NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2018

Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2018 formally inducted, plus game recaps, three stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Willie O’Ree, Alexander Yakushev, Jayna Hefford, and Gary Bettman were formally inducted last night into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

NEW YORK POST:  Larry Brooks received the Elmer Ferguson Award and was also enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the inductees. Fans and pundits have already started speculating over who will form the class of 2019. You can read my take at Featurd.io. 

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist moves into fifth on the NHL’s all-time wins list. (Photo via NHL Images)

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to pick up his 437th career NHL win as his club edged the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. Lundqvist moves into eighth place on the all-time wins list. The Rangers are unbeaten (6-0-1) in their last seven games, but they lost forward Pavel Buchenich for four-to-six weeks with a broken thumb. 

The Chicago Blackhawks lost their eighth straight game, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sebastian Aho tallied the game-winner. During the first intermission, the Hurricanes honored Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward, who spent 13 seasons in Carolina and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2006. Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce missed the game with a lower-body injury.

Cam Atkinson collected a goal and an assist and Pierre-Luc Dubois netted the game-winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Dallas Stars 2-1. The Stars also lost forward Devin Shore for 7-10 days with a lower-body injury.

John Gibson kicked out 34 shots, including 10 in overtime, backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Rickard Rakell potted the winner in a shootout. Earlier in the day, the Predators placed winger Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. 

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak, Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler, and Philadelphia Flyers left wing Claude Giroux were named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov.11, 2019.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jack Campbell will be sidelined four-to-six weeks as he’ll require surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Campbell joins starter Jonathan Quick, who recently underwent surgery for the same issue. If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Kings would have no luck at all this season. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. He’s been recovering from off-season knee surgery. 

TSN: “The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing.” 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2018

Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2018 revealed, latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Goaltender Martin Brodeur, forward Martin O’Ree, right wing Willie O’Ree. Russian forward Alexander Yakushev, women’s hockey forward Jayna Hefford and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman were selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Goaltending great Martin Brodeur is among the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 (Photo via NHL.com)

Brodeur holds several NHL goaltending records, including most victories and shutouts, and won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils. St. Louis is a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy and won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

O’Ree was the first black player in NHL history and became an inspiration for many aspiring black players. Yakushev was a high-scoring forward known to North American hockey fans for his play with the Soviet Union all-stars in the 1972 Summit Series. Hefford won four Olympic gold medals for Canada in women’s hockey.

Under Bettman’s watch, the NHL has broaden in popularity and become a more global sport. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the class of 2018. No surprise to me that Brodeur and St. Louis were inducted this year. The elections of O’Ree and Yakushev were long overdue, especially for the trailblazing O’Ree, who also had a long and productive career at the minor league level. Hefford was a pioneer of women’s hockey and a key reason behind Canada’s success in international competition.

Bettman has significantly contributed to improving the NHL product, expanding its popularity and increasing its revenues. However, his constant labor battles with the NHLPA (including three lockouts) and his reluctance to acknowledge the link between head trauma and CTE tarnish his legacy. Former players Nick Boynton and Dan Carcillo, who are suing the league for what they claim was its failure to warn them of the long-term effects of head trauma, weren’t pleased with Bettman’s induction into the Hall. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed forward J.T. Miller to a five-year contract worth $26.25 million. The annual average value is $5.25 million and the deal also includes a modified no-trade clause that kicks in next July 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Miller’s production has steadily increased over the past three years, rising from 43 and 56 points in 2015-16 and 2016-17 to a career-high 58 points split between the Lightning and New York Rangers this season. This deal locks up the 25-year-old through his playing prime. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed winger Bryan Rust to a four-year, $14-million contract. The 26-year-old’s new contract counts as $3.5 million per season against the salary cap. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The length of this deal raised a few eyebrows, as Rust was considered among the Penguins’ potential trade candidates following their second-round playoff elimination by the Washington Capitals. This signing leaves the Penguins with about $4.25-million in cap space.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators yesterday placed forward Alex Burrows on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because Burrows was over 35 when he signed this contract, the Senators won’t receive any cap relief from this buyout. 

TSN: The Vancouver Canucks re-signed defenseman Derrick Pouliot to a one-year, $1.1-million contract 

TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the Winnipeg Jets re-signed defenseman Joe Morrow to a one-year, $1 million contract. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have hired Tom Kurvers as assistant general manager. 

LOS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights are suing StubHub “alleging the resale ticketing site owes the team almost $1.5 million in playoff ticket sales profits.”