NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2018

Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Brayden Point had a career-high five-point game (one goal, four assists) while teammates Nikita Kucherov and Braydon Coburn each scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning romped to an 8-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Brayden Point’s five-point game powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to an 8-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils. (Photo via NHL Images)

Jordan Eberle scored twice as the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3. It was a costly win for the Islanders as goaltender Robin Lehner left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. Penguins goalie Matt Murray was pulled after allowing four goals on nine shots.

Brad Marchand tallied two goals and Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves as the Boston Bruins downed the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho joined Wayne Gretzky and Ken Linesman in the NHL record book as the only players to open an NHL season with assists in 12 straight games. Prior to the game, the Bruins placed defenseman Charlie McAvoy (upper body) on injured reserve.

The Detroit Red Wings blew a three-goal lead but late third-period goals by Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin gave them a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Wings forward Thomas Vanek could be sidelined for at least two-to-three weeks after suffering an apparent knee injury in the first period.

Matthew Tkachuk’s late third-period goal set the stage for Johnny Gaudreau’s overtime winner as the Calgary Flames edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Jack Eichel tallied the Sabres’ only goal.

The Dallas Stars picked up their first road win of the season by downing the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Devin Shore had a goal and two assists for the Stars while teammate Jason Spezza played his 1,000th career NHL game.

Two second-period goals by Ryan Hartman helped the Nashville Predators defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. The Predators lead the NHL’s overall standings with 18 points.

Mikael Granlund’s third-period goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Eric Staal had a goal and two assists for the Wild.

The Arizona Coyotes picked up their fourth straight win by beating the Ottawa Senators 5-1. Alex Galchenyuk tallied his first goal with the Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After struggling to score in their first five games, the Coyotes have tallied at least three goals in each of their last six.

Nolan Patrick’s goal late in the third period lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Pontus Aberg scored both goals for the Ducks.

Kevin Shattenkirk scored the only goal in a shootout to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks, spoiling the return of long-time Sharks center Joe Thornton to the lineup. Chris Kreider had two goals for the Rangers.

CBS SPORTS: The St. Louis Blues placed defenseman Jakub Jerabek on waivers. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik missed practice Tuesday with a lower-body injury but is expected to be in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Canadiens. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators secured a $30 million short-term credit line with BMO Bank of Montreal’s corporate finance division. “The hockey club said the five-year loan will be used to give the team access to short-term credit as well as allowing the team to buy U.S. dollars when exchange rates are more attractive. American currency is typically used by a hockey franchise to pay its players.”



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2018

Devils edge SC Bern, Shea Weber named Canadiens captain, Scott Hartnell and Radim Vrbata retire, Sam Gagner on waivers and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NJ.COM:  Taylor’s Hall’s overtime goal lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over SC Bern during exhibition play in Switzerland yesterday.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens named defenseman Shea Weber as their 30th captain in franchise history.

Shea Weber named the new captain of the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber, the former captain of the Nashville Predators and one of the most respected players in the league, was the logical choice to replace former Habs captain Max Pacioretty. 

CALGARY SUN: Speaking of the Canadiens, they acquired defenseman Brett Kulak from the Calgary Flames in exchange for AHL blueliners Rinat Valiev and Matt Taormina. Kulak will report to the Habs’ AHL affiliate in Laval. They also offered rearguard Simon Despres a minor-league contract.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will be sidelined three-to-four weeks with an injured left ankle.

TSN: Winger Scott Hartnell retired after 17 NHL seasons. In 1,249 game, Hartnell tallied 327 goals and 707 points with the Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets, including nine 20-goal campaigns.

Radim Vrbata also announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. He had 284 goals and 623 points in 1,057 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. That included eight seasons with 40-or-more points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Hartnell and Vrbata in their future endeavors. 

SPORTSNET: The Vancouver Canucks placed forward Sam Gagner on waivers yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagner is signed through 2019-20 with an annual salary-cap hit of $3.125 million. Don’t be surprised if he clears waivers today. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded defenseman Connor Carrick to the Dallas Stars for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers traded blueliner Jakub Jerabek to the St. Louis Blues for a conditional draft pick.

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres acquired defenseman Jack Dougherty from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Nicholas Baptiste. They also announced forward Scott Wilson will be sidelined eight-to-10 weeks following surgery to repair a fractured ankle. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 1, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 1, 2018

Capitals’ Tom Wilson facing another suspension, plus updates on Dustin Brown, Scott Darling, Cory Schneider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CSN WASHINGTON: Capitals winger Tom Wilson was ejected from Sunday’s preseason game against the St. Louis Blues for an illegal hit to the head of Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist, leaving the latter motionless on the ice. Wilson received a five-minute major penalty and a match penalty while Sundqvist had to be helped from the ice.

Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson faces an in-person hearing with the league for an illegal hit to the head of St. Louis Blue forward Oskar Sundqvist. (Photo via NHL Images)

NHL.COM’s Tom Gulitti reports Blues coach Mike Yeo said Sundqvist’s status was “not good”, adding he had a couple of upper-body injuries and could be sidelined for a while.

SPORTSNET: Wilson has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety. This means Wilson could face a suspension of six-or-more games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wilson is a repeated offender, fined twice and suspended a total of four regular-season games, two preseason games and three playoff games for separate incidents since 2015. He could face a lengthy suspension for that hit on Sundqvist. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Dustin Brown is sidelined indefinitely with a broken finger.

