NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 14, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 14, 2017

Marian Gaborik continues to rehab from an offseason medical procedure.

Updates on Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Josh Anderson & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

LA KINGS INSIDER: Jon Rosen reports Kings head coach John Stevens said winger Marian Gaborik won’t be traveling to China with the club for its series of preseason games later this month against the Vancouver Canucks. Gaborik continues his rehab for an offseason medical procedure on his left knee.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it appears Gaborik is making progress there’s no indication if he’ll be ready for the upcoming start of the season next month. 

TSN: Ottawa Senators winger Clarke MacArthur will report to training camp but the club will take a wait-and-see approach regarding his status. MacArthur suffered four concussions in his career and missed most of last season. He’ll first have to be medically cleared by team doctors.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen offered little update on the status of restricted free agent forward Josh Anderson. The winger might not make it in time for the opening of training camp owing to his immigration papers. Kekalainen said contract talks continue and he’s hopeful of reaching a deal soon.

NEW YORK POST’s Larry Brooks reports former Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins has signed a professional tryout offer with the New York Rangers.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports former Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen will attend Calgary Flames training camp on a PTO.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will retire Milan Hejduk’s No. 23 during a pregame ceremony at the Pepsi Center on Jan. 6, 2018. Hejduk spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the Avs, scoring 375 goals and 805 points. He helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2001.

THE PLAYERS’ TRIBUNE: Former NHL forward Vernon Fiddler yesterday announced his retirement. In 877 NHL games with the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils, Fiddler tallied 104 goals and 261 points, as well as 13 points in 51 playoff games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of my favorite Fiddler moments was when he cracked up the Vancouver Canucks bench with his impresssion of then-Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa. 

SPORTSNET: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi admits he was caught by surprise over the Flames’ announcement Tuesday that they were breaking off talks with the city regarding a new arena deal. He said the city remains at the bargaining table for a new arena despite the Flames pulling out of discussions. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames appear to be using this issue to affect the outcome of the upcoming municipal election in hopes of getting a deal that sees them picking up far less of the construction costs. I don’t believe the club will relocate over this. Both sides are posturing but eventually a new arena will be built. 

NBC SPORTS: International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Faisal dismissed the faint hope of NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. While hopeful of NHL participation in the 2022 Game in China, he said that “logistically it is practically impossible for Pyeongchang. That train has left the station.”


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 29, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 29, 2017

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko celebrates his game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of their second-round series.

Game recaps, Blackhawks trade Darling to Hurricanes, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, including the game winner, to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators, tying their best-of-seven second-round series at a game apiece.

Predators center Vernon Fiddler could face supplemental discipline after earning a five-minute major and game misconduct for a knee-on-knee hit on Blues defenseman Colton Parayko. While shaken up, Parayko returned to the game. 

Cam Talbot made 39 saves as the Edmonton Oilers hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven second-round series. Andrej Sekera and Patrick Maroon scored for the Oilers, while Jakob Silfverberg replied for the Ducks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers definitely owe this win to Talbot, especially when the Ducks peppered him with 16 shots in the third period. The Ducks were the better team but Talbot stole this one. 

ESPN.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (lower-body injury) will be a game-day decision to return to the lineup for Game 2 tonight against the Washington Capitals. He’s been sidelined since March 10. 

TSN.CA: Ian Mendes examines why the Ottawa Senators failed to sell out the opening game of their second-round series with the New York Rangers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Mendes observes, there’s several reasons behind the “Sens malaise” among Ottawa supporters. If this happened to a team in the American Sun Belt there would be calls to move them to a “real” hockey market. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes acquired goaltender Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round pick (formerly belonging to the Senators) in 2017. Darling is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks couldn’t afford to re-sign Darling, so they dealt him for a draft pick rather than lose him for nothing to free agency. This was a shrewd move by Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis, as he now has exclusive negotiating rights with the 28-year-old goalie until July 1.

The Hurricanes need improvement in goal and Darling has the potential to become an NHL starter. Perhaps his best chance could be with the rebuilding Canes and their solid young defense corps.

It could cost the Hurricanes over $4 million annually on a five-year deal to sign Darling. If successful, Francis will have to trade or buy out Cam Ward or Eddie Lack. Both are signed through next season

NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers reportedly denied the Buffalo Sabres’ request to speak with assistant GM (and former Sabres captain) Chris Drury. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 5, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 5, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scores one of his two goals against the St. Louis Blues.

Game recaps, Devils trade Fiddler to Predators and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby scored twice and set up another to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Crosby is the first player to reach 30 goals this season and is only three points shy of 1000 for his NHL career. The Blues also lost winger Robby Fabbri in the first period to an apparent left-leg injury

Mikael Granlund netted a hat trick and added an assist as the Minnesota Wild doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 6-3. Granlund has a 12-game point streak going, collecting 17 points during that stretch. 

Peter Budaj picked up his league-leading seventh shutout and Jeff Carter scored the only goal as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 4-1 lead but would go on to beat the Boston Bruins 6-5. James van Riemsdyk tallied the winner late in the third period and teammate William Nylander netted his first career NHL hat trick. David Pastrnak scored twice for the Bruins. Earlier in the day, the Leafs claimed defenseman Alexey Marchenko off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings and placed blueliner Frank Corrado on waivers. 

Nicklas Backstrom’s early third-period goal stood as the winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 20 saves for his 10th straight win.

