NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 27, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 27, 2019

Sharks and Hurricanes win Game 1 of their respective second-round series, Jack Adams Award finalists revealed, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Brent Burns had a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) while teammate Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist (his 100th career playoff assists) to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of their second-round series. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 26 saves for the win.

The Sharks were without captain Joe Pavelski (head injury) and winger Joonas Donskoi (undisclosed) for this contest. Both remain questionable for Game 2 on Sunday. 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns had a four-point performance against the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-2 Game 1 victory (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sharks forward Kevin Labanc’s game-winning tally was a thing of beauty, dodging a hit from Avs winger Mikko Rantanen near the Colorado blueliner and firing a high wrister past netminder Philipp Grubauer. 

The Carolina Hurricanes drew first blood in their second-round series with the New York Islanders as Jordan Staal’s overtime goal gave them a 1-0 Game 1 victory. Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for the shutout while Isles goalie Robin Lehner also kicked out 31 shots.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a one-goal playoff game, this one was rather entertaining. There were some good scoring chances, several flashy saves, and some big hits in this contest. The Islanders didn’t look too rusty from their 10-game layoff while the Hurricanes had little difficulty adjusting to a new opponent after ousting the Washington Capitals less than 48 hours prior. 

Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues, Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders are this year’s finalists for the Jack Adams Award, “given annually to the coach voted as the best in the NHL.”

THE SCORE/TSN: Boston Bruins pesky left winger Brad Marchand wasted no time trolling Columbus Blue Jackets forwards Cam Atkinson and Riley Nash. Marchand broke Atkinson’s stick in Game 1 by stomping on it during a faceoff. “I think he was trying to dull my blade there,” Marchand said. He chided former teammate Nash following Game 1 for his hit on David Krejci that sidelined the Bruins center with an upper-body injury. “I don’t think he had a hit in two years with us.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, at least he’s not cheap-shotting someone or licking an opponent’s face. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens yesterday re-signed center Jordan Weal to a two-year contract with an annual average value of $1.4 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens acquired Weal from the Arizona Coyotes before the February trade deadline. This is the second re-signing in as many days of a depth forward they traded for this season, having inked Nate Thompson on Thursday to a one-year contract. Both are reasonable short-term signings. 

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Igor Ozhiganov is likely to return to the KHL next season. The Leafs remain interested in re-signing him. 

CBS SPORTS: Former NHL winger Jannik Hansen is hanging up his skates. He spent nearly 13 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks – all but two with the Canucks – from 2006-07 to 2017-18. In 626 NHL games, the 33-year-old tallied 109 goals and 147 assists for 256 points, as well as seven goals and 19 points in 70 playoff contests. He spent this season in the KHL with CSKA Moscow. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 2, 2018

Mark Stone and the Senators are far apart approaching arbitration, Coyotes to retire Shane Doan’s number, the latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

OTTAWA SUN: Ken Warren believes the Ottawa Senators must avoid going to arbitration with forward Mark Stone at all cost. The two sides are $4 million apart as Stone’s hearing approaches on Friday, with Stone seeking a one-year, $9-million contract and the Senators countering with $5 million.

If Stone gets an arbiter-awarded contract, he’ll join Erik Karlsson and Matt Duchene for eligibility next summer for unrestricted free agency. Warren believes the Senators must re-sign Stone as they cannot afford to risk losing their top forward in a year’s time.

With arbitration approaching, Mark Stone and the Ottawa Senators remain far apart. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Warren points out, Karlsson already has one skate out the door. If Stone’s future is uncertain, what incentive will Duchene have in re-signing with the Senators? 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes will retire former captain Shane Doan’s No. 19 on Feb. 24, 2019 versus the Winnipeg Jets. Doan began his NHL career with the original Jets and moved with the club when it relocated to Arizona in 1996. 

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed defenseman Robert Hagg to a two-year contract worth $2.3 million. 

BSN DENVER: Adrian Dater reports a source says the Colorado Avalanche will avoid arbitration with defenseman Patrik Nemeth and announce an agreement on a new contract. Nemeth’s hearing is slated for Saturday. 

CHAMPIONAT.COM: Former NHL winger Jannik Hansen will reportedly sign a one-year contract with CSKA Moscow. 

