NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 8, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 8, 2019

Sebastian Aho has a five-point game, Sergei Bobrovsky picks up his first win over his former club, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho had a five-point game (including a hat trick) to lead his club over the Minnesota Wild 6-2, snapping the latter’s 11-game points streak. Teuvo Teravainen collected three assists for the Hurricanes, who hold the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho’s five-point performance powered his club to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Wild (Photo via NHL Images).

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was Bobrovsky’s first game against his former club since signing with the Panthers last summer. Mike Hoffman, Aleksander Barkov, and Keith Yandle each had two points. With the win, the Panthers move into second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Predators spoiled P.K. Subban’s return to Nashville by defeating his New Jersey Devils 6-4. Subban, who was dealt to the Devils last summer, finished the game without a point and a plus-minus of minus-3. Nick Bonino, Rocco Grimaldi, and Dante Fabbro each had a goal and an assist for the Predators. Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist for the Devils.

The Colorado Avalanche picked up their sixth straight win by downing the Boston Bruins 4-1, snapping the latter’s points streak at 13 games. It was a costly victory for the Avs as defenseman Cale Makar and goaltender Philipp Grubauer left the game with injuries. Updates on their conditions won’t be revealed until Monday or Tuesday.

Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson each tallied two goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning crushed the San Jose Sharks 7-1. Alex Killorn had four points while Victor Hedman had three. Sharks goalie Martin Jones was pulled after giving up four goals on 21 shots.

Scott Laughton’s tie-breaking goal held up as the winner as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Ottawa Senators 4-3. Senators winger Brady Tkachuk was fined over $2,400.00 for cross-checking Laughton, who threw a big hit on Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who subsequently dropped the gloves with Joel Farabee. Flyers winger Jakub Voracek fought Nick Paul after Travis Konecny left the game following a big hit by Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki. Anthony Duclair scored twice for the Senators, who lost goaltender Craig Anderson to a lower-body injury in the first period.

The Vancouver Canucks blew a 5-3 lead but defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 on an overtime goal by J.T. Miller. Josh Leivo and Antoine Roussel each tallied twice for the Canucks, who wore their vintage “Flying Skate” jerseys in this contest. Jack Eichel, Rasmus Risolainen, and Sam Reinhart each collected two points for the Sabres, who move into third in the Atlantic Division.

A four-goal first period powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman each scored two goals as the Leafs chased Blues goalie Jordan Binnington after he gave up four goals on 11 shots.

Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and two assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Dylan Larkin and Robby Fabbri both had two points for the Wings, who are winless in 11 contests.

Ben Bishop kicked out 34 shots backstopping the Dallas Stars over the New York Islanders 3-1. Alex Radulov, a healthy scratch in the Stars’ previous game, tallied a goal and an assist.

Milan Lucic and Dillon Dube each had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames held off the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. The Flames are 5-0-1 in their last six games while the Kings’ winless skid on the road is now at 11 games. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist for the Kings.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 20, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 20, 2019

The aftermath of the Milan Lucic-for-James Neal trade, plus the latest on Artemi Panarin, Connor McDavid, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CALGARY SUN: Milan Lucic is looking forward to a fresh start with the Flames. He was traded yesterday to Calgary for winger James Neal. The Oilers agreed to pick up 12.5 percent of his $6 million annual average value and also included a conditional 2020 third-round pick in the deal. 

Milan Lucic is looking forward to a fresh start with the Calgary Flames (Photo via NHL Images).

“I just think a fresh start is exactly what I needed,” Lucic said. “I think going to a team that was first in the West last year helps, too, because I know going into the season that we’ll be playing some meaningful games throughout the whole year.”

SPORTSNET’s Mark Spector last night tweeted the two conditions that must be met for the Oilers to sent that third-rounder to the Flames. “James Neal has to record at least 21 goals and Lucic scores at least 10 fewer goals than Neal.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If those conditions are met I doubt Oilers fans will complain about giving up that third-round pick. Follow this link for my take on this trade.

