers wondering if head coach Jeff Blashill might lose his job, but there’s no indication Wings management is considering that option right now. 

MLIVE.COM: The Red Wings also learned prospect Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery) will be sidelined five-six months. 

TSN: The Montreal Canadiens placed forward Jacob de la Rose on waivers. 

CBC: Legalized marijuana in Canada won’t change the rules for NHL players for now. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2018

The 2018-19 NHL regular season opens tonight. Check out the latest contract signings, waiver news and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals will raise their 2018 Stanley Cup banner before their season-opener against the Boston Bruins as the curtain rises tonight on the NHL’s 2018-19 regular season.

TSN.CA: The city of Seattle is one vote away from getting an NHL expansion franchise after the league’s executive committee unanimously recommended to proceed with the city’s bid. It will be put toward a full Board of Governors vote on Dec. 3.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton’s lengthy beard is history (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The BoG vote is merely a formality. For all intent and purpose, Seattle will become the NHL’s 32nd franchise. 

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton had his lengthy beard shaved off by teammate Brent Burns during a season-opening party. Thornton had been growing the beard since 2015-16. 

THE SCORE: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green could be sidelined at least a month as he continues to recover from a liver virus.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks forward Ondrej Kase is out indefinitely due to a concussion suffered during a preseason game last Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another blow for the injury-ravaged Ducks. Kase joins Corey Perry (knee surgery) and Ryan Kesler (offseason hip surgery) among their regulars currently on injured reserve. 

LAS VEGAS SUN: The Golden Knights placed winger Alex Tuch (ankle) on injured reserve. He’s not expected to be sidelined for long.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Jacob de la Rose suffered a cardiac incident during a recent preseason game and hasn’t been cleared by team doctors to travel with the club to Toronto for tonight’s game against the Leafs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coach Claude Julien said the move was a precautionary one as de la Rose’s condition isn’t considered to be serious. 

SPORTSDAY: Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns is coping with post-concussion symptoms. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers yesterday signed defenseman Jason Garrison and forward Alex Chiasson to one-year contracts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:Cap Friendly indicates both players are each worth $650K.

SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs lost two goaltenders via waivers yesterday. The Philadelphia Flyers claimed Calvin Pickard while the Carolina Hurricanes picked up Curtis McElhinney.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both clubs have goalies currently on the sidelines. The Flyers have Michal Neuvirth (undisclosed) and Alex Lyon (lower body) are on injured reserve while Hurricanes starter Scott Darling is out two weeks with a lower-body injury. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Anticipating a lengthy suspension for right wing Tom Wilson, the Capitals claimed forward Dmitrij Jaskin off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.

THE PROVINCE:  The Vancouver Canucks have loaned forward Sam Gagner to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The move was made to put Gagner closer to his family. The Canucks retain the right to recall him at any time.

COURIER-POST: The Flyers placed Dale Weise and Taylor Leier on waivers.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild put defenseman Gustav Olofsson on waivers.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON’s Joe Haggerty reports the Bruins will keep forward Lee Stempniak on tryout basis for the time being. He’ll continue practicing with the club as he hopes a roster spot will open up for him soon.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2018

Forty-four players elect arbitration, Shea Weber sidelined by knee injury, latest contract signings, the date for next season’s trade deadline and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHLPA: Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and defenseman Jacob Trouba, Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone and Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker and blueliner Matt Dumba were among the forty-four players who elected salary arbitration yesterday.  The deadline for club-elected arbitration is 5 pm ET today. The arbitration period runs from July 20 to August 4 in Toronto. The complete list is below:

Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson was among 44 NHL players to file for salary arbitration (Photo via NHL Images)

Anaheim Ducks

Brandon Montour

Calgary Flames

Garnet Hathaway

Mark Jankowski

Brett Kulak

Elias Lindholm

David Rittich

Carolina Hurricanes

*Trevor van Riemsdyk

Player/Club settled on a contract 07/05/18

Colorado Avalanche

Patrik Nemeth

Matt Nieto

Dallas Stars

Mattias Janmark

Devin Shore

Gemel Smith

Florida Panthers

MacKenzie Weegar

Minnesota Wild

Mathew Dumba

Jason Zucker

Montreal Canadiens

Joel Armia

Phillip Danault

Nashville Predators

Miikka Salomaki

New Jersey Devils

Blake Coleman

Stefan Noesen

New York Islanders

Brock Nelson

New York Rangers

Kevin Hayes

Brady Skjei

Ryan Spooner

Jimmy Vesey

Ottawa Senators

Cody Ceci

Mark Stone

Philadelphia Flyers

Taylor Leier

Alex Lyon

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jamie Oleksiak

San Jose Sharks

Chris Tierney

St. Louis Blues

Joel Edmundson

Dmitrij Jaskin

Oskar Sundqvist

Vancouver Canucks

Troy Stecher

Vegas Golden Knights

William Karlsson

Colin Miller

Tomas Nosek

Washington Capitals

Liam O’Brien

Winnipeg Jets

Marko Dano

Connor Hellebuyck

Adam Lowry

Brandon Tanev

Jacob Trouba

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind that players who file for arbitration usually end up re-signing with their respective clubs before their hearings. Case in point….

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Shortly after filing for salary arbitration, Trevor van Riemsdyk agreed to a two-year, $4.6-million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens received bad news yesterday, as defenseman Shea Weber underwent surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee. He’ll be sidelined five-to-six months.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, the Canadiens odds for reaching the 2019 playoffs just got longer. Weber is their top defenseman and missed half of last season to injuries, which contributed to the Habs missing the postseason for the second time in three years. 

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets yesterday re-signed forward Boone Jenner to a four-year, $15-million contract. They also signed unrestricted free agent winger Anthony Duclair to a one-year, $650k deal and named former NHL goaltender Manny Legace as their new goalie coach.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings re-signed winger Andreas Athanasiou to a two-year, $6-million deal.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning agreed to a one-year, $1-million contract with forward Cedric Paquette.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed forward Jacob de la Rose to a two-year, $1.8-million deal.

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues inked UFA forward Jordan Nolan to a one-year, two-way contract. Cap Friendly indicates he’ll receive $650K at the NHL level.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders hired Lane Lambert as their top assistant coach.