In today’s NHL morning coffee headlines: The Senators avoid arbitration with Chris Tierney, the latest on the Penguins and Coyotes, and long-time Edmonton sports icon Joey Moss passes away.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators avoided salary arbitration with Chris Tierney as the two sides agreed to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $3.5 million. The 26-year-old center’s arbitration hearing was slated for Nov. 8.
Ottawa Senators center Chris Tierney (NHL Images).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another affordable move by the Senators to keep a key veteran in the folk. Acquired from the San Jose Sharks in the Erik Karlsson trade in 2018, Tierney’s become an invaluable two-way center for the Sens, netting 37 points in 71 games last season.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins fired assistant general manager Jason Karmanos yesterday. No reason was given for the move. He’d been in the position since 2014, hired a week after Jim Rutherford was named general manager. Karmanos also served as GM of the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Penguins also announced Trevor Daley was hired as a hockey operations advisor. Daley, 37, has retired as an NHL defenseman after 16 seasons spent with the Penguins, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. He won two Stanley Cups with the Pens in 2016 and 2017, finishing his career with 89 goals and 309 points in 1,058 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Daley in his future endeavors.
AZCENTRAL.COM: The Arizona Coyotes are facing criticism for selecting Mitchell Miller in this year’s draft after it was revealed the defenseman admitted to repeatedly bullying, hitting and racially taunting an African-American classmate with developmental disabilities four years ago. The club and GM Bill Armstrong responded with statements pointing out Miller sent a letter to all 31 NHL teams acknowledging his behavior and expressing remorse, but the mother of the victim said he has never personally apologized. Armstrong had not officially taken over as GM when Miller was selected.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Coyotes are under fire for their selection, The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell points out there were many others in the hockey world willing to have Miller on their team despite his checkered past. Campbell raises legitimate questions over Miller’s character, if he’s truly remorseful for his actions, and if he’s deserving of a chance to play in the NHL.
SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Coyotes, they’re reportedly in discussions with Shane Doan regarding the possible return of their former captain to the organization.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Joey Moss, the long-time dressing-room attendant for the Oilers and the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, passed away at 57 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and recent hip surgery. Moss, who had Down syndrome, was hired by the Oilers in 1984 and the Eskimos in 1986 on the recommendation of Wayne Gretzky. He quickly endeared himself with both clubs, becoming a popular, well-recognized part of the Edmonton community. In 2015, he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Moss was an inspiration as well as a beloved icon of the Oilers and Eskimos. My condolences to his family, friends and the Oilers’ and Eskimos’ organizations.
Bill Peters releases a statement regarding his alleged use of racial slurs, the Boston Bruins re-sign Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Calgary Flames edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on an overtime goal by Elias Lindholm. Flames defenseman TJ Brodie collected his first points since returning to the lineup after collapsing during practice on Nov. 14. The Sabres have just one win in their last six games. They also announced Vladimir Sobotka is sidelined indefinitely following surgery on his right knee while Rasmus Dahlin is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Flames coach Bill Peters released a statement yesterday apologizing for racial slurs aimed at former NHL player Akim Aliu a decade ago (Photo via NHL.com).
The Flames’ victory was overshadowed by the ongoing controversy surrounding head coach Bill Peters. He was accused of uttering racial slurs toward former NHL player Akim Aliu when both were with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs a decade ago. Former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan also accused Peters of kicking him during a game in 2015-16.
Peters was not behind the bench against the Sabres, having returned to Calgary as the club investigates his previous conduct. Read below for further details.
Brad Marchand scored his fifth goal in four games as the Boston Bruins nipped the Ottawa Senators 2-1. The Bruins have won five straight games. The club also announced the re-signings of Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner (details below).
The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up their third straight win under new coach Sheldon Keefe by crushing the Detroit Red Wings 6-0. Andreas Johnsson scored twice and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves as the Leafs peppered the Wings with 54 shots. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard left the game in the first period after suffering a mid-body injury. An ailing Jonathan Bernier took over, giving up three goals on 40 shots.
St. Louis Blues winger Oskar Sundqvist scored twice as his club held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. He subsequently left the game with a lower-body injury. Ivan Barbashev also collected three assists. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored and picked up two assists.
