NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 28, 2018

Jets down the Predators, Hart Trophy finalists announced, Evander Kane suspended. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Connor Hellebuyck made 47 saves backstopping the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of their second-round series. Mark Scheifele scored twice and Blake Wheeler collected two assists.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck backstopped his club to a Game 1 victory over the Nashville Predators (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hellebuyck flat-out stole this game for the Jets, who were outplayed and outshot by the Predators. They’ll need a better overall effort in Game 2. 

New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon are this year’s finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This should also bring an end to weeks of tedious debate over whether Edmonton Oilers star (and 2017 Hart winner) Connor McDavid should be a nominee. If you’re among those who believe he should’ve, don’t worry, he’ll likely be a frequent finalist (and winner) in the coming years. Now you can turn your focus toward more important matters, like what the Oilers intend to do to surround McDavid with the talent needed to turn the Oilers into a Stanley Cup contender. 

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane received a one-game suspension for cross-checking Vegas Golden Knights forward Pierre-Marc Bellemare in Game 1 of their second-round series.

The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery will be held tonight in Toronto starting at 7:30 pm ET. The Buffalo Sabres have the best chance of winning this year’s lottery, with an 18.5 percent chance.

CALGARY SUN: Brian Burke is stepping down as president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Now Burke has time to devote to more important matters, like relearning how neckties work and taming his Sonic the Hedgehog hairstyle. 

Speaking of the Flames, former NHL linesman Don Henderson has been ordered to pay $11,000.00 for costs in his unsuccessful lawsuit against former Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and the team.

USA TODAY: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand denied reports claiming the Bruins forward was asked by the league to stop licking players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This has to be the silliest headline I’ve read this week. 

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and head coach Mike Babcock denied a report claiming a rift had emerged between the two during their opening-round series against the Bruins.

Todd McLellan will return next season as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. Assistant coaches Ian Herbers and Jim Johnson were relieved of their duties. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres forward Jacob Josefson signed a four-year deal with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League.

CANES COUNTRY: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck is set to sign with KHL team CSKA Moscow.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 28, 2017

Games recaps, Luongo makes history, Landeskog suspended and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Roberto Luongo became only the second goaltender in NHL history to win 200 games with two different franchises by backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Jared McCann netted the game-winning goal in the third period. 

Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, who blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3 as their losing skid is now eight in a row. It was a costly win for the Penguins, as starting goalie Matt Murray left the game in the second period favoring his right leg following a collision with Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Murray’s status is expected later today. As for the Flyers, their ongoing slump could turn up the heat under head coach Dave Hakstol. 

Earlier in the day, the Flyers activated defenseman Andrew MacDonald off injured reserve and sent Samuel Morin back to the minors. 

Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor each had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit to crush the Minnesota Wild 7-2. Earlier in the day, the Jets called up Eric Comrie to replace sidelined goalie Steve Mason, who suffered a concussion during Saturday’s game against New Jersey. The Wild, meanwhile, were missing defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who’s out with a groin strain. 

Rookie Alex DeBrincat tallied his first career hat trick and Patrick Kane collected three assists as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Anaheim Ducks 7-3. 

Carey Price made 37 saves to carry the Montreal Canadiens to their second straight win as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. Habs defenseman Shea Weber missed his fourth straight game with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price looks like he’s regained his Vezina-worthy form since returning from a 10-game absence with a lower-body injury. That’s good news for the Habs playoff hopes, which could  further improve once Weber returns to action.

Vegas Golden Knights winger Jonathan Marchessault, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 26. 

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog received a four-game suspension for crosschecking Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk in the head. during Saturday’s game in Denver. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury but has traveled with the club to Philadelphia. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson could miss the next two weeks with a shoulder injury. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: An ankle injury has sidelined Sabres center Jacob Josefson for four-to-six weeks. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin will be out until at least Saturday with an undisclosed injury. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2017

Washington Capitals sign winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year deal.

Collection of recent signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Alexander Radulov inking a five-year contract with the Dallas Stars dominated yesterday’s free-agent signings. Here’s a look at several others. 

Two former New Jersey Devils landed with new teams yesterday. WGR 550 reports the Buffalo Sabres signed center Jacob Josefson to a one-year contract ($700K). CSN MIDATLANTIC reports the Washington Capitals signed winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings re-signed defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million per season. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-sign defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year, $1.45 million contract. 

NBC SPORTS: The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed blueliner Slater Koekkoek to a one-year, $800K deal. 

PUCK DADDY Greg Wyshynski reports Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan had no plans to buy out Brooks Orpik’s contract. 

CSN BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks hired Rob Zettler as an assistant coach. 

TSN: Former Colorado Avalanche center Mikhail Grigorenko has reportedly signed a three-year contract with KHL club CSKA Moscow. 

 











Latest on the Stars, Wild & Devils – April 18, 2017

Latest on the Stars, Wild & Devils – April 18, 2017

Could the Dallas Stars shop forward Cody Eakin before the expansion draft in June?

The Dallas Stars could trade Cody Eakin before the expansion draft, another possible early playoff exit could lead to changes for the Minnesota Wild, and five players who won’t return with the New Jersey Devils. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: In a recent live chat with Dallas Stars fans, Mike Heika said the club will protect seven forwards and three defensemen in the June expansion draft. It’s between Jamie Oleksiak and Stephen Johns on defense and between forwards Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel.

Heika thinks the Stars could try to trade Eakin before the June 17 deadline for submitting their list of protected players. He believes new head coach Ken Hitchcock wants to use Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and Radek Faksa at center. That would mean moving Eakin to the wing, where’s he’s not as effective. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eakin, 25, is a versatile, hardworking two-way forward finishing the first season in a four-year contract with an annual cap hit of $3.875 million. While his cap hit might be a tad high for some clubs, his youth and skills could attract interest if the Stars put him on the trade block. If they do shop him, they could seek a draft pick or a prospect in return. They could also look for a draft-exempt NHL-ready winger. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Chip Scoggins cites the Minnesota Wild’s inability to score as a frequent issue hampering the club in the playoffs. With the Wild on the verge of another early playoff exit, Scoggins suggests general manager Chuck Fletcher faces another uncomfortable offseason examining if his club is built to win or simply spinning its wheels. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild were among this season’s highest-scoring club, but their offense sputtered down the stretch and into the postseason. If Fletcher decides to shake things up, he could consider drawing upon his depth on defense. Even if he protects four defensemen in the expansion draft, he still risks losing a good young blueliner. Perhaps he’ll get creative before the expansion draft. Should the Blues finish off the Wild this week, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of speculation over Fletcher’s plans. 

NJ.COM: Chris Ryan lists Jacob Josefson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Marc Savard, Seth Helgeson and Luke Gazdic as five players who won’t return with the New Jersey Devils. Josefson is a restricted free agent and Savard an unrestricted free agent who hasn’t played since 2011. Helgeson and Gazdic are also UFAs. Smith-Pelly has a year remaining on his contract and could be left exposed in the expansion draft.