NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 14, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 14, 2017

There’s a $500 million offer to purchase the Carolina Hurricanes.

Updates on the Hurricanes, Coyotes, Penguins and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Peter Karmanos Jr, majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, is considering a $500 million offer to purchase the club by an ownership group that includes Chuck Greenberg, a former part owner and CEO of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. If the offer is accepted, the Hurricanes will not leave Raleigh.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karmanos has searched for a buyer for some time, though if memory serves he was also hoping to maintain a measure of control over the club. It could take time to finalize this potential sale. Karmanos could even reject the offer. Despite assurances claiming the Hurricanes won’t relocate, some of their fans could be nervous over the team’s future. A stable ownership group, however, should ensure the franchise stays put.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway remains adamant that a new arena for his club will be built closer to Phoenix. The Coyotes’ hiring of former Arizona State University athletic director Steve Patterson as their new president and CEO is seen as a promising sign that this new venue will eventually be constructed. Barroway also apologized to former Coyotes captain Shane Doan and the team’s fans over the clumsy way the winger was informed that the club wouldn’t offer him a new contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Doan situation aside, Barroway’s takeover of the Coyotes as its sole owner – as well as recent shakeups in the front office, behind the bench and on the roster – are seen as potentially bringing stability to the organization following years of uncertainty over its future in Arizona. The team’s on-ice performance in 2017-18 could be the earliest indicator of its direction. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar reportedly remain far apart in contract negotiations. The Tatar camp rejected a five-year offer worth $5 million annually, preferring six- or seven-years at closer to $6 million per season. Tatar’s salary arbitration date is July 20. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins hired former defenseman Sergei Gonchar as an assistant coach. Gonchar spent five seasons with the Penguins from 2005-06 to 2009-10, playing a significant role in their rise to Stanley Cup contention and their championship run in 2009. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Former Oilers captain Andrew Ference officially announced his retirement. He played 16 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and the Oilers. He was part of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship run in 2011. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Ference and his family in his future endeavors. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames avoided salary arbitration with forward Micheal Ferland, signing him to a two-year, $3.5 million contract

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks re-signed forward Michael Chaput to a one-year, one-way contract worth over $687K.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators released their 20th anniversary logo. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the “Eye of the Tiger” jokes. 

Former NHL goaltender Jhonas Enroth signed a one year deal with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 11, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 11, 2017

Boston Bruins forward David Backes waves to St. Louis fans after the Blues honored their former captain

Game recaps, All-Star Game rosters reveal, Leafs trade Enroth to Ducks & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each tallied three points as the Boston Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-3. It was Bruins forward David Backes’ first game in St. Louis against his former club since joining the Bruins as a free agent last summer. 

Mikkel Boedker netted a hat trick while goalie Martin Jones made 33 saves to give the San Jose Sharks a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.  

Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner each had three points to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, handing the latter their third loss in four games. The Jacket were playing without starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was sidelined by illness. 

Sam Reinhart scored a goal and set up two others while Anders Nilsson made 39 saves to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

John Gibson turned in a 33-save shutout performance to give the Anaheim Ducks a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars. Jakub Silfverberg netted a goal and an assist. The Stars lost defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and Patrick Eaves to injuries and were playing without captain Jamie Benn (foot injury) for the fourth straight game. 

Following the game, the Ducks acquired goaltender Jhonas Enroth from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2018. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Enroth will likely be sent to the Ducks’ farm team. 

Duncan Keith’s overtime goal gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings, giving the Hawks their fourth straight victory. Blackhawks rookie forward Ryan Hartman collected two assists. 

Calle Jarnkrok’s late overtime goal lifted the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Earlier in the day, it was reported Canucks star Daniel Sedin unknowingly shared a helicopter ride with a convicted drug smuggler. 

Rookies Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are among the 40 players selected to participate in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 29. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman won’t be shaking up the coaching staff of his struggling club. He believes head coach Jon Cooper “is doing an excellent job.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries and a lack of blueline depth are largely responsible for the Lightning’s current struggles. 

