NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2019

The Bruins down the slumping Maple Leafs, the Canadiens upset the Capitals, an update on TJ Brodie and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Two third-period goals by Brad Marchand lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins snapped a four-game winless streak while extending the Leafs’ to four games. Charlie Coyle picked up two points for the Bruins. Leafs forward Trevor Moore left the game in the first period with a shoulder injury. Earlier in the day, the Leafs revealed center Alexander Kerfoot is sidelined indefinitely following surgery to repair dental fractures suffered during a Nov. 5 game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored twice in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images)

Tomas Tatar scored and set up three others as the Montreal Canadiens upset the league-leading Washington Capitals 5-2, snapping the latter’s 13-game points streak. Phillip Danault had a three-point performance for the Habs, who are 7-1-1 in their last nine contests (25 points). They sit three points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood made 38 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman tallied for the Devils. The Penguins are winless in two games without captain Sidney Crosby, who’s sidelined for six weeks recovering from sports-hernia surgery.

Zach Werenski scored in overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the St. Louis Blues 3-2. It’s the Jackets second win in their last nine contests.

The Ottawa Senators picked up their fourth win in five games by nipping the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. Tyler Ennis and Filip Chlapik tallied for the Senators as they ended the Flyers point streak at seven games.

HEADLINES

CALGARY SUN: Flames general manager Brad Treliving said tests to determine TJ Brodie’s collapse during practice on Thursday returned negative. The defenseman was treated and released from the hospital and is resting at home with his family. He’ll be meeting with a neurology team and will undergo examinations by specialists. The team doctor suspects Brodie’s collapse may have been caused by a syncopal (fainting) episode. There’s no timetable for his return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m relieved that Brodie appears to be okay. Hopefully, whatever caused him to collapse will be a minor, treatable issue.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Patrik Nemeth could be sidelined three weeks following an infection after blocking a shot in a recent game. Blueliner Filip Hronek is expected to miss today’s game against the San Jose Sharks following a bruise from a shot block during Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Kings.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes removed forward Jordan Martinook from injured reserve.

THE SCORE: Sportsnet is considering new formats to replace Coach’s Corner during the first intermissions of its Saturday night broadcasts. Don Cherry, the long-time star of that segment, was fired earlier this week over comments aimed at immigrants leading up to Remembrance Day.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was speculation Cherry’s co-host Ron MacLean was considering leaving Hockey Night in Canada. MacLean denied the rumor.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 5, 2019

The Leafs re-sign Cody Ceci and Alex Kerfoot, the Canadiens ink Ben Chiarot, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs yesterday re-signed restricted free agents Cody Ceci and Alex Kerfoot. Ceci inked a one-year, $4.5-million contract while Kerfoot agreed to a four-year, $14-million deal. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed defenseman Cody Ceci to a one-year contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good cost-effective moves by the Leafs, who acquired Ceci and Kerfoot via trades on Monday. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $3.76 million in salary-cap space, with Mitch Marner still to be re-signed.

The Leafs are allowed to exceed the $81.5-million salary cap by 10 percent during the off-season. If necessary, they can place permanently sidelined Nathan Horton ($5.3 million) on long-term injury reserve. They can do the same with sidelined players Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott until they’re ready to return to the lineup later in the fall. The Leafs could also bury a couple of contracts in the minors for the start of the season.

Bear in mind the Leafs must be cap compliant when Hyman and Dermott return to the roster. It could also complicate efforts to call up players during the season. They could be forced to make another cost-cutting deal before the end of the year.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens yesterday signed unrestricted free agent Ben Chiarot to a three-year, $10.5-million contract. The annual average value is $3.5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A solid addition to the Canadiens blueline. Chiarot is a big-bodied defenseman who was among the Winnipeg Jets’ leaders in hits and blocked shots last season while averaging over 18 minutes of ice time per game. He’ll bolster their depth on the left side. With over $8.4 million in cap space, the Habs have room to add a forward or another defenseman. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators signed defenseman Christian Wolanin to a two-year, $1.8-million contract extension. 

