NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2020

Another milestone for Marc-Andre Fleury, hat-trick performances by James Neal, Zach Werenski, and Kyle Connor, Jake Guentzel sidelined for months, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 455th career victory as the Vegas Golden Knights downed the Anaheim Ducks 5-2. He moves into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time wins list. Jonathan Marchessault scored twice for the Golden Knights, who move atop the Pacific Division standings with 50 points.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury moves into sixth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list (Photo via NHL Images).

A hat trick by James Neal and a four-point effort by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins helped the Edmonton Oilers hold off the New York Rangers 7-5. The Oilers ran up a 6-0 lead before the Rangers made it interesting with four third-period goals. Rangers winger Artemi Panarin picked up four points. The Oilers (46 points) hold a one-point lead over the Flames for the final Western Conference wild-card berth.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski tallied his first career hat trick and Elvis Merzlikins picked up his first career NHL victory in a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, spoiling former Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s return to Columbus. Earlier in the day, the Jackets announced goalie Joonas Korpisalo will be sidelined four-to-six weeks following surgery on his right knee.

Kyle Connor’s second career hat trick carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 7-4 win over the slumping Colorado Avalanche. Mark Scheifele collected four points while Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Jack Roslovic each had three-point performances. Nathan MacKinnon tallied twice for the Avs, who’s lost five of their last six games. Jets center Mathieu Perreault returned to the lineup following a six-game absence with a concussion.

Alex Killorn scored two goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 6-4. Killorn and Tyler Johnson each finished with three points, as did the Sabres’ Conor Sheary. With 46 points, the Lightning move into third place in the Atlantic Division.

Patrick Kane scored twice and set up two others as the Chicago Blackhawks doused the Calgary Flames 5-3. Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner had a 41-save performance.

The St. Louis Blues’ eight-game win streak ended in a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Antti Raanta made 38 stops while Phil Kessel netted the game-winner. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes placed defenseman Aaron Ness on waivers.

The New Jersey Devils overcame a 2-0 deficit to upset the Boston Bruins 3-2 on a shootout goal by Damon Severson. Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves in a losing cause, but the Bruins did pick up a point to extend their streak to eight games.

New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov kicked out 38 shots (18 in the third period) as his club edged the Washington Capitals 4-3. Casey Cizikas scored twice for the Isles while Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied two goals for the Capitals.

The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up their seventh win in their last eight contests by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1. Auston Matthews, John Tavares, and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist. Earlier in the day, the Leafs re-signed defenseman Justin Holl to a three-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $2 million.

The Montreal Canadiens dropped their third straight game, falling 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes. They also lost winger Brendan Gallagher to a possible concussion after being accidentally kneed in the head by teammate Ben Chiarot. Hurricanes forwards Erik Haula and Teuvo Teravainen each had two points.The Habs have fallen to 12th overall in the Eastern Conference.

The Detroit Red Wings snapped a six-game losing skid by blanking the San Jose Sharks 2-0. Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves for the shutout while Tyler Bertuzzi and Filip Hronek were the goal scorers.

A four-goal first period powered the Los Angeles Kings over the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves while Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe each collected two points.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel will be sidelined four-to-six months following surgery on his right shoulder after Monday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was fined $5,000.00 and Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau $2,500.00 for their late-game scrum.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Guentzel’s absence is a big blow to the injury-ravaged Penguins. With 20 goals and 43 points in 39 games, he had been selected to participate in the 2020 All-Star Game later this month in St. Louis. His lengthy absence could provide an opportunity for struggling Penguins winger Alex Galchenyuk, who was the subject of frequent trade speculation in recent weeks.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 31, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 31, 2019

The Penguins beat the Senators but lose Jake Guentzel to injury, the 2020 All-Star Game rosters revealed, stars of the week, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Evgeni Malkin scored two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Nick Paul scored both Senators’ goals. Malkin has 24 points in his last 13 games. Teammate Jake Guentzel had a goal and two assists before leaving the game after crashing headfirst into the boards when he was knocked down by Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot. Guentzel left the ice under his own power but seemed to favor his right side. There was no immediate update as to his condition.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel was injured during a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Guentzel’s on pace for a career year, tallying his 20th goal of the season and being selected for the 2020 All-Star Game.

The NHL revealed its rosters for the 2020 All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25. Ryan O’Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo, and Jordan Binnington of the host Blues were named to the Central Division roster.

