NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2018

Game recaps, Ryan Miller reaches a notable wins milestone, Ilya Kovalchuk sidelined, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller made 19 saves to tie John Vanbiesbrouck for the most wins (374) by an American-born goalie in NHL history as the Ducks overcame a 5-1 to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-5. Pontus Aberg scored twice, including the game-winner, while Ryan Getzlaf had a three-point performance.

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller collected a record-tying win. (Photo via NHL Images)

Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick kicked out 34 shots to collect his 50th career shutout in a 2-0 blanking of the Carolina Hurricanes. Alec Martinez and Kyle Clifford tallied for the Kings, who learned earlier in the day that winger Ilya Kovalchuk will miss four weeks following ankle surgery on Sunday. Center Adrian Kempe also missed the game as he’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The Kings claimed winger Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

The Winnipeg Jets overcame a 3-1 deficit to earn a 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers. Mark Scheifele tallied the winning goal. Before the game, the Rangers honored former Blueshirt Vic Hadfield by retiring his No. 11 to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. Hadfield spent 13 seasons with the Rangers from 1961-62 to 1973-74.  Earlier in the day, they also recalled winger Matt Beleskey from their AHL affiliate.

Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan tallied his 15th goal of the season in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. With the win, the Flames sit one point ahead of the Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division. Blackhawks winger Chris Kunitz was ejected from the game for a high hit on Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic.

The San Jose Sharks snapped a four-game losing skid by downing the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 40 saves while teammates Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns each had a goal and an assist.

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov turned in a 24-save shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog were the goal scorers.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes winger Michael Grabner is sidelined indefinitely with an eye injury after being struck in the face by the stick of St. Louis Blues forward Sammy Blais on Saturday, 

THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks placed left wing Brendan Leipsic on waivers. 

TSN: The AHL’s Laval Rocket signed former NHL defenseman Simon Despres to a PTO contract. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Ryan Kesler, Tom Wilson, Paul Stastny and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers bounced back from Tuesday’s 8-2 humiliation at the hands of the San Jose Sharks by thumping the Ottawa Senators 7-4. Jakub Voracek enjoyed a five-point night, scoring twice and setting up three others. A bright spot for the Senators was the play of rookie winger Brady Tkachuk, who scored his first two NHL goals and also collected an assist.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek had a five-point game in a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been a lot of high-scoring games in the opening days of this NHL season. Some attribute this to the reduction in the size of goaltenders’ chest protectors. Others attribute this to the league trending toward speed and skill. We should also remember that it’s still very early in the season when teams are still shaking out their rosters and players are adjusting to the schedule. I daresay we’ll see a decline in these offensive numbers in the coming weeks. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied a goal and collected three assists while Alex Ovechkin scored twice to give the Washington Capitals a 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in a rematch of this year’s Stanley Cup Final. 

Speaking of the Capitals, winger Tom Wilson has been granted “non-roster player status” by the league as he serves his 20-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist. That allows the Capitals to activate defenseman Michal Kempny off injured reserve without having to demote a roster player. 

Before the game, the Golden Knights announced center Paul Stastny will miss three games with a lower-body injury. 

The Arizona Coyotes picked up their first win of the season by edging the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shootout. Nick Cousins scored the winning goal while goaltender Antti Raanta made 23 saves, along with three in the shootout, for the victory. Ducks center Ryan Kesler made his long-awaited return to the roster and opened the scoring. 

POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins placed center Derek Grant on waivers. 

TSN: The New York Islanders placed forward Jan Kovar on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. 

NEW YORK POST: The Nashville Predators are catching some flak for raising three banners in their recent home-opener. They had one to commemorate winning the Presidents’ Trophy, one for winning the Central Division and, curiously, one for being the “Regular Season Western Conference Champions.” It’s the latter that raised eyebrows as the Vegas Golden Knights are the real 2018 Western Conference Champions.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like someone in the Predators front office has a bit of banner envy. Raising one to celebrate winning the Presidents’ Trophy is fine. Raising one as Central Division champions is redundant since that’s covered by winning the Presidents’ Trophy. Calling themselves the “Regular Season Western Conference Champions” is silly and misleading. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2018

Blackhawks ship Marian Hossa’s contract to the Coyotes in a multi-player deal, Jets re-sign Connor Hellebuyck, this summer’s salary-arbitration schedule and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Arizona Coyotes yesterday acquired the contract of right wing Marian Hossa from the Chicago Blackhawks. They also received center Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick from the Blackhawks in exchange for  center Marcus Kruger, Mackenzie Entwistle (Arizona’s 69th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft), prospects Jordan Maletta and Andrew Campbell, and a 2019 fifth-round pick to Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks ship Marian Hossa’s contract to Arizona Coyotes in a multi-player trade (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, the Coyotes use their cap space to take on another team’s bad contract while also picking up some young assets in the deal. Hossa is as good as retired due to a skin condition. While his cap hit is $5.275-million per season through 2020-21, his actual salary is $1 million annually over the remainder of the deal. The Coyotes intend to place him on LTIR, meaning insurance will pick up $800K of his actual salary.

