NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 20, 2019

Marc-Andre Fleury picks up his 450th career win, the Islanders tie a franchise-record points streak, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 450th career win backstopping his club over the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Fleury made a spectacular glove save on the Leafs’ Nic Petan in the third period. He sits just three wins behind New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist for sixth on the all-time list. The Leafs are winless in their last six games.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 450th career victory in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images).

The New York Islanders tied a franchise record as their point streak reached 15 games in a 5-4 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Isles overcame a 4-2 deficit to force the extra frame. Brock Nelson scored twice, including the game-winning goal. Earlier in the day, the Penguins revealed center Nick Bjugstad will be sidelined longer than expected with an undisclosed ailment. Bjugstad was hurt during Friday’s loss to New Jersey.

Connor McDavid had his third-straight multi-point game as his Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2. McDavid scored and set up two others while Leon Draisaitl picked up an assist to extend his points streak to 13 games.

The Colorado Avalanche held off the Calgary Flames 3-2, leaving the latter winless in their last five. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves in his first game since a five-game absence with a lower-body injury. Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Nathan MacKinnon collected two assists. Earlier in the day, the Flames revealed Sam Bennett is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. They also played without defenseman Travis Hamonic (lower body).

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 35 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Aleksander Barkov, Evgenii Dadonov, and Brett Connolly each collected two points for the Panthers, who picked up their fourth win in their last five games.

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to five games by downing the New Jersey Devils 5-1. David Pastrnak and Matt Grzelcyk each scored twice for the Bruins, who were playing without center Patrice Bergeron (lower-body injury) for the second straight game. Devils goaltender Cory Schneider cleared waivers earlier in the day and was assigned to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice and set up another to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Jackets broke the game open with three third-period goals.

The St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game winless skid by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov left the game with an upper-body injury in the second period following a hit from Brayden Schenn and didn’t return.

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 38 shots as the Winnipeg Jets nipped the Nashville Predators 2-1. Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers were the goal scorers for the Jets as teammate Mathieu Perreault played in his 600th career NHL game. The Predators raised eyebrows by making Kyle Turris a healthy scratch.

The Carolina Hurricanes collected their fourth straight victory by doubling up the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Petr Mrazek made 30 saves while Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes.

Jamie Benn scored twice to lead the Dallas Stars over the Vancouver Canucks 6-1. Tyler Seguin, Corey Perry, and Miro Heiskanen each collected two points for the Stars, who’ve won four straight.

Zach Parise scored twice to lead the Minnesota Wild over the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. Alex Stalock made 30 saves for the Wild. The Sabres have just one win in their last nine contests.

Anthony Duclair tallied two goals and added an assist as the Ottawa Senators edged the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. Senators goalie Anders Nilsson made 35 stops.


SPORTSNET: Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway will have a hearing today with the NHL’s department of player discipline for spitting at Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson.

CBS SPORTS: The Los Angeles Kings placed Mario Kempe on unconditional waivers.

TSN: The NHL has renamed the NHL General Manager of the Year Award to the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award. Gregory spent 10 seasons as the Toronto Maple Leafs GM and another 40 years as an NHL executive. He recently passed away at age 83.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 19, 2019

The Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019 is officially inducted, the three stars of the week, Cory Schneider on waivers, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The six newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame were officially inducted on Monday night in Toronto. Entering the Hall are former NHL stars Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, hockey pioneers Hayley Wickenheiser and Vaclav Nedomansky, and Boston College coach Jerry York.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Class of 2019. I was touched by Wickenheiser’s induction speech in which she spoke of the difficulties and resistance she overcame as a girl playing hockey in the 1980s. She remains a role model for thousands of aspiring female hockey players.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson collected two points in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images).

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson extended his points streak to seven games with two assists in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 15th goal of the season. Washington winger Garnet Hathaway could face supplemental discipline after being ejected for spitting on Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson following their on-ice scrap.