TSN.CA:  The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed goaltender Curtis McElhinney off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed Andy Greene (left wrist) and Yohann Auvitu (lower body) on injured reserve. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers mourn the passing of NYPD detective Steven McDonald, who was the inspiration for the club’s annual award given to the Ranger who goes “above and beyond the call of duty.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to McDonald’s family and friends and to the Rangers organization. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust scores one of his three goals against the Ottawa Senators.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust scores one of his three goals against the Ottawa Senators.

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Bryan Rust netted his first career NHL hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 4-2 deficit and a goalie change (Matt Murray in for a struggling Marc-Andre Fleury) to defeat the Ottawa Senators 8-5.

Sidney Crosby scored his league-leading 17th goal while Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each tallied a goal and two assists for the Penguins. Senators winger Mark Stone also had a goal and two assists, while Sens goalie Craig Anderson face 43 shots.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not exactly a defensive battle in this one as the Penguins and Senators gave us an entertaining flashback to ’80s style hockey. 

Sam Gagner’s two-goal, two-assist performance carried the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagner’s already exceeded last season’s career-low 16-point effort, with 10 goals and 17 points in 23 games. He’s on pace for a 60-point performance, which would be a career high. While it remains to be seen if he’ll hit that total, there’s no question he’s rejuvenated his career with the Blue Jackets. 

Marcus Johansson scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Washington Capitals edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took his team-leading 11th minor penalty of the season, which didn’t sit well with head coach Barry Trotz. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being among the league’s dominant teams last season and considered among this season’s favorites to win the Stanley Cup, the Capitals have struggled through the opening quarter of this schedule. Ovechkin’s undisciplined play appears to reflect those difficulties. 

David Pastrnak’s overtime goal lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. 

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending December 4

Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk is sidelined indefinitely with a leg injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s going to hurt the Canadiens offense. He’s their leading scorer this season. 

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins winger Matt Beleskey will miss six weeks with a right-knee injury. 

PHILLY.COM: An upper-body injury will sidelined Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read for four weeks. 

TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed goaltender Jhonas Enroth on waivers, prompting speculation he could be replaced by free-agent netminder Karri Ramo. 

THE DENVER POST: The cause of death of former Colorado Avalanche forward Marek Svatos on Nov. 5 was revealed to be a drug overdose. The coroner’s report revealed he had “codeine, morphine and an anti-anxiety medication in his system” when he died. Svatos “had a history of heroin use and had gone through drug rehabilitation, according to the coroner’s report. He also had suspected depression, prior suicidal ideation, and “recent life stressors.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tragic end. It’s a shame Svatos was unable to find the help he needed to cope with his illness. Once again, my condolences to his family and friends. 










NHL Rumor Mill – December 2, 2016



NHL Rumor Mill – December 2, 2016

Could the Colorado Avalanche shop Gabe Landeskog for a defenseman?

Could the Colorado Avalanche shop Gabe Landeskog for a defenseman?

Latest on Gabe Landeskog, Dougie Hamilton (yes, again!), Anthony Duclair, Kris Russell and more in your NHL rumor mill.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports of “rumblings” the Colorado Avalanche would trade left wing and captain Gabe Landeskog for a quality defenseman. For those dismissing that notion, he reminds us of last summer’s Taylor Hall-for-Adam Larsson deal. He wonders about offering Landeskog to the New York Islanders for Travis Hamonic, or to the Anaheim Ducks for Cam Fowler. He also claims there’s a belief Avs center Matt Duchene could also be available for a “minute-munching young defenseman.” 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Following the Avs recent loss, GM Joe Sakic claimed he wasn’t planning on any major changes, insisting he still believes in the club’s core players. Landeskog and Duchene belong to that group. However, if they don’t improve soon, Sakic could reconsider his position. 

Matheson believes the Pittsburgh Penguins will try to move goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury before the March 1 trade deadline. He wonders if Fleury might accept a trade to the Buffalo Sabres, where he’ll be reunited with former Pens coach Dan Bylsma. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stranger things have happened, but I suspect the Penguins would prefer dealing Fleury to a Western Conference club, such as Calgary or Dallas. 