SPORTSNET: The Flames also reached a tentative deal yesterday with the city of Calgary for a new arena. Eric Francis reported the investment by Flames ownership would be “significantly more” than that of Daryl Katz in the Oilers’ arena in Edmonton. “Flames would run the arena, which will be owned by the city. Again, the parameters of the deal are all subject to council vote.” The cost of the new arena could reach between $550 – $600 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames’ need for a new arena and the sometimes contentious negotiations with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi sparked worries the club would relocate if an agreement couldn’t be reached between the two sides. I’ll be surprised if this tentative deal fails to receive council approval. 

NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Artemi Panarin elaborated on his recent criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He felt big cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg are thriving at the expense of the small towns. Panarin pointed out that’s not the case in the United States, singling out Columbus (where he played for two seasons) as an example.

“I lived in Columbus, which isn’t even in the top 10 American cities, but look at the pictures and you will see how nice it looks. Everything is clean, safe, everyone is calm. It’s great. American cities are developing thanks to local taxes which stay in the state. But here, a lot of money goes to Moscow, so people everywhere work for Moscow’s benefit. I always thought it’s unfair.”

NBC SPORTS: An Edmonton man has been charged with forging the signature of Oilers captain Connor McDavid on team jerseys and selling them for big profits. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Andrew Copp is seeking a one-year, $2.9-million contract via arbitration. The club is countering with a two-year deal worth $1.5-million annually. His arbitration hearing is set for Sunday in Toronto. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens avoided salary arbitration with forward Charles Hudon, re-signing him to a one-year, one-way, $800K contract.

NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers re-signed goaltender Sam Montembeault to a one-year, two-way contract. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 19, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 19, 2019

The Flyers re-sign Kevin Hayes and acquire Justin Braun, the Lightning re-sign Braydon Coburn, plus updates on Joe Thornton, Vladimir Tarasenko, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN/SPORTSNET: Bob McKenzie and John Shannon report the Philadelphia Flyers re-signed forward Kevin Hayes to a seven-year, $50-million contract. The annual average value is $7.14 million. Acquired from the Winnipeg Jets earlier this month, Hayes was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

Kevin Hayes reportedly inked a seven-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay more than a few NHL general managers are cursing Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher for this one. Fletcher gave up very little (a fifth-round pick) to acquire Hayes but gave up way too much re-signing him. The 27-year-old is a versatile forward who’s tallied over 40 points in four of the past five seasons, but he’s not worth over $7 million per season. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA/BAY AREA: The Flyers also acquired defenseman Justin Braun from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 third rounder. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fletcher continues to bolster his blueline, having shipped Radko Gudas to Washington last Friday for Matt Niskanen. Braun, 32, is an experienced shutdown defenseman. He and Niskanen bring experience and leadership to a young Flyers defense corps. With the Braun addition and Hayes signing, Cap Friendly indicates the Flyers have over $60 million invested in 16 players. 

The Sharks, meanwhile, free up over $3 million in salary-cap space. Those savings could be put toward re-signing captain Joe Pavelski.

Speaking of the Sharks, Joe Thornton expressed his desire to return with the club next season. Like Pavelski, Thornton is slated to become a UFA. “I’m a Shark,” he said. “There’s one team, and it’s here.”

ESPN.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a two-year, $3.4-million contract extension. He was slated to become a UFA on July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good, affordable signing by the Lightning. Coburn was a reliable presence on the Bolts blueline this season. The 34-year-old is taking a significant pay cut from his previous $3.7-million per season. As his career winds down, the Lightning is his best chance to win a Stanley Cup. 

TSN: David Clarkson submitted his 16-team no-trade list to the Vegas Golden Knights, who hope to shop his contract this week. All but retired due to injury, Clarkson has a year remaining on his deal with an AAV of $5.25 million. The cap-strapped Golden Knight must free up salary-cap room to re-sign free agents such as William Karlsson. 

NEW YORK POST:  Goaltender Robin Lehner remains hopeful of re-signing with the New York Islanders. An unrestricted free agent on July 1, Lehner is up for the Vezina and Masterton trophies at tonight’s NHL Awards in Las Vegas. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the mutual willingness on both sides to get a deal done, I expect Lehner to be re-signed before his UFA eligibility date.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko suffered a shoulder injury during his club’s Stanley Cup run. It’s unclear if it’s the same shoulder that required surgery last year. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Forward Charles Hudon rejected the Canadiens’ qualifying offer. The club still retains his NHL rights. 

