NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 15, 2019

Game recaps, stars of the week, bye week schedule released, Ducks trade Andrew Cogliano to the Stars, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Goaltender Frederik Andersen’s return from a groin injury couldn’t prevent the Toronto Maple Leafs from dropping a 6-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. Carl Soderberg led the way for the Avs with a hat trick. The Leafs have lost four of their last six. Defenseman Jake Gardiner was the target of unhappy Toronto boo-birds, prompting his teammates to come to his defense in post-game interviews.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gardiner didn’t have a good game but that loss wasn’t solely his fault. The Leafs didn’t play well in this game and haven’t looked good in most of their last six contests. 

A four-point performance by Patrick Kane couldn’t prevent the Chicago Blackhawks from falling 8-5 to the New Jersey Devils. Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman each scored twice and Travis Zajac collected three points for the Devils, handing the Blackhawks their fourth straight loss. 

James van Riemsdyk’s hat trick carried the Philadelphia Flyers to a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild (Photo via NHL Images).

James van Riemsdyk tallied a hat trick as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 7-4. Wayne Simmonds and Nolan Patrick each scored twice for the Flyers. 

The St. Louis Blues got their first three-game win streak of the season by downing the Washington Capitals 4-1. Blues winger David Perron scored a goal to extend his points streak to 11 games. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin netted his league-leading 33rd goal while teammate Brooks Orpik played his 1,000th career NHL game. 

Jeff Petry potted the game-winner in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Boston Bruins 3-2. Canadiens goalie Carey Price kicked out 41 shots. 

Edmonton Oilers forwards Zach Kassian and Milan Lucic each scored twice in a 7-2 beatdown of the Buffalo Sabres. Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen made 41 stops. 

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 13. 

The NHL also released its bye week schedule

THE SCORE: Details have emerged over the incident that resulted in the Columbus Blue Jackets withholding goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from last Thursday’s game against Nashville. After being pulled during Tuesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bobrovsky went straight to the dressing room, removed his equipment, showered and changed into street clothes rather than return to the bench. Following the game, several players pulled Bobrovsky aside and spoke with him before the team’s flight. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report indicates Jackets coach John Tortorella was furious with Bobrovsky, as his antics left the club without a backup for Joonas Korpisalo in case he had to exit the game. It’s been a frustrating season for Bobrovsky but that doesn’t excuse his actions. Following a team meeting on Friday, Bobrovsky apologized and claimed he and the team put the incident behind them. 

TSN: The Anaheim Ducks traded winger Andrew Cogliano to the Dallas Stars for center Devin Shore.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Ducks having dropped 11 straight games, general manager Bob Murray has decided to shake up his roster a bit rather than fire head coach Bob Murray. They’ve dealt away experience and durability in Cogliano for a younger, faster and less expensive forward in Shore, who has just 17 points in 42 games. The Stars will look to Cogliano to provide a boost to a leadership core that recently came under criticism from team CEO Jim Lites. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed winger Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $1.5 million.

SPORTSNET: The Nashville Predators and New York Rangers made a minor-league swap, with the Predators sending forward Connor Brickley to the Rangers for Cole Schneider. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL defenseman Josh Gorges announced his retirement. He spent 13 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens, and Buffalo Sabres. He had 124 points in 783 regular season games and nine points in 68 postseason contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gorges spent over seven seasons with the Canadiens and became one of the league’s better defensive blueliners during that time. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 2, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 2, 2019

Game recaps, the latest schedule of outdoor games, the latest waiver updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in front of over 76,000 fans at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana at the 2019 NHL Winter Classic. Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist while Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for the win. 

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 at the 2019 NHL Winter Classic.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout in a 2-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings. Brandon Pirri and Alex Tuch were the goal scorers. Kings goalie Jack Campbell kicked out 46 shots in a losing cause. 

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and Jusse Saros made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. 

The NHL announced three outdoor games will be played during the 2019-20 season. The Winnipeg Jets will host the Calgary Flames in the 2019 Heritage Classic on Oct. 26 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan. 

“In addition to the Heritage Classic, Commissioner Bettman announced the Dallas Stars will host the 2020 Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Jan. 1, the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend will be at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Jan. 24-26 and the Colorado Avalanche will host the NHL Stadium Series game at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Feb. 15.”