YAHOO SPORTS: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling left Sunday’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators with a lower-body injury. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said there’s some concern over Darling’s injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Darling was looking forward to a bounce-back season after struggling through most of 2017-18. This could be a potential setback for the Hurricanes’ starter. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils revealed veteran goaltender Cory Schneider won’t play in the club’s season opener on Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. Schneider underwent hip surgery during the offseason. He’s practiced regularly with his teammates but didn’t take part in any preseason games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schneider remains optimistic about returning to action soon. His first game could come in mid-October. 

CBS SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is questionable for Thursday’s season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He tweaked a previous injury but no details have been disclosed. 

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers placed forward Pontus Aberg on waivers and released defenseman Jakub Jerabek. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2018

Canadiens and Flames swap former first-round picks, Oilers sign Jakub Jerabek, Rangers sign Dustin Tokarski. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CALGARY SUN: The Calgary Flames shipped center Hunter Shinkaruk to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Kerby Rychel. Both teams re-signed their new players to one-year, one-way contract worth $650K. The duo are also former first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Rychel was selected 19th overall while Shinkaruk went 24th overall.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames will be Rychel’s fourth NHL team, having bounced from Columbus to Toronto to Montreal while the Canadiens are Shinkaruk’s third, having been previously acquired by the Flames from the Vancouver Canucks. Both have spent the bulk of their respective pro careers in the minors. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level. Tokarski, 28, spent last season with the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers signed defenseman Jakub Jerabek to a one-year contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has started a foundation to help the U.S. military community. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jerabek,27, made his NHL debut last season, splitting 36 games between the Canadiens and Washington Capitals. He’s seen as an affordable stopgap measure for now to offset the absence of Andrej Sekera, who recently suffered a career-threatening torn Achilles tendon.

Jerabek won’t replace Sekera’s skill and experience. Still, he will be a short-term depth solution until better options present themselves once Sekera ($5.5 million) is placed on LTIR at the start of the upcoming season. 

NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has launched a foundation in his name to assist serving and former U.S. service members and their families. The goal is to provide funds for various programs that benefit the military community. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As a Canadian Forces veteran, I salute Palmieri for his efforts to help the U.S. military community. 

THE ATHLETIC: Hockey-related revenue, escrow, shortening maximum-length contracts, the Olympics and expansion to Seattle are expected to be the major issues in the next round of collective bargaining between the NHL and NHLPA. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In case you’re wondering why we’re hearing about this now, the league and the NHLPA each have an opt-out option next September. If one or the other triggers that option, the current CBA will expire on Sept.15, 2020. 

OTTAWA SUN: Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros recently clarified his comments suggesting the NHL should consider removing body contact from the game, saying “clean body contact should have a place in the upper tiers and professional hockey.” Lindros, whose career was cut short by concussion injuries, is now an advocate for improved player safety. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The family of recently deceased NHL player Kurt Walker will donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2018

Game recaps, analysis of latest trades plus updates on Corey Crawford, Chris Kreider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Anaheim Ducks backup Ryan Miller made 40 saves in a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars. (Photo via NHL images)

 NHL.com: The Vegas Golden Knights set a record for most points by a team (84) in its inaugural season by beating the Calgary Flames 7-3. Four Golden Knights – Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch, Ryan Carpenter and Luca Sbisa – each had a goal and an assist. Vegas sits atop the Western Conference and league overall standings.

Ryan Miller turned in a 40-save shutout effort as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Dallas Stars 2-0. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and set up another. 

Patrick Kane scored a goal and added an assist while Nick Schmaltz scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Speaking of the Blackhawks, head coach Joel Quenneville is no longer hopeful about starting goaltender Corey Crawford returning to the lineup this season. Crawford suffered a head injury in December. 

AZCENTRAL.COM /LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS:  The Arizona Coyotes traded winger Tobias Rieder and backup goaltender Scott Wedgewood to the Los Angeles Kings for goalie Darcy Kuemper. The Coyotes are also finalizing a two-year contract for Kuemper worth $1.85 million annually. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyotes general manager John Chayka said the Kuemper acquisition does not affect his club’s intent to re-sign starting goatender Antti Raanta, who’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Bringing in a more experienced NHL backup like Kuemper could convince Raanta to re-sign with the Coyotes.

As for the Kings, they bolster their speed and depth up front, having dealt away aging veteran winger Marian Gaborik to Ottawa last week. Rieder is also a restricted free agent this summer with arbitration rights and could turn into a longer-term acquisition if he plays well with the Kings 

MONTREAL GAZETTE/THE WASHINGTON POST: The Montreal Canadiens traded defenseman Jakub Jerabek to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jerabek is the second depth defenseman acquired by the Capitals this week, having also brought in Michal Kempny from Chicago. These were affordable acquisitions by the Capitals, who had limited cap space to bolster their defense corps before the trade deadline. These moves also mean we can forget about any talk of Detroit’s Mike Green returning to the Capitals on deadline days. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Two months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his right arm, Rangers winger Chris Kreider has received medical clearance to return to action. He could be back in the Rangers lineup within the next few games. 

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets placed winger Nick Foligno on injured reserve and claimed blueliner Taylor Chorney off waivers from the Washington Capitals. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning claimed forward Gabriel Dumont off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.