NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 22, 2019

Games recaps, three stars of the week, Hall-of-Famer Dale Hawerchuk battling cancer, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal and set up two others as the St. Louis Blues downed the Colorado Avalanche 3-1, snapping the latter’s eight-game points streak. It was a costly defeat for the Avalanche as winger Mikko Rantanen left the game in the second period with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.  Coach Jared Bednar said Rantanen will be re-evaluated today.

St. Louis Blues’ winger Vladimir Tarasenko led his club to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images).

Gustav Nyquist’s overtime goal on a penalty shot lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Jackets blew a 2-0 first-period lead and forced the extra frame on Alexander Wennberg’s game-tying goal in the third period. Austin Matthews tallied a goal and an assist for the Leafs. Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson returned to the lineup after missing six games to an upper-body injury,

The Dallas Stars nipped the Ottawa Senators 2-1, handing the Senators their fourth straight defeat. Earlier in the day, Stars forward Tyler Seguin and goaltender Ben Bishop revealed their respective houses suffered damage as a result of a tornado that ripped through North Dallas on Sunday night. Seguin’s house is the one he has up for sale as he’s already moved into a new one.

A five-goal outburst by the Philadelphia Flyers powered them to a 6-2 drubbing of the Vegas Golden Knights. Michael Raffl led the way for the Flyers with two goals and an assist.


Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton are the league’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 20, 2019.

TSN: Hockey Hall of Fame Dale Hawerchuk revealed he’s receiving treatment for stomach cancer. He took a leave of absence in early-September from his job as head coach of the OHL’s Barrie Colts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Hawerchuk makes a full recovery. 

NJ.COM:  Devils center Nico Hischier (upper-body injury) and defenseman Will Butcher (upper body) could return to the lineup on Friday against the Arizona Coyotes.

CBS SPORTS:  Minnesota Wild winger Mats Zuccarello is ready to return to action after missing the last four games with a lower-body injury. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins placed defenseman Brian Dumoulin (lower body) on injured reserve dating back to Oct. 18.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 3, 2019

Game recaps, Stars clinch a playoff berth, Wild eliminated from postseason chase, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators (96 points) defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 to move into a tie with the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division. P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist and Ryan Johansen tallied the winning goal. 

Brad Marchand became the first Boston Bruin to reach 100 points since Joe Thornton in 2002-03. (Photo via NHL Images)

Brad Marchand became the first Boston Bruin to reach 100 points since Joe Thornton in 2002-03 as his club beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2. Marchand’s teammate Jake DeBrusk scored twice and set up another. With the win, the Bruins (105 points) secured second place in the Atlantic Division. The Blue Jackets (94 points) slipped into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens for the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth. 

The Canadiens, meanwhile, kept their playoff hopes alive by overcoming a 2-1 deficit to double up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. The loss means the Lightning no longer have a shot at breaking the NHL single-season record of 62 wins set by the Detroit Red Wings in 1995-96

The Carolina Hurricanes (95 points) moved back into the first wild-card spot in the East by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1. Dougie Hamilton scored two goals for the Hurricanes. The Leafs (99 points) have secured third place in the Atlantic. 

Tyler Bertuzzi became the first player in Detroit Red Wings history to tally three-or-more points in four straight games in a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bertuzzi scored two goals and collected an assist while teammates Dylan Larkin had three assists and Anthony Mantha scored twice. Earlier in the day, the Red Wings formally announced head coach Jeff Blashill was re-signed to a two-year contract extension. The loss prevented the Penguins (97 points) from clinching a playoff position. They also played without defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.  

Despite defeating the Winnipeg Jets 5-1, the Minnesota Wild (83 points) was eliminated from the playoff race last night. Zach Parise scored two goals for the Wild. 

The Dalla Stars are heading to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 thanks to a 6-2 drubbing of the Philadelphia Flyers. Alexander Radulov led the way with two goals and two assists while Mats Zuccarello (one assist) returned to action after being sidelined for over a month with a broken arm. 

The Wild was eliminated because the Colorado Avalanche overcame a 2-0 deficit to thump the Edmonton Oilers 6-2. Alex Kerfoot scored twice for the Avalanche (88 points), who opened a four-point lead over the Arizona Coyotes for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. 

Speaking of the Coyotes (84 points), their playoff hopes took a hit by falling 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings. Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper left the game in the third period after taking a stick to the face. His status for their remaining two games remains in doubt. Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid missed the game with an upper-body injury

The Vancouver Canucks rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2. Tanner Pearson scored twice and Markus Granlund tallied the winning goal. The Sharks have won just once (1-8-1) in their last 10 games. 

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, and Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand are the NHL’s three stars for the month of March 2019.  St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington was named rookie of the month for the second straight month. 

