NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 26, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 26, 2019

Updates on Jordan Binnington, Micheal Ferland, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NBC SPORTS: After coming out of nowhere to backstop the St. Louis Blues to the Stanley Cup, goaltender Jordan Binnington faces a whole new world in 2019-20. He enters this season as the Blues’ starter and their highest-paid goaltender. Binnington also faces pressure to prove himself as a full-time starter.

This season could be a big challenge for St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Called up at midseason, Binnington played so well he became a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. His postseason play put him in the running for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Following up that remarkable performance will be a big challenge for Binnington. How he copes could determine if the Blues can avoid the dreaded “Stanley Cup hangover.”

VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma speculates the Canucks could align rugged winger Micheal Ferland alongside first-line forwards Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser.

Ferland joined the Canucks as a free agent this summer, inking a four-year, $14-million contract. His offensive skills and physical presence could benefit those highly skilled youngsters.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Health will be the crucial issue for Ferland. A concussion and an upper-body injury affected his play with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, especially in the playoffs.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens hopes to be fully recovered from off-season thumb surgery to participate in training camp next month. Selected seventh overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, the 18-year-old center hopes to crack the Sabres’ lineup this season.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Former Capitals defenseman John Erskine was charged by Ontario Provincial Police for his role in a car accident in May. The charges include “dangerous driving, impaired driving and driving a vehicle with more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system.” Erskine, who was seriously injured in the accident, has a court appearance in Napanee scheduled for Nov. 19.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 4, 2019

Hurricanes sweep the Islanders, Stars push the Blues to the brink of elimination, an updated NHL offer sheet compensation list, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders with a 5-2 victory in Game 4 of their second-round series. Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and an assist while teammate Justin Williams collected his 100th career playoff point. The Hurricanes advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they await the winner of the Boston Bruins-Columbus Blue Jackets series.

Justin Williams tallied his 100th career NHL playoff point as his Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders on Friday night (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As with every game in this series, the injury-depleted Hurricanes did a fine job nullifying the Islanders’ offense and withstanding the physical play. They also had solid goaltending from Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney and cashed in on their offensive opportunities. 

The Isles just couldn’t maintain any sustained offensive pressure on the banged-up Hurricanes in this series. Goalie Robin Lehner was pulled in Game 4 after the Hurricanes went up 3-1. He couldn’t be faulted for those goals as his defense let him down in this contest. Backup Thomas Greiss didn’t fare any better.

I’ll have more on what the offseason could have in store for the Isles in the rumors section. 

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop made 38 saves (14 in the third period) backstopping his club to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Jason Spezza and Esa Lindell scored for the Stars while Jaden Schwartz tallied for the Blues. The series returns to Dallas on Sunday with the Stars holding a 3-2 series lead.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop was the star of this game for Dallas. Despite a costly giveaway resulting in Schwartz’s goal, he was otherwise flawless. He’s their playoff MVP thus far. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks winger Loui Eriksson recently told a Swedish publication he and head coach Travis Green “don’t get on 100 percent.” Eriksson’s tenure in Vancouver has been disappointing. He suggests Green isn’t giving him the same trust compared to other coaches in his career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could provide fuel to recent speculation suggesting the Canucks swap Eriksson for Edmonton’s Milan Lucic. Bear in mind both players carry expensive contracts with no-trade protection.

From a roster standpoint, this move would be akin to swapping deck chairs on a sinking ship.  Sure, both players could use a change but at this point in their careers, it’ll do little to improve their respective performances. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Jan Rutta to a one-year, one-way contract worth $1.3 million. Rutta was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

TSN: Former NHL defenseman John Erskine was seriously injured in a car accident near Napanee, Ontario early Wednesday morning. Erskine “played 491 games in the NHL with the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals between 2001 and 2014.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes for a speedy recovery.