NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2016

Teemu Selanne scores one of his two penalty-shot goals to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-5 win over the Edmonton OIlers at the 2016 Heritage Classic alumni game.

Teemu Selanne scores one of his two penalty-shot goals to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-5 win over the Edmonton OIlers at the 2016 Heritage Classic alumni game.

Jets defeat Oilers in Heritage Classic alumni game, latest injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Teemu Selanne scored twice and set up three others to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday’s Heritage Classic alumni game before over 31, 000 fans at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. Oilers great Mark Messier scored twice, while Wayne Gretzky admitted this was probably the last alumni game he’ll be skating in. “I stink. I’m really bad,” he laughingly said in the post-game press conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I usually enjoy these outdoor NHL alumni games. While the skills of the now-retired players have obviously declined, some of them still show flashes of the brilliance that made them NHL legends. Selanne and Messier were prime examples in this game, and it was great seeing those two playing for the teams where they began their illustrious NHL careers. As for Gretzky, it’s obvious the 55-year-old has had little time to play any sort of competitive hockey at this stage in his life. In a recent interview, The Great One said he’d only been on skates twice in the last two years. 

In notable NHL action last night:

David Perron’s four-point night (three goals, one assist) carried the St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Taylor Hall’s overtime goal lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Before the game, the Devils unveiled a statue honoring long-time goaltending star Martin Brodeur.  

New York Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey scored twice to help his team down the Washington Capitals 4-2. Capitals forward Daniel Winnik clarified that he didn’t lose a piece of his ear as originally reported while blocking a shot in a recent game, though it admitted it was “pretty chewed up.”

Jakub Voracek scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Despite icing a lineup depleted by a bout of food poisoning, the Nashville Predators defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1. 

Gustav Nyquist scored twice and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Wings were playing without forward Justin Abdelkader (lower-body injury). 

Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves backstopping the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 shutout over the Dallas Stars. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to have difficulties playing with a lead, as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 6-5 shootout victory. Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks announced defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will likely miss up to a month to an upper-body injury, believed to be his right arm. 

The Los Angeles Kings handed the Vancouver Canucks their first loss of the season with a 4-3 shootout win. 

Shane Harper tallied his first two career NHL goals to help the Florida Panthers down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings lost another goaltender to injury, as Jeff Zatkoff was sidelined in practice with a lower-body injury. The Kings called up Jack Campbell as his replacement. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I’ll have more on the Kings goaltending later this morning in the Rumor Roundup. 

TSN:  The first quarter escrow clawback rate for NHL players this season has been set at 15.5 percent. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders players are openly questioning the quality of the ice at Barclays Center this season. Isles forward Cal Clutterbuck called the ice surface “unplayable”. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s also generating more speculation the Isles ownership are looking for a site in New York to construct a new arena.

CBC NEWS: Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Demers was hospitalized last night after suffering his second stroke this year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Demers makes a swift and full recovery. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 30, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 30, 2016

Team Canada wins the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Team Canada wins the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

 Canada wins World Cup of Hockey, updates on Clarke MacArthur, Andrew Shaw & more in your NHL morning headlines.

NHL.COM:  Two goals late in the third period lifted Team Canada to a 2-1 victory over Team Europe, making the Canadians the winner of the World Cup of Hockey. The Europeans held a 1-0 lead through most of the game and were on the verge of forcing a third and deciding game.

Patrice Bergeron tied the game on a power-play goal and Brad Marchand tallied the winner while the Canadians were killing a penalty. Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP, leading all players in scoring

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give Team Europe credit, as they dominated the play throughout most of this game. If not for that late, desperate flurry by the Canadians, the Europeans would’ve won this contest and forced Game 3. Once again, it was Crosby, Bergeron and Marchand, along with goaltender Carey Price. who made the difference.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite suffering another concussion, Ottawa Senators winger Clarke MacArthur said he has no plans to retire. He took to his Instagram account saying he’s recovering from his latest injury and hopes to return to action soon. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand MacArthur’s determination to overcome his concussion history, but he’s putting himself at risk of more serious head trauma. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen. 

TSN:  Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw was suspended from three preseason game for boarding Washington Capitals prospect Connor Hobbs. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Despite not having a contract, restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is reporting to Buffalo Sabres training camp as a “good will” gesture. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other notable unsigned RFAs, such as Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov, Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell, have not followed Ristolainen’s example. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Mattias Janmark is sidelined with a lower-body injury. He joins a growing list of injured Stars, including Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin and Ales Hemsky. 

STLTODAY.COM:  Blues winger Jaden Schwartz will miss some practice time due to a minor hand injury. 

NBC SPORTS:  Strep throat could threaten San Jose Sharks prospect forward Timo Meier’s hopes of cracking the lineup to start the season. 

CALGARY SUN:  After a concussion sidelined center Mikael Backlund from the World Cup of Hockey, he’s returned to skating with the Calgary Flames. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL coach Jacques Demers was recently inducted in the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. 

TSN: Bob McKenzie reports via Twitter that NHL teams have until 5 pm on Oct. 11 to become salary-cap compliant.