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed left wing Taylor Hall (lower body) on injured reserve. He remains day-to-day but could return at some point during their current four-game road trip. 

ASSOCIATED PRESS: New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz recently passed Al Arbour for fourth among coaches on the all-time wins list with 783. 

NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett won’t face supplemental discipline for a high hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek on New Year’s Eve. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another example of why many NHL fans consider the league’s department of player safety a joke. 

SPORTSNET: The Ottawa Senators placed forward Tom Pyatt on waivers. St. Louis Blues defenseman Chris Butler and forward Jordan Nolan are also on waivers. Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators claimed Phil Di Giuseppe from the Carolina Hurricanes. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: In an open letter to Arizona Coyotes fans, team president and CEO Ahron Cohen addressed recent speculation of an ownership change. He said any potential deal involving a change of owners would be predicated upon the club remaining in Arizona for the foreseeable future. “Arizona is our home. We love it here. And we love playing for you, the very best fans in the NHL.”










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 2, 2018

Game recaps, three stars and the top rookie for October revealed, and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Laine’s hat trick in his native Finland powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at the NHL 2018 Global Series at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Panthers center and fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov picked up an assist. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves. Earlier in the day, the Panthers activated Roberto Luongo (knee) from injured reserve and it’s expected he could return to action next week.

Patrick Laine’s hat trick carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers in Helsinki. (Photo via NHL Images)

Anton Khudobin made 30 saves as the Dallas Stars held on for a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stars forward Tyler Seguin collected two assists.

Thomas Greiss made 29 saves, including a well-timed poke-check on Sidney Crosby in overtime, to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, sweeping their home-and-home series. Josh Bailey tallied the only goal in the shootout.

Montreal Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first two NHL goals in his club’s 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals. The Habs final two goals set a record for the fastest in league history (two seconds). Brendan Gallagher also scored twice for the Canadiens. Capitals forwards Alexander Ovechkin and Lars Eller also each tallied two goals.

Craig Anderson kicked out 46 shots as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Sabres winger Jason Pominville skated in his 1,000th career NHL game.

The Detroit Red Wings picked up their third straight victory by edging the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Justin Abdelkader and Trevor Daley each scored shorthanded goals in the third period to give the Wings the win. Speaking of the Wings, former captain Henrik Zetterberg revealed  “a degenerating disc eventually caused a nerve problem and a malfunction of a muscle that controls the movement of the ankle” led to his retirement.

In his first game since returning from an undisclosed injury, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne turned aside 42 shots in a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Oskar Sundqvist tallied his first two goals of the season as the St. Louis Blues downed the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 5-3.

The Calgary Flames overcame a 4-1 deficit with five third-period goals to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5. Mark Giordano and Matthew Tkachuk each had three-point performances for the Flames.

Mikko Koskinen made 40 saves for his first NHL shutout as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Drake Caggiula scored twice for the Oilers.

Shootout goals by Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the free-falling Anaheim Ducks, who’ve won just twice in their last 10 games.

The Philadelphia Flyers won their second consecutive game for the first time this season by dropping the Los Angeles Kings 5-2. Like the Ducks, the Kings have just two victories in their last 10 contests.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 44 saves, including 25 in the third period, to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane are the NHL’s three stars for October 2018. Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson was named rookie of the month for October.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins forward David Backes is expected to make his return from a concussion Saturday against the Predators. The Bruins also demoted forward Ryan Donato to their AHL affiliate in Providence.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: An unidentified woman has filed a lawsuit against San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane alleging he reneged on a promise to pay for her abortion. Kane and his lawyer deny the allegation and intend to fight it in court.

SPORTSNET: Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is applying for reinstatement. He’s been suspended since 2015 after pleading guilty on misdemeanor domestic abuse charges and spending nearly two months in jail. The Kings terminated his contract but his NHL rights still belong to them. Voynov’s conviction was dismissed by a judge in July.

CBS SPORTS: The Caroline Hurricanes have sent Phil Dio Giuseppe to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have returned rookie Alex Formenton to the OHL’s London Knights. 

