NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2017

Game recaps, injury and waiver updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Jimmy Vesey’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout lifted the New York Rangers to their eight straight home win this season, edging the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.  

Shootout goals by Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators, snapping the latter’s four-game win streak.  

Ryan Strome scored the game winner while Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2, bringing the latter’s four-game win streak to an end 

THE WASHINGTON POST: takes an in-depth look at the close relationship between Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Russian president Vladimir Putin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin acknowledges his support of Putin won’t sit well with North American hockey fans, but he insists he’s simply supporting his country and not trying to make a political statement. His critics undoubtedly disagree with his view. To date, however, it hasn’t adversely affected his popularity as one of the league’s most popular players. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks pulled a video featuring Ryan Kesler walking around the club offices in his “birthday suit” to commemorate the league’s 100th anniversary and issued an apology after it was met with some criticism. “Our tweet posted earlier today was meant to be a lighthearted video celebrating the NHL’s 100th birthday,” the team said on its official page. “We realize in retrospect the content of the video may have been insensitive and we have removed the video and apologize.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the recent – and growing – number of high-profile sexual assault and harassment allegations, I’m surprised that there wasn’t a little more forethought about this by the Ducks front office before giving it their blessing. 

NBC SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has a hearing scheduled today with the league’s department of player safety after cross-checking Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk in the head on Saturday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landeskog has received two previous suspensions totaling five games for similar incidents, so expect him to miss some more playing time over this recent infraction. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Evgenii Dadanov could miss some time after suffering a shoulder injury on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks. 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins forward Peter Cehlarik will be sidelined for a month with a lower-body injury. 

TSN: The Los Angeles Kings placed forward Brooks Laich on unconditional waivers with the intent of mutually terminating his one-year, $625K contract. 

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 20, 2017

New York Islanders captain John Tavares scored twice to lead his club to a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars.

Game recaps, injury updates, recalls and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: John Tavares scored twice and Thomas Greiss had a 23-save shutout as the New York Islanders blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0, giving Doug Weight a win in his debut behind the bench as Isles interim head coach.

Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Daniel Winnik and Andre Burakovsky each collected two points as the Washington Capitals thumped the St. Louis Blues 7-3. Blues goalie Jake Allen was pulled for the fourth time in six games. Alex Steen and Jaden Schwartz each had three-point performances for the Blues in a losing cause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen’s horrible midseason slump could push Blues management into the trade market for a goaltending upgrade. 

Michael Grabner tallied two goal and Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 23 shots to give the New York Rangers a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Ryan Ellis scored twice and Juuse Saros made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators took a 4-0 lead and held on to down the Calgary Flames 4-3. For the first time in his young career, Flames center Sam Bennett was a healthy scratch

Nino Niederreitter scored twice as the Minnesota Wild, despite blowing a two-goal lead, went on to edge the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. 

Nick Ritchie’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The game was delayed nearly 45 minutes to replace a pane of broken glass behind the Ducks’ net. Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. 

Aaron Dell turned in a 24-save performance and Logan Couture tallied the game winner in the San Jose Sharks’ 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to the game, the Sharks placed forward Micheal Haley on injured reserve while Joonas Donskoi came off IR.

Mike Condon turned aside 42 shot backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  

BOSTON HERALD: Rumors abound suggesting Bruins head coach Claude Julien could be fired, but  the real problem is the limited depth of roster talent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Firing Julien won’t fix that issue. But that’s what general managers of struggling teams sometimes do in hopes of shifting focus away from their roster mistakes. Time will tell if Bruins management goes that route. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Coyotes demoted sophomore winger Anthony Duclair to the minors. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duclair has only nine points in 41 games this season, a far cry from his 20-goal, 44-point performance in 2015-16.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm, sidelined since Nov. 15 with a dislocated shoulder, could return to action tonight. Forward Steve Ott (shoulder) could be placed on injured reserve to make room for Helm. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Florida Panthers placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers. It’s the third time this season Griffiths has hit the waiver wire. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes recalled goalie Michael Leighton. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: With goaltender Anders Nilsson sidelined by illness, the Buffalo Sabres recalled Linus Ullmark.

OTTAWA SUN: A bus carrying the Columbus (Georgia) Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League overturned on Interstate 74 near Peoria yesterday. No one on the bus suffered life-threatening injuries, though three are reportedly in serious condition.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2016

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly celebrates a teammate's goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly celebrates a teammate’s goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps, injury updates, Bryan Bickell diagnosed with MS & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: Morgan Rielly had a four-game game (one goal, three assists) as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied to double up the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3.  Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers

Mark Stone’s goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation gave the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. It was a costly loss for the Kings, as Anze Kopitar left the game with an apparent left-arm/wrist injury and goalie Jeff Zatkoff suffered a lower-body injury. 

Marcus Johansson’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, snapping the latter’s seven-game win streak. Jay Beagle tallied two goals for the Capitals. 

Rene Bourque scored twice, including being credited with the winner in overtime when Nikolaj Ehlers accidentally scored into his own net, as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. 

Kari Lehtonen turned in a 40-save performance backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Andy Greene’s overtime penalty-shot goal gave the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes left wing Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In a statement, Bickell said he’d felt symptoms since the 2015 playoffs but was unaware of what the problem was. It is uncertain if he’ll be able to continue his playing career. The club also announced defenseman Justin Faulk was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bickell’s diagnosis is likely the end of his NHL career as a player. Former Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding recently had his career ended by MS. Best wishes to Bickell and his family in his battle with this disease. 

MLIVE.COM’s Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings announced forward Andreas Athanasiou is sidelined one-two weeks with a knee sprain. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson will give up most of two years’ pay in his bankruptcy settlement with six of his eight creditors. He will keep only $246K of his $5 million salary for living expenses over each of the next two years. Johnson was reportedly bankrupted by his parents, who used their power of attorney to borrow millions of dollars at very high interest rates. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson’s tale is a cautionary one for all NHL players as to how they manage their money. He apparently made the mistake of trusting his parents. Not only did they bankrupt him, but their actions damaged their relationship with their son.

TORONTO SUN:  Eric Lindros said he turned down an offer to return to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12. At first, Lindros thought the offer from then-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was a joke. “Are you nuts?”, he laughingly replied. Lindros will be officially inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindros seems to be much more relaxed and happy in retirement compared to his playing career.