NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2021

Jonathan Drouin reveals the reasons behind last season’s leave of absence, Artemi Panarin doesn’t want to be Rangers captain, Travis Zajac retires and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: In a one-on-one interview that aired on RDS on Monday, Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin revealed anxiety and sleep disorder were behind his season-ending leave of absence in 2020-21. “I’ve had anxiety problems for many years,” said Drouin. “Insomnia problems that relate to my anxiety.”

Montreal Canadiens left wing Jonathan Drouin (NHL Images).

Drouin revealed he’d been dealing with anxiety for several years without knowing what it was. He said his problems had nothing to do with drugs or alcohol and he’s never been to a rehab program.

The Canadiens forward said he’d been handling his anxiety issues better in recent years but the restrictions placed on him and his teammates by COVID-19 took a toll on his physical and mental strength. While he never lost his love of the game, he said there were times last season when he went three straight nights without sleep.

Drouin praised the support he received from Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, head coach Dominique Ducharme and his teammates throughout his ordeal. He’s happy with the decision he made last season, wants to remain in Montreal and his mental health is better than ever.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anyone’s who’s ever dealt with anxiety or knows someone who is dealing with it knows how debilitating it can be. Add the pressure of playing for one of hockey’s most iconic teams and it’s no wonder Drouin needed to step away. It’s good to see he’s had the support of his team through all of this. It should help smooth his return to action this season.

NHL.COM: Artemi Panarin said he doesn’t want to be captain of the New York Rangers. “I think we have more deserving candidates for that role now,” he said.

Panarin pointed out the job is more than just playing good hockey. “You also have to give your energy between the periods, motivate guys, giving interviews, being the face of the franchise. Overall, it’s a lot of work off the ice.” He felt he wouldn’t be an effective captain, adding his limited English would also be a problem.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Travis Zajac signed a one-day contract with the New Jersey Devils in order to retire with the club that drafted him 17 years ago. The 36-year-old center spent almost the entirety of his 15 NHL seasons with the Devils until traded late last season to the New York Islanders. In 1,037 career games, Zajac tallied 203 goals and 552 points. He will remain with the Devils in an on/off-ice player development and consulting role.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Zajac and his family in their future endeavors.

SI.COM/THE HOCKEY NEWS: The Edmonton Oilers will retire Kevin Lowe’s No. 4 jersey in the rafters at Rogers Place during a Nov. 5 game against the New York Rangers. He played for both clubs during his 19-season NHL career, 15 of those with the Oilers.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes revealed their proposed arena entertainment district in Tempe, Arizona yesterday. The project would cost an estimated $1.7 billion and calls for private funding along with an additional $200 million portion coming from city tax revenues. The city will review the proposal in a process that could take months before a public meeting and a vote to accept or reject the proposal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This season is expected to be the Coyotes’ last in Gila River Arena after the city of Glendale announced it would not renew its operating agreement with the club. They are currently in search of a temporary home.

The Coyotes also revealed their new white Kachina coyote road jerseys for the first time since 2003. The popular Kachina logo will also be the club’s primary logo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I always liked the Coyotes’ original logo. Glad to see they’re bringing it back.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The severity of Flyers defenseman Samuel Morin’s recent knee injury remains uncertain. An initial report claimed the injury was “significant” but Morin’s former teammate Riley Cote tweeted a text message exchange with the blueliner who said one of his knees was banged up but it was “nothing major”. Morin’s career has been hampered by two ACL tears in his right knee since 2018.

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins signed winger Zach Senyshyn to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets placed defenseman Sami Niku on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.

TSN: The Montreal Canadiens signed blueliner Cody Goloubef to a professional tryout offer.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2020

Jordan Eberle and Jared Spurgeon each tally hat tricks, the Jets acquire Cody Eakin from the Golden Knights, the Avalanche re-sign Pavel Francouz, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: On the night the New York Islanders honored John Tonelli, Jordan Eberle netted a hat trick to lead them to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Islanders (74 points) hold the first wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are officially eliminated from playoff contention. Earlier in the day, the Isles placed Cal Clutterbuck on injured reserve, while the Red Wings claimed defenseman Cody Goloubef off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.

Jared Spurgeon’s natural hat trick gave the Minnesota Wild a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon netted a natural hat trick to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected three points for the Oilers. The Wild (65 points) sit three points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Goaltender Pavel Francouz celebrated his two-year, $4-million contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche by kicking out 26 shots to blank the Anaheim Ducks 1-0. J.T. Compher scored the only goal as the Avs (77 points) move one point ahead of the Dallas Stars for second in the Central Division.

The St. Louis Blues (80 points) opened a three-point lead atop the Western Conference by beating the Stars 5-1, leaving the latter four points behind them. Blues defenseman Colton Parayko had a goal and two assists.

Mika Zibanejad scored and set up two others to lead the New York Rangers over the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho tallied his 35th goal of the season. With 68 points, the Rangers sit five points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Hurricanes (72 points) are one point behind the Jackets.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat scored twice in a 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 42 saves for the win. The Predators (68 points) sit two behind the Calgary Flames for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. The Blackhawks made defenseman Erik Gustafsson a late scratch, prompting speculation he could be moved before the upcoming Feb. 24 trade deadline.

Speaking of the Flames, they blew a 3-1 lead to drop a 4-3 decision to the Boston Bruins. Patrice Bergeron scored twice and David Pastrnak had two assists as the Bruins (90 points) won their fifth straight and widened their lead atop the overall standings by five points over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mikael Backlund scored two goals for the Flames.