While the Blackhawks are getting back some assets in this deal, it remains a salary dump on their part. Cap Friendly indicates this move gives them $9.3 million in projected salary-cap space for 2018-19, providing room to perhaps make other moves in the coming weeks. I’ll have more on that later this morning in today’s Rumors section.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets yesterday avoided salary arbitration with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck by re-signing him to a six-year, $37-million contract. The annual average value is over $6.16 million, making the 25-year-old the sixth-highest paid goaltender in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hellebucyk had a breakout performance last season. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, carrying the Jets to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history. It’ll be money well spent by the Jets if he maintains or exceeds his 2017-18 effort over the course of his new contract.

NHLPA.COM: The 2018 NHL salary-arbitration schedule was released yesterday. Among the notables are Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba (July 20), Minnesota’s Matt Dumba (July 23) and Jason Zucker (July 28), Anaheim’s Brandon Montour (July 24), Ottawa’s Mark Stone (Aug. 3) and Vegas’ William Karlsson (Aug. 4). 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Jamie Oleksiak as he inked a three-year deal worth just over $2.137 million per season. 

EDMONTON SUN: Given the Oilers’ limited cap space ($4.98 million), defenseman Darnell Nurse could get a two-year bridge deal. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed forward Cody McLeod to a one-year, $750K contract. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Lucas Wallmark to a two-year, two-way contract. 

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two-way deal. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have invited former NHL defenseman Simon Despres to training camp on a professional tryout basis. He spent 193 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Despres spent last season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Bratislava Slovan.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 25, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 25, 2017

The NHL paid tribute yesterday to the late Bryan Murray.

The league honors the late Bryan Murray, an update on Simon Despres & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: League commissioner Gary Bettman, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock and current and former players such as Daniel Alfredsson, Luc Robitaille, Dion Phaneuf, Marc Methot and Mike Hoffman were in Ottawa yesterday to honor the life and legacy of Bryan Murray. The former Senators GM recently died of colon cancer. 

NBC SPORTS: Former Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres has reportedly signed a one-year contract with Slovan of the KHL. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: After making an ugly first pitch on Wednesday before a Chicago White Sox game, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he’s looking forward to the start of training camp. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars announced details for their 25th anniversary season celebration during 2017-18, which includes retiring former Stars forward Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings single-game tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 28. The Wings open the regular season on Oct. 5 against the Minnesota Wild. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils season-opener has been moved to 2 pm ET on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Prudential Center. The game was originally slated to start at 7 pm. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2017

NHL expansion draft trade & contract signing freeze is 3 pm ET today.

Expansion draft deadlines, salary-cap update, Flyers & Coyotes swing a trade and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

 NHL.com: The NHL’s expansion draft trade/waiver freeze and the moratorium on contract signings will begin at 3 PM ET today for all clubs except the Vegas Golden Knights. The deadline for the established 30 teams to submit their expansion draft protection lists to the league is 5 pm ET.

TSN: The NHLPA’s executive board is voting on a $75 million salary-cap ceiling for 2017-18.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If approved, the salary-cap floor will be set at $57 million. 

NBC SPORTS:  San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton is reportedly recovering well from his recent knee surgery. His contract talks with the Sharks are ongoing. He’s an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of defenseman Simon Despres. They will be on the hook for one-third of the remaining value of the contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the contract buyout breakdown at CapFriendly.com. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Nick Cousins and goaltender Merrick Madsen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Brendan Warren and a fifth-round draft pick in 2018. The Coyotes intend to protect Cousins in the upcoming expansion draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Flyers carrying over $64 million in cap space for 2017-18 invested in 17 players, Cousins evidently didn’t fit into their future plans.The Coyotes value his two-way style. The 24-year-old is a restricted free agent coming off a one-year, $840K contract.  

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers re-signed Jujhar Khaira to a two-year contract extension worth $675K annually.



Latest Ducks Speculation – October 24, 2016

Latest Ducks Speculation – October 24, 2016

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler unfazed by trade rumors.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler unfazed by trade rumors.

The Ducks place Simon Despres on LTIR, while trade rumors continue to dog Cam Fowler.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  Eric Stephens cites TSN’s Bob McKenzie reporting the Anaheim Ducks placed concussed defenseman Simon Despres on long-term injured reserve. The move provides the Ducks with some much-needed financial flexibility as Despres’ $3.75 million annual average salary won’t count against the Ducks cap payroll as long as he’s sidelined.

Stephens suggests this could become the first move the Ducks need to make to free up salary-cap room to re-sign restricted free agent blueliner Hampus Lindholm. Stephens speculates a new deal for Lindholm could be between $5-$6 million per season. 

Stephens recently profiled the solid early-season play of Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who’s been the subject of trade rumors since the summer. In order to free up cap room to re-sign Lindholm, Fowler ($4 million per season) was considered the obvious trade candidate. However, the 24-year-old said he’s tuning out the rumors and not allowing them to affect his play. 

TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports the Ducks “has a presence” during a couple of the Maple Leafs’ recent road games. “Crank up the Cam Fowler rumours again,” writes Hornby.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks could also place Nate Thompson (ruptured Achilles tendon, $1.6 million) on LTIR. Combined with Despres’ salary, it’ll give them $5.3 million to put toward re-signing Lindholm. Of course, they’ll have to free up that cap space when Despres and Thompson are ready to return to action later this season. That could keep Fowler’s name in the rumor mill.

As for the Ducks scouting the Leafs recent road games, perhaps they were checking out the Chicago Blackhawks, who meet the Ducks on Nov. 25. Or maybe they were scouting the Leafs to consider a trade involving Fowler. Let you imaginations run wild, Leafs fans!