NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2019

Game recaps, Connor McDavid receives a two-game suspension, Carter Hart sidelined, Ben Lovejoy traded to Dallas, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TSN: The New Jersey Devils trade defenseman Ben Lovejoy to the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Connor Carrick and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars add some experienced grit and depth to the blueline in Lovejoy, who won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016. Carrick was acquired by the Stars earlier this season from the Leafs but was sidelined for 27 games with an injured foot and was a frequent healthy scratch following his return.

NHL.COM: Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the Ottawa Senators 3-0. Jackets center Matt Duchene, acquired earlier in the day from the Senators, failed to register a point against his former team. The victory moved the Jackets (71 points) ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for third in the Metropolitan Division because they hold two games in hand.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane extended his points streak to 20 games in a 5-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche (Photo via NHL Images)

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored a goal to extend his points streak to 20 games but it wasn’t enough to prevent his club from dropping a 5-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. Carl Soderberg and J.T. Compher each tallied twice for the Avalanche (63 points), who sit one point behind the Minnesota Wild for the final Western Conference wild-card berth. The Blackhawks (61 points) sit three points behind Minnesota.

Speaking of the Wild, they maintained their hold on that wild-card spot by edging the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves and Luke Kunin had a goal and an assist. Ryan Donato picked up an assist, giving him three points in his first two games since the Wild acquired him earlier this week in a trade with Boston.

The Calgary Flames picked up their fourth straight win by nipping the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Andrew Mangiapane broke a 1-1 tie late in the third period. The Flames (83 points) hold a three-point lead atop the Western Conference standings while the Ducks (57 points) sit seven points out of a playoff berth.

Patrick Laine snapped his 15-game goalless drought by scoring twice in the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Nikolaj Ehlers also scored in his return from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 20 games. The victory vaulted the Jets (78 points) one point ahead of the Nashville Predators for first in the Central Division.

The NHL’s department of player safety suspended Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid two games for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy on Thursday.

SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi is seeking a second opinion on a lower-body injury. If surgery is required, the 20-year-old winger could miss the remainder of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This news prompted some smartasses to suggest Puljujarvi was faking the injury to avoid being demoted again to Bakersfield. The reason he’s seeking a second opinion is he hopes to avoid going under the knife. 

The NHL is monitoring weather conditions for tonight’s Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at Lincoln Financial Field. The game is still slated for 8 pm ET.

NBC SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers coach Scott Gordon raised some eyebrows by announcing Brian Elliott would be his starting goalie for tonight’s game instead of rookie star Carter Hart.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hart played poorly in his last two games. With the Flyers (63 points) trying to keep their playoff hopes alive, Gordon feels Elliott is the better choice right now. If they win, no one will second-guess this decision.

**UPDATE** The Flyers announced this morning Hart will be sidelined for at least 10 days with a lower-body injury. 

 

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Updated NHL Rumor Mill – January 8, 2019

Updated NHL Rumor Mill – January 8, 2019

Latest on the Sharks, Canucks, and Canadiens in today’s NHL rumor mill. 

COULD THE SHARKS BE IN THE GOALIE MARKET?

TSN: cited The Mercury New’s Paul Gackle citing the poor stats of San Jose Sharks goaltenders Martin Jones (.897 save percentage entering last night’s game against the LA Kings) and Aaron Dell (.890) and speculating they could get into the rental market for help. “Gackle points to Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth of the Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils starter Keith Kinkaid and Carolina Hurricanes netminder Petr Mrazek as potential options for the Sharks.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks could be forced to stick with their current tandem or seek help from within their system. Howard is the best of the bunch but the asking price is reportedly a first-round pick, something the Sharks don’t have in this year’s draft or next year’s. Elliott and Neuvirth are frequently sidelined by injuries. Concerns over Cory Schneider’s health could make the Devils reluctant to part with Kinkaid. Mrazek’s done a good job backing up Curtis McElhinney and the Hurricanes could be reluctant to part with him. 

