NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 10, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 10, 2020

A proposed divisional realignment for this season is revealed, Forbes publishes its annual list of NHL team values, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TSN: Pierre LeBrun cites sources indicating what a divisional realignment for this season could look like. As expected, the seven Canadian clubs will play in their own division while the 24 American clubs would be divided into three eight-team regional divisions.

According to LeBrun, one division would contain the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Another would contain the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The third division would contain the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and Vegas Golden Knights.

The realignment was discussed during yesterday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. LeBrun cautions nothing is finalized and is subject to change. The vote by the governors could come by week’s end if all goes well.

LeBrun’s colleague Frank Seravalli reports there was some pushback to the proposed realignment. The Penguins want to ensure they remain in the East while the Wild, Stars and Blues wanted to remain with the Central Division teams. However, the league wants three divisions containing eight clubs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There could be some tweaking of teams in the American divisions but I think what LeBrun reported is what we’re going to see when the puck drops next month.

FORBES.COM: The effects of COVID-19 upon the NHL resulted in the first decline in team values since 2001. The average value declined by two percent to $653 million. League revenue dropped by 14 percent to $4.4 billion while operating income fell by 68 percent to $250 million.

The New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Montreal Canadiens are the league’s most valuable franchises, with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins rounding out the top five. The Vancouver Canucks are the 10th most valuable.

Fifteen teams, including the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators, suffered operating losses last season. More operating losses are expected for 2020-21 due to the season being significantly shortened by the pandemic.

Drew Dorweiller, a managing director at Montreal-based investment bank IJW & Co., speculates one way the league could raise capital is through the sale of minority stakes in franchises to investors.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Follow the Forbes link above for the complete list to see where your favorite team placed on their list.

THE ATHLETIC’s Kevin Kurz reports hearing if the Sharks aren’t able to hold training camp in San Jose/Santa Clara County due to local health restrictions they could instead train and play in the Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona area.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: Dalton Johnson reports the Sharks could also train and play in Oakland or Las Vegas.

NBC SPORTS: recently reported the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers lead the NHL Reverse Retro jersey sales. The Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes round out the top five.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 12, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 12, 2019

Game recaps, the Sharks fire head coach Peter DeBoer, Forbes releases its annual evaluation of NHL franchises, and more in today’s morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: T.J. Oshie scored two goals as the Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2. John Carlson scored the game-winner, snapping a 2-2 tie in the third period. Bruins winger David Pastrnak tallied his league-leading 26th goal of the season,

Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen tallied twice in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Avs center Nazem Kadri returned to action after being sidelined for three games. The Avalanche are unbeaten in their last eight contests (7-0-1). Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers.

An overtime goal by Ben Chiarot lifted the Montreal Canadiens over the Ottawa Senators 3-2. The Senators made things interesting by overcoming a 2-0 deficit. Max Domi collected two assists while rookie goaltender Cayden Primeau picked up his first NHL victory. Brady Tkachuk picked up two points for the Senators. The Canadiens played without Matthew Peca. They also placed center Jesperi Kotkaniemi (upper body) on injured reserve.


NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks yesterday fired head coach Peter DeBoer and three of his assistant coaches. Bob Boughner takes over for DeBoer on an interim basis.

San Jose Sharks fire head coach Peter DeBoer (Photo via NHL.com).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks are struggling to score and the defense hasn’t played well, but poor goaltending is the real reason DeBoer lost his job. Martin Jones and Aaron Dell have been terrible, sporting the league’s third-worst goals-against per game (3.42). Boughner might improve their defense, but I doubt he’ll be able to elevate the goaltending.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Speaking of coaches on struggling teams in danger of losing their job, Jeff Blashill’s performance is under the microscope as the Red Wings approach the longest losing skid in franchise history.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The record is 14 straight games. The Wings are in a death spiral, sparking comparisons to the “Dead Things” of the early-’80s. General manager Steve Yzerman’s been patient, but one wonders how much longer he’ll wait before shaking up the coaching staff.

FORBES.COM: For the fifth straight year, the New York Rangers top the magazine’s annual evaluation of NHL franchises. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, and Boston Bruins round out the top five. The Arizona Coyotes came in last in the rankings.