The New York Rangers picked up their third straight win by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves for the win as his teammates tallied three first-period goals.
Evgeni Malkin had five points while teammates Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust each had four as the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a 6-3 deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 8-6. J.T. Miller and Adam Gaudette each tallied twice for the Canucks.
The Washington Capitals picked up their first win in three games by defeating the Florida Panthers 4-3. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby kicked out 37 shots. The Panthers are winless in their last three contests.
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Elliott made 15 saves in the third period to preserve a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers extended their points streak to four games.
Max Pacioretty’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Paul Stastny’s overtime goal as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Nashville Predators 4-3. The Knight snap a three-game winless skid. Earlier in the day, they placed forward Valentin Zykov on waivers.
Arizona Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak scored twice in the first period and buried the winner in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Coyotes have won four of their last six games.
The Colorado Avalanche tallied three third period goals to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for the Avs, who ended Edmonton captain Connor McDavid’s points streak at 11 games.
Dustin Brown and Alex Iafallo each collected two points as the Los Angeles Kings downed the New York Islanders 4-1. It’s the Isles second straight loss coming off a 17-game points streak. The Kings also activated Trevor Lewis from injured reserve.
Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine collected three points as his club tallied five straight goals to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves for the win while Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each picked up two points.
Calgary Flames head coach Peters issued an apology yesterday in a letter to general manager Brad Treliving, calling the incident “isolated and immediately regrettable.” TSN’s Frank Seravalli noticed a discrepancy in the statement. Peters claimed he immediately returned to the dressing room and apologized to the team following the racial slur aimed at Aliu, but the latter claimed that didn’t happen even after the team captain confronted Peters.
Seravalli also pointed out that Peters didn’t acknowledge the incident with Jordan. However, Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour acknowledged that incident took place, as well as another in which Peters punched an unnamed player. Brind’Amour was Peters’ assistant coach when those episodes took place. He claimed the incidents were addressed by the players and management and never happened again.
Former Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. claimed then-Hurricanes GM Ron Francis never informed him about Peters’ alleged physical abuse of the two players. He claimed he would’ve fired Peter “in a nanosecond” had Francis told him about those claims.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman cites a source claiming a face-to-face meeting between Peters and the league will likely occur, depending on the Flames’ own actions. That raises the possibility of league-mandated punishment along with whatever the Flames do.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Peters remains coach of the Flames. His statement hasn’t done anything to dampen calls for his firing. This situation could result in more players coming forward, either on their own or through the NHLPA, with their own stories of mental and physical abuse by NHL and minor-league coaches.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins yesterday re-signed forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner to multi-year contract extensions. Coyle inked a six-year deal worth an annual average value of $5.25 million while Wagner got a three-year deal with an annual salary-cap hit of $1.35 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyle’s contract was the most notable, as he was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July. He’s become a valuable part of the Bruins’ lineup since being acquired in a trade last season from Minnesota. He’s proven to be a versatile two-way third-line forward who can play center or on the wing but also move up to the second line when the need arises. The term seems a little long and the salary a little high but the Bruins are willing to pay it to keep him in the fold.
Game recaps, including milestone nights for Roberto Luongo, Braden Holtby and Patrick Marleau, in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Mark Stone scored twice, including in overtime, as the Ottawa Senators edged the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in the first game of their two-game 2017 SAP NHL Global Series at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Sens captain Erik Karlsson had two assists, while Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and an assist for the Avs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was also Matt Duchene’s first game since he was dealt by the Avs to the Senators earlier in the week. He was held scoreless in the game.
Roberto Luongo picked up his 455th career victory backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. He moved past Curtis Joseph into fourth on the all-time wins list. Jonathan Huberdeau collected three assists for the Panthers.
Braden Holtby became the second-fastest goalie in NHL history to reach 200 wins as the Washington Capitals downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. John Carlson had a goal and an assists for the Caps.
James van Riemsdyk scored twice and Patrick Marleau collected his 101st career game-winning goal to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
William Karlsson scored twice while David Perron and Luca Sbisa each had a goal and an assists to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
John Klingberg had a goal and two assists as the Dallas Stars shut out the New York Islanders 5-0.
Jordan Staal scored twice and Teuvo Teravainen picked up two assists as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1.