Will the Vancouver Canucks re-sign or trade defenseman Alex Edler? (Photo via NHL Images)

CANUCKS FACE A DECISION WITH EDLER

VANCOUVER SUN:  With the trade deadline on the horizon, Ben Kuzma reports the Canucks will have to make a decision on pending free agent defenseman Alex Edler. They could re-sign him or ask him to waive his no-trade clause, try to move him for “a considerable draft pick or prospect”, and then attempt to bring him back as a free agent this summer. Contract discussions between the two sides haven’t begun yet. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Edler’s asking price could be the determining factor. The 32-year-old blueliner is in the final season of a six-year, $30-million contract. If he’s willing to accept a short-term deal for the same cap hit ($5 million per season) or a little less, they could re-sign him before the deadline to ensure an experienced veteran presence on their defense. 

CANADIENS WON’T TRADE ASSETS FOR QUICK FIXES

SPORTSNET: Eric Engels reports Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin doesn’t intend to be busy in the rental market leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline. He said he won’t part with future assets for a short-term addition. “Again, if there’s a young player available and there’s assets that need to go [to acquire that player], I get it. But I don’t think I’ll be in the rental business, ” said Bergevin. He also didn’t rule out shipping out some veterans to bring in futures. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Canadiens jockeying for a wild-card berth this season there’s speculation Bergevin could be a buyer at the trade deadline. Maybe he’d be interested in someone with some term on his contract, like LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin. However, if the asking price is a first-round pick or top prospect, it appears the Habs GM won’t be interested. 

A NOTE ON THE CHANGE IN TODAY’S RUMOR MILL.

Earlier today, I posted a summary of a piece by The Athletic’s Craig Custance listing 20 players who could be moved by the trade deadline. As always, I linked to the story, attempted to summarize his main points and provided my analysis. Unfortunately, some followers accused me of plagiarizing Custance or attempting to circumvent The Athletic’s paywall and provide their content to my readers for free. 

This was never my intention and I am sorry if that’s how it came across. I decided to remove the post and resubmit new material for today’s rumor roundup. I’ve also provided the link to Custance’s list if you wish to check it out. 

In my coverage of media-generated NHL trade speculation, I’ve always tried to be as accurate as possible. I cite the media source by name with a link to their work and a summary of their rumors followed by my own take. I have never attempted to pass off their work as my own and didn’t mean for my detailed summary of Custance’s list to be construed as bypassing a paywall.

If I make a mistake, even inadvertently, I feel it’s best to admit it and strive not to repeat it. My apologies to Custance, The Athletic, and its readers.  










NHL Rumor Mill – January 8, 2019

NHL Rumor Mill – January 8, 2019

Latest on the Sharks, Canadiens, Canucks and more in today’s updated NHL rumor mill. 

COULD THE SHARKS GET INTO THE GOALIE MARKET? 

TSN: yesterday cited The Mercury News’ Paul Gackle speculating the San Jose Sharks could be forced to look for a rental goaltender. Starter Martin Jones (.897 save percentage) and backup Aaron Dell’s (.890) numbers aren’t that good this season. One option Gackle suggests is swapping Dell for an experienced netminder. Possible targets could include Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott or Michal Neuvirth, New Jersey’s Keith Kinkaid, or Carolina’s Petr Mrazek. 

Could the San Jose Sharks consider acquiring a veteran netminder such as Detroit’s Jimmy Howard? (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: All of those suggested trade options are slated to become unrestricted free agents. Howard is the best of the bunch but the rumored asking price is a first-round draft pick, which the Sharks no longer have for 2019 or 2020.

Elliott and Neuvirth are oft-injured and likely won’t be very enticing. Given the concerns over Cory Schneider’s health, the Devils could retain Kinkaid. The Hurricanes could be reluctant to part with Mrazek, who’s been a good backup for Curtis McElhinney.

Unless the market for goalies improves, the Sharks could be forced to stick with their current tandem for the remainder of the season.

