NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 20, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, Sabres to terminate Patrik Berglund’s contract, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and goaltender Matt Murray made 31 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Washington Capitals 2-1. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin saw his 15-game point streak come to an end. Washington winger Tom Wilson knocked Penguins defenseman Jamie Oleksiak out of the game with three punches during a first-period fight between the two. An update on Oleksiak’s status is expected today.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals (Photo via NHL Images).

Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog gave the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Habs goalie Carey Price’s ill-timed pass across his crease led to Rantanen’s game-tying goal. On a plus note for the Canadiens, they got a rare power-play goal. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres yesterday placed center Patrik Berglund on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. He was recently suspended by the club for failing to report but there have been few details from either side regarding the situation. Berglund has three years remaining on his contract worth an annual average value of $3.85 million but that will be removed from their cap payroll once his contract is terminated.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHLPA could intervene on Berglund’s behalf, though his refusal to report gives the Sabres justification to end his contract. 

NBC SPORTS: After a slow start with the San Jose Sharks, defenseman Erik Karlsson is getting his offensive groove back. With seven assists in his last six games, he now has 23 points in 35 contests.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars defenseman John Klingberg will return tonight from a six-week absence (broken hand) to face the Chicago Blackhawks.

THE SCORE: Los Angeles Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk is expected to return from ankle surgery on Saturday to face the Sharks.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings starting goaltender Jimmy Howard will return to action tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Howard hurt his back during warmups prior to Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes general manager John Chayka said starting goaltender Antti Raanta (lower-body injury) could miss the remainder of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Raanta’s been out since Nov. 27. The Coyotes are 5-6-0 in his absence. 

LAS VEGAS SUN: The Vegas Golden Knights placed winger Max Pacioretty (leg injury) on injured reserved and called up Brandon Pirri.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Marcus Kruger became the third Blackhawks to be placed on IR with a concussion within the last 10 days. Artem Anisimov recently returned but goalie Corey Crawford remains sidelined. 

EDMONTON SUN:  Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira received a two-game suspension for a cross-check to the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn on Tuesday. Dunn received a $1,942.20 fine by the league for cross-checking Khaira. 

SPORTSNET: Ottawa’s National Capital Commission “is moving to terminate a development deal with Rendez-Vous LeBreton Group, which includes Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, in the wake of bitter legal infighting within the development group.” Melnyk and business partner John Ruddy have filed lawsuits against each other. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as Melnyk is the Senators’ owner, the club seems to have little chance of getting a new downtown arena. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 18, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 18, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates and more CBA optimism in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Anthony Cirelli scored in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 following a wild third period that saw the Flyers rally from a 5-1 deficit to force the extra frame. Brayden Point scored twice for the Lightning while James van Riemsdyk had a three-point game for the Flyers.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist moved into seventh place on the NHL all-time wins list for goaltenders. (Photo via NHL Images)

Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 438th career victory to move ahead of Jacques Plante into seventh on the all-time goaltender wins list as the New York Rangers doubled up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Rangers winger Chris Kreider had a goal and two assists.

Erik Karlsson scored his first goal with the San Jose Sharks while Aaron Dell turned in a 30-save shutout to blank the St. Louis Blues 4-0. Joe Pavelski scored twice and Logan Couture had three assists.

Cam Atkinson’s hat trick powered the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-1 win over the slumping Carolina Hurricanes. Artemi Panarin also collected three assists for the Jackets while Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 30 shots.

Calle Jarnkrok potted his first career NHL hat trick as the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-3.

Carey Price turned in his second straight solid performance (35 saves) backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. Jonathan Drouin scored the winner while Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson netted his 11th goal of the season.

The Ottawa Senators ran up a 5-1 lead and held on for a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mark Stone and Matt Duchene each scored twice for the Senators, who chased Penguins goalie Matt Murray from the net after he gave up three goals on 10 shots. Penguins forward Derick Brassard returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a lower-body injury. 

The Buffalo Sabres picked up their fifth straight win by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2. Rasmus Dahlin and Jason Pominville tallied the tying and winning goals.

The Calgary Flames won the latest round in the Battle of Alberta by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Elias Lindholm scored two goals for the Flames, handing the Oilers their fifth loss in six games.

Dylan Larkin’s overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Wings have won eight of their last 10 games. Wings forward Darren Helm could be sidelined for some time after leaving the game in the first period with an injured right arm.

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 32 shots and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson tallied his first NHL goal to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The injury-ravaged Bruins lost another key player, as Patrice Bergeron (suspected shoulder injury) returned to Boston for medical evaluation. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars defenseman John Klingberg (broken hand) could be sidelined for longer than four weeks, as coach Jim Montgomery suggested the blueliner could be out six weeks. 

SPORTSNET: The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Luke Schenn on waivers. Forward Patrick Eaves was placed on injured reserve suffering from back spasm. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the NHL is doing everything it can to dodge another labor dispute with the NHLPA, with the two sides engaged in ongoing preliminary talks “aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its reopener in September 2019.”  Brooks cites multiple sources claiming league commissioner Gary Bettman hopes to avoid the prospect of a fourth lockout in 17 years under his watch.

Among the highlights from Brooks’ column:

-The league and the PA are apparently interested in participating in the 2022 Winter Olympic in Beijing. The trade-off could be staging a World Cup of Hockey in 2020 (and possibly 2024) with most of the revenue going to the league. 