HEADLINES

WINNIPEG SUN/LAS VEGAS SUN: The Winnipeg Jets acquired center Cody Eakin from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2021.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eakin is expected to center the Jets’ fourth line, providing an additional measure of experienced depth to their bottom-six forward lines. By shedding Eakin’s $3.85 million salary-cap hit, the Golden Knights freed up cap room for perhaps another deal before the upcoming trade deadline.

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres yesterday placed defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. If unclaimed by noon today, Bogosian will become an unrestricted free agent.

TSN: Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan opened up about his alcohol addiction and his ongoing treatment. He’s returning to the lineup after being out of action for three months participating in the NHL player assistance program.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Ryan on his path forward.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand will be sidelined eight-to-ten weeks with a sprained and factured ankle.

The NHL Department of Player Safety fined Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen $5,000.00 for slashing and Senators forward Scott Sabourin over $1.881.00 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

TVA SPORTS: With Victor Mete and Xavier Ouellet sidelined by injuries, the Montreal Canadiens recalled defenseman Karl Alzner.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 26, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 26, 2019

2019 HHOF class revealed, the Avalanche trade Soderberg to the Coyotes, Craig Berube made full-time Blues coach, Brooks Orpik retires, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TSN: Canadian women’s star Hayley Wickenheiser, former NHL defenseman Sergei Zubov and former NHL center Guy Carbonneau are among those to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. Joining them are former Czechoslovakian star Vaclav Nedomansky, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, and longtime Boston College coach Jerry York.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to all the member of the Class of 2019. 

The Colorado Avalanche trade center Carl Soderberg to the Arizona Coyotes (Photo via NHL Images).

The Colorado Avalanche yesterday traded center Carl Soderberg to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third-round pick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes add some experienced depth at center while clearing a bit of a logjam on the blueline. The Avalanche, meanwhile, freed up more salary-cap space. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $38 million in cap room.

A big chunk of that will go toward re-signing restricted free agents like Mikko Rantanen, Alexander Kerfoot, Nikita Zadorov, and J.T. Compher. However, they’ll still have plenty of room to be aggressive in this summer’s UFA market. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues made Craig Berube their full-time head coach, signing him to a three-year contract. He served this season on an interim basis and guided the Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September.

NHLPA: Defenseman Brooks Orpik yesterday announced his retirement. He played 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, winning the Stanley Cup with both clubs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Orpik cited a knee injury for ending his career, saying he played in pain throughout last season. Best wishes to him and his family in their future endeavors. 

NHL.COM: The league released its full schedule for 2019-20.

The league also released the complete list of restricted free agent players who received qualifying offers before yesterday’s 5 pm ET deadline.

TSN: The Ottawa Senators re-signed defenseman Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Adam Clendening to a two-year contract extension. Cap Friendly indicates it’s worth $700K per season.

TWINCITIES.COM: Center Matt Hendricks has retired after 607 NHL games. He played for the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, and Winnipeg Jets. He’s joining the Wild in their department of player development.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2016

Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr celebrates his 750th NHL goal.

Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr celebrates his 750th NHL goal.

Another milestone for Jaromir Jagr, notable game recaps, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr became only the third player in NHL history to score 750 career goals in his club’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin tallied the game winner for the Capitals, while teammate Daniel Winnik lost a small piece of his ear whilst blocked a shot. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another impressive achievement for Jagr, who sits behind only Gordie Howe (801 goals) and Wayne Gretzky (894) on the all-time list. As for Winnik, his injury isn’t expected to leave him sidelined for long. 

Third period goals by Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. This was the first game between the two clubs since the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Carey Price made his first start of the season, stopping 27 shots to backstop the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Shea Weber scored his first goal as a Hab. 

Patrice Bergeron also played his first game of the season, tallying the winner to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

St. Louis Blues winger Nail Yakupov scored against his former team, but the Edmonton Oilers won the game 3-1 thanks to a goal and an assist by Connor McDavid and a 33-save effort from Cam Talbot. 

The Vancouver Canucks collected their fourth straight win by edging the Buffalo Sabres 2-1.

Eric Staal scored twice as the Minnesota Wild rallied to down the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Rookie Auston Matthews scored for the Leafs, who’ve had difficulty holding on to leads so far this season.

Matt Duchene scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0. 

Alec Martinez’s overtime goal gave the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. 

The Carolina Hurricanes got their first win of the season, doubling up the Calgary Flames 4-2. 

The Anaheim Ducks spoiled the Philadelphia Flyers home opener with a 3-2 victory. 

TSN:  The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed goaltender Matt Murray to a three-year, $11.25 million contract extension yesterday. The annual cap hit is $3.75 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable and reasonable deal for Murray, who is in the final season of his entry-level contract. The youngster rose to prominence last season by replacing sidelined starter Marc-Andre Fleury and backstopping the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. His re-signing only stokes speculation Fleury could be dealt later this season, but that’s not a certainty. I’ll have more later today in my Rumors section. 

ESPN.COM: Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury. Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell could become a healthy scratch for the first time since 2011. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has returned to Phoenix for further evaluation of his lower-body injury, believed to be his left leg. He remains listed as day-to-day. 

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

TVA SPORTS:  Montreal Canadiens defenseman Zach Redmond is sidelined six weeks with a broken foot. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets placed defenseman Cody Goloubef on waivers.