NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2019

William Nylander changes his jersey number, the Avalanche re-sign Andre Burakovsky, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander announced he’ll be changing his jersey number to 88. He wore that number when he played in Sweden. He’s hoping for a bounce-back season after a sub-par performance in 2018-19. 

William Nylander caused a stir among Toronto Maple Leafs fans by changing his number to 88 (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nylander’s decision caused a bit of a stir yesterday among some denizens of Leafs Nation. Hall of Famer and former Leafs Eric Lindros wore No. 88 and some Leafs fans felt Nylander was either being disrespectful of Lindros’ legacy or should’ve asked his permission. That’s just ridiculous. Patrick Kane, Brent Burns, David Pastrnak and Andrei Vasilevskiy didn’t need anyone’s permission to wear 88.  Besides, Lindros only played 33 games for the Leafs and he probably doesn’t give a crap who wears that number. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed winger Andre Burakovsky to a one-year, $3.25-million contract. He’ll be a restricted free agent next summer with arbitration rights. He was acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals on June 28. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a “show-me” contract. Burakovsky has size, speed and offensive skills but he struggled to put forth a consistent performance during his years with the Capitals. Perhaps skating with new teammates will help him reach his full potential.

THE SCORE: Forward Sonny Milano has accepted the Columbus Blue Jackets’ qualifying offer. It’s a one-year contract worth over $874K. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Clark Bishop to a one-year, two-way contract. 

SPORTSDAY: Former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow returns to the club as the director of business and hockey development. He spent 13 of his 15 NHL seasons with the Stars. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks hired Kevin Dineen as their new head coach of their AHL affiliate in San Diego. 

NEW YORK POST: Former NHL player Sean Avery “rejected a plea deal Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court for hitting a car with his scooter after it blocked a bike lane in Greenwich Village.”

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 11, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 11, 2016

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty celebrates one of his four goals against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty celebrates one of his four goals against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Game recaps, player safety hearings update & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHLcom:  Max Pacioretty scored four goals as the Montreal Canadiens buried the Colorado Avalanche 10-1, spoiling the return of Avs captain Gabe Landeskog from injury and Jarome Iginla’s 1,500th career NHL game. The game was over in the first period when the Habs jumped to a 6-0 lead. 

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored twice to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jonathan Drouin also scored two goals in a losing cause. Crosby had left the game with an apparent head injury but returned in the second and showed no ill effects. 

Brayden Schenn tallied a hat trick as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Dallas Stars 4-2, giving the Flyers their eighth straight win. Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak faces a disciplinary hearing for an illegal hit to the head of the Flyers’ Chris VandeVelde.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers hold the top wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, but they’re only two points out of first place in the tight Metropolitan Division. 

Dougie Hamilton scored twice and set up another as the Calgary Flames scorched the Winnipeg Jets 6-2. Mikael Backlund and Matt Tkachuk also had three-point performances and Johnny Gaudreau collected two assists. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After stumbling through the opening month of the season, the Flames are now red hot. They’ve won six in a row and eight of their last 10, climbing into first place in the Pacific Division. 

Cam Atkinson, Seth Jones and Jack Johnson each collected a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets thumped the New York Islanders 6-2. It was the Jackets’ sixth consecutive victory. 

Trevor Lewis had a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki faces a disciplinary hearing for boarding Kings forward Tyler Toffoli. 

Aleksander Barkov tallied a goal and an assist as the Florida Panthers held on to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. 

Patrick Marleau scored 12 seconds into the game and Paul Martin netted his first of the season as the San Jose Sharks edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. 

Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Boston Bruins 4-1. 

Rookies Brendan Perlini and Lauren Dauphin scored to give the Arizona Coyotes a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes placed winger Max Domi (upper-body injury, week-to-week) on injured reserve

SPORTSNET’s Chris Johnston reports the New York Rangers placed center Josh Jooris on waivers. 

NHL.COM: Bill Dineen, former NHL player and coach, member of the AHL Hall of Fame and father of former NHL players Gord, Peter and Kevin Dineen, passed away Saturday at age 84. Dineen won two Stanley Cups as a player with the Detroit Red Wings in 1954 and 1955. He also won two Avco Cup titles coaching the WHA’s Houston Aeros and guided the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings to two Calder Cup championships. He was coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1991 to 1993. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Dineen family.