Taylor Hall scored twice and Cory Schneider made 31 saves to give the New Jersey Devils a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Earlier in the day, the Devils shipped center Vernon Fiddler to the Nashville Predators for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fiddler, 36, is an unrestricted free agent this summer who no longer fit into the Devils long-term plans. The move now gives the Devils 10 picks in this year’s draft. Some of them could be used as trade bait to land a quality player either by the trade deadline or leading up to this year’s draft weekend in June. Fiddler is returning to the team where his NHL career began and should provide the Preds with checking-line depth at center as they push to secure a playoff berth. 

Speaking of the Predators, they fell 1-0 to the Detroit Red Wings, with Petr Mrazek making 42 saves for his first shutout of the season and Mike Green scoring the only goal. 

Robin Lehner turned in a 37-save shutout performance and Jack Eichel collected two assists as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Ottawa Senators 4-0. 

Corey Crawford made 31 saves while teammates Artem Anisimov and Marian Hossa each collected two assists to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars. 

Ron Hainsey scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Carolina Hurricanes squeaked past the New York Islanders 5-4. Anders Lee and Josh Bailey each had a goal and an assist for the Isles. 

Brian Boyle’s shootout goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, snapping the Bolts three-game losing skid. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov had two assists. The Lightning were playing without winger Ondrej Palat, who’s listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury

Matt Duchene collected three assists and Jarome Iginla scored a goal and set up another to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, snapping the Avs nine-game losing streak. 

Mike Smith made 38 saves and Radim Vrbata tallied the game winner in a shoot out as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2. 

NBC SPORTS: Yesterday was the deadline for all NHL goaltenders to switch to the new streamlined goalie pants. Some, such as Arizona’s Mike Smith and Chicago’s Scott Darling, aren’t pleased with the change, with Darling claiming netminders are being punished for getting better at their position. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Goaltenders will adapt to this equipment change, just as they did with previous modifications. It could be worse, the league could’ve gone to a bigger net. The only problem I have with this change is the timing. It should’ve been implemented at the start of 2017-18, rather than midseason. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  The Anaheim Ducks depth in defensemen could make blueliner Josh Manson the odd man out when they submit their list of protected players for this June’s expansion draft. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2016

St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri scores one of his three goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps, Blackhawks re-sign Panarin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: Sidney Crosby tallied his league-leading 26th goal and Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves in relief of an injured Matt Murray (lower body) as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.

Murray suffered the injury late in the second period. No word yet as to the severity. Earlier in the day, the Penguins learned defenseman Brian Dumoulin will miss four-to-six weeks with a broken jaw. 

Robby Fabbri’s hat trick carried the St. Louis Blues to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, spoiling the return of Flyers center Sean Couturier from a knee injury. 

Tyler Johnson’s overtime goal capped a 4-3 comeback victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Montreal Canadiens. The Bolts were down 3-1 but third-period goals from Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat sparked their rally. The Lightning were playing without center Valtteri Filppula, who was scratched from the game for missing a team meeting

Ryan Miller made 36 saves backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed forward Tyler Toffoli (lower body) on injured reserve

The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 2-0 lead in the third period against the Florida Panthers, but Mitch Marner’s shootout goal gave them a 3-2 victory.  Panthers center Aleksander Barkov left the game with an undisclosed injury. No update yet as to his status. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks yesterday announced the re-signing of winger Artemi Panarin to a two-year, $12-million contract extension. The new deal, which pays Panarin $6 million per season, goes into effect in 2017-18. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a compromise deal for both sides. Panarin, the 2016 Calder Memorial Trophy winner and current Blackhawks’ leading scorer, gets a fair and well-deserved raise. The Hawks aren’t locked into a more expensive long-term deal with him just yet, pushing that inevitability ahead by two years. It was assumed Panarin would seek an eight-year deal worth around $7 million annually, but he was obviously willing to accept a shorter deal for less money to stay with the Blackhawks.

However, this new deal creates a significant problem for the ‘Hawks next season. With over $66 million invested in 15 players for 2017-18, the Blackhawks could have at most around $9 million remaining (assuming a $75 million cap ceiling) to re-sign other players and fill out the rest of their roster. I’ll examine how they could handle this later today in the Rumor section. 

YAHOO SPORTS: (stick tap to GJ Berg):  Long-time San Jose Sharks stars Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau aren’t sweating questions about their futures. Both are eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Thornton’s still playing well for someone who’s 37, I expect the Sharks will re-sign him to a two-year deal for perhaps around $6 million annually. Marleau, also 37, is in obvious decline. I think this season will not only be his last with the Sharks, but also the final one of his long NHL career. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson isn’t expected to return for a while. Anderson’s on a personal leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who is undergoing cancer treatments. 

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty believes the struggling Boston Bruins are in need of a shakeup and advocates replacing head coach Claude Julien. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen if the Bruins follow Haggerty’s advice. They could be reluctant to make that move while they’re still clinging to a postseason berth. If the losses start piling up and knock them out of playoff contention, Julien could be in jeopardy of losing his job. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM/NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed center Vernon Fiddler (lower body) on injured reserve, while listing left wing Taylor Hall (lower body) as day-to-day. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames winger Troy Brouwer (broken finger) is listed as week-to-week. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner (abdominal surgery) will miss the next four-to-six weeks. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets demoted Andrew Copp and Brandon Tanev to the minors.