NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 14, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 14, 2020

The latest roundup of the NHL’s plans during the postponement of this season and more in today’s morning coffee headlines.

HEADLINES

THE SCORE: The NHL distributed a memo to its players yesterday outlining its plans for the coming days during the postponement of its schedule over coronavirus concerns.

The players will continue receiving their paychecks for the remainder of the season during their normal pay period. They’re also asked to self-quarantine themselves for a week in their club’s city and avoid travel, though they will be allowed to see family outside of their respective cities provided they alert their general manager.

The NHL could re-open their training facilities in a week’s time.

They are to work out at home and avoid informal skates at public arenas. Players rehabbing injuries will be allowed if necessary to continue using team facilities. Following the quarantine period, the league hopes to re-open facilities for players to work on conditioning before introducing a training camp period.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there would be no mandatory testing of players for COVID-19, but testing will be conducted if a player exhibits symptoms or becomes sick. He added the league will work in close conjunction with the NHL Players Association regarding the schedule, noting both sides can agree to extend existing contracts to accommodate the resumption of play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton believes the NHL will follow the lead of the National Basketball Association regarding the resumption of play. Both leagues share the same arenas. If the NBA returns in 30 days, the NHL could quickly follow suit.

A growing list of NHL teams will compensate their respective arena staffs for postponed games. They include the Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Washington Capitals.

Florida Panther goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is pledging $100K to his club’s arena workers. His pledge will be matched by his teammates, with club ownership pledging to take care of outstanding amounts.

TVA SPORTS: No official word yet from the Montreal Canadiens regarding Bell Centre employees, but it’s expected they will also follow suit.

WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen believes the Jets must step up and do right by MTS Centre employees. Club chairman Mark Chipman said Thursday those employees aren’t full-time. “They work when we work. So, regrettably, to the extent that we’re not putting on shows and games, those people obviously would not have a call to work.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m willing to give Chipman the benefit of the doubt and suggest he was preoccupied with the fallout from the league’s announcement it was pausing the season. However, it won’t be a good look for the Jets if they won’t compensate MTS Centre workers when other NHL clubs are looking after their own.

TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is still counting on the 2020-21 season to begin on time and run its usual course.

IN OTHER NEWS…

NHL.COM: The Hockey Hall of Fame will be closed from March 14 to April 6 over coronavirus concerns.

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Coronavirus concerns prompted the family of the late Henri Richard to close his funeral to the public. The Montreal Canadiens Hall-of-Famer passed away last week at age 84. His funeral will be Monday, March 16.

TSN: The Department of Player Safety determined New York Rangers winger Brendan Lemieux will be suspended for his hit on Colorado Avalanche winger Joonas Donskoi on Wednesday. “The precise parameters of the suspension will be determined and announced once resumption of play guidelines have been established.”










NHL Hall of Fame Debate: Golden Knights Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury

NHL Hall of Fame Debate: Golden Knights Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2017

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 unveiled, Golden Knights trade Methot to Stars, the latest notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Former NHL stars Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk headline the 2017 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Joining them are retired women’s hockey player Danielle Goyette, University of Alberta coach Clare Drake and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. The induction ceremony takes place in Toronto on November 13, 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars last night acquired defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick in 2020. Methot was selected by the Golden Knights from the Ottawa Senators during last Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft. The Stars also placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers for buyout purposes and re-signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good move by the Stars to bolster their blue line depth. Methot is an experienced stay-at-home defenseman with leadership skills. He should prove an invaluable addition to the Stars youthful blueline corps. No surprise Niemi was bought out. The writing was on the wall for him when the Stars acquired and signed Ben Bishop last month. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers re-signed forward Zack Kassian to a three-year deal worth $1.95 million annually. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million deal. 

CSN MID-ATLANTIC: The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Derek Ryan to a one-year, $1.425 million contract. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed winger Tom Pyatt to a two-year, $2.2 million deal. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks re-signed backup goaltender Anton Forsberg to a two-year deal worth $750K per season and forward Tomas Jurco to a one-year, $800K contract. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres re-signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year deal worth $650K annually. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson to a two-year, $1.45 million deal. 