TSN: Trent Yawney joins the Los Angeles Kings’ coaching staff. 

SPORTSNET: The NHL salary cap for next season could be lower than projected. Elliotte Friedman believes the league and the PA will agree to tighten the cap for the next two seasons as they work toward a new collective bargaining agreement. A new US television agreement in 2021 could also factor into this decision. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The cap was projected to reach $83 million. There’s now talk it could be around $82 million. That will affect the efforts of cap-strapped clubs to retain key players this summer. 










Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 10, 2019

Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 10, 2019

Latest on the Senators, Bruins, Leafs, Kings, Predators, Jets, and Canadiens in the Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup. 

DECISION DAY COMING FOR SENATORS

SPORTSNET (via Kukla’s Korner): Elliotte Friedman reports the Ottawa Senators have informed teams that they’ll reach a decision on retaining or trading Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, and Ryan Dzingel about 10 days before the Feb. 25 trade deadline. The trio is slated to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

The Ottawa Senators must soon decide to re-sign or trade Matt Duchene (Photo via NHL Images)

Chris Johnston noted talks between Duchene and Senators management have centered around the future of the franchise. He hasn’t been given a deadline to reach a decision. He also noted Duchene loves living and playing in Ottawa and he doesn’t rule out the possibility of Duchene returning as a free agent this summer if he’s traded at the deadline.

Nick Kypreos noted the Senators tabled an eight-year, $64-million offer to Duchene, suggesting many believe that will be the best cash offer he’ll get via free agency because he can only get seven years as a UFA from other clubs. He doubts Duchene will get over $9 million annually on a seven-year deal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The trade market seems to be in a holding pattern as teams wait to see what happens with Duchene and Stone. Their fates will determine what happens to other notable players being bandied about as potential trade candidates. We should know for certain by Feb. 15. 

BRUINS TRADE OPTIONS

BOSTON GLOBE: With the trade deadline approaching, Matt Porter recently examined some possible trade options for the Boston Bruins. Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin is the big prize in the trade market, with the asking price believed to be a first-round draft pick, a top prospects, and a player. It’s a high price to pay for a player who could depart via free agency but Porter claims the Bruins are among the interested parties. 

Porter speculates the Bruins could add a physical winger like Carolina’s Micheal Ferland or Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds, who will be considerably more affordable than Panarin. New York Rangers (and Massachusetts natives) Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey, or Chris Kreider could be available. With the New Jersey Devils in sell mode, winger Kyle Palmieri would make sense as he lives in Boston in the offseason and has two more years remaining on his contract. 

Porter also suggested Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle, Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg or Rickard Rakell, or Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli, Carl Hagelin or Ilya Kovalchuk as possible trade targets.  

Kevin Paul Dupont suggested Detroit Red Wings forwards Gustav Nyquist or Thomas Vanek as possible second-line options for the Bruins. He noted Vanek was on their radar last season before they acquired Rick Nash. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Bruins GM Don Sweeney will acquire a scoring forward by the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Panarin would be the best option but he’d also cost probably far more than Sweeney is willing to pay. Ferland, Simmonds, Hayes, Silfverberg, Kovalchuk or Nyquist would be more affordable options.

Toffoli has surfaced in the rumor mill but I’m not sure the Kings are ready to part with him just yet unless they get a terrific offer. Vanek has a tendency to disappear for long stretches so I don’t think he’s a worthwhile target. I don’t believe Rakell, Coyle, Kreider, Palmieri or Vesey are available, though there’s no harm in at least making inquiries. 

UPDATE ON THE LEAFS

Elliotte Friedman reports the Leafs have been linked to Carolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland, who the Hurricanes might keep. He said the Leafs are pursuing a similar player but, for a rental player, they’re not parting with top prospects Rasmus Sandin or Timothy Liljegren or a first-round pick. 

