NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 11, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 11, 2017

Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign center Tyler Johnson to a seven-year contract.

Latest on Tyler Johnson, Bo Horvat, Lindy Ruff and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday avoided salary arbitration with center Tyler Johnson, signing him to a seven-year contract worth an annual average value of $5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lengthy term for the 26-year-old Johnson at a reasonable salary. He likely would’ve commanded much more on the open market next summer but opted for the security of a long-term deal with the Lightning.

While Johnson has been banged up by injuries in his career, when healthy he’s a swift-skating, productive center. The Lightning’s next notable free agent is left wing Ondrej Palat, who’s arbitration hearing is slated for July 25. 

VANCOUVER SUN: There’s talk the Canucks could re-sign center Bo Horvat to a six-year deal this summer. Comparables include Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin (six-years, $33 million), Florida’s Aleksander Barkov (six years, $34.5 million) and Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell (six years, $22.8 million). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Horvat, 22, completed an entry-level contract and lacks arbitration rights. However, he’s moved up the depth chart of the rebuilding Canucks and is entering his playing prime. He tallied 40 points in 2015-16 and 52 points last season. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers announced hiring former Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant coach. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks might see this as the Rangers bringing in a possible replacement for bench boss Alain Vigneault. However, this seems more like a depth move for their coaching staff than any suggestion of front office dissatisfaction with Vigneault. 

TSN: The Los Angeles Kings named Pierre Turgeon as their “offensive coordinator”. The 47-year-old is a former NHL all-star who finished with 515 career goals. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders named Fred Brathwaite as their new goaltending coach.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars re-signed forward Radek Faksa to a three-year, $6.6-million contract. He tallied 33 points in 80 games last season, along with 101 hits and 62 blocked shots. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets re-signed left wing Brandon Tanev to a one-year, $700K contract. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers signed defenceman Yohann Auvitu to a one-year contract worth $700K. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 24, 2017

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau celebrates one of his four goals against the Colorado Avalanche.

Game recaps, stars of the week, Senators re-sign Smith & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Marleau’s four-goal third period carried the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Center Matt Duchene was a late scratch for the Avs due to illness, though the move sparked some speculation over his trade status. 

The Washington Capitals extended their points streak to 14 games with a 6-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Dmitry Orlov scored twice and Andre Burakovsky collected three assists. 

Frederik Andersen turned in a 26-save shutout performance and Nazem Kadri scored twice (including his 100th career NHL goal) to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames. 

Rickard Rakell scored his 20th goal of the season and Jonathan Bernier made 31 saves as the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The Ducks played without defenseman Sami Vatanen, who was a healthy scratch

Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves as the New York Rangers edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Earlier in the day, the Rangers announced forward Kevin Hayes (lower-body injury) will be sidelined two-three weeks. 

Tobias Rieder’s overtime goal lifted the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. 

TSN: Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary, New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss and Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 22, 2017.

The Ottawa Senators yesterday announced the re-signing of forward Zack Smith to a four-year, $13 million contract extension. The annual cap hit is $3.25 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smith’s raise nearly doubles his current cap hit ($1.8 million). The 28-year-old is a versatile, physical forward for the Senators. He can skate at center or the wing and plays a good two-way game. With 22 points in 43 games this season, he’s on track for his first 40-point performance. The Sens obviously consider Smith a valuable part of their core. The raise is the going rate for players of his caliber. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk re-aggravated the knee injury that recently sidelined him for 18 games. He’s listed as day-to-day. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Thomas Vanek (lower body injury) and Dylan Larkin (upper body) will miss the Red Wings game against the Boston Bruins tonight. Forward Drew Miller, who was recently sent down to the Wings AHL affiliate, has been recalled

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Radek Faksa will miss at least two games with a lower-body injury. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have been in touch with former Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 19, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 19, 2016

Russian captain Alex Ovechkin dispute his disallowed goal against Team Sweden in World Cup of Hockey play.

Russian captain Alex Ovechkin dispute his disallowed goal against Team Sweden in World Cup of Hockey play.

 World Cup of Hockey game updates, Team USA face “must-win” situation & more in your NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.COM:  A potential game-tying goal by Team Russia’s Alex Ovechkin with seven seconds remaining in the third period was waved off upon review as Team Sweden held on for a 2-1 victory in World Cup of Hockey preliminary round play. Ovechkin, who scored Russia’s only goal, had his second goal overturned when video review revealed he knocked the puck into the Swedish goal with his hand. Ovechkin claimed the puck struck his stick after he batted it down with his hand before entering the net. 

The Swedes took a 2-0 lead on second-period goals by Gabe Landeskog and Victor Hedman. Ovechkin got the Russians within one at 19:27 of the third. Swedish goalie Jacob Markstrom, filling in for a sidelined Henrik Lundqvist (flu), made 27 saves for the win. 

Team North America got goals from Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Team Finland. The North Americans nearly had four more as Finnish goalie Pekka Rinne struggled between the pipes. One shot struck the goalpost, two near-goals were swept away by his defense and a goal was waived off due to goalie interference. 

NEW YORK POST: If Team Europe defeats the Czech Republic this afternoon and Team USA loses to Team Canada on Tuesday, the Americans will be eliminated from the World Cup of Hockey. Team USA suffered a 3-0 upset loss to Team Europe during its preliminary round opener on Saturday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The American management is coming under criticism for the composition of the roster, relying too much on physical players at the expense of team speed. They’re also being criticized for naming John Tortorella as head coach, who faced second-guessing for his decision to scratch big offensive blueliner Dustin Byfuglien from the lineup against Team Europe. If the Americans are eliminated tomorrow, expect significant changes in the process of selecting management, coaches and players for future Team USA pro rosters. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  As former Sabres forward Thomas Vanek faces a career crossroads, he’s enjoying his opportunity to play for Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey. He’s also looking forward to joining the Detroit Red Wings this season. Bought out by the Minnesota Wild in June, Vanek signed a one-year contract with the Wings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Vanek doesn’t significantly improve this season, his NHL playing days will be over. 

NBC SPORTS: Dallas Stars forward Radek Faksa is listed as day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury skating for Team Czech Republic in his 6-0 loss to Team Canada on Saturday. 

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH:  A potential impasse in Vladimir Sobotka’s efforts to buy his way out of his KHL contract could prevent him from rejoining the Blues this season. Sobotka spent the last two seasons playing for Avangard Omsk, who reportedly require a fee from him before agreeing to a buyout. 

THE DENVER POST:  Colorado Avalanche prospect forward Mika Rantanen will miss the next two-to-four weeks with an ankle injury.