NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2017

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

NHL.COM: Jimmy Vesey’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout lifted the New York Rangers to their eight straight home win this season, edging the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.  

Shootout goals by Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators, snapping the latter’s four-game win streak.  

Ryan Strome scored the game winner while Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2, bringing the latter’s four-game win streak to an end 

THE WASHINGTON POST: takes an in-depth look at the close relationship between Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Russian president Vladimir Putin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin acknowledges his support of Putin won’t sit well with North American hockey fans, but he insists he’s simply supporting his country and not trying to make a political statement. His critics undoubtedly disagree with his view. To date, however, it hasn’t adversely affected his popularity as one of the league’s most popular players. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks pulled a video featuring Ryan Kesler walking around the club offices in his “birthday suit” to commemorate the league’s 100th anniversary and issued an apology after it was met with some criticism. “Our tweet posted earlier today was meant to be a lighthearted video celebrating the NHL’s 100th birthday,” the team said on its official page. “We realize in retrospect the content of the video may have been insensitive and we have removed the video and apologize.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the recent – and growing – number of high-profile sexual assault and harassment allegations, I’m surprised that there wasn’t a little more forethought about this by the Ducks front office before giving it their blessing. 

NBC SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has a hearing scheduled today with the league’s department of player safety after cross-checking Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk in the head on Saturday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landeskog has received two previous suspensions totaling five games for similar incidents, so expect him to miss some more playing time over this recent infraction. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Evgenii Dadanov could miss some time after suffering a shoulder injury on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks. 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins forward Peter Cehlarik will be sidelined for a month with a lower-body injury. 

TSN: The Los Angeles Kings placed forward Brooks Laich on unconditional waivers with the intent of mutually terminating his one-year, $625K contract. 

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 25, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 25, 2017

Game recaps, Carey Price off injured reserve, waiver updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: On the night the Dallas Stars retired Jere Lehtinen’s No. 26, Tyler Seguin tallied a hat trick to lead the Stars to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each had three points in a losing cause for the Flames. 

David Pastrnak scored the game winner, David Krejci had a goal and an assist and backup goalie Anton Khudobin remains unbeaten in regulation (7-0-2) as the Boston Bruins edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 573rd career goal to tie Mike Bossy for 21st on the NHL’s all-time goal leader list as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. Jay Beagle also collected his 100th career point in the win. Earlier in the day, the Lightning claimed Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice in the opening five minutes of the first period as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Bryan Little collected three points for the Jets, who’ve won six of their last seven games. 

The Vegas Golden Knights blew a three-goal lead but defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on an overtime goal by Jonathan Marchessault. Vegas remains in first place in the Pacific Division, holding a two-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings. 

Speaking of the Kings, they lost for the seventh time in eight games as Christian Fischer scored in overtime to give the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory for their fourth victory in five games. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed forward Brooks Laich on waivers. Meanwhile, the man who appears at Kings games as their mascot “Bailey” is being sued for inappropriate behavior. 

Cam Atkinson scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2. It was the Jackets sixth straight win and the Senators fifth consecutive loss. Former Senators center Chris Kelly signed a PTO contract earlier in the day with the Senators AHL affiliate in Belleville, Ontario. 

Nino Niederreiter tied a club record with a goal in six consecutive games as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout. 

Pekka Rinne turned in a 34-save shutout performance as the Nashville Predators blanked the St. Louis Blues 2-0. 

The New York Islanders overcame a 4-2 deficit to upset the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime 5-4. Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal and Andrew Ladd each had a goal and an assist for the Isles, while Flyers Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere also each tallied a goal and an assist. 

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Mats Zuccarello sniped the winner in overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, giving the Blueshirts their seventh straight home victory. 

Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists and Brian Boyle scored on Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia two months ago.

A four-goal second period helped the Toronto Maple Leafs hold off the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4. Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen made 43 saves while James van Riemsdyk and Ron Hainsey each had a goal and an assist. 

Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist and Robin Lehner made 29 saves as the Buffalo Sabres snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, handing the latter their fourth loss in five games. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens activated goaltender Carey Price off injured reserve and returned backup Charlie Lindgren to their AHL affiliate in Laval. Price missed the last 10 games with a lower-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Price also returns to his usual stellar form, he won’t snap the Canadiens out of their two-month funk. He wasn’t playing well prior to being sidelined and Lindgren had better stats during his eight games between the pipes. 

TSN: Speaking of the Canadiens, their poor start has generated some empty seats at the usually full Bell Centre. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, that’s it, fans won’t turn out to support the team, time to move the franchise to a real hockey market. I’m joking, of course, but if the Habs played in a Sun Belt market, some chuckleheads would seriously make that suggestion. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL forward Mike Ribeiro was arrested for trespassing last month in Miami Beach. In recent months, reports emerged claiming the 37-year-old Ribeiro was battling alcoholism. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Ribeiro gets the help he needs. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader passes away plus the latest notable preseason signings, roster cuts and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader died Sunday from cancer at age 62. Earlier this year, Strader received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his broadcasting work. He is to be officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Strader’s family, friends, colleagues and the Stars organization. 

TSN: The St. Louis Blues signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year, one-way contract. Upshall spent September on a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an affordable move bringing back Upshall, who’ll earn $800K on this one-year deal. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year, $700K contract. The Devils has invited Hayes to training camp on a tryout basis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes showed some promise in 2014-15, netting 19 goals and 35 points with the Florida Panthers. He’s expected to fill a bottom-six role with the Devils, who need all the offense they can get. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers released forwards  Brandon Pirri and Harry Zolnierczyk from their PTO contracts. Owen Tippett, the Panthers’ first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, secure a roster spot.


EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers sent winger Jesser Puljujarvi to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield and placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers. 

THE ATHLETIC: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dylan McIlrath and goaltender Jared Coreau were among the notable names placed on waivers yesterday. 

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Eric Gelinas signed an AHL contract with the Laval Rocket. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi created a stir on Twitter Sunday by caller for stricter immigration laws following a violent attack on Saturday night in Edmonton perpetrated by a Somali immigrant. Domi’s comments drew a mixed response from Twitter readers, prompting the winger to clarify his remarks insisting he wasn’t disrespecting any race or religion. Domi was born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto.

CSN WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Tom Wilson could once again face disciplinary action after being ejected for the second time from a preseason game for a controversial hit. During Saturday’s games against the St. Louis Blues, Wilson received a major boarding penalty and game misconduct for a hit on Blues winger. Wilson was suspended for two preseason games for the first incident. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 7, 2017

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson could miss the start of the upcoming season.

Latest on Erik Karlsson, Sam Bennett and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson still has no timeline to return to skating following his June 27th surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The original forecast suggested the 27-year-old defenseman might be ready in time for the start of the season but that now appears in doubt. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Better that Karlsson take the time needed to fully recover and return healthy than to rush things and risk a setback that sidelines him longer or possibly affects his play. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and head coach Paul Maurice to multi-year contract extensions. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing personal against Cheveldayoff and Maurice, but they are being rewarded for mediocrity. If the Jets miss the playoffs again, ownership will have a difficult time justifying these extensions. 

TSN: The Calgary Flames re-signed forward Sam Bennett to a two-year, $3.9 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt anyone’s surprised Bennett got a low-cost bridge deal. The 21-year-old has promise but he’s yet to reach his full potential. 

MLIVE.COM: Free-agent forward P.A. Parenteau signed a professional tryout offer with the Detroit Red Wings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He could be insurance for the Wings if restricted free agent forward Andreas Athanasiou bolts for the KHL. 

LA KINGS INSIDER: reports free agent Brooks Laich is expected to take part in the Kings training camp on a tryout offer. 

