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NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2016

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan salutes the crowd after his 1,500th NHL game.

A roundup of recent notable news from the last three days in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr, Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 25. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  Long-time Coyotes captain Shane Doan tallied his 400th career goal in his 1,500th NHL game in his club’s 4-1 loss on Friday to the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

ESPN.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their 12th consecutive victory by edging the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 23. 

TWINCITIES.COM:  The Minnesota Wild set a franchise record for consecutive wins (10) with their 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday.  On Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced the re-signing of head coach Mike Sullivan to a three-year contract extension that begins in 2017-18. Sullivan took over as bench boss last December and guided the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sullivan’s style also helped the Pens avoid the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover. Thus far, they’re second overall in the Eastern Conference with 49 points in 35 games. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will miss four-to-six weeks with a knee sprain. 

TSN:  Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen suffered an apparent knee injury in last Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  No word as to how long Hansen might be sidelined. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  The Stars placed forward Antoine Roussel on injured reserve. 

Edmonton Oilers center Tyler Pitlick’s season is over after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. 

OTTAWA SUN: NHL free-agent forward Steve Downie went on a Twitter rant prior to Christmas, calling out “his former head coach Dave Tippett, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and hockey commentator Don Cherry”. He ripped Tippett for allowing his best player, left wing Max Domi, to engage in a fight that broke the winger’s hand, Campbell for mocking former Coyotes enforcer John Scott for taking part in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, and Cherry for years of advocating violent play. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some observers have commended Downie’s outspokenness. Others, however, could interpret his remarks as sour grapes. Violent play has always been a part of the NHL, though in recent years the league has taken steps to reduce its effects and better protect its players. Still, there remains a “tough guy” code that has its champions around the league, with Cherry among the most prominent. That makes the colorful commentator a big target for criticism, some of it quite justified. 

MLIVE: The recent postponed game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes has been rescheduled for March 27, 2017.

TSN: Rick Westhead reports a California workers’ compensation appeals board ruled the New Jersey Devils wrongfully withheld medical record from Mike Peluso, who alleges he suffered brain injuries as a result of his NHL career. 

“California was among the few U.S. states where pro athletes until 2014 could file workers compensation claims without playing their home games in the state. That meant that players from any NHL club, Peluso included, could file there.

In 2014, after lobbying by the National Football League, the state changed the law so that only players who played home games in California could file claims. That means former NHL players with the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and California Golden Seals can now file there.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league currently faces a lawsuit from a number of former players regarding concussions suffered during their NHL careers. The Peluso ruling could lead to a number of former players from those teams filing similar claims.