Antti Raanta turned in a 31-save shutout as the Arizona Coyotes downed the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. Conor Garland tallied his team-leading 10th goal of the season and added an assist.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, and Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle are the NHL stars for the week ending Nov.17, 2019.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Cory Schneider on waivers and recalled Louis Domingue. Given his $6 million annual salary-cap hit on a contract that runs through 2021-22, it’s unlikely anyone will claim him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils will get very little salary-cap relief with this move. They’re painting this as a way for Schneider to see more playing time and regain his once-stellar form. He’s been hampered by injuries in recent years, taking a toll on his performance.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres winger Kyle Okposo has suffered his fourth concussion since joining the club in 2016 and his second in this calendar year. The club also announced Tage Thompson is sidelined three-to-five weeks with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report reminds us Okposo was hospitalized in 2017 due to post-concussion symptoms and reaction to medication. Given the frequency of his head trauma, it might be time to seriously consider retirement. Here’s hoping he makes a quick recovery from his latest injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will be without two key forwards for a lengthy period. Jonathan Drouin underwent wrist surgery while Paul Byron will require knee surgery. Drouin’s agent claims his client will be sidelined eight weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens will feel their absence. Drouin was off to his best start since joining the Habs in 2017 with 15 points in 19 games. Byron, meanwhile, is among their best-skilled two-way forwards.

SPORTING NEWS: Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert is sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury. He’s undergoing concussion protocol since being struck in the head by a shot from Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson on Saturday. He has not yet been diagnosed with a concussion.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 31, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 31, 2018

Jarome Iginla officially retires plus the latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CALGARY SUN: Jarome Iginla made it official yesterday at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, announcing his retirement as an active player after a 20-year NHL career. He spent sixteen seasons with the Flames and nearly a decade as their captain. “I was very fortunate to have a very blessed career,” Iginla said.

Iginla is the Flames franchise leader in “goals (525), points (1,095), games played (1,219) and game-winning goals (83)”, and retires with 625 goals and 1,300 points in 1,554 regular-season games. Iginla led the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final and won gold medals with Canada at the World Juniors (1996), World Championships (1997), World Cup of Hockey (2004) and Olympics (2002 and 2010).  

Jarome Iginla officially announced the end of his playing career in Calgary. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla retires as the greatest player in Flames history and one of the top power forwards in NHL history. He’s also among the most well-respected players. It was fitting that he made the announcement in Calgary, the city where he had his best seasons.Though he never won a Stanley Cup he’s a shoo-in as a first-ballot inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

TSN: Speaking of the Flames, they avoided arbitration with forward Garnet Hathaway to a one-year contract worth $850K.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers avoided an arbitration hearing with center Kevin Hayes as the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.125 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes will be eligible for unrestricted free agent status next summer. His new deal suggests this season could be his last with the Rangers. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators and defenseman Cody Ceci appear far apart as his arbitration hearing approaches on Wednesday. Ceci seeks $6 million per season while the Senators are offering $3.35-million annually. Ceci completed a two-year, $5.6-million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this goes to arbitration Ceci’s new salary could be be around $4.75-million per season. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators avoided arbitration with Miikka Salomaki by agreeing to a two-year, $1.5-million deal. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild inked former Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read to a one-year, two-way contract. “He will make $650,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the AHL level.”




NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2017

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar awaits an arbiter’s decision on a new contract.

Updates on Tomas Tatar, Viktor Arvidsson, Sidney Crosby and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar went through salary arbitration yesterday and a decision will be reached within 48 hours following the completion of the hearing. Tatar sought a one-year deal worth $5.3 million while the Wings countered with $4.1 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings and Tatar can still reach an agreement on a new contract prior to the arbiter’s decision. I’ll have more on this later this morning in the Rumors section. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Nashville Predators seek a two-year deal with forward Viktor Arvidsson worth $2.75 million annually. Arvidsson wants one year at $4.5 million. His arbitration hearing is slated for Saturday, July 22. Speaking of the Predators, they re-signed goaltender Marek Mazanec to a one-year contract worth $650K at the NHL level. 

NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for today. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed winger Garnet Hathaway to a one-year contract worth $650K at the NHL level. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby recently confirmed he’ll be bringing the Stanley Cup back to his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia on August 7, which is also his 30th birthday. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers prospect Nolan Patrick, who was selected second overall in this year’s draft,  missed a schedule skate on Thursday to a facial infection. Earlier this month, Patrick missed the Flyers rookie camp because he was still recovering from sports hernia surgery. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September. 

NBC SPORTS: A report out of Arizona suggests it’s highly unlikely the NBA’s Phoenix Suns will pursue a new shared arena in downtown Phoenix  with the Arizona Coyotes.