NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2018

Game recaps, 2019 NHL Draft host city revealed plus updates on Patrice Bergeron, Matt Murray and more in your morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Eric Staal’s hat trick powered the Minnesota Wild to an 8-3 beatdown of the slumping St. Louis Blues. Staal had five points in the game, as did teammate Jason Zucker (one goal, four assists). Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals for the Blues.

New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall set a franchise record with a 15-game points streak. (Photo via NHL Images).

 New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall set a franchise record by extending his points streak to 15 games as his club edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray missed the game with a concussion suffered during Monday’s practice and there’s no timetable for his return.

Evander Kane made an immediate positive impression in his first game with the San Jose Sharks, collecting two assists to help his new team defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2.

Ryan Hartman made a memorable debut with the Nashville Predators, scoring the winning goal in his club’s 6-5 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Hartman was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. Jets’ trade-deadline acquisition Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for his new club.

The Boston Bruins scored four unanswered goals to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on an overtime goal by Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins were playing without center Patrice Bergeron, who is sidelined at least two weeks with a fractured bone in his right foot.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals to lead the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. With the win, the Capitals (79 points) regained first place in the Metropolitan Division.

An overtime goal by Jared McCann gave the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers have won seven of their last 10 and sit five points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop made 38 saves as his club blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0. Devin Shore and Tyler Seguin were the goal scorers.

The Los Angeles Kings moved into third in the Pacific Division by beating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Kings netminder Jack Campbell collected his first NHL victory by kicking out 41 shots.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson will be sidelined four weeks with a sprained knee.

SPORTSNET: The Vancouver Canucks are expected to announce today that they’ll be hosting the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens hold the most draft picks in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Wings have 11 picks while the Rangers and Canadiens each hold 10. The Rangers also hold the most picks in the first three rounds (seven) while the Wings and Canadiens each have six.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re fans of those teams, that’s at least something positive for fans of those clubs to pin their hopes to over the remainder of an otherwise miserable season. 



Assessing the Notable Deals of 2018 NHL Trade Deadline Day

Assessing the Notable Deals of 2018 NHL Trade Deadline Day

New York Rangers deal defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Tampa Bay Lightning made the biggest move of the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline by acquiring Ryan McDonagh from the New York Rangers (Photo via NHL Images)

The biggest move of the trade deadline, as Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman passed on the whopping great asking price for Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson in exchange for the more affordable McDonagh. Signed through 2018-19, he should make a solid addition to the Bolts blueline for two playoff runs. Getting Miller, a versatile two-way forward who can play center or wing, was another good pick-up by Yzerman. Best of all, the Tampa Bay GM only gave up one roster player in Vladislav Namestnikov without touching prized young assets such as Brayden Point or Mikhail Sergachev The Lightning were already considered the favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season. This deal could help them clinch it.

The Rangers, meanwhile, add two promising prospects in forward Brett Howden and defenseman Libor Hajek, along with a first-rounder and a conditional second-rounder next year in this year’s draft. As per Cap Friendly, they now hold three first-round picks, two seconds and two third-rounders in this year’s draft. Not a bad base to work with for a rebuilding club. They could retain some of those picks and perhaps use the others as trade chips heading into the 2018 NHL Draft, perhaps for good young NHL talent.

Winnipeg Jets acquire center Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues.

The first “Wow!” moment of this year’s deadline day and a big addition for the Jets. No one saw this coming, as Stastny wasn’t mentioned in any trade chatter leading up to deadline day. Stastny (when healthy) should be a good fit as their second-line center. Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff did a fine job adding a talented veteran playmaker, improving his club’s chances for a lengthy playoff run this spring.

As for the Blues, they’ve tumbled down the standings and began deadline day sitting one point out of a wild-card berth. Without bringing in anyone to offset Stastny’s departure, this move won’t help them climb back. Yes, they get a 2018 first-round pick along with prospect winger Erik Foley, but it does nothing to overcome their current offensive woes.

Detroit Red Wings ship winger Tomas Tatar to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Definitely mixed reactions on Twitter over his move. Golden Knights fans don’t mind the addition of an established, speedy 20-goal scorer like Tatar, but they’re not happy with GM George McPhee giving up a three draft picks (a first, a second and a third) to get him. Still, he should fit well into the Jackets’ up-tempo style. He’s also signed through 2020-21 with a $5.3-million annual cap hit, suggesting perhaps he’s a potential replacement for a pending UFA such as James Neal or David Perron.

While Red Wings GM Ken Holland was unable to move pending free agent defenseman Mike Green, he got a nice return for Tatar. The Wings now have two picks in each of the first four rounds in this year’s draft. Some of those selections might get used as bargaining chips for established young players heading into the 2018 NHL Draft.

Buffalo Sabres deal left wing Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks.

A surprising move, as Sharks GM Doug Wilson had insisted he wouldn’t move any first-round picks or prospects for a rental player. Unless Wilson intends to re-sign Kane, who’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, he’s done the opposite of what he said he wouldn’t do. The Sharks need additional scoring and Kane can provide that, though he’s lacking NHL playoff experience. Still, if he can rise to the occasion he could be at least a good short-term pickup for San Jose.

The Sabres, meanwhile, get a young forward in Daniel O’Regan, who played with Sabres forwards Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues at Boston University. They also get a first-round pick in next year’s draft (provided Kane re-signs with the Sharks; it’s a second-rounder if not) and a fourth in 2020. Hardly the big return the Sabres originally sought.

Edmonton Oilers ship left wing Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils.