CANADIENS GM NOT SELLING THE FARM FOR QUICK FIXES

SPORTSNET: Eric Engels reports Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin doesn’t intend to give up assets for a short-term fix leading up to the trade deadline. “Again, if there’s a young player available and there’s assets that need to go [to acquire that player], I get it. But I don’t think I’ll be in the rental business,” said Bergevin. He also didn’t rule out moving out some veterans at the deadline for futures. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Canadiens jockeying for a wild-card berth, some followers feel Bergevin could become a buyer at the deadline. If he had the option of landing a quality player for, say, a third-round pick, I think he could consider it. He’s obviously not going to part with his promising prospects or a first- or second-rounder to do it.

The Canadiens need additional skilled blueline depth, but Bergevin’s unwillingness to part with significant assets could put him out of the market for someone such as the LA Kings’ Jake Muzzin.

WHAT WILL THE CANUCKS DO WITH EDLER?

VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma reports the Canucks must soon decide if they’re going to re-sign pending UFA defenseman Alex Edler or attempt to move him for “a considerable draft pick or prospect” at the trade deadline and try to bring him back this summer via free agency. Edler would have to agree to waive his no-trade clause. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much could also depend on how much the 32-year-old Edler would want to re-sign with the Canucks. He’s completing a six-year, $30-milion contract. If he wants a short-term deal for a little less than his current rate, the Canucks might keep him to provide experience and leadership for their rebuilding club. 

THE ATHLETIC:  Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin, Ottawa Senators forwards Matt Duchene and Mark Stone, and New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes are among Craig Custance’s list of 20 players who could be moved by the Feb. 25 trade deadline. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier today, I posted a summary of Custance’s complete list, highlighting the key points he cited for each player and offering up my own brief summary of each. Unfortunately, some followers accused me of plagiarizing Custance or ripping off paid content and posting it for free. 

This was not my intention and I am sorry if this is how it came across. I’ve removed the post but I’ve left the link for those of you who might be interested in reading the full list.

In tracking media-generated NHL trade speculation, I always strive for accuracy. I name the source and provide a link to their work along with a brief overview of their main points followed by my own analysis. I’ve never attempted to pass off anyone else’s work as my own nor was I deliberately trying to circumvent The Athletic’s paywall to provide my readers with free access to their content.  

If I make a mistake, even inadvertent, I feel it’s best to own up to it and try to avoid repeating it in the future. My apologies to Custance, The Athletic, and their readers. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2018

Game recaps, analysis of the Oilers trading Ryan Strome to the Rangers for Ryan Spooner, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Ben Bishop made 23 saves and Jason Dickinson scored in overtime as the Dallas Stars shut out the Boston Bruins 1-0.  The Bruins also got bad news regarding captain Zdeno Chara, who’s sidelined four-to-six weeks with an injured left knee. John Moore also missed the game (day-to-day)with a lower-body injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chara joins fellow Bruins blueliners Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, Urho Vaakanainen and Brandon Carlo on injured reserve. 

Ryan O’Reilly’s two goals powered the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL Images)

Ryan O’Reilly scored two goals and Jake Allen kicked out 32 shots as the St. Louis Blues downed the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Brayden Schenn returned from injury to score for the Blues.

Morgan Rielly’s overtime goal gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, completing a sweep of the Pacific Division’s California teams.

The Buffalo Sabres picked up their fourth straight win by edging the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on shootout goals by Jason Pominville and Conor Sheary.

Los Angeles Kings rookie goalie Calvin Petersen made 34 saves to pick up his first NHL victory backstopping his club to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Ilya Kovalchuk and Anze Kopitar scored the only goals in the shootout

Nicklas Backstrom’s overtime goal gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers yesterday traded forward Ryan Strome to the New York Rangers for center Ryan Spooner. The Rangers also retained 22.5 percent ($900k) of Spooner’s $4 million annual average value.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is basically two teams hoping to benefit from swapping two underperforming players. It’s unlikely this deal will significantly improve either club. This move also won’t do much to inspire the sagging confidence of Oilers fans in general manager Peter Chiarelli.  Check out this tweet by Adam Gretz offering a brief review of Chiarelli’s notable recent trades. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a broken foot.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Adjusting to the absence of their starting goalie will be a big test for the Lightning, who’ll turn to backup Louis Domingue and call-up Eddie Pasquale to hold the fort. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes’ defense corps suffered a double whammy as Jason Demers suffered a season-ending knee injury while recently returned blueliner Jakob Chychrun is sidelined again with an upper-body injury. They also learned forward Josh Archibald received a two-game suspension from the league for an illegal check to the head of Nashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman on Thursday.