NHL.COM: The deadline for NHL teams to extend qualifying offers to their players was 5 pm ET on Monday. Among the notables who didn’t receive offers were St. Louis Blues winger and 2012 first-overall draft pick Nail Yakupov, Calgary Flames winger Alex Chiasson, Colorado Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nikita Nesterov and New Jersey Devils winger Beau Bennett, 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 26, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 26, 2017

Former NHL great Teemu Selanne is eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

2017 Hall of Fame class to be announced today. Details & more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

 NHL.COM: Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson are among the first-time candidates eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2017 class of inductees will be announced on Monday.

Other noteworthy candidates who’ve been eligible for years include Mark Recchi, Paul Kariya, Jeremy Roenick, Alexander Mogilny, Theo Fleury, Dave Andreychuk, Chris Osgood and Curtis Joseph. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, Selanne and Alfredsson are locks for induction. The others are worthy candidates but it remains to be seen which of them will get the nod this year.

I’d also like to see former New York Islanders center Butch Goring (member of four Stanley Cup titles, former winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, Bill Masterton Trophy Lady Byng Trophy) get his due this year. He was the final piece of the championship puzzle for the Islanders dynasty and has been overlooked for induction for far too long.

SPORTSNET’s John Shannon reported over the weekend the 2018 NHL Draft could be held in Dallas. 

TSN: The Anaheim Ducks re-signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a two-year contract extension. CapFriendly.com indicates it’s a one-way deal worth $900K annually. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL’s Jim Matheson reports the Arizona Coyotes have spoken to former Oilers head coach Todd Nelson regarding their vacant bench boss position. 

CKLW AM 800: More than 1,200 motorcyclists turned out Sunday for the seventh annual Bob Probert Ride. “More than $100,000 in proceeds donated this year will go towards cardiac wellness programs throughout Windsor-Essex in his honour.” Probert died in 2010 from a massive heart attack. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 15, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 15, 2016

Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and the late Pat Quinn were officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 14, 2016.

Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and the late Pat Quinn were officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 14, 2016.

Hall of Fame inductions, stars of the week, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Eric Lindros, Rogie Vachon, Sergei Makarov and the late Pat Quinn were officially inducted last night into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Long overdue for all four. Lindros was the dominant player of the mid-1990s and might have achieved more success if multiple concussions hadn’t shortened his career. Vachon was one of the best goalies of the late-1960s and early 1970s, Makarov was one of the great Russian players of all time and Quinn one of the NHL’s great coaches. 

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele and Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 13

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves, including 20 in the third period, and Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the New York Islanders 4-0. Earlier in the day, the Isles learned defenseman Travis Hamonic was returning earlier than expected from a broken thumb, while blueliner Dennis Seidenberg doesn’t require surgery on his broken jaw. Meanwhile, Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (day-to-day, upper-body injury) could miss the remainder of the club’s five-game road trip. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (head injury) won’t play in tonight’s game against the LA Kings. 

ESPN: Blindside hits and expansions rules are among the topics of discussion in today’s meeting of NHL general managers in Toronto. 

TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doubts the team owners are willing to shut down the league to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee’s been unwilling to budge on its resistance to picking up out-of-pocket costs, such as travel and insurance, as it did in the previous five Winter Olympics

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s growing increasingly unlikely the NHL will fully participate in those Games. Some players, such as Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, could still insist on taking part. That could create some tension between the league and the NHL Players Association, and perhaps between some players and their respective NHL teams. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes and Arizona State University are taking the first step toward the construction of a new 16,000-seat arena near the city of Tempe.  While this is not an agreement to build on that site, there’s optimism the Coyotes can meet all the requirements for the construction to go through. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Facing financial pressures, Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League is considering cutting some teams. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Far too many KHL teams are supported by Russian oil oligarchs. The steep decline in oil prices over the last two years have plunged some of those teams deeply into debt.