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn left hamstring and is expected to be sidelined four-to-six months. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 24, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 24, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo reaches a milestone, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Claude Giroux scored in overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in their 2019 Stadium Series game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia before a sellout crowd of 69,620. The Penguins also lost defensemen Brian Dumoulin to a concussion following a hit from Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds and Kris Letang to an upper-body injury in the ensuing scrum.  Simmonds received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Flyers (65 points) moved to within six points of a playoff spot while the Penguins (32 wins, 72 points) slipped out of the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth. 

Claude Giroux scored the game-winner as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in their Stadium Series game (Photo via NHL Images)

Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0. Hurricanes center Jordan Staal picked up an assist in his first game since being sidelined with concussion symptoms on Dec. 22. The win moves the Hurricanes (33 wins, 72 points) ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot. The Stars, clinging to the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference (30 wins, 65 points), subsequently acquired Mats Zuccarello from the Rangers.  Follow this link for details and my reaction. 

Sergei Bobrovsky’s 26-save shutout performance enabled the Columbus Blue Jackets to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0. Matt Duchene tallied his first goal since being acquired by the Jackets on Friday. Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson left the game in the second period with a groin strain.  The Jackets now sit third in the Metropolitan Division with 73 points. Following the game, the Jackets acquired winger Ryan Dzingel from the Ottawa Senators. Follow this link for details and reaction. 

Sam Reinhart’s hat trick powered the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals to snap their four-game losing skid. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his league-leading 44th goal. Sabres winger Jeff Skinner suffered a scare when he had to be helped from the ice in the second period with an ankle injury but return to play in the third. The Sabres (66 points) sit six points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Shootout goals by Tyler Bozak and Sammy Blais helped the St. Louis Blues to edge the Boston Bruins 2-1. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury but it’s not believed to be serious. Earlier in the day, the Blues placed center Brayden Schenn (upper body) on injured reserve

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo picked up his 484th career victory backstopping his club to a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. With the win, Luongo tied Ed Belfour for third place on the all-time wins list. The Panthers also re-signed winger Frank Vatrano to a three-year contract extension with an annual average value of $2.35 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vatrano, 24, is enjoying a breakout performance with the Panthers, tallying 20 goals and 33 points in 59 games this season. It’s an affordable deal that could prove a real bargain for the Panthers if he carries over that 20-plus goal per season pace throughout the term of his new contract. 

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice and Philipp Grubauer kicked out 38 shots as the Colorado Avalanche shut out the Nashville Predators 5-0. The win vaulted the Avalanche (65 points) into the final Western Conference wild-card berth. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3. Zach Hyman scored twice, including the winner late in the third period. The Canadiens (73 points) sit one ahead of the Hurricanes for the first wild-card spot in the East. 

Robin Lehner picked up a shutout with a 36-save effort as the New York Islanders blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. The Canucks (60 points) sit five points out of a Western Conference playoff spot. 

Charlottetown, PEI native Josh Currie scored his first career NHL goal and Sam Gagner tallied the winner as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. The Oilers were playing without Connor McDavid, who’s serving a two-game suspension. 

A three-goal first period carried the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Ryan Strome scored twice for the Rangers.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 29, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 29, 2018

Latest on Mitch Marner’s contract situation, Brian Dumoulin and David Schlemko injured, Al Montoya on waivers, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE SCORE: Darren Ferris, the agent for Mitch Marner, said Friday he’s had some productive discussions regarding a contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, if an agreement isn’t reached by the start of the season, they’ll renew talks next summer. Marner is in the final season of his entry-level contract. 

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner willing to wait until next summer to talk contract. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps the Leafs are waiting to see how much it costs to get restricted free agent William Nylander under contract before sending proposals to Marner and Auston Matthews, who’s also in the final year of his ELC. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin suffered an upper-body injury during Friday’s preseason game against the New Jersey Devils. Head coach Mike Sullivan hopes to have more information on Dumoulin’s status later today. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers placed goaltender Al Montoya on waivers yesterday for the purpose of assigning him to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers are opting to go with inexperienced Mikko Koskinen as Cam Talbot’s backup. While Koskinen’s preseason numbers (10 goals on 69 shots, .885 save percentage) haven’t been good, he has a no-movement clause preventing his demotion. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Bad news for oft-sidelined Canadiens defenseman David Schlemko, as he’ll miss about six weeks because of an injured knee. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils claimed forward Jean-Sebastien Dea off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 30, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 30, 2018

Predators, Capitals even their respective series, update on Hurricanes GM search and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Kevin Fiala’s double-overtime goal gave the Nashville Predators a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of their opening round series. Ryan Johansen scored twice for the Predators and teammates Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson each had three-point performances. Mark Scheifele tallied two goals and an assist for the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist. The series moves to Winnipeg for Game 3 tied at a game apiece.