-Escrow isn’t the major sticking point it once was. While the players are having 11.5 percent of their salaries withheld this season, the PA expects a postseason refund of eight percent. 

-The PA seeks a change in the way long-term injury reserve payments are calculated against the cap. “If the league eliminates additional payroll dedicated to LTI as part of the mix, that would reduce escrow. It would also slightly tilt the 50/50, so the NHL obviously would need something tangible in return — perhaps a redefinition of Hockey-Related Revenue that would benefit the teams.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the second report in as many weeks suggesting the possibility another work stoppage might be avoided, perhaps before next September’s deadline for either side to re-open CBA talks. According to last weekend’s report by Hockey Night in Canada’s “Headlines” crew, the league needs to know by January if they can stage a 2020 World Cup of Hockey. If that tournament gets the green light,  a new CBA could be in place by next fall or the current one will remain in place until its expiry date in September 2022. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2018

Game recaps, Joe Thornton and Zach Parise reach career milestones, injury updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Bo Horvat scored two goals and set up two others and Loui Eriksson also scored twice to lead the Vancouver Canucks to an 8-5 victory over the Boston Bruins. Jake DeBrusk had a three-point night in a losing cause for the Bruins. The Canucks played without winger Brock Boeser, who returned to Vancouver to see a specialist regarding a nagging groin injury.

Bo Horvat’s four-point performance carried the Vancouver Canucks to an 8-5 win over the Boston Bruins. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Florida Panthers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1, picking up their first home win over the Oilers since 2002. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for the victory.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored in overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers squeezed past the Arizona Coyotes 5-4, overcoming two shorthanded goals by the Coyotes. Scott Laughton tallied twice for the Flyers.

Jeff Skinner scored twice and Rasmus Ristolainen potted the winner as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in overtime. Max Domi collected three assists for the Canadiens, who were playing without forwards Paul Byron and Joel Armia. Byron is week-to-week with a lower-body injury while Armia is sidelined six-to-eight weeks with an injured knee.

The Vegas Golden Knights blew a three-goal lead but two third-period tallies gave them a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa rookie Brady Tkachuk was held scoreless in his first game back from a leg injury.

Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos scored late third-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the New York Islanders 4-2. Josh Bailey scored twice for the Islanders.

Jeremy Colliton lost his first game behind the Chicago Blackhawks’ bench as his club dropped a 4-3 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes, who jumped to a 4-0 lead and managed to hang on for the win.

Devin Shore scored two goals to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. It was a costly win for the Stars as defenseman John Klingberg could be sidelined for three weeks after suffering an injury blocking a shot in the third period. Sharks center Joe Thornton reached another notable milestone, playing in his 1,500th career NHL game.

Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise’s 700th career point came in the form of the game-winning goal as his club beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1.

NEWSDAY: New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello will miss the club’s next two games with a groin strain.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Patrick Maroon will be a healthy scratch in tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Eddie Lack on waivers.

THE SCORE: Former NHL coach Dave Tippett said he won’t be returning to the coaching ranks as he intends to remain in his role as an advisor to the ownership group that is trying to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle.

TWINCITIES.COM: Bob Naegele Jr., the original owner of the Minnesota Wild, passed away on Wednesday at age 78 of complications from cancer. He was majority owners of the Wild from 2000 to 2008.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Naegele’s family, friends, and the Wild organization.

 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2016

The new logo of the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights.

The new logo of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.

Game recaps, injury updates, Las Vegas franchise named & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

LAS VEGAS JOURNAL-REVIEW: Following a brief technical glitch, Las Vegas’ new NHL franchise was officially revealed last night as the Vegas Golden Knights. An estimated 5,000 fans attended the unveiling outside the T-Mobile arena. In addition to the team name, the club logo and colors were also revealed. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was speculated for month the Vegas franchise would be named Golden Knights. The only surprise was they dropped the “Las” from the city name. I like the club logo, though some on Twitter compared it to Magento’s or Boba Fetts‘ helmet. I did chuckle over some folks mocking the new franchise’s name. I wonder how many of them were fans of NHL teams named for waterfowl, red wings, maple leaves and something wild. 

NHL.com: The New York Islanders needed 14 shootout rounds to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on a goal by Nick Leddy.

Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone each had a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators rallied to down the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. The Sens snapped a two-game losing streak, while the Habs have dropped four of their last five games. Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after being struck in the throat by a puck. 

Steve Mason made 38 saves and Wayne Simmonds had two points to carry the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was a costly win for the Flyers, as center Sean Couturier injured his left knee and could require surgery. 

Jake Allen kicked out 39 shots to carry the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, marking the Blues fourth straight win. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was forced from the game in the second period. No word yet on his condition. 

Viktor Stalberg’s shorthanded goal stood as the winner as the Carolina Hurricanes nipped the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: After making defenseman John Klingberg a healthy scratch on Monday for missing a team meeting, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff is playing coy over whether Klingberg will return to the lineup for tonight’s game against Nashville. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Hoping to rejuvenate their offense, the Red Wings will have Dylan Larkin centering a line with Thomas Vanek and Gustav Nyquist tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward J.T. Brown reportedly smashed the cell phone of a heckling Nashville Predators fan after he was ejected from Monday’s game between the two clubs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fan apparently hopes the Lightning will replace his damaged phone. It’ll be interesting to see what the team and the league has to say about this incident.