NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 9, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 9, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (right) celebrates his overtime goal against the Minnesota Wild.

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

NHL.COM: Jonathan Toews power-play goal in overtime gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild, snapping an eight-game losing streak against the Wild. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 35 saves for the win. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Sven Baertschi suffered a concussion following a blindside hit by Nashville Predators forward Cody McLeod. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety ruled it was an “accidental” collision. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That wasn’t an accidental collision. Yet another puzzling decision from the league’s disciplinary arm. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard felt a slight tweak in his right knee during his rehab stint with the club’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Wings GM Ken Holland said he’s encouraged that it wasn’t serious. 

NHLPA:  After 14 NHL seasons, winger Martin Havlat has called it a career. In 790 games with the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues, Havlat tallied 242 goals and 594 points, along with 21 goals and 52 points in 75 playoff games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries hampered Havlat for much of his NHL career. When healthy, he was a creative offensive forward. He exceeded 20 goals and 50 points six times. He netted a career-high 31 goals with the Sens in 2003-04 and a career-best 77 points in 2008-09 with the Blackhawks. 

OTTAWA SUN: Legendary NHL coach Scotty Bowman has been named to the Order of Hockey Canada. 

NBC SPORTS: A report out of Glendale, Arizona claims representatives from the Arizona Coyotes have toured the KeyArena in Seattle and the Moda Center in Portland over the last three months. Team officials have denied the report. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This puts me in mind of the rumor in early 2011 claiming Atlanta Thrashers officials toured the MTS Centre. Those rumors were denied too, but five months later the Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg. The Coyotes’ situation is different, as they supposedly have stable ownership but need a new arena. Maybe this is simply baseless speculation, as we’ve heard plenty of relocation rumors about the Coyotes in the past. Still, given this ongoing arena saga, it could be reaching a critical stage.

NHL.COM:  The Washington Capitals fulfilled a dream of 27-year-old Fatima Al Ali of Abu Dhabi, as she had the opportunity to join them during practice yesterday and meet her favorite player, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. Al Ali plays for the United Arab Emirate’s women’s national team.