Kevin Fiala was the overtime hero for the Nashville Predators in a 5-4 victory in Game 2 of their series against the Winnipeg Jets (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was one of the most thrilling games I’ve seen in this year’s playoffs. It was very evenly matched, and while the Jets lost this one they put forth a better effort than in Game 1, which they stole thanks to an outstanding performance by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Predators’ best players, meanwhile, made their presence felt in this one. If this game is any indication, we’re in for a very exciting series between these two talented clubs. 

Braden Holtby turned in a 32-save performance to backstop the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins to tie their second-round series at a game apiece. Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring and teammate Lars Eller collected three assists.

The Penguins thought they had narrowed the score to 3-2 in the third period but there was no conclusive evidence the puck crossed the goal line. They also lost defenseman Brian Dumoulin after he was struck in the head by the shoulder of Capitals winger Tom Wilson. No penalty was called on the play and there’s no indication he’ll face supplemental discipline. The Pens also played without center Evgeni Malkin, who remained sidelined by a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A strong bounce-back effort by the Capitals following a heartbreaking opening-game defeat. The series shifts to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4. Don’t be surprised if Malkin returns to the Penguins lineup by then. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks’ captain Joe Pavelski has been the club’s heartbeat since taking over from the sidelined Joe Thornton as their first-line center. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights’ coach Gerard Gallant could keep his lineup changes for Game 2 intact for Game 3 on Monday. He moved “David Perron back with regular linemates Erik Haula and James Neal while dropping Alex Tuch down to play with Cody Eakin and Ryan Carpenter.”

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is showing improvement following a roller-coaster series against Toronto. One reason is his ongoing recovery from an MCL sprain in his left knee. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forwards Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat skipped practice Sunday for “body maintenance.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both hips. He also said he will be changing trainers for the third straight year. 

SPORTSNET: Carolina Hurricanes interim general manager Don Waddell will remain in the role for the time being. The club couldn’t reach an agreement with Buffalo Sabres assistant GM Steve Greeley and there’s no other prospective hires in the near future. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed one reason behind the Hurricanes’ difficulty in attracting quality candidates is new owner Tom Dundon’s salary offer is considered too low. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2017

Evgeni Malkin hopes to speak with Pittsburgh Penguins ownership regarding Olympic participation.

Olympic participation update, roundup of latest contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly poured cold water on talk of an alternative schedule that gave rise to the slim hope of the league’s possible participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

“There is not an alternative schedule. Having NHL Players participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is not an available option,” said Daly. “All of the international federations are planning appropriately for constructing teams that will not include NHL players. I anticipate there will be federation announcements in the coming days that should eliminate any and all continuing doubt or skepticism about the issue.”

TVA SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin told Russia’s Soviet Sport he intends to meet with team owner Mario Lemieux to discuss the 2018 Olympics. “It will be difficult to go if the league refuses. Mario may not be able to influence their decision. But I want to talk to the owners,” said Malkin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league has already indicated it would take a dim view of players under NHL contracts taking part in the 2018 Games. This situation could worsen the reportedly deteriorating relationship between the league and the NHL Players Association. It also raises the possibility of a star player prematurely retiring from the NHL in order to play for their country in Pyeongchang. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo wrote a thank you letter to the hockey community for its support during his recovery from an undisclosed illness tied to medication to treat a concussion that ended his season in March 2017. He expects to be ready to go for training camp in September. 

TSN: Free agent winger Jaromir Jagr remains hopeful of signing with an NHL team for 2017-18. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided arbitration with defenseman Brian Dumoulin, re-signing him to a six-year contract worth an annual average value of $4.1 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Over the past two seasons, Dumoulin came into his own as a reliable top-four defenseman, playing a significant role in helping the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. He also played through the 2017 postseason with a broken hand. Fortunately, he doesn’t require surgery. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators and forward Austin Watson also avoid arbitration, reaching agreement on a three-year, $3.3 million contract. He earned $575K annually at the NHL level on his previous contract. 

 OTTAWA SUN: The Senators signed veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya to a bonus-laden one-year deal. He’ll earn $1 million in base salary and could earn an additional $1.25 million. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to a one-year, $2.25 million contract. He was slated to have an arbitration hearing on August 1. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders re-signed defenseman Adam Pelech to a four-year deal worth an average annual value of $1.6 million.

THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks avoided arbitration with winger Reid Boucher by signing him to a one-year deal worth over $687K at the NHL level. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward Ryan Spooner seeks a one-year, $3.85 million contract. The club is offering $2 million. His arbitration hearing is slated for July 26.