Leading up to the deadline there was some expectation Maroon might fetch the Oilers a second-round pick or maybe a low first rounder. Instead, they get a third-round selection and a college prospect in J.D. Dudek. Oilers fans won’t be doing handsprings over that return.

Jockeying for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, the Devils further bolstered their lineup after adding winger Michael Grabner last week. Maroon lacks Grabner’s speed but his big frame and decent scoring touch should be a welcome addition to their offense, especially on the power play.

Columbus Blue Jackets acquire winger Thomas Vanek from the Vancouver Canucks.

The much-traveled Vanek lands with yet another team at the trade deadline. The Blue Jackets are in a dogfight for a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Sitting near the bottom of the league in scoring, especially with the man advantage, they’ve brought in Vanek in hopes he’ll help them improve those numbers.

In return, the Canucks received forwards Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen. Motte, 22, has struggled to establish himself as an NHL player. Jokinen, meanwhile, is on his fourth team this season and coming to the end of his career. Unless Motte blossoms in Vancouver, this move won’t silence the critics of Canucks GM Jim Benning.

Chicago Blackhawks ship forward Ryan Hartman to the Nashville Predators.

A nice little move by the Predators, adding an agitating two-way, third-line winger in the 23-year-old Hartman. He can also skate at center if needed. Flirted with 20 goals last season and might reach that total down the road. He’s a good pickup for Nashville now and over the long term.

The retooling Blackhawks, meanwhile, got a first-round pick in 2018 and prospect Victor Ejdsell as part of the return. That could become a very high pick if the Preds should go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final this spring.


NHL Trade Deadline Tracker – February 26, 2018

NHL Trade Deadline Tracker – February 26, 2018

Today’s trades involving NHL players will be compiled here. Analysis of the notable deals will follow following the 3 pm ET trade deadline the Soapbox.

The New York Rangers have dealt defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Vladislav Namestnikov, prospects Libor Hajek andBrett Howden, 2018 1st round pick and a conditional second round pick.

Edmonton Oilers trade left wing Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils for a third-round pick and college prospect forward J.D. Dudek.

The Detroit Red Wings traded winger Tomas Tatar to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018, a second in 2019 and a third in 2021

The Vancouver Canucks have dealt winger Thomas Vanek to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen.

The Buffalo Sabres have traded left wing Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks for “a conditional first-round pick in 2019, a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020 and center Daniel O’Regan. 

The St. Louis Blues trade center Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets “in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, forward Erik Foley and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.” The Blues also retain half of Stastny’s $7 million cap hit. 

The Chicago Blackhawks trade forward Ryan Hartman and a fifth round pick in 2018 to the Nashville Predators for prospect forward Victor Edjsell plus the Predators first- and fourth-round picks in 2018.

The Ottawa Senators trade defenseman Ian Cole to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third-round pick in 2020 and minor league right wing Nick Moutrey.

The Montreal Canadiens acquire defenseman Mike Reilly from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019 (previously acquired from Washington).  Canadiens trade defenseman Joe Morrow to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2018.

The New York Islanders trade forward Jason Chimera to the Anaheim Ducks for center Chris Wagner.

The Calgary Flames acquire forward Nick Shore from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2019. 

The Boston Bruins acquired forward Tommy Wingels from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2019.

The Vancouver Canucks trade minor league defenseman Philip Holm to the Vegas Golden Knight for forward Brendan Leipsic.

The Carolina Hurricanes trade forward Josh Jooris to the Pittsburgh Penguins for minor-league forward Greg McKegg.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 9, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 9, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman (left) celebrates his hat trick against the Nashville Predators.

Game recaps plus updates on Patrik Laine, Bobby Ryan & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: A natural hat trick from Ryan Hartman in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. 

Mark Stone scored the game-tying goal and collected two assists, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers and snapping his club’s four-game losing streak. Patrick Maroon scored twice for the Oilers and Connor McDavid had two assists.

Senators forward Bobby Ryan returned to action after being a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals, raising some eyebrows among Senators followers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Neither Ryan or Senators coach Guy Boucher would elaborate about why the winger was scratched from Saturday’s game. Ryan insisted it was a private matter and was dealt with in-house. Still, the move could generate rumors about discord between the two. 

Sebastian Aho scored twice, including in overtime, as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Boston Bruins 4-3. Struggling Bruins forward Ryan Spooner was bench over the final half of the third period and overtime. Bruins defenseman John-Michael Liles made his return after missing 20 games due to a concussion. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spooner’s benching could stoke more speculation over his future with the Bruins. He was frequently mentioned in trade rumors earlier this season.

Returning from a bye week, the Pittsburgh Penguins got a 28-save performance from Marc-Andre Fleury in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the Penguins’ fifth straight win, while the Lightning dropped their fourth in a row. 

In his first game back in Anaheim since he was fired by the Ducks, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau watched his current club down his former one 2-1. Second-period goals by Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon helped the Wild overcome a 1-0 deficit. 

Nick Foligno’s overtime goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

 WINNIPEG SUN: Jets rookie winger Patrik Laine suffered a concussion in Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. He is sidelined indefinitely. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Laine’s absence will hurt the Jets’ offense as they try to remain in playoff contention. He could be out a week or possibly much longer. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forwards T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson are questionable for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  The plane carrying the Dallas Stars made an emergency landing yesterday in Illinois due to smoke in the cockpit. No one was injured and another plane was sent to take the team to California. The smoke may have been the result of an electrical issue as no fire was discovered.