NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2017
Game recaps, Avalanche and Predators make a trade & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in his season debut to backstop the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Prior to the game, the Lightning honored Martin St. Louis by retiring his number 26. St. Louis spent 13 seasons with the Bolts, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. He’s also a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy and won the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester Pearson Award in 2004.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, St. Louis is the greatest player in Lightning history and a future Hall of Famer.
John Tavares tallied a hat trick and collected his 500th NHL point to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Isles defenseman Nick Leddy had a three-point game, netting a goal and two assists.
Jeff Skinner had a three-point game (two goals, one assist) and Cam Ward made 36 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Buffalo Sabres 5-2.
Braden Holtby made 24 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout as the Washington Capitals blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0. Jay Beagle scored twice and Tom Wilson had a three-point night.
Frederik Andersen made 34 saves while Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak each collected two assists to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.
Brendan Perlini scored twice while Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each collected three assists as the Arizona Coyotes edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
Keith Kinkaid turned in a 31-save performance and Taylor Hall tallied the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames, snapping a four-game losing skid.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche traded fourth-line winger Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators in exchange for minor-league center Felix Girard. McLeod is under contract through next season at an annual average value of $1.33 million, but the Avs will retain 40 percent of that salary-cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The roster shakeup has begun for the floundering Avalanche. Expect more deals by the Avs to come before the March 1 trade deadline. Most will likely involve pending unrestricted free agents such as Jarome Iginla and Fedor Tyutin. It’s also possible a core player, such as Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, could be moved.
CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers activated defenseman Mark Streit off injured reserve and placed center Boyd Gordon on waivers in order to clear sufficient salary-cap space for Streit’s return.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed defenseman Roman Josi and forward Colin Wilson on injured reserve.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (broken right wrist) will be sidelined approximately two months.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Roy MacGregor has the story of Len Boogaard, the father of late NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, who is trying to eliminate fighting from hockey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether you believe fighting belongs in hockey or not, Len Boogaard’s story is one that should be read by everyone on both sides of this issue.
SPORTSNET: Four-time Olympic champion and seven-time World Champion Hayley Wickenheiser yesterday announced her retirement. Wickenheiser is an icon of women’s hockey and played a significant role in growing the sport of women’s hockey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wickenheiser is also a shoo-in for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hopefully, she won’t have to wait very long for that honor.