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons noted the Buffalo Sabres need lots of help on their blueline. He wondered if they might be interested in defenseman Nikita Zaitsev if the Leafs offered to pick up part of his salary-cap hit. He also speculated the Leafs might be able to pry Wayne Simmonds away from the Philadelphia Flyers for a second- or third-round pick or a draft pick and Connor Brown.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think the Sabres are desperate enough to consider Zaitsev an improvement even if the Leafs picked up half of his $4.5-million annual cap hit. A second-round pick and Brown? Swap Brown for Johnsson and the Flyers might do it. 

LATEST ON THE KINGS

Nick Kypreos reports Ilya Kovalchuk hasn’t scored at the rate the Los Angeles Kings had hope for this season. Nevertheless, there may be some interest in Kovalchuk near the trade deadline as his performance might improve on a better team. Kypreos noted the Boston Bruins were runner-up for Kovalchuk’s services before he signed with Los Angeles. If the Kings trade him, however, the Kings will have to retain up to 25 percent of his salary. He has a no-move clause and hasn’t been asked to waive it but Kypreos feels that shouldn’t be a problem if he wants to win a Stanley Cup. 

NBC SPORTS: After the Kings recently made veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf a healthy scratch, Adam Gretz wondered about the blueliner’s future with the club. The 33-year-old blueliner is a fading asset carrying an annual salary-cap hit of $7 million through 2020-21, making him nearly impossible to move via trade. A buyout would cost them $2.9 million next season, $5.4 million in 2020-21, followed by two seasons of $1.4 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings are carrying $5.25 million annually of Phaneuf’s contract as the Ottawa Senators are carrying $1.75 million per season. 

JETS AND PREDATORS

Nick Kypreos noted rumors linking the Nashville Predators to Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin and the Winnipeg Jets to Ottawa’s Mark Stone. Their first-round picks are said to be in play but, if the Predators or Jets want to land Grade A talent, a top prospect such as the Predator’s Eeli Tolvanen or Winnipeg’s Sami Niku will also have to be included. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a growing sense the Predators and Jets are “all-in” this season. Giving up a first and a top prospect for a notable playoff rental is an expensive gamble, one that could prove painful if the rental player turns into a bust. It’ll be interesting to see who they target and how much they’re willing to give up. 

COULD CANADIENS MOVE HUDON?

Elliotte Friedman reports the Montreal Canadiens made Charles Hudon a healthy scratch before Saturday’s game against the Leafs. He believes they’re trying to find a way to get recently acquired forward Dale Weise into the lineup and suggested Hudon could be moved for a mid-round draft pick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hudon’s struggled to crack the Canadiens’ roster on a full-time basis this season and might benefit playing elsewhere. The Habs already have two picks in the fourth round of this year’s draft (as well as next year’s) and two in the fifth round. Having traded their 2019 fifth-rounder to Vegas in 2017 for David Schlemko, maybe GM Marc Bergevin wants to replace that pick.










NHL Rumor Mill – November 3, 2018

NHL Rumor Mill – November 3, 2018

A look at TSN’s first “trade bait” list of the season in your NHL rumor mill.

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander, New York Rangers forwards Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez and Detroit Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist top Frank Seravalli’s season-opening NHL “trade bait” list.

Seravalli believes Nylander’s ongoing contract standoff with the Leafs increases the possibility of a trade, noting the Carolina Hurricanes are among a handful of teams with interest in the young forward. The Kings’ early-season struggles and the Rangers ongoing rebuild explains the inclusion of Hayes, Zuccarello, and Martinez on the board.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nylander’s status is the hot topic in the rumor mill. With the Dec. 1 deadline for signing restricted free agents approaching, the interest in his trade status will only increase. Hayes and Zuccarello are pending unrestricted free agents and likely to be shopped at some point before the Feb. 25, 2019 trade deadline. Martinez could be available but the asking price is likely to be an affordable scoring forward. Nyquist said he’s not surprised he’s on the list. Like Hayes and Zuccarello, he’s skating on a rebuilding team and is eligible for UFA status in July. 

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is among the notable names in early-season NHL trade speculation. (Photo via NHL Images)

Kings winger Tanner Pearson, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce, Winnipeg Jets blueliner Tyler Myers, and Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin are ranked sixth through 10 on the list.

