NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 14, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 14, 2018

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

David Pastrnak’s first career hat trick powered the Boston Bruins to a 6-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins overcame a 4-1 deficit with five unanswered third-period goals to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4. David Pastrnak scored three of those goals to notch his first career NHL hat trick, while Brad Marchand tallied his 30th of the season. The Bruins got the win despite losing Jake DeBrusk (upper body), Zdeno Chara (possible upper body) and Torey Krug (unspecified) to injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That collapse is probably the final nail in the coffin of the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes. This had to be a disheartening defeat. With 71 points, they’re seven points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 12 games remaining in their schedule. 

Artturi Lehkonen scored twice and Antti Niemi made 36 saves as the Montreal Canadiens doubled up the Dallas Stars 4-2. The loss leaves the Stars (82 points) clinging to the final wild-cad berth in the Western Conference. Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw left the game with a possible head injury after a collision with Stars blueliner Greg Pateryn. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens announced defenseman Shea Weber underwent surgery to repair tendons in his left foot and will require six months of recovery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win was a measure of revenge for Niemi, who was bought out of the final year of his contract last summer by the Stars. 

The Ottawa Senators lit up Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for six goals on 29 shots on route to a 7-4 beatdown of the Lightning.  Mike Hoffman scored twice for the Senators while Lightning forward J.T. Miller had a hat trick. The Lightning (100 points) hold a four-point lead over the Bruins for top spot in the Atlantic Division.

A three-goal first period was all the Nashville Predators need to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the Predators, who widened their Central Division lead over the Jets to eight points. Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson was forced to leave the game in the first period with an upper-body injury.

J.T. Compher scored two goals and Semyon Varlamov kicked out 33 shots to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. With the win, the Avs (82 points) move into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon left the game with what appeared to be a serious lower-body injury after tumbling awkwardly into the boards. 

The Calgary Flames remain two points out of a Western Conference playoff spot with a 1-0 blanking of the Edmonton Oilers. Johnny Gaudreau scored the only goal while Mike Smith made 28 saves. The Flames got the win without winger Matthew Tkachuk, who suffered an apparent head injury during Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders.

Goaltender Adin Hill made 34 saves for his first career NHL win backstopping the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Alex Goligoski potted the game-winning goal.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers rookie defenseman Tony DeAngelo suffered a possible season-ending left-ankle injury during Monday’s 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals demoted rookie defenseman Madison Bowey to the minors. 

NHL.COM: Former defenseman Andrew Ference is the league’s new Director of Social Impact, Growth & Fan Development.


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.