TSN: Montreal Canadiens Hall-of-Famer Guy Lapointe is undergoing treatment for oral cancer. A team statement indicates this form of cancer has a high cure rate.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to “Pointu” for a speedy recovery.

CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets center Emil Bemstrom will miss the next 6-to-8 weeks due to a dislocated rib and broken cartilage.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks trainer Mike Gapski will work his 2,500th NHL game tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.

THE SCORE: The Colorado Eagles’ equipment manager had been placed on administrative leave after former NHL player Akim Aliu revealed he attended a team Halloween party in blackface dressed as Aliu. The incident took place in 2011.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2018

Game recaps, latest Forbes rankings of NHL teams, and more in your morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Oscar Klefbom’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Connor McDavid’s game-winner as the Edmonton Oilers edged the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in a shootout.

Connor McDavid tallied the winning goal in a shootout to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. (Photo via NHL Images)

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 39 saves backstopping his club to a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Joe Thornton and Timo Meier each collected three points.

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 to extend the latter’s losing skid to five games. Daniel Sprong scored his first goal of the season, which was also his first since being acquired by the Ducks from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ondrej Kase tallied the winning goal.

FORBES.COM: The New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Montreal Canadiens top the annual list of most valuable NHL franchises. The Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, and Washington Capitals round out the top-10. The Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, and Arizona Coyotes fill the bottom five. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some might be surprised to see the Jets near the bottom in the rankings, but that’s attributable to playing in the league’s smallest venue in the league’s smallest market. 

THE SCORE: Days after finally signing a six-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, winger William Nylander is expected to make his season debut tonight on home ice against the Detroit Red Wings. 

NBC SPORTS: Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves won’t face supplemental discipline for his blindside hit on Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson. 

LAS VEGAS SUN: Reid Duke, the original Golden Knight, was called up by the club yesterday from their AHL affiliate on Wednesday. He could be in the lineup for tonight’s contest against the Chicago Blackhawks. Duke was the first player ever signed by the Golden Knights. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators made a minor-league trade yesterday. The Penguins shipped winger Tobias Lindberg and defenseman Stefan Elliott to Ottawa for center Ben Sexton and defenseman Macoy Erkamps.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 1, 2016

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture scores one of his two goals against the LA Kings.

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture scores one of his two goals against the LA Kings.

Game recaps, franchise value listings, CBA update & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Logan Couture scored twice and set up another to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. 

The New York Islanders blew a three-goal lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Anders Lee got the game winner with 27 seconds remaining as they went on to a 5-3 win. 

Chad Johnston turned in a 39-save performance as the Calgary Flames shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry is mired in a 15-game goal-scoring slump. His last tally came on Oct. 28. Perry has contributed 12 assists during that time. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is pushing winger Brandon Saad to elevate his game. 

TSN:  Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is taking a leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who’s undergoing cancer treatments. 

THE DENVER POST:  The Colorado Avalanche placed captain Gabe Landeskog (lower-body injury) on injured reserve. He’s already missed six straight games. 

STLTODAY.COM: Despite the struggles of Nail Yakupov, Blues GM Doug Armstrong remains confident the former Edmonton Oiler will improve. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yakupov’s been a healthy scratch in seven of the last 12 games. He can’t improve if he’s spending time in the press box. 

NJ.COM:  The New Jersey Devils placed winger Beau Bennett (leg laceration) on injured reserve. 

THE TENNESSEAN:  The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Adam Pardy to a one-year, two-way contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because Pardy was on an AHL contract before signing his new deal, he must first clear waivers before he can join the Predators. 

NBC SPORTS: Darren Dreger anticipated the NHLPA will reject the NHL’s recent proposal of Olympic participation in 2018 and 2022 in exchange for extending the collective bargaining agreement to 2025. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the league also proposed to cap escrow payments over the remainder of the CBA starting next season, I bet the PA would accept it.

FORBES.COM: The New York Rangers tops the list of Forbes’ most valuable NHL franchises for 2016, followed by the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are 11th, while the Cup Finalist San Jose Sharks are 13th. The Carolina Hurricanes ranked 30th.