Seravalli notes the combination of Bobrovsky’s poor start and his stalled contract talks suggests things could go off the rails between the netminder and Jackets’ management. He also believes the Jackets seem content on playing out the season with UFA winger Panarin before making another attempt at re-signing him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seravalli’s TSN colleague Pierre LeBrun and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman also noted the seemingly frosty relationship between Bobrovsky and the Jackets right now. Friedman points out Bobrovsky has a full no-move clause but believes the goalie has given them an idea where he’d like to go and the Jackets may be exploring the possibility.

There’s speculation linking Bobrovsky to the New York Islanders but no indication they’re on the goalie’s list of preferred destinations. However, if Bobrovsky’s performance improves and the Jackets are in the thick of the playoff chase by the trade deadline, I believe they’ll keep him for the rest of the season.

Pesce has been mentioned as a trade chip by the Hurricanes if they pursue a Nylander trade. The Jets are all-in for the Stanley Cup this season and I don’t see them shopping Myers, even at the risk of losing him to free agency in July. 

Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov, Montreal Canadiens winger Charles Hudon, Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Kassian, Kings forward Kyle Clifford and Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds round out the list. Seravalli believes the Flyers have no idea how things will go with UFA Simmonds, who could be re-signed or traded by the deadline. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Flyers want to keep Simmonds but they also want to ensure his offseason pelvic surgery hasn’t adversely affected his game before committing to a long-term deal.

Kassian recently denied requesting a trade from the Oilers, clarifying that his agent had spoken with Oilers management regarding his status and the option of a trade was mentioned if he wasn’t happy in Edmonton. He insists he wants to remain an Oiler.

Cap Friendly indicates Namestnikov is signed through 2019-20 with a $4 million annual average value. That might make him more attractive to clubs seeking more than a playoff rental this season. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 6, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 6, 2017

Game recaps, Kyle Turris signs new contract with Predators, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal set a franchise record for most assists by a rookie (five) in a single game to help his club down the Colorado Avalanche 6-4. The game was overshadowed, however, by the Avalanche pulling center Matt Duchene from the game as he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in a three-team deal that also involved the Nashville Predators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my analysis of the Duchene trade by following the link above. 

Before the game, the Avs announced defenseman Anton Lindholm suffered a broken jaw during the club’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Rookie goaltender Charlie LIndgren kicked out 38 shots to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Drouin and Joe Morrow tallied for the Habs in the third period, snapping the two-game shutout streak of Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. The Habs played without forward Charlie Hudon, who’s sidelined by an upper-body injury.

Matthew Tkachuk netted the game winner in a shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils. Sean Monahan, Michael Frolik and Micheal Ferland each had a goal and an assist for the Flames. Prior to the game, the Flames placed defenseman Travis Hamonic on injured reserve

Petr Mrazek had a 36-save shutout performance while Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the struggling Edmonton Oilers 4-0. Wings forward Gustav Nyquist left the game with an injured right knee but it’s not expected to be serious.

THE TENNESSEAN: Having been dealt by the Ottawa Senators on Sunday evening to the Nashville Predators as part of the three-team trade involving Matt Duchene, center Kyle Turris agreed to a six-year, $36-million contract extension. Turris, 28, was eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was assumed the Predators were given permission to speak with Turris and his agent about a new contract prior to agreeing to this trade. A skilled two-way center who has reached the 20-goal, 50-point plateau in three of the last four seasons, the 28-year-old Turris will be earning $6 million per season starting in 2018-19. That’s a considerable raise over his current $3.5 million cap hit and $4 million in actual salary for this season. Turris will likely slot into the second-line center spot, moving Nick Bonino down to the third line where he’s best suited. 

THE ATHLETIC: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Winger Cam Atkinson (hip) was placed on injured reserve.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Forward Daniel Sprong is playing well for the Pittsburgh Penguins AHL farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but he must round out his game to earn a full-time roster spot with the Pens. “He’s got to control that urge to just go when the right thing to do is come into your own end and just stop,” (Penguins assistant GM) Bill Guerin said. “It’s decision-making.”