Atlantic Division (All-Star appearance)

F Tyler Bertuzzi, DET (1st)

F Anthony Duclair, OTT (1st)

F Jack Eichel, BUF (3rd)

F Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA (1st)

F Auston Matthews, TOR (4th)

F David Pastrnak, BOS (2nd)*

D Victor Hedman, TBL (3rd)

D Shea Weber, MTL (7th)

G Frederik Andersen, TOR (1st)

G Tuukka Rask, BOS (2nd)

Metropolitan Division (All-Star appearance)

F Mathew Barzal, NYI (2nd)

F Jake Guentzel, PIT (1st)

F Kyle Palmieri, NJD (2nd)

F Artemi Panarin, NYR (1st)

F Travis Konecny, PHI (1st)

D John Carlson, WSH (2nd)

D Dougie Hamilton, CAR (1st)

D Seth Jones, CBJ (3rd)

G Braden Holtby, WSH (5th)

G Joonas Korpisalo, CBJ (1st)

Central Division (All-Star appearance)

F Patrick Kane, CHI (9th)

F Nathan MacKinnon, COL (4th)*

F Ryan O’Reilly, STL (3rd)

F Mark Scheifele, WPG (2nd)

F Tyler Seguin, DAL (6th)

F Eric Staal, MIN (6th)

D Roman Josi, NSH (3rd)

D Alex Pietrangelo, STL (2nd)

G Jordan Binnington, STL (1st)

G Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (2nd)

Pacific Division (All-Star appearance)

F Logan Couture, SJS (2nd)

F Leon Draisaitl, EDM (2nd)

F Anze Kopitar, LAK (5th)

F Connor McDavid, EDM (4th)*

F Elias Pettersson, VAN (2nd)

F Jakob Silfverberg, ANA (1st)

F Matthew Tkachuk, CGY (1st)

D Marc Giordano, CGY (3rd)

G Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (5th)

G Darcy Kuemper, ARI (1st)

* Fan-elected captain

The league also released its All-Star Game “Last Men In” ballot, allowing fans to select up to four players to (one per division) to be added to the rosters.

SPORTSNET: Malkin, Boston’s Brad Marchand, Carolina’s Sebastian Aho, Florida’s Aleksander Barkov, Colorado’s Cale Makar, and Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes are among the most egregious all-star “snubs”.

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think you can also apply that to the other so-called “snubs”.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, St Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, and Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 29.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said his club would welcome back defenseman Dustin Byfuglien if the fit was right. Byfuglien’s been suspended since September for failing to report to training camp and is currently recovering from recent ankle surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The right fit being a healthy Byfuglien keen to return to the Jets’ lineup. 

THE SCORE: Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was blunt when talking about his current slump. “I can’t speak for them (teammates), I can only talk for myself, and obviously I know I’ve been pretty shit lately,” he told reporters on Monday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A fair assessment of the Oilers as a whole of late.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins placed defenseman Charlie McAvoy (lower body) on injured reserve.

THE SCORE: Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo is listed as week-to-week with a knee injury suffered during their shootout loss to Chicago on Sunday.










NHL Injury Outlook Week 14: The End of 2019

NHL Injury Outlook Week 14: The End of 2019

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2019

Jonathan Huberdeau enjoys a four-point performance, John Tortorella loses it with the officials, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and set up two others as his club held on for a 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Panthers center Aleksander Barkov also scored two goals. Canadiens rookie Nick Suzuki collected three assists.

Jonathan Huberdeau’s four-point performance gave the Florida Panthers a 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With 53 points in 38 games, Huberdeau’s on a 115-point pace. He’s the Panthers’ leading scorer and sits sixth among NHL scorers.

Patrick Kane’s shootout goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo was sidelined during the shootout with an injury. During a post-game press conference, Columbus head coach John Tortorella ripped the officials for an apparent clock error that cost his club the winning goal in the dying seconds of overtime. That drew the ire of NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell, who spoke with Tortorella. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said the league is dealing with it.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tortorella’s outburst could cost him a fine or a suspension. He’ll likely learn his fate later today.

Jaden Schwartz scored twice as the St. Louis Blues downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. The Blues (58 points) have won eight straight and hold an eight-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche for first place in the Western Conference.

Tanner Pearson and Tyler Myers each scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks snuffed out the Calgary Flames 5-2. Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk had two assists. The Canucks have won five straight and sit in second place in the Pacific Division.

Jake DeBrusk scored two straight power-play goals as the Boston Bruins held off the sagging Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Bruins winger David Pastrnak netted his league-leading 29th goal of the season. Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury.

The Philadelphia Flyers nipped the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on an overtime goal by Kevin Hayes. Jakub Voracek collected two assists. The Flyers have won five of their last six contests.

Third-period goals by Ryan Pulock, Matt Martin, and Tom Kuhnhackl lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.  It was the Isles’ first regulation win in eight games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on a third-period goal by Brayden Point. The Wings have dropped all but two of their last 20 games (2-16-2).