TORONTO SUN: Dominic Moore’s annual Smashfest table tennis tournament involving current and former NHL players has raised over $700K for research into rare cancers and concussions. For the fourth straight year, Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves was the tournament champion

 











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. 












List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

Detroit Red Wings ship winger Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers.

The list of notable deals made leading up to today’s NHL trade deadline at 3 pm Eastern Time. I’ll have analysis of the day’s most notable trades tonight in my Soapbox

Winnipeg Jets trade winger Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in 2017. 

Dallas Stars acquire minor-league defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for center Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

The Lightning flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round draft pick in 2018. 

Pittsburgh Penguins trade forward Eric Fehr, minor-league defenseman Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Frank Corrado, 

Ottawa Senators trade forward Curtis Lazar and minor-league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2017. 

New Jersey Devils trade defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Columbus Blue Jackets for blueliner Dalton Prout. 

Montreal Canadiens trade winger Sven Andrighetto to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Andreas Martinsen.

Colorado Avalanche trade right wing Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. The Avalanche also retained half of Iginla’s $5.33 million cap hit. 

Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. 

Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit. 

Vancouver Canucks trade winger Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor-league forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in the  2017 NHL Draft.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 1, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 1, 2017

Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg celebrates one of his two goals against the Buffalo Sabres.

Game recaps, Ott to Montreal, Hansen to the Sharks and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: Filip Forsberg scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, to give the Nashville Predators a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Forsberg now has 10 goals in his last five games. 

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz collected his 700th career NHL victory as his club downed the New York Rangers 4-1. It was defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s first game with the Caps following his trade on Monday from St. Louis. He had four shots but didn’t tally a point.

The Rangers were playing without defenseman Dan Girardi, who could miss two weeks to a gash on the inside of his right ankle suffered on Feb. 7 that hasn’t healed properly. 

Brad Marchand scored and set up another as the Boston Bruins beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1, giving the Bruins their seventh victory in eight games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Coyotes winger Alex Burmistrov was carried off the ice on a stretch after being hit by Bruins defenseman Colin Miller. He was taken to hospital but has since been released and will rejoin the club. 

The Florida Panthers snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-2 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr tallied a power-play goal, becoming only the third player in NHL history to score multiple goals at the age of 45. The Hurricanes were missing forward Jeff Skinner, who returned to Raleigh to be evaluated for an upper-body injury

Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime and Carey Price kicked out 26 shots as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 in overtime. Last night, the Canadiens also announced the acquisition of forward Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2018. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ott is an aging agitating forward who will be expected to bring grit and experience to the Habs forward lines. 

Justin Abdelkader’s overtime goal lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks also announced the trade of winger Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor-league forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good trade for both clubs. The Sharks pick up a solid depth winger in Hansen, who’s also under contract for one more season. The Canucks add a promising young forward in Goldobin, who has the potential to become a scoring winger. 

Speaking of the Sharks, they overcame a 1-0 deficit to down the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. Auston Matthews scored his 31st of the season.

Jason Zucker’s overtime goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 6-5 win over the Winnipeg Jets, who overcome a 4-1 deficit. Mikael Granlund had a three-point night for the Wild, as did Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault for the Jets, who also welcomed back defenseman Toby Enstrom from a lower-body injury. Earlier in the day, the Wild announced the signing of defenseman Mike Weber to a one-year, two-way contract

The Dallas Stars overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. Stars winger Patrick Sharp is trying to play through an injury, which could affect his value as a possible trade candidate. Earlier in the day, the Penguins placed forward Eric Fehr on waivers

Wayne Simmonds scored twice and Steve Mason made 33 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Colorado Avalanche 4-0.

Cam Talbot made 25 saves to backstop the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. 

T.J. Brodie scored in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, giving the Flames their fifth consecutive win. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights can start doing business with other clubs today, though nothing official can be released until the club finalizes its paperwork to join the league and makes the final installment of their $500 million expansion fee. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Long-time Kings broadcaster Bob Miller is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday. The 78-year-old recently had a minor stroke a year after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Vladimir Petrov, a member of two Olympic championship teams with the Soviet Union, died yesterday at the age of 69. Petrov was also a member of the Soviet team that played against Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Petrov’s family and friends. I remember watching him play in the Summit Series alongside Boris Mikhailov and Valeri Kharlamov. That line gave the Canadians fits in that series. 