NBC SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury. They’ve called up Alex Lyon from their AHL affiliate.

NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen was fined $1,000.00 by the league for a dangerous trip on Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller. 

TSN: Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis is out indefinitely with an injured foot.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: A look at how a collection of apparently fake Twitter accounts started a troll campaign to support the Ottawa Senators after a video shot by an Uber driver show several Senators players mocking a member of their coaching staff was published by the Citizen and the Ottawa Sun.  

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, Josh Morrissey fined, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Brayden Point scored a natural hat trick (in 91 seconds) and Yanni Gourde netted the game-winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. The Lightning played without starting goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who’s sidelined indefinitely because of a broken foot suffered in a recent practice.

Brayden Point’s three goals in 91 seconds carried the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo via NHL Images)

For the eighth straight game, the New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers, as Anthony Beauvillier tallied his first NHL hat trick in a 7-5 victory. Chris Kreider scored twice for the Rangers. The Isles also placed forwards Andrew Ladd (lower body), Matt Martin (upper body) and Casey Cizikas (lower body) on injured reserve.

Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves and Joey Anderson’s first NHL goal held up as the winner as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. A further update on his condition is expected today. Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen also departed in the second period with an apparent leg injury.

Four unanswered third-period goals powered the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. Mike Hoffman collected an assist to set a Panthers’ franchise record by netting a point in 14 consecutive games.

Craig Anderson stopped two third-period penalty shots and Drake Batherson potted his first career NHL goal as the Ottawa Senators edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.

The Minnesota Wild picked up their fourth win in five games by downing the Vancouver Canucks 6-2. Wild captain Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists.

After struggling in his recent starts, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price returned to form with a 43-save performance to help his out-played club steal a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

Darcy Kuemper made 45 saves and Michael Grabner netted the Arizona Coyotes’ league-leading 10th shorthanded goal to defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1. Earlier in the day, the Predators revealed winger Viktor Arvidsson (broken thumb) will miss six-to-eight weeks while P.K. Subban (upper body) was placed on injured reserve.

Frederik Andersen turned aside 42 shots and Kasperi Kapanen scored twice to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Mitch Marner also had a three-point night for the Leafs. Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced forward Tomas Hertl is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey was fined $8,467.74 by the NHL’s department of player safety for unsportsmanlike conduct for slamming Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie to the ice on Wednesday.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues placed center Brayden Schenn (upper body) on injured reserve. Winger Patrick Maroon also suffered an upper-body injury and won’t play in the remaining games of the club’s three-game road trip.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Tobias Rieder will be sidelined for a month with an upper-body injury.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 5, 2018

Game recaps, Kings fire head coach John Stevens, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Cam Fowler tallied a hat trick, including the winner in overtime, in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets to snap a seven-game losing skid. The Ducks played without captain Ryan Getzlaf, who’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Cam Fowler’s hat trick carried the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Photo via NHL Images)

 Brayden Point’s last-minute game-tying goal set the stage for Yanni Gourde’s overtime winner to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh collected three assists. Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 41 saves.

Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 39 shots and Jimmy Vesey scored two goals as the New York Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. The Rangers played without defenseman Adam McQuaid, who’s listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings fired head coach John Stevens, naming Willie Desjardins and Marco Sturm as interim coaches.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Kings mired at the bottom of the Western Conference, management had to do something to keep the season from spiraling out of control. A coaching change, however, might not be enough. I’ll have more on this later this morning in the Rumors section. 

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott left practice on Sunday holding his head following a collision with teammate Travis Konecny. An update on his condition is expected today.

WINNIPEG SUN:  Jets forward Nic Petan made his return to the lineup on Friday after missing most of training camp and the first 13 games of the season due to the sudden death of his father. He’s appreciative of the support he received from the team and the league.

CSN WASHINGTON: The Capitals placed forward Nathan Walker on waivers.