NBC SPORTS: The NHL and NHLPA team up with several hockey organizations to reveal a “Declaration of Principles” designed to boost the game at all levels. The declaration also received praise from Pope Francis.

SPORTSNET: The declaration opens the possibility of a change in the NHL Draft age to 19. 

The NHL also intends to implement a new rule implementing a two-minute bench minor penalty for a failed offside challenge against the club seeking the review. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL didn’t ask the Nevada Gaming Commission to take Golden Knights games off the betting board at the state’s sports books. League deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the decision was reached jointly with the club several weeks ago. 

MIAMI HERALD/NBC SPORTS: The Florida Panthers chartered a flight to move their players, staff, families and pets to Boston in advance of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit South Florida this weekend. Meanwhile, a NHL rookie tournament that was to be held in Estero, Florida has been cancelled. Rookie hopefuls from the Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals were supposed to take part. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Former Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette is joining the team’s radio broadcasts as a color analyst. 

STLTODAY.COM: Former NHL defenseman Noel Picard has passed away at age 78. Picard played seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Flames, with the bulk of that career with the Blues. He’s also featured in the iconic photo of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr scoring the series-winning goal in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Picard’s family, friends and former teammates. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scores one of his three goals against the Minnesota Wild.

Game recaps, injury updates, Capitals ticket prices & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Jonathan Toews collected a hat trick and set up two others to power the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks have now won seven of their last eight games and their seventh straight road game. Mikael Granlund scored twice for the Wild. 

Auston Matthew had three assists, Leo Komarov scored twice, William Nylander had a goal and an assist and Jake Gardiner scored the winner in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Jets rookie winger Patrik Laine scored twice and Mark Scheifele collected two assists. The Leafs lost defenseman Connor Carrick to an upper-body injury in the first period. Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed forward Mitch Marner on injured reserve and Brooks Laich on waivers

Johnny Gaudreau collected four assists and Sean Monahan three as the Calgary Flames edged the Nashville Predators 6-5. Winger Filip Forsberg potted a hat trick in a losing cause for the Predators. He also had the game-winning goal by Flames defensman Mark Giordano go in off his skate. 

Nikita Kucherov scored one goal and set up three others, Ondrej Palat scored twice and Tyler Johnson had two assists to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson scored as the Ottawa Senators edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1. The Sens were missing three top forwards (Mike Hoffman, Matt Stone and Bobby Ryan) to injuries, while Devils rookie left wing Pavel Zacha left the game in the second period after being checked headfirst into the sideboards by Ottawa’s Derick Brassard. 

Paul Byron scored the winner in a shootout and Carey Price made 26 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. It was the Habs first victory under new head coach Claude Julien. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens made a minor trade with the Carolina Hurricanes, shipping defenseman Philip Samuelsson to the Hurricanes in exchange for blueliner Keegan Lowe.

Sidney Crosby tallied his league-leading 33rd goal to break a 1-1 tie and Evgeni Malkin got the insurance marker as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1, stretching the latter’s winless streak to five games. 

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist and John Tavares netted his 22nd of the season to give the New York Islanders a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. 

Peter Budaj made 24 saves while second-period goals by Tyler Toffoli and Trevor Lewis lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, snapping a three-game losing streak. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is no fan of the concussion protocol for goaltenders after being pulled from Monday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks following a collision with Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg. “I think there’s a lot of flaws in the system, especially with the goalie position, and it needs to get fixed,” Smith said, adding, “What stops a fourth liner from going and bumping into a goalie? It’s just a two-minute penalty to get your starting goalie out? I don’t think it’s happened in a playoff game yet, but I’m sure it will.”

THE WASHINGTON POST: For the ninth time in 10 years, the Capitals are raising their season-ticket prices by $5.00 per season per game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some fans might grumble about this increase, but the Capitals are merely charging what their market will bear. 

TSN: The lawyer for former NHL player Mike Peluso intends to call former Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, former coach Jacques Lemaire and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in his workers’ compensation trial set to begin sometime this fall.