NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 22, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 22, 2018

Latest on Sean Couturier and Josh Morrissey, Randy Lee steps down as Senators assistant GM and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TVA SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier reinjured the medial collateral ligament of his right knee during a tournament in Quebec City two weekends ago. He originally injured the knee in practice during the 2018 playoffs. After meeting with Flyers doctors, Couturier isn’t expected to undergo surgery. However, it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready in time for the start of training camp next month.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier reportedly reinjured his right knee earlier this month. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Couturier enjoyed the best season of his NHL career before his injury, tallying 31 goals and 76 points.Though he returned to play with the Flyers after missing one game in their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he later told reporters he likely would’ve missed four weeks if the injury occurred during the regular season. That he doesn’t require surgery suggests he could be good to go for training camp.

OTTAWA SUN: Randy Lee has stepped down as assistant general manager of the Ottawa Senators. He’s awaiting “the outcome of court proceedings on two non-criminal harassment charges filed against him for an alleged incident in Buffalo in May.”

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Restricted free agent defenseman Josh Morrissey believes he’ll be under contract before training camp opens next month.  “Everyone’s confident it will be handled and done, definitely in time for the season,” Morrissey said.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Plenty of time for Morrissey and the Jets to get a deal worked out. The only question is whether it’ll be an affordable bridge deal with the promise of a bigger pay raise in two or three years or a long-term contract. Given the Jets’ cap constraints next summer and with big stars such as Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine to re-sign, perhaps they’ll go the bridge route to give the Jets some cap flexibility. 

SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Jets, they signed  forward Nicolas Kerdiles to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level.

USA TODAY: Former NHL forward Joe Murphy is reportedly homeless in Kenora, Ontario. The first-overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1986 NHL Draft, Murphy won a Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 and scored 233 goals and 528 points during his NHL career. He is the subject of a TSN documentary tonight.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sad to hear about Murphy’s current status. There are several organizations that provide assistance to former players in need. Here’s hoping they reach out to him if he’s unable to contact them for help. 

SPORTSNET: Defenseman Brandon Davidson reportedly rejected a professional tryout offer from the Edmonton Oilers. He’s more interested in landing a contract and could be close to getting one with another club.

CALGARY SUN:  The Calgary Flames inked winger Anthony Peluso to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K in the NHL.

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Jim Corsi as their goaltending development coach. Corsi spent 16 seasons as the Buffalo Sabres goalie coach and held the same role for three seasons with the St. Louis Blues. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have officially named the Fort Wayne Komets as their ECHL affiliate. 

HOKEJPORTAL.SK: Former NHL forward Michal Handzus is expected to announce his retirement as a player on Friday. Handzus spent 15 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, winning a Stanley Cup in 2013 with the Blackhawks. Between 2014-15 to 2016-17, he played three seasons for Banska Bystrica. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stick tap to Alexander Wirdzek for the link. Best wishes to Handzus in his future endeavors. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 20, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is showered with hats after scoring his third goal against the Florida Panthers.

Game recaps, Blue Jackets & Blackhawks clinch playoff berths & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby tallied his 10th career hat trick to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-0 blanking of the Florida Panthers. Crosby moved into a tie (80 points) in the scoring race with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and took over the lead in the goal-scoring race, becoming the first player this season to reach 40 goals. The Penguins (99 points) sit one point back of the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division.

Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist as the Blue Jackets clinched a playoff berth by downing the New Jersey Devils 4-1. It also marked the first time in franchise history they’ve reached 100 points in a season. The win moved them into a tie with the first-overall Capitals. 

The Chicago Blackhawks also clinched a playoff spot with a five-goal third-period rally to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3.  Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Hawks (99 points), who opened a seven-point lead in the Central Division and the Western Conference standings over the slumping Minnesota Wild.  

Josh Morrissey’s third-period goal lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 win over the Wild, who had overcome a 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the second period. It’s the Wild’s fifth straight loss.

Paul Byron reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career and Carey Price turned aside 30 shots to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Habs (90 points) swept their back-to-back weekend series with Ottawa to remain atop the Atlantic Division, opening a four-point lead over the Sens. 

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Flames downed the Los Angeles Kings 5-2. The Flames (86 points) regained third place in the Pacific Division, one point up on the Edmonton Oilers, while the Kings (75 points) remain six points away from the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Flames rookie winger Matthew Tkachuk could face disciplinary action for a vicious elbow to the head of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who was able to finish to game. The Flames also played without forward Micheal Ferland, who was being tested for mumps.

Brayden Schenn’s overtime goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, moving the Flyers (74 points) to within five points of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Flyers captain Claude Giroux also admitted he found it difficult this season to adjust from last spring’s hip surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would certainly explain why Giroux’s production (51 points) has been so low this season. 

THE MERCURY NEWS:  San Jose Sharks winger Jannik Hansen traveled with the club to Dallas Sunday after appearing to catch a stick in the face during the club’s loss to Anaheim on Saturday. That could mean he’ll return to the lineup at some point during their four-game road trip this week. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes recalled defenseman Zybnek Michalek and forward Laurent Dauphin from the AHL Tucson Roadrunners. 

NEW YORK TIMES: Former NHL players and longtime friends Michal Handzus and Richard Zednik has returned to their Slovakian hometown of Banska Bystrica for the next chapter in their hockey lives.