NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2021

The Hurricanes remain perfect, Ryan Getzlaf becomes the Ducks’ all-time scoring leader and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes remain the NHL’s only undefeated teams by nipping the Arizona Coyotes 2-1. The Hurricanes extend their franchise-best season-opening win streak to eight straight games (8-0-0) Brett Pesce’s power-play goal late in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie. The Coyotes still seek their first win of the season with a league-worst 0-8-1 record.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to belittle the Hurricanes’ impressive start but they feasted on rebuilding clubs (Coyotes), struggling teams (Leafs, Bruins, Islanders) and god-awful ones (Canadiens, Blackhawks) in October. They’ll face a tougher test in November with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals on the calendar.

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (NHL Images).

Ryan Getzlaf collected an assist on Troy Terry’s game-winning goal to become the Anaheim Ducks’ all-time leading scorer (989 points) as his club doubled up the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. Adam Henrique, Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler each collected two points. Before the games, the Ducks placed Jakob Silfverberg on COVID protocol and announced Rickard Rakell is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

The floundering Canadiens are off to their worst start (2-8-0) since 1941-42. Cedric Paquette was ejected from this game for boarding Ducks center Trevor Zegras. The Habs also announced forward Mathieu Perreault has been sidelined with an eye injury for two-three weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Getzlaf on his achievement. He’s now just 11 points away from reaching the 1,000-point milestone. As for the Canadiens, they have no excuses for their poor performance. Yes, they’re missing Carey Price and Shea Weber while their depth at center remains an issue, but they lack the effort that got them to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

The New York Rangers (6-2-1) picked up their fifth straight road victory by dropping the Seattle Kraken 3-1. Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves for the win, Adam Fox snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period and Barclay Goodrow had a goal and an assist. Jordan Eberle tallied for the Kraken.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings overcame a 2-0 deficit to squeak past the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Jonathan Quick (22 saves) picked up his first win of the season. Before the game, the Kings placed Viktor Arvidsson and Gabriel Vilardi in COVID protocol.

The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on a shootout goal by Jakub Voracek. Joonas Korpisalo kicked out 36 shots in regulation and overtime for the Jackets while Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist. P.K. Subban collected two assists for the Devils.


THE ATHLETIC: Kyle Beach and his lawyer will be meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Beach filed a lawsuit against the club over their handling of the sexual assault allegations against former video coach Bradley Aldrich in 2010. Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz instructed the club’s lawyers to see if they can reach “a fair resolution consistent with the totality of the circumstances.” The Blackhawks filed a motion last week to dismiss Beach’s case but the club indicated it was simply a procedural move.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks’ motion could be a requirement in order to reach a settlement with Beach. We’ll see how things transpire in the coming weeks.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins placed defenseman Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel in COVID protocol.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues did the same with goaltender Ville Husso.

THE SCORE: Minnesota Wild forward Brandon Duhaime won’t face supplemental discipline for cross-checking Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram on Saturday. He received a five-minute major penalty and a 10-minute game misconduct.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Speaking of the Wild, prospect Marco Rossi is thankful to be alive and playing hockey again after complications from COVID-19 earlier this year threatened his career and his life.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2019

More fallout from the Milan Lucic-for-James Neal trade plus the latest contract signings in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE SCORE: James Neal is ready for a fresh start with the Edmonton Oilers following last season’s career-worst performance with the Calgary Flames. On Friday, the Flames traded the 31-year-old right-winger to the Oilers for left winger Milan Lucic.

Winger James Neal is looking forward to joining the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

Neal acknowledged he had a “tough go” in 2018-19. He feels he plays his best hockey when he’s around other players who can move the puck. “For me, I’m a shooter and I do my best hockey when I’m getting open and finding fresh ice.”

Speaking of Lucic, he said former Flames captain Jarome Iginla helped convince him to waive his no-movement clause to accept the trade to Calgary. They’re also former teammates, having played together with the Boston Bruins in 2013-14.

Lucic said he and Iginla had a good talk before he accepted the trade. “He told me what a great hockey town Calgary is, how much the people are behind the Flames. It’s a fan base that loves seeing effort. They obviously want to win, but regardless, they love the heart-and-soul guys, the guys who give their all, who don’t compromise, which I like to think speaks to the way I play.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I noted in the aftermath of the trade, it’ll be interesting to see which player benefits most from this change of scenery. At least this deal provided a bit of excitement as we enter the dog days of the NHL offseason.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes avoided salary arbitration with forward Brock McGinn, re-signing him to a two-year, $4.2-million contract. “McGinn, 25, will be paid $1.9 million in 2019-20 and $2.3 million in 2020-21.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The annual average value is $2.1 million. That’s around the going rate for a fourth-line NHL forward these days. Cap Friendly indicates the Hurricanes have over $2.4 million in salary-cap space.

DKPITTSBURGHSPORTS.COM: A source claims the Toronto Maple Leafs signed UFA forward Garrett Wilson. He played 50 games with the Penguins last season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Terms of this deal have yet to be disclosed. Given the Leafs’ cap crunch, it’s likely a two-way contract or a league minimum one-way deal that can be easily buried in the minors.

YARDBARKER: Former Minnesota Wild center Eric Fehr signed with Switzerland’s Geneve-Servette HC.

SPORTSNET: The St. Louis Blues re-signed goaltender Ville Husso to a one-year, two-way deal.