NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 17, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 17, 2016

Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly scores one of his two goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly scores one of his two goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Updates on Ryan O’Reilly, Roberto Luongo, Zach Parise & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Ryan O’Reilly scored twice and set up two others to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Following the loss, the Oilers canceled a mandated day off for its players on Monday. It will be moved to a later date. 

Brandon Sutter scored in overtime as the Vancouver Canucks overcame a three-goal deficit to down the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. 

Josh Bailey’s overtime goal lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

NBC SPORTS:  In backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Detroit Red Wings, goaltender Roberto Luongo collected his 438th career NHL win to move ahead of Jacques Plante into sixth on the all-time leader board. He’s now only nine wins behind Terry Sawchuk (447) and 16 behind Curtis Joseph (454). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo is also within range of Ed Belfour, who sits third all time with 484 wins. It’s doubtful, however, he’ll catch Patrick Roy (551). He has no chance of surpassing Martin Brodeur (691) for top spot.

TWINCITIES.COM:  Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise donated $11,000.00 to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

NBC SPORTS: New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (hip flexor) is listed as day-to-day. The Rangers also announced the signing of forward Justin Fontaine to a one-year, two-way contract and assigned him to their AHL affiliate. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts profiles Ron MacLean on his return as host of Hockey Night in Canada. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  With the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers as possible Stanley Cup contenders this season, a rivalry between the two clubs might finally flicker to life. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite both clubs existing in Florida for over 20 years, the Lightning and Panthers haven’t had a rivalry comparable to, say, Edmonton and Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa or the New York Rangers and New York Islanders. But with both clubs could challenge for top spot in the Atlantic Division and perhaps meet in this year’s postseason, perhaps we’ll see an increase of intensity in their games this season. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Seat selection process for the season-ticket holders of Las Vegas’ NHL expansion team stars today. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2016

President Barack Obama honored the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

President Barack Obama honored the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Penguins honored at White House, Lightning to honor Martin St. Louis, injury updates & more in your NHL morning headlines.

Check out NHL.com for last night’s preseason scores.

TRIBLIVE.COM:  President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House yesterday. “We are here to celebrate an extraordinary achievement. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion,’ joked Obama, who also hosted the Penguins back in 2009 for their previous Cup championship.

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  The Tampa Bay Lightning will honor former captain Martin St. Louis by retiring his No. 26 at a ceremony on Jan. 13. St. Louis spent 13 of his 17 seasons with the Lightning, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. During his tenure with the Bolts, he also won two scoring titles and the Hart Memorial Trophy (2004). He’s the franchise’s “all-time leading scorer with 953 points and he ranks second in Lightning history in games (972) and goals (365).”

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  There’s talk some Lightning fans are still upset over St. Louis demanding a trade to the New York Rangers following the 2014 Winter Olympics. While I can understand that bitterness, it’s best to remember what he did for the franchise during his long tenure with them. St. Louis played an important role in turning the Lightning from a laughingstock into a champion, helping them remain a competitive team. Without him, the Lightning’s history over the past fifteen years might be completely different, and perhaps not for the better.

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres forwards Ryan O’Reilly (back and midsection spasms) and Kyle Okposo (bruised knee), and defensemen Zach Bogosian (groin) and Dmitry Kulikov (butt bruise) are currently sidelined by injuries. 

ESPN.COM:  The Los Angeles Kings placed winger Marian Gaborik (broken foot) on injured reserve. 

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad will miss the next four weeks with a broken bone in one of his hands. 

CSNNE.COM:  Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is listed as day-to-day with a bruised knee. 

COURIER POST:  Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Laughton is out three-four weeks with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Brandon Manning (upper body) is listed as week-to-week. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo will miss the next four weeks with a groin injury. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM’s Michael Russo reports the Dallas Stars signed forward Justin Fontaine to a professional tryout offer. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Clayton Stoner on waivers, demoted blueliners Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour and ended the PTO contract of forward Sean Bergenheim. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stoner is earning $3.25 million this season and next. It’s unlikely a rival club will pick up that salary via waivers. 

NEW YORK POST: A New York judge has spared former minor league player Jordan Hart, who was accused of providing painkillers to the late Derek Boogaard. She found no basis that he supplied the drugs that killed Boogaard. Hart instead received a one-year probation. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Hart and Boogaard “were victims of organized sports, which did not consider the consequences of supplying large quantities of addictive pain medication to their players.”

MLIVE.COM:  NHL Hall of Fame defenseman and Detroit Red Wings director of pro scouting is one of the winners of the 2016 Lester Patrick Trophy.