NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 19, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 19, 2019

Game recaps, the Devils re-sign Nico Hischier to a seven-year extension, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Edmonton Oilers picked up their seventh win in eight games by nipping the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. James Neal tallied his league-leading ninth goal while Darnell Nurse had two assists. The Wings have now lost five in a row. Earlier in the day, the league fined Wings forward Darren Helm $5000.00 for slashing Calgary Flames forward Elias Lindholm on Thursday.

Kris Letang scored twice in the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Dallas Stars 4-2. Patric Hornqvist had a goal and two assists as the Penguins have won five straight games. The Stars, on the other hand, have dropped five straight.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins continue to win despite their injury-ravaged forward lines. The Stars are healthier but lack sufficient production from their top scorers.

Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime goal gave the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers (Photo via NHL Images).

The Colorado Avalanche edged the Florida Panthers 5-4 on an overtime goal by Nathan MacKinnon. Andre Burakovsky scored twice while Joonas Donskoi had three points as the Avs extended their points streak to seven games. Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice for the Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burakovsky and Donskoi have been fine additions to the Avs in the early going. Burakovsky sits third among their top scorers with eight points while Donskoi is fourth with six points.

T.J. Oshie scored two goals and John Carlson collected three assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers, handing the latter their third straight defeat. Earlier in the day, the Capitals placed winger Richard Panik (upper body) on long-term injury reserve.

Adam Henrique scored his fourth goal in the last three games as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg celebrated his 500th career NHL game by scoring a goal while Rickard Rakell collected two helpers. The Ducks remain unbeaten at home this season. Hurricanes broadcaster Mike Maniscalco will be on an indefinite medical leave as he undergoes treatment for a large mass in his stomach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Maniscalco makes a full recovery.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored in overtime in a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat each had two points for the Blackhawks.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils yesterday announced center Nico Hischier signed a seven-year, $50.75-million contract extension. The annual average value is $7.25 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils wasted little time re-signing the 20-year-old Hischier to an extension. In the final season of his entry-level contract, he’s established himself as their first-line center. A skilled, creative playmaker, he enjoyed a 52-point rookie campaign followed by 47 points in 69 games last season.

The Devils now have Hischier under contract for most of his playing prime. They also avoided what could’ve been a long negotiation period next summer that could’ve stretched into the preseason. Given Hischier’s skills, they should be a great long-term deal for the Devils.

DeBrincat’s New Deal Could Signal More NHL RFA Signings in 2019-20

DeBrincat’s New Deal Could Signal More NHL RFA Signings in 2019-20


NHL Rumor Mill – October 7, 2019

NHL Rumor Mill – October 7, 2019

Updates on several 2020 RFAs, some Coyotes speculation, and the latest on Joshua Ho-Sang in today’s NHL rumor mill.


THE ATHLETIC: The recent re-signings of Chicago’s Alex DeBrincat, Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot, Arizona’s Clayton Keller, and Colorado’s Samuel Girard left Pierre LeBrun wondering if those moves were a reaction to this summer’s RFA signings. Negotiations to re-sign notable youngsters coming off entry-level contracts dragged on throughout the off-season. Some, such as Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, weren’t resolved until the final week of the preseason.

Will the New York Islanders re-sign Mathew Barzal before next summer? (Photo via NHL Images)

LeBrun believes there have been preliminary talks between the New York Islanders and center Mathew Barzal, the Columbus Blue Jackets and center Pierre-Luc Dubois, the New Jersey Devils and center Nico Hischier, and the Montreal Canadiens and defenseman Victor Mete.

It could only be a matter of time until the Blackhawks open talks with Dylan Strome. Meanwhile, it could take until season’s end before discussions open between the Tampa Bay Lightning and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, the St. Louis Blues and rearguard Vince Dunn, and the Boston Bruins and winger Jake DeBrusk.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those RFA talks could be determined by how much salary-cap space those teams carry for next season. As per Cap Friendly, the Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Devils, and Islanders have more cap space to work with for 2020-21. They can afford to pursue new deals during the season for their notable free agents.

The value of the player is another factor. Barzal, Dubois, and Hischier are all first-line centers. That makes them more valuable to their respective clubs and a priority to re-sign.


THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Craig Morgan was asked if the Arizona Coyotes might trade Alex Goligoski this season. The 34-year-old defenseman’s no-movement clause has now become a modified no-trade.

Morgan doesn’t think they Coyotes have any desire to trade Goligoski. That might change if they’re out of playoff contention by the February trade deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates Goligoski has an eight-team no-trade list. That give the Coyotes some room to maneuver if they wish to shop him later this season. He’s signed through 2020-21 but his $5.45 million annual salary-cap hit could be a sticking point.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kurt Leavins weighed in on why the Oilers didn’t pluck Joshua Ho-Sang off waivers from the New York Islanders last week. He feels the only way Ho-Sang could help the Oilers is if he played as a top-six forward, something the winger hasn’t been able to do at the NHL or AHL levels.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay that’s the reason why Ho-Sang passed unclaimed through waivers last week. I’ve read some comments suggesting he’s an affordable gamble but that’s a view that doesn’t seem to be shared by NHL general managers. The fact he’s almost begging for a club to take a chance on him says all we need to know about his value in the trade market. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 19, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 19, 2019

An update on the Wild’s GM search, the latest on Joe Thornton, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Michael Russo was asked if it’s down to Bill Guerin or Tom Fitzgerald as general manager of the Minnesota Wild. Guerin is an assistant general manager with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Fitzgerald an assistant GM with the New Jersey Devils.