If the Calgary Flames were to trade Dougie Hamilton for a scoring forward, where do they find another blueliner? Dennis Wideman is an unrestricted free agent next summer and Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie are their only defensive locks. 

Don’t bet on Arizona Coyotes right wing Shane Doan seeking a trade at the NHL deadline. 

Matheson also wonders what the Edmonton Oilers will do with defenseman Kris Russell, who’s helped stabilize their blueline this season. Russell’s a UFAnext summer, but if the Oilers re-sign him, they’ll have to protect him in next June’s expansion draft. Matheson suggests the possibility of the Oilers and Russell reaching a verbal agreement on a new contract and waiting until after the draft to announce it. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights could pass on Russell if he’s still unsigned before the draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Oilers go that route, it could be a costly decision. League deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that teams who violate the rules of the expansion draft would lose their first-round draft pick. A verbal agreement with a pending UFA could be interpreted as skirting those rules. 

TSN.CA:  Darren Dreger reports the Arizona Coyotes offered up winger Anthony Duclair and a draft pick to the Calgary Flames for defenseman Dougie Hamilton during the 2016 NHL Draft. The offer was swiftly rejected by the Flames. Dreger claims the Coyotes continue to make the 21-year-old Duclair available. He’s currently struggling through his sophomore season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting change on the Duclair situation, as it was originally believed the Coyotes were listening to offers but not shopping him. It was thought they’d want a good young player, preferably a center, in exchange for Duclair. If they were willing to move him back in June, it suggests general manager John Chayka doesn’t have much confidence in the young winger. It was Chakya’s predecessor (Don Maloney) who acquired Duclair as part of the return for shipping Keith Yandle to the Rangers in 2014-15. 

Pierre LeBrun reports the Ottawa Senators aren’t interested in Duclair but are working the phones in search of a bottom-six forward. 

LeBrun also notes the Dallas Stars depth in young defensemen could attract interest from other clubs over the course of the season. For now, the Stars are content to wait until everyone’s healthy before deciding on possible moves going forward. 

THE ATHLETIC: David Alter speculates the Toronto Maple Leafs could need an improvement in their backup goaltender if Jhonas Enroth continues to struggle. So far, Enroth is 0-3-1 with a save percentage of.872. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 27, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 27, 2016

Braden Holtby suggests Team Canada teammate Carey Price could make him the club's starting goaltender.

Braden Holtby suggests Team Canada teammate Carey Price could make him the club’s starting goaltender.

 Updates on Braden Holtby, Alexander Steen, Robin Lehner & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.

CSN MID-ATLANTIC:  Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby believes the international experience of Team Canada teammate Carey Price could give him the edge to become the club’s starter. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price backstopped Canada to gold in the 2007 World Juniors and the 2014 Winter Olympics. Holtby and fellow Team Canada goalie Corey Crawford have no international experience. If Price has fully recovered from his knee injury and back to the form that won him the Hart, Lindsay and Vezina Trophies in 2015, he could indeed be Canada’s starter in this tournament. That experience, however, is no certainty Price will be the starter. Holtby and Crawford are also elite goaltenders and should give Price a good battle for the job. 

TSN:  Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jhonas Enroth will replace Buffalo Sabres netminder Robin Lehner on Team Sweden. Lehner is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered last season. Sabres GM Tim Murray remains optimistic Lehner will be ready for Sabres training camp next month. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I were a Sabres fan, I’d be concerned about this latest report. Lehner has a lengthy injury history. That he’s not fully recovered yet from last season’s ankle injury doesn’t bode well for the upcoming season. 

STLTODAY.COM:  Left wing Alexander Steen (shoulder surgery) withdrew from the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, but he’s expected to be ready to start the season with the Blues. 

NEWSDAY:  The New York Islanders hired Chris Lamoriello as their new director of player personnel. Lamoriello, son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello, spent 21 seasons in the New Jersey Devils organization. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Center Oscar Sundqvist highlights the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie-camp roster. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  The Anaheim Ducks signed 2016 first-round pick Max Jones to an entry-level contract.