A four-goal third period carried the Dallas Stars over the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. Coyotes center Derek Stepan is in concussion protocol following a high hit from Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak.

Jack Hughes netted his first career NHL overtime goal in a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen collected three assists.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 2, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 2, 2019

Some of the fallout from a busy opening day of the 2019 NHL free-agent market in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Artemi Panarin signing a seven-year deal with the New York Rangers and Sergei Bobrovsky inking a seven-year contract with the Florida Panthers were just some of the notable moves that took place yesterday during the opening hours of the NHL free-agent period. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Follow this link for yesterday’s noteworthy unrestricted free agent signings. TSN has a complete list of the day’s UFA and restricted free agent signings. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said he was taken by surprise by center Sebastian Aho signing an offer sheet with the Montreal Canadiens. During a press conference yesterday, he said he hadn’t had an opportunity yet to discuss the signing with team owner Tom Dundon. The terms of the deal would pay Aho over $21 million in signing bonuses in the first 12 months. 

Will the Carolina Hurricanes match Sebastian Aho’s offer sheet from the Montreal Canadiens (Photo via NHL Images).

The Hurricanes have seven days from the date of Aho’s signing to match the deal. Waddell said the club would make an announcement soon. He appeared unconcerned over the move, saying the signing means he won’t have to spend the entire summer negotiating with the Aho camp. 

THE ATHLETIC: Aho’s agent, Gerry Johannson, believes it won’t be easy for the Hurricanes to match the Canadiens’ front-loaded offer. He also believes his client wants to play in Montreal.  

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan wonders what “Plan B” will be for the Canadiens if the Hurricanes match the Aho offer sheet. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While most observers approved of the audacity of the Canadiens’ front-loaded offer, they expect the Hurricanes will match it. Waddell and Dundon could let the Habs twist in the wind until the last minute before matching. Because the Canadiens will be waiting for the Hurricanes’ decision, they’ll be reluctant to invest much more in other potential moves. That’ll hamper their efforts to make other roster moves as the free-agent market becomes depleted. 

THE SCORE: Goaltender Robin Lehner claims his departure from the New York Islanders had nothing to do with him. After signing a one-year, $5-million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, Lehner denied rumors claiming he walked away from any contract offers from the Isles. “I took a couple of days to think about it, and when I came back and wanted to make something work, they already went for another goalie.”

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Lehner’s signing raises questions over the future of Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford. The 34-year-old Crawford was hampered by injuries over the past two seasons. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crawford is now in the final season of his contract. He could become an unrestricted free agent next summer if Lehner outplays him. 

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: In restricted free agent news, the San Jose Sharks re-signed winger Timo Meier to a four-year, $24-million contract. The annual average value is $6 million.

CBS SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year. $9.2 million contract and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a one-year deal

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins re-signed defenseman Connor Clifton to a three-year, $3-million deal. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 10, 2017

Philadelphia Flyers re-sign defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a multi-year deal.

Flyers re-sign Gostisbehere, Sissons avoids suspension & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers yesterday announced the re-signing of defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a reported six-year, $27-million contract. The annual average value is $4.5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, Gostisbehere’s actual salary is front loaded. He’ll earn $6 million annually over the next two seasons, $5.25 million in season three, and $3.5 million annually over the final three seasons. Part of his salary in 2021-22 and 2022-23 will be paid out in signing bonuses. The latter ensures he receives a portion of his salary if there’s another lockout at the end of this CBA.

Gostisbehere is now the Flyers’ second-highest paid defenseman after Andrew MacDonald and his $5 million annual cap hit. Should the 24-year-old regain the form that made him a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2015-16, this could prove a worthwhile long-term deal for the Flyers. They obviously see him as a key part of their rebuilding blueline corps. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons won’t face supplemental discipline for crosschecking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in the head during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Sissons received a match penalty for the incident.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets yesterday re-signed backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year deal worth an average cap hit of $900K. They also hired recently retired forward Gregory Campbell as an assistant player development coach.

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders signed forward Steve Bernier to a two-year, two-way contract. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL:  The Vegas Golden Knight have hired Ryan Craig as an assistant coach.

CALGARY SUN: Calgary city councillors claim talks regarding a new arena deal between the city and the Flames are going well and details could be revealed soon. Earlier in the week, Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke raised eyebrows by suggesting the club would move if they don’t get a new rink. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If talks are going well and the two sides are in fact close to hammering out a new arena plan, Burke’s comments about relocation are quite puzzling. Maybe he thought his outspokenness might hasten the process. The club has distanced itself from Burke’s comments.