NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 15, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 15, 2018

Henrik Zetterberg forced to retire plus updates on Corey Crawford, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jake Dotchin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: A degenerative back issue has forced Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg to retire. “Zetterberg steps away having played 1,082 games, and having produced 960 points. He has a Stanley Cup title from 2008, the same year he was named playoff MVP. ” He’s been dealing with back pain for several years, undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair an injured disc.

A nagging back injury has forced Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg to retire. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The announcement isn’t really a surprise as the Wings have been hinting for weeks that Zetterberg’s playing days could be over. That doesn’t diminish the sadness over the premature end of his career. It truly is the end of an era. Zetterberg was among the few links to the Wings’ last Stanley Cup championship a decade ago.

Selected 210 overall in the 1999 NHL entry draft, Zetterberg made an immediate impact upon joining the Wings in 2002-03, tallying 22 goals and 44 points in 79 games. A versatile forward who could play center or wing, he established himself among the league’s best two-way players,  Even in his final seasons while plagued with a bad back, Zetterberg was still one of the Wings’ best players, tallying 50-or-more points in each of the last four years. 

Zetterberg never won the Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward and was named a finalist only once, in 2007-08. Nevertheless, he became one of the NHL’s most respected players and was the natural choice to take over as the Wings captain following Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement in 2012. His retirement leaves a huge leadership void for the rebuilding Wings that will be difficult to replace. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:  Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford admitted he’s still recuperating from concussion symptoms suffered during last season. Though he’s made progress in his recovery, he said he’s not ready yet to come back and had no timetable for his return. Meanwhile, defenseman Connor Murphy will be sidelined up to eight weeks with a back injury while Brent Seabrook will miss a week with an abdominal injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks’ season hinges on a healthy Crawford between the pipes. They brought in Cam Ward this summer as insurance but he’s no longer considered an elite goaltender. Ward can buy them some time but they need Crawford  if they’re to contend for the playoffs. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators confirmed center Jean-Gabriel Pageau will be sidelined a minimum of six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon in his right leg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having watching franchise player Erik Karlsson traded away to San Jose on Thursday, Pageau’s injury is just salt in the wound for Senators fans. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning placed defenseman Jake Dotchin on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract for a material breach. Details weren’t disclosed but it’s believed they were unhappy over Dotchin’s conditioning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s Joe Smith reports Dotchin and his agent intend to fight the Lightning’s attempt to terminate his contract. Cap Friendly indicates he’s in the final season of a two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $812,500. 

SPORTSNET: Vancouver Canucks forward Antoine Roussel will miss training camp owing to a concussion suffered during an informal scrimmage before his arrival in Vancouver.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have invited winger Joel Ward to training camp on a professional tryout offer.

 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2017

Games recaps, Luongo makes history, Landeskog suspended and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Roberto Luongo became only the second goaltender in NHL history to win 200 games with two different franchises by backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Jared McCann netted the game-winning goal in the third period. 

Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, who blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3 as their losing skid is now eight in a row. It was a costly win for the Penguins, as starting goalie Matt Murray left the game in the second period favoring his right leg following a collision with Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Murray’s status is expected later today. As for the Flyers, their ongoing slump could turn up the heat under head coach Dave Hakstol. 

Earlier in the day, the Flyers activated defenseman Andrew MacDonald off injured reserve and sent Samuel Morin back to the minors. 

Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor each had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit to crush the Minnesota Wild 7-2. Earlier in the day, the Jets called up Eric Comrie to replace sidelined goalie Steve Mason, who suffered a concussion during Saturday’s game against New Jersey. The Wild, meanwhile, were missing defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who’s out with a groin strain. 

Rookie Alex DeBrincat tallied his first career hat trick and Patrick Kane collected three assists as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Anaheim Ducks 7-3. 

Carey Price made 37 saves to carry the Montreal Canadiens to their second straight win as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. Habs defenseman Shea Weber missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price looks like he’s regained his Vezina-worthy form since returning from a 10-game absence with a lower-body injury. That’s good news for the Habs playoff hopes, which could  further improve once Weber returns to action.

Vegas Golden Knights winger Jonathan Marchessault, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 26. 

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog received a four-game suspension for crosschecking Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk in the head. during Saturday’s game in Denver. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury but has traveled with the club to Philadelphia. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson could miss the next two weeks with a shoulder injury. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: An ankle injury has sidelined Sabres center Jacob Josefson for four-to-six weeks. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin will be out until at least Saturday with an undisclosed injury. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2017

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson & Ondrej Palat are among the notable players filing for salary arbitration.

List of NHL players filing for salary arbitration, some notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHLPA.COM: 30 NHL players filed yesterday for salary arbitration. Hearings are set from July 20 to August 4. Two of them, Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk and New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast, re-signed with their respective clubs soon after filing.

Arizona Coyotes

Jordan Martinook

Boston Bruins

Ryan Spooner

Buffalo Sabres

Nathan Beaulieu

Johan Larsson

Robin Lehner

Calgary Flames

Micheal Ferland

Colorado Avalanche

Matt Nieto

Detroit Red Wings

Tomas Tatar

Edmonton Oilers

Joey LaLeggia

Los Angeles Kings

Kevin Gravel

Minnesota Wild

Mikael Granlund

Nino Niederreiter

Nashville Predators

Viktor Arvidsson

Marek Mazanec

Austin Watson

New York Islanders

Calvin de Haan

New York Rangers

Mika Zibanejad

Ottawa Senators

Ryan Dzingel

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Pittsburgh Penguins

Brian Dumoulin

Conor Sheary

St. Louis Blues

Colton Parayko

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tyler Johnson

Ondrej Palat

Vancouver Canucks

Reid Boucher

Michael Chaput

Vegas Golden Knights

Nate Schmidt

Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck

The deadline for club-elected salary arbitration is 5 pm ET today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind the overwhelming majority of these cases are resolved before they go before an arbiter. In most instances, these filings are done merely to set a deadline for contract negotiations to be completed, rather than have them drag on throughout the summer. Players filing for arbitration are also ineligible to receive offer sheets. 

The Edmonton Oilers signing Connor McDavid to an eight-year, $100-million contract extension dominated headlines yesterday. Here’s a look at some of the day’s other notable contract signings. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  The Canadiens yesterday re-signed Alex Galchenyuk to a three-year deal worth $4.9 million per season. The Habs also named former defenseman Francois Bouillon their player development coach. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The New York Rangers re-signed forward Jesper Fast to a three-year contract worth $1.85 million per season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Affordable re-signings by both clubs. The Galchenyuk deal also indicates he’s no longer on the trade block following weeks of speculation over his future in Montreal. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed forward Zach Hyman to a four-year deal worth $2.25 million annually. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed goaltender Reto Berra to a one-year deal. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes signed winger Emerson Etem to a one-year, two-way contract. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning signed defenseman Jake Dotchin to a two-year deal worth over $812K per season.