NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 9, 2017

Game recaps, salary cap updates, Flames not for sale and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Artemi Panarin collected a career-high five assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-3. 

Malcolm Subban made 41 saves backstopping his Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over his brother P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators. Reilly Smith tallied the only goal in the shootout for the win. 

Gustav Forsling’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, snapping the Blackhawks’ five-game losing skid. Forsling also collected two assists in this contest. 

Matt Dumba scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, giving the Wild their third victory in four games. Jason Zucker netted a goal and an assist for the Wild. 

Third-period goals by Matt Niskanen and Tom Wilson carried the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. Capitals center Niklas Backstrom had a two-point performance in this game.  

TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman projects league revenue for 2017-18 will reach a record $4.84 billion US, meaning next season’s salary-cap ceiling should rise to somewhere between $78 million to $82 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s talk it could ultimately settle at $80 million. That would a significant increase over the current $75 million ceiling and will bring significant cap relief to clubs with over $60 million already invested in next season’s cap payroll. The official figure will be announced next June. 

SPORTSNET: Calgary Flames co-owner Murray Edwards said the club isn’t for sale, but there are currently no plans to meet with the city of Calgary to resolve its dispute over the construction of a new arena. Earlier this week, Edwards told the NHL Board of Governors he wasn’t optimistic over the club’s chances of getting a new venue. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Edwards and company might not be selling the Flames. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t move the franchise if the city of Calgary refuses to bend to the team’s demands over who picks up how much of the construction costs for a new arena. With Seattle and Houston emerging as viable options for NHL franchises, don’t be surprised if we start hearing ominous rumblings about one of these cities becoming a new home for the Flames. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov’s absence from the lineup is likely to be brief. Barkov was sidelined after being struck in the jaw by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba on Thursday. He’s listed as doubtful for today’s game against Colorado but is expected to return to action on Monday against Detroit. 

SPORTSNET: Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov feels he was disrespected by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin during last summer’s contract negotiations. Markov said Bergevin scarcely spoke with him, using a “take it or leave it” attitude with his contract offers. 

NBC SPORTS: Hey, hockey fans! Now you can bid for a chance to own Al the Octopus during the Joe Louis Arena auction, which begins today and runs through Dec. 16. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 10, 2017

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid celebrates a goal against the Vancouver Canucks.

Game recaps, McDavid wins Art Ross Trophy, opening-round playoff match-ups determined and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Connor McDavid collected two assists to become the only player to reach 100 points this season as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. McDavid is the first Oiler to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer since Wayne Gretzky in 1987. Oilers winger Jordan Eberle netted a hat trick.

The Anaheim Ducks picked up their fifth consecutive Pacific Division title by downing the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime. Shea Theodore scored the game winner for the Ducks. 

The Detroit Red Wings closed out the Joe Louis Arena with a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Wings forward Riley Sheahan scored twice to snap a season-long goalless streak. 

In his final NHL game, Bryan Bickell scored in a shootout and Brock McGinn netted the winning goal as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. Multiple sclerosis has forced Bickell into retirement. 

Three unanswered goals by Matt Calvert, Josh Anderson and Cam Atkinson lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. James van Riemsdyk scored twice for the Leafs. 

Brayden Point scored twice and set up another as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. 

Brock Nelson had a goal and two assists and Anders Lee netted his 34th over the season in the New York Islanders’ 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. 

Vladimir Sobotka scored in his first NHL game since 2014 as the St. Louis Blues edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. 

James Reimer had a 38-save shutout performance as the Florida Panthers blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0. 

Magnus Hellberg made 22 saves for his first NHL win backstopping the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The opening-round postseason series have now been determined. In the Western Conference, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks vs the Nashville Predators, the Minnesota Wild vs the St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks vs the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers vs the San Jose Sharks. In the Eastern Conference, it’s the Washington Capitals vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins vs the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Montreal Canadiens vs the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators against the Boston Bruins.  

The opening round schedule of the 2017 NHL playoffs has been released. The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 pn ET),  New York Rangers meet the  Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET); Boston Bruins face the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET); St. Louis Blues square off against the Minnesota Wild (9:30 p.m. ET); and San Jose Sharks meet the Edmonton Oilers (10 p.m. ET).

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars announced Lindy Ruff won’t be returning as their head coach next season.