Game recaps plus latest on Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Backstrom, Brent Burns & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Nikita Kucherov scored and set up two others to power the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The league-leading LIghtning have won eight of their last 10 games, including five straight road contests.
Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the New Jersey Devils 3-2, extending the latter’s losing streak to four games. Devils forward Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season after returning to action following treatment for leukemia.
Jason Zucker tallied a hat trick and Devan Dubnyk turned in a 41-save shutout effort to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 3-0 blanking of the Montreal Canadiens, who were playing without top forward Jonathan Drouin (upper-body injury) and defenseman Shea Weber (lower body).
The Philadelphia Flyers’ top line of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier scored all of their club’s goals in their 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jaromir Jagr got his first goal of the season and Johnny Gaudreau had a three-point performance (including two goal) to give the Calgary Flames a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Anthony Mantha netted three points for the Wings.
Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and Rickard Rakell had three assists in the Anaheim Ducks’ 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Ducks goalie Ryan Miller made 13 saves against his former club before leaving in the third period with a lower-body injury. The Canucks were playing without defenseman Chris Tanev, who could be sidelined two-three weeks with an upper-body injury.
Shootout goals by Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby claims he’s unconcerned over his nine-game goalless streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby also has only three assists during that streak. He’s gone through similar droughts before and rebounded well, which is probably why his current production woes haven’t garnered as much attention this time around.
NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns’ offense is also sputtering. Coming off a career-best 76-point effort last season, he currently has just seven assists in 14 games. That’s adversely affected the Sharks in the wins column.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burns is a key piece of the Sharks’ offensive punch. When he’s not producing they feel it.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom’s strong defensive play has come at the expense of his offensive game, as he’s mired in a career-long seven-game scoreless drought. Linemate T.J. Oshie hasn’t scored in eight games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The offseason changes to the Capitals roster has placed Backstrom into more of a defensive role this season.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Veteran Stars forward Jason Spezza has yet to score a goal this season. His 15-game goalless drought is the second-longest of his career. He has only five assists during that stretch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Now in his 15th NHL season, age and the wear and tear over his long career could be catching up with Spezza.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is now listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
BSN DENVER: A peanut allergy has landed Colorado Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot in a Swedish hospital. Fortunately, he’s not expected to miss any games. The Avalanche are playing two games in Sweden against the Ottawa Senators.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vadim Shipachyov’s short NHL tenure is over as he and the Vegas Golden Knights officially part ways.
St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri scores one of his two goals against the New Jersey Devils.
Game recaps, Isles re-sign Clutterbuck, Leafs trade Holland to Coyotes & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Robby Fabbri scored twice and Vladimir Tarasenko collected three assists to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Brandon Dubinsky netted the game winner in the second period as the Columbus Blue Jackets rolled to their fifth straight victory by clipping the Detroit Red Wings 4-1.
Eric Staal’s shootout goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. It was the Wild’s third straight win and fifth in their last eight games.
Nick Holden scored in overtime while Antti Raanta turned in a 26-save shutout performance as the New York Rangers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0.
The Anaheim Ducks blew a two-goal lead but Hampus Lindholm’s tallied the winner in the third period to give them a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves backstopping the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The New York Islanders yesterday announced the re-signing of forward Cal Clutterbuck to a five-year contract extension. The deal is worth $17.5 million or an annual average value of $3.5 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a slight raise from the $2.75 million annual cap hit of his current deal. I’m not a fan of this signing, for reasons best explained by The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton. He believes, as I do, that this is a puzzling, big-money move by the Isles that could hurt them down the road.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs traded center Peter Holland on Friday to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional draft pick in 2018.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs were shopping Holland, 25, for over two weeks. He no longer fit into their plans. The Coyotes needed depth at center after losing Brad Richardson a few weeks ago to a broken leg. This move could give Holland an opportunity to get his NHL career back on track.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Chris Neil will play in his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the Los Angeles Kings.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is no longer a member of the NHL’s executive committee. He and the late Ed Snider (former owner of the Philadelphia Flyers) were replaced by Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman and Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL star Kevin Stevens pleaded guilty in a Boston court on Thursday to charges of conspiring with another man to sell oxycodone, a powerful opioid drug.