SPORTSNET: The Carolina Hurricanes inked forward Brian Gibbons to a one-year, two-way contract worth $725K at the NHL level 

NHL.COM: The Vancouver Canucks signed right wing Justin Bailey to a one-year, two-way deal 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks also shuffled their amateur scouting department. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 25, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 25, 2019

Game recaps, Red Wings trade Gustav Nyquist to the Sharks, Mats Zuccarello injured in his first game with the Stars, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in overtime as the Washington Capitals edged the New York Rangers 6-5 in a wild and physical contest. Nicklas Backstrom tallied twice for the Capitals while Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei also netted two goals. Following the game, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist cut short his interview after becoming emotional responding to a question about the trade of Mats Zuccarello, his friend and long-time teammate, to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, NHL hockey is a business and yes, players know getting trading is always a possibility. Nevertheless, they’re still human like the rest of us and it can be difficult to part ways with a good friend. 

Speaking of Zuccarello, he was having a strong debut with the Stars (one goal, one assist) during their 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks but suffered an arm injury that likely requires surgery after blocking a shot and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Zuccarello could return to the Stars before the end of the season, but his absence still leaves them in need of scoring depth if they’re to avoid slipping out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Stars captain Jamie Benn also left the game with an upper-body injury and is expected to be re-evaluated today. 

The Detroit Red Wings trade forward Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks (Photo via NHL Images)

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski tallied a natural hat trick to lead his club to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Following the game, the Red Wings traded winger Gustav Nyquist to the Sharks for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional third in 2020.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings also retained $1.425 million of Nyquist’s $4.7-million salary-cap hit. A versatile forward who can skate at center or on the wing, he’s tallied 49 points in 62 games and is on pace to exceed 60 points this season. He could slot in as a second- or third-line winger, providing even more bite to an already potent Sharks offense.

An overtime goal by Ryan Donato enabled the Minnesota Wild to beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1. Donato now has four points in three games with the Wild since being traded to Minnesota from Boston. The Wild (66 points) have now won three straight and still cling to the final Western Conference wild-card spot.

Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk scored a goal but brother Matthew Tkachuk’s Calgary Flames won their first-ever face-to-face matchup 2-1 on a late goal by Austin Czarnik. The Flames (85 points) opened a three-point lead over the Sharks for top spot in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference. Following the game, the Senators shipped minor-league defenseman Patrick Sieloff to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for left wing Brian Gibbons.

The Arizona Coyotes (63 points) moved to within three points of a playoff spot by downing the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. Before the game, the Coyotes honored former long-time captain Shane Doan by retiring his No. 19 jersey. Doan began his career with the original Jets and moved with that club when it relocated to Arizona.

TSN: The Boston Bruins signed forward Lee Stempniak to a one-year contract and placed him on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to their AHL affiliate in Providence.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2019

Game recaps, Oilers trade Cam Talbot to Flyers, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Nino Niederreiter scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. The victory moves the surging Hurricanes (66 points) within one point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth. 

The Edmonton Oilers traded goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo via NHL Images).

Following the game, the Oilers traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for goaltender Anthony Stolarz. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers and Flyers were discussing this deal since Thursday. The move clears Talbot’s $4.16-million annual average value from the Oilers’ salary-cap payroll to make room for defenseman Andrej Sekera, who’s returning to action after missing most of this season to injury.

The Flyers get an opportunity to see if Talbot, who’s friends with Carter Hart, can make a good backup and mentor for the young rookie netminder. If he works out, the Flyers will probably re-sign him to provide additional stability between the pipes. 

The Buffalo Sabres failed to gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings, falling 6-2 to the New York Rangers. Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice and set up another for the Rangers. The Sabres (63 points) remain four points out of a wild-card berth. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider picked up his first win since Dec. 27, 2017, in a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Nico Hischier tallied the winner in overtime as the Devils overcame a three-goal deficit. The Wild (60 points) are clinging to the final Western Conference playoff spot, sitting one point up on the Vancouver Caucks. 