 












NHL Evening Rumor Update – February 28, 2017

NHL Evening Rumor Update – February 28, 2017

The Calgary Flames could have interest in Arizona Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata.

Pre-trade deadline needs of the Canadian NHL teams plus updates on Matt Duchene, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller, Valtteri Filppula & more in your NHL evening rumor update.

Canadian teams

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin will be working the phones seeking a deal for his club right up to the deadline tomorrow. He was unsuccessful in his efforts to land centers Martin Hanzal and Brian Boyle, plus he also checked in on Alex Burrows before he was dealt to Ottawa.

LeBrun reports the Calgary Flames have looked at Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata. They continue to look at their goaltending, though LeBrun doesn’t think they’ll make a move there. He also doesn’t rule out adding a defenseman. He suggests tonight’s game against the LA Kings could determine what they do before the deadline tomorrow.

Darren Dreger reports the Ottawa Senators have an offer of a second-round pick for young forward Curtis Lazar, but they want a better offer to move him by the deadline.

Dreger also believes Winnipeg Jets winger Drew Stafford could be dealt tonight or tomorrow. They had expressed an interest in New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey, but that doesn’t seem a fit now. They could continue to look at blueliners.

Bob McKenzie reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have sufficient salary-cap space (around $13 million) to make another move at the trade deadline. They could use it to take on another contract provided it also brings them a premium asset. He doesn’t think they’ll just sit on the hands at the deadline.

McKenzie reports the Edmonton Oilers have been linked to NY Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak, who’s currently in the minors. Philadelphia Flyers netminder Michal Neuvirth could be  of interest as a backup rental for them. They’d like to get a third-line center but it remains to be seen if they’ll land one.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No mention of the Vancouver Canucks, but that’s probably because they’re the only seller among the Canadian clubs. I think the Canadiens options for a good rental center have dried up now that Hanzal and Boyle are gone. I’ll be very surprised if someone ponies up a first-round pick for Lazar. 

I’ll be surprised if the Leafs don’t make one more move by tomorrow, perhaps to take on a contract if it lands them a first-round pick or a top prospect. The Flames and Boston Bruins are also reportedly looking at Halak, who has a year left on his contract with a $4.5 million cap hit. 

Matt Duchene

BSN DENVER’s Adrian Dater tweets the following on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene: “Hearing that once-heavy Avs-Isles trade talks for Duchene have cooled. Sakic may have to wait til draft.”

Jaroslav Halak

THN.COM’s Matt Larkin on New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak: “Sources telling me three teams indeed in on Halak. Goalie market all about him. Expect a trade to happen.”

ESPN.com’s Craig Custance also weighs in on Halak: “Oilers among the interested in Jaroslav Halak. Could see Flames & Bruins in there too. Islanders would have to retain salary though.”

NHL NETWORK’s Kevin Weekes chimes in: “Based on need for quality compliment and what I hear Oilers,Flames,Bruins in on Halak from

Jannik Hansen and Ryan Miller

TSN 1040’s Matthew Sekeres on Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen: “My understanding is Jannik Hansen will not accept a trade to . Perhaps another eastern market, but not the .”

He also reports the following on Canucks goalie Ryan Miller: “The Alberta teams are not on Ryan Miller’s trade-approved list, and thus far, San Jose has shown little interest.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ouch! Feel the Hansen burn there, Habs. Then again, that high-pressure market isn’t for everyone. 

Valtteri Filppula

TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula: “TB has list of 16 teams Valtteri Filppula can be traded to; 13 he can’t. Belief is TB has approached him to consider waiving to one of 13.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Filppula also has another year left on his contract with a cap hit of $5 million. The Lightning might have to pick up half of that to move him at the deadline. 

Dmitry Kulikov

ESPN.COM’s Pierre LeBrun on Buffalo Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov: “Once Brendan Smith deal to NYR is finalized, much attention will turn to Kulikov. Sabres have gotten calls from multiple teams already.”