NBC SPORTS: The NHL plans on playing more games in Europe to expand its footprint on the continent. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2018

Game recaps plus the latest on Corey Crawford, Mike Matheson, Nick Ritchie, Brady Tkachuk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin scored twice, John Carlson had a three-point night and Matt Niskanen tallied in overtime as the Washington Capitals edged the New York Rangers 4-3. Defenseman Neal Pionk assisted on all three Rangers goals.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice in his club’s 4-3 win over the New York Rangers. (Photo via NHL Images)

Johnny Gaudreau netted his 100th career NHL goal and Michael Frolik scored twice in the Calgary Flames’ 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Gaudreau had to leave the game in the third period as part of the league’s concussion protocol following a high hit from Bruins blueliner Charlie McAvoy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No update was provided on Gaudreau’s condition but it doesn’t sound as though it’s serious. Hopefully, we’ll learn more later today. 

Ryan Kesler scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks downed the New York Islanders 4-1.

The Ducks also ended their contract impasse with winger Nick Ritchie as they reached an agreement on a three-year, $4.6-million deal ($1.533-million annual average value) and inked unrestricted free agent defenseman Jake Dotchin to a one-year, $800K contract.

Dotchin must clear waivers before joining the Ducks. He’s also filed a grievance against his former club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, for terminating his contract over what they called a “material breach” regarding his conditioning.

Brendan Gallagher’s goal with 11 seconds remaining in the third period gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Max Domi and Mike Reilly scored their first goals this season for the Canadiens, who have a 4-1-1 record.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canadiens winger Tomas Tatar also picked up an assist, giving him a team-leading eight points in six games. Former Habs captain Max Pacioretty, the guy Tatar was traded for, has one point in his first seven games with the Vegas Golden Knights.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford hopes to make his long-awaited return from concussion symptoms tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. Crawford’s last game was Dec. 23, 2017.

THE SCORE: Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson said he’s received death threats and online harassment following his hit on Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson on Saturday. Matheson was slapped with a two-game suspension for the hit by the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matheson doesn’t deserve this. You can take issue with his hit on Pettersson but there’s no reason to harass him online. I daresay those making those threats lack the guts to make those comments to his face. Lots of folks with keyboard courage out there. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk will miss a month because of a torn ligament in his left leg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough break for the Senators and Tkachuk, who was off to a promising start (six points in four games) to the season.

SPORTSNET: The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700K at the NHL level. He was placed on waivers yesterday for the purpose of demotion to their AHL affiliate.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings claimed forward Jacob de la Rose off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Phil Di Giuseppe on waivers.

 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 28, 2017

Andrei Markov heading to the KHL.

Andrei Markov returning to Russia plus updates on Dwight King, Chris Neil & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: After 16 seasons, unrestricted free agent defenseman Andrei Markov won’t be returning to the Canadiens and won’t be signing with another NHL club. The 38-year-old blueliner intends to return to Russia and sign with a KHL team. He’s also hopeful of playing for Russia in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Markov was reportedly seeking a two-year, $12 million contract.

Markov is just 10 games shy of 1,000 career NHL games, all with the Canadiens. He’s tied with Guy Lapointe for second among Habs defensemen in points (572) and is third all-time among their blueliners with 119 goals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Markov isn’t completely closing the door on returning to the Habs one day. He was also apparently willing to accept a one-year contract from the Canadiens. I’ll have more on Markov’s situation and its effect upon the Habs offseason plans later this morning in the Rumors section. 

NBC SPORTS: Another former Hab, forward Dwight King, could also follow Markov to the KHL.  The Vancouver Canucks reportedly had “mild interest” in the 28-year-old, who played on two Stanley Cup winners with the Los Angeles Kings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: King’s stock declined last season, especially after he was dealt to Montreal, where he had no positive effect as a playoff rental player for the Canadiens. 

OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators enforcer Chris Neil remains confident he’ll be playing in the NHL in 2017-18. He reportedly decided to hold off on one offer in hopes of getting a better deal more suitable for him and his family. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a 38-year-old fading player, that’s a risky position to take. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Phil Di Giuseppe to a one-year, two-way contract paying him $725,000 on the NHL level.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres signed left wing Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, two-way contract,