Jaroslav Halak turned in a 30-save shutout as the Boston Bruins blanked the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. Earlier in the day, the Ducks placed Brian Gibbons on waivers

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz has been activated off injured reserve and could play this afternoon against the Calgary Flames. 

CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner has suffered a minor injury and won’t travel with the club for today’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have called up defenseman Luke Schenn from their AHL affiliate in Utica. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Joe Morrow is sidelined two-to-three weeks with a lower-body injury. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2017

Game recaps, including the latest on Carey Price, Alex Ovechkin & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin took over 21st spot on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list (576 goals) with his 20th career hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 18 goals on the season, taking over top spot in this season’s goal-scoring lead.

Ovechkin accomplished this feat in front of one of his biggest fans, cancer survivor Alex Luey. The Capitals captain got Luey and his family tickets to the game, met the youngster before the game and gave him some of his game-worn gear afterwards. 

After missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made a triumphant return with a 36-save, 3-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres, snapping the Habs five-game losing skid. It was the 40th shutout of Price’s career. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens still have a hard road ahead of them if they hope to grab a playoff spot this season. However, if Price stays healthy and maintains his usually dominant form, their odds will certainly improve. 

The Vegas Golden Knights became the fastest team to win 15 games in an inaugural season by doubling up the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and two assists for the Golden Knights, who maintain a two-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings for first place in the Pacific Division. 

Speaking of the Kings, they edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in a shootout. Dustin Brown tallied the game-tying goal late in the third and Trevor Lewis netted the winner in the shootout. 

Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each scored twice while backup goalie Tristan Jarry got his first career NHL victory as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2. 

The good news for the Ottawa Senators is Matt Duchene finally scored his first goal since joining them earlier this month in a much-heralded three-team trade from Colorado. The bad news is it was the Sens’ only goal as they fell 2-1 to the New York Islanders. Ottawa’s losing streak is now at six games. The Isles, meanwhile, have won six of their last seven games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The acquisition of Duchene hasn’t panned out as hoped thus far. To be fair, it’s not his fault the Senators usually solid goaltending was shaky through most of their recent losses. Still, they were hoping for more production from the 26-year-old center. 

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists and Corey Crawford picked up the win in his 400th career NHL game as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 4-1. 

Logan Couture scored twice and Martin Jones turned in a 38-save shutout performance to carry the San Jose Sharks to a 4-0 blanking of the Winnipeg Jets. Jones, however, suffered a lower-body injury in the third period and will be reevaluated on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, the league fined Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot over $3,700.00 for butt-ending Anaheim’s Corey Perry on the chin on Friday. Jets fan Kyle Klatt has set up a gofundme page to raise money towards Chiarot’s fine and contribute the money to a local charity. 

Jaden Schwartz scored twice as the St. Louis Blues tamed the Minnesota Wild 6-3. Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Colton Parayko each collected two assists for the Blues. 

The New Jersey Devils blew a two-goal lead over the Detroit Red Wings but got the victory in overtime on a goal by Brian Gibbons. The 29-year-old winger, who failed to stick with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets, lead the Devils with 11 goals this season. 

Mikael Backlund tallied his 100th career NHL goal and backup David Rittich made 24 saves for his first career NHL win as the Calgary Flames edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. 

SPORTSNET: Former NHL enforcer Riley Cote is advocating the use of cannabis “for holistic approaches to wellness for current and retired athletes.” Cannabis isn’t on the NHL’s list of banned substances because it’s not considered a performance-enhancing drug but it’s not officially condoned and is among the drugs players are tested for under the league’s substance-abuse program. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect the NHL to embrace the use of medical cannabis anytime soon. As marijuana is legalized or laws against its usage are loosened, perhaps the league will eventually adjust its drug policy.