Fitzgerald interviewed for the job last year before the Wild hired Paul Fenton. Since Fenton’s firing, Russo reports Fitzgerald had just a brief conversation with Wild owner Craig Leipold.

Russo considers Guerin the front-runner for the job. However, he doesn’t rule out Montreal Canadiens assistant GM Scott Mellanby and former Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall as potential contenders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no indication as to when the Wild will hire Fenton’s replacement, though I suspect it could come by early September at the latest. They’ll want the new GM in place to fully assess the roster throughout training camp and preseason play.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks star Logan Couture believes long-time teammate Joe Thornton will return for another season. “I talked to Joe a month ago and asked him what was going on and he said, ‘Oh don’t worry about it,’ so I took that as he’ll be back,” Couture told NHL.com.

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture is confident teammate Joe Thornton (pictured) will return this season (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton will be back with the Sharks this season, likely on a one-year, bonus-laden contract.

NBC SPORTS: New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier could face pressure to improve entering the final season of his three-year entry-level contract. After a promising 52-point debut in 82 games in 2017-18, injury limited Hischier to 47 points in 69 games last season. The good news was his points-per-game rose in ’18-’19 compared to his rookie year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Hischier will have his best season yet. Had he not missed 13 games last season he would’ve exceeded his rookie numbers. A healthier campaign will lead to healthier numbers.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres legends Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert approve of the club returning to its primary color of royal blue for their 50th anniversary. That was the color the Sabres sported from 1970 to 1996.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Boston Bruins signed former Oilers defenseman Alex Petrovic to a professional tryout offer.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2019

Game recaps, hockey world lauds the late Ted Lindsay, stars of the week,  and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Edmonton Oilers scored three unanswered second-period goal to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. The Oilers (65 points), who’ve won three straight games, are six points out of a Western Conference wild-card berth while the Sabres (68 points) have dropped eight of their last 10 and sit nine points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Tyler Ennis tallied his first NHL hat trick in a 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames (Photo via NHL Images)

Speaking of the Oilers, winger Jesse Puljujarvi yesterday underwent successful hip surgery and is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp in September. Meanwhile, Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe is expected to miss five-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury. 

Tyler Ennis tallied his first career NHL hat trick and Mitch Marner reached the 80-point plateau for the first time as the Toronto Maple Leafs snuffed out the Calgary Flames 6-2. Marner also had a three-point performance while teammate Zach Hyman scored twice. With 86 points, the Leafs sit one behind the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division. The Flames (89 points) remain atop the Western Conference standings. 

Tributes poured in yesterday celebrating the life and career of NHL Hall-of-Famer Ted Lindsay, who passed away yesterday at age 93. Lindsay was lauded by former players, coaches and executives for his remarkable career and his pioneering role in establishing a players’ union. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindsay was also a generous man away from the arena. Among my favorite stories was having the Red Wings pay for forward Jim Korn’s law school tuition, and his refusal to attend his own Hall of Fame induction in 1966 because wives and families weren’t invited, a policy that changed the following year. 

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Winnipeg Jets winger Blake Wheeler, and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 3. 

JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen will not return this season as he continues to recover from a medical condition related to his vision. 

CBS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (upper body) is considered day-to-day. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes have recalled defenseman Jason Demers from his AHL conditioning stint. 

TSN: Several potential rule tweaks are being discussed at this week’s NHL general managers meetings in Florida. Among them could be addressing outdated fines, allowing a team on the power-play to decide which side of the ice to take the faceoff and whether players should wear their helmets during pre-game warmups. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2018

Game recaps, plus updates on Tuukka Rask, Nico Hischier, Ondrej Kase, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COMMark Scheifele scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2, handing the latter their third straight loss. Devils center Nico Hischier left the game in the second period with an apparent injury to his left wrist. Earlier in the day, the Jets announced the signing of forward Logan Shaw to a one-year, two-way contract worth $675K at the NHL level. 

Two goals by Mark Scheifele carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. (Photo via NHL Images)

A five-goal second period powered the Florida Panthers to a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Aleksander Barkov led the way for the Panthers with two goals.

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 36 shots and David Pastrnak tallied his league-leading 16th goal to give the Boston Bruins a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Speaking of the Bruins, goaltender Tuukka Rask could return from his leave of absence as early as Tuesday

Joe Pavelski scored a goal and set up two others to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

The Colorado Avalanche ended a five-game losing skid by beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen regained the NHL scoring lead with a goal and an assist. The Oilers have dropped four straight games.

Mikael Granlund’s snapped a 2-2 tie in the third period as the Minnesota Wild edged the St. Louis Blues 3-2.

Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves to backstop the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals, snapping a three-game losing skid. Alex Galchenyuk and Richard Panik each had a goal and an assist.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Anaheim Ducks forward Ondrej Kase could make his season debut tonight against the Nashville Predators. Kase suffered a concussion during a preseason game in September. 

NBC SPORTS: Racism still lingers for black NHL players 60 years after Willie O’Ree broke the league color barrier. In recent years, Wayne Simmonds, Joel Ward, P.K. Subban, and Devante Smith-Pelly have been subjected at times to racist taunts and social media posts.

“Commissioner Gary Bettman, who is going into the Hall of Fame with O’Ree as part of the class of 2018, considers it important to make clear to fans and players what’s expected and what’s not tolerated and said: ”Even if it’s only one incident, it’s one too many.” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said creating and cultivating an inclusive environment and building diversity are significant league priorities.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those players have a thousand times more class and character than their racist tormentors.