NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2016

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 31 saves in his club's 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Heritage Classic.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 31 saves in his club’s 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Heritage Classic.

Game recaps, injury updates, latest on Jacques Demers and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Cam Talbot made 31 saves to backstop the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. Zack Kassian tallied a goal and set up another for the Oilers.

John Tavares enjoyed a three-point night (two goals, one assist) to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Zach Parise tallied his 300th career goal in a losing cause for the Wild. 

Ryan Getzlaf collected three assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

Dan Girardi potted the game winner and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the New York Rangers edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. The Coyotes also learned starting goalie Mike Smith (lower body) avoided serious injury, but is listed as week-to-week

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Simon Despres (concussion) on long-term injured reserve Saturday. The move gives the Ducks financial flexibility.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despres’ annual cap hit is $3.75 million. This move allows the Ducks to go over the $73 million cap ceiling in order to re-sign restricted free agent blueliner Hampus Lindholm. I’ll have more on this in the Rumors section.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators placed winger Phil Varone on waivers.

STLTODAY.COM:  The NHL’s new concussion evaluation system is drawing positive early reviews from some players and coaches. 

TSN:  Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers was released from hospital yesterday. It was initially reported he suffered a stroke, but his wife said he had an infection.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2016

Teemu Selanne scores one of his two penalty-shot goals to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-5 win over the Edmonton OIlers at the 2016 Heritage Classic alumni game.

Teemu Selanne scores one of his two penalty-shot goals to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-5 win over the Edmonton OIlers at the 2016 Heritage Classic alumni game.

Jets defeat Oilers in Heritage Classic alumni game, latest injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Teemu Selanne scored twice and set up three others to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday’s Heritage Classic alumni game before over 31, 000 fans at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. Oilers great Mark Messier scored twice, while Wayne Gretzky admitted this was probably the last alumni game he’ll be skating in. “I stink. I’m really bad,” he laughingly said in the post-game press conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I usually enjoy these outdoor NHL alumni games. While the skills of the now-retired players have obviously declined, some of them still show flashes of the brilliance that made them NHL legends. Selanne and Messier were prime examples in this game, and it was great seeing those two playing for the teams where they began their illustrious NHL careers. As for Gretzky, it’s obvious the 55-year-old has had little time to play any sort of competitive hockey at this stage in his life. In a recent interview, The Great One said he’d only been on skates twice in the last two years. 

In notable NHL action last night:

David Perron’s four-point night (three goals, one assist) carried the St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Taylor Hall’s overtime goal lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Before the game, the Devils unveiled a statue honoring long-time goaltending star Martin Brodeur.  

New York Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey scored twice to help his team down the Washington Capitals 4-2. Capitals forward Daniel Winnik clarified that he didn’t lose a piece of his ear as originally reported while blocking a shot in a recent game, though it admitted it was “pretty chewed up.”

Jakub Voracek scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Despite icing a lineup depleted by a bout of food poisoning, the Nashville Predators defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1. 

Gustav Nyquist scored twice and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Wings were playing without forward Justin Abdelkader (lower-body injury). 

Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves backstopping the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 shutout over the Dallas Stars. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to have difficulties playing with a lead, as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 6-5 shootout victory. Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks announced defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will likely miss up to a month to an upper-body injury, believed to be his right arm. 

The Los Angeles Kings handed the Vancouver Canucks their first loss of the season with a 4-3 shootout win. 

Shane Harper tallied his first two career NHL goals to help the Florida Panthers down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings lost another goaltender to injury, as Jeff Zatkoff was sidelined in practice with a lower-body injury. The Kings called up Jack Campbell as his replacement. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I’ll have more on the Kings goaltending later this morning in the Rumor Roundup. 

TSN:  The first quarter escrow clawback rate for NHL players this season has been set at 15.5 percent. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders players are openly questioning the quality of the ice at Barclays Center this season. Isles forward Cal Clutterbuck called the ice surface “unplayable”. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s also generating more speculation the Isles ownership are looking for a site in New York to construct a new arena.

CBC NEWS: Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Demers was hospitalized last night after suffering his second stroke this year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Demers makes a swift and full recovery. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 8, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 8, 2016

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski named captain of Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski named captain of Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

 World Cup of Hockey updates, Predators name Mike Fisher captain & more in your NHL morning headlines.

USA HOCKEY: Team USA named San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski its captain in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey tournament. Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane were named the alternates. 

THE TENNESSEAN:  The Nashville Predators will name center Mike Fisher their new team captain today. He replaces Shea Weber, who was dealt in late-June to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a sensible choice. The 36-year-old Fisher is among the Predators’ longest-servicing active players. He was the alternate captain for the past four years and is well respected by his teammates.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  Goaltender MIchael Leighton returns to the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-year, two-way contract. He spent parts of three seasons with the Canes from 2007 to 2009. 

VANCOUVER SUN:  The Canucks hired former player Manny Malhotra as a development coach. 

TORONTO STAR: Former NHL enforcer George Parros has joined the league’s department of player safety.  

NBC SPORTS:  The NHL announced the anthem protocol for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. For Team North America, comprised of 23-and-younger players from Canada and the United States, the anthems of both nations will be played before their games. No anthem will be played before Team Europe’s games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Damn! I was hoping Team Europe’s anthem would be “The Final Countdown“. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Tickets are on sale for the Heritage Classic between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets.  

PHILLY.COM:  Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman and two-time NHL All-Star Bob Dailey passed away Wednesday at age 63 following a long bout with cancer. He played nine NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and the Flyers before injuries cut short his career in 1982. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At 6’5 and 220 lbs, Dailey was one of the biggest defensemen in the NHL at that time. He was also talented, netting 325 points in 561 regular-season games and 46 points in 63 playoff games. If not for the injuries that hampered his career, he could’ve been among the dominant blueliners of his era. My condolences to his family and friends.