NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2017

Philadelphia Flyers to retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88.

Hall of Famers Eric Lindros & Jean Ratelle to have their numbers retired. Details & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CSN PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers will retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88 in a ceremony on Jan. 18 at the Wells Fargo Center prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lindros spent eight of his 13 NHL seasons with the Flyers (1992-93 to 1999-2000) and had his best years in Philadelphia. 

NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 in a pregame ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 25 against the Detroit Red Wings. Ratelle played for the Rangers from 1960 to 1975 and is the club’s third-leading all time scorer (817 points). In 1975, he was traded to the Boston Bruins, playing for them until his retirement in 1981. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well deserved honors for both Hall of Famers, and long overdue in Ratelle’s case. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed defenseman Brett Kulak to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level.

SPORTSNET: Russian winger Danis Zaripov has been cleared to pursue an NHL contract. He was banned by the KHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation for doping, but wouldn’t have been banned under NHL rules. He also wasn’t allowed to testify at the hearing for his initial ban. Zaripov is appealing his IIHF ban and agreed to additional drug testing if he signs an NHL contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the offending drug Zaripov is accused of using is pseudoephedrine, which is a nasal decongestant. In large doses, however, it can be a stimulant. The Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers are rumored to be among the clubs that could pursue him. 

WGR 550: Seven  Buffalo Sabres will have new numbers for the upcoming season. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2016

New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall levels Vancouver Canucks defenseman Philip Larsen.

New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall levels Vancouver Canucks defenseman Philip Larsen.

Game recaps, injury updates and much more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines. 

NHL.com: A hit by New Jersey Devils’ winger Taylor Hall on Vancouver Canucks defenseman Philip Larsen knocked the latter from the game and overshadowed the Devils 3-2. victory.

Larsen was knocked unconscious and was stretchered from the game. Latest word is Larsen was awake and responsive and was taken to hospital for further evaluation. Though Hall was reassured the hit was clean, he still expressed remorse. He said his intention wasn’t to injure Larsen, a former teammate. 

Also during the game, Devils forward Travis Zajac suffered a facial injury after crashing head first into the boards, but was stitched up and returned to action. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league will review the hit, but it remains to be seen if it will be ruled illegal. While a case could be made that it was a blindside hit, Hall didn’t target Larsen’s head or hit him from behind. Here’s hoping Larsen didn’t suffer a serious injury and returns to action soon. 

Marian Hossa scored twice while Scott Darling turned in a 22-save shutout performance to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes. However, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook left the game with an upper-body injury

Jakub Voracek tallied in overtime after Wayne Simmonds scored twice in regulation to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers, giving the Flyers their sixth straight victory. 

Jaden Schwartz scored twice, including in overtime, as the St. Louis Blues overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. Canadiens center Davis Desharnais left the game in the third period with an apparent knee injury. Earlier in the day, the Blues placed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) on injured reserve

Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves backstopping the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers. The Rangers also lost forwards Rick Nash (groin) and Matt Puempel (concussion) to injury

Henrik Zetterberg’s shootout goal capped a rally for the Detroit Red Wings that saw them roar back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. Jets rookie Patrik Laine scored his 17th of the season, tying him for first in the league. 

Rasmus Ristolainen’s overtime tally gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Ristolaninen also collected two assists in the contest, as did Oilers captain Connor McDavid. 

Roma Josi’s overtime marker gave the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, who dropped their sixth straight game. 

Sean Monahan’s third period power-play goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs demoted backup goalie Jhonas Enroth and called up Antoine Bibeau. Meanwhile, unrestricted free agent netminder Karri Ramo signed a professional tryout contract with the Marlies, the Leafs’ AHL affiliate. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This doesn’t mean Ramo has signed with the Leafs. That will depend upon his performance with the Marlies over the next several games. He remains a UFA and can sign with any NHL club he chooses.

ESPN.COM: Hall of Famer Eric Lindros is calling for a national standard to diagnose and treat concussions in sports. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think that’s a great idea, but getting some pro sports leagues to recognize such a standard is another matter. The commissioners of some of those leagues (hello there, NHL commish Gary Bettman) refuse to acknowledge the link between concussions and serious brain injuries. 

The NHL and NHLPA are in talks to give teams a “bye week” in the 2017-18 schedule. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Ken Campbell is no fan of Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s suggestion of a one-game wild-card play-in for the postseason. 

NEW YORK POST: The NHL will be moving its headquarters to a new location in New York City. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 12, 2016

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly celebrates a teammate's goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly celebrates a teammate’s goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps, injury updates, Bryan Bickell diagnosed with MS & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: Morgan Rielly had a four-game game (one goal, three assists) as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied to double up the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3.  Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers

Mark Stone’s goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation gave the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. It was a costly loss for the Kings, as Anze Kopitar left the game with an apparent left-arm/wrist injury and goalie Jeff Zatkoff suffered a lower-body injury. 

Marcus Johansson’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, snapping the latter’s seven-game win streak. Jay Beagle tallied two goals for the Capitals. 

Rene Bourque scored twice, including being credited with the winner in overtime when Nikolaj Ehlers accidentally scored into his own net, as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. 

Kari Lehtonen turned in a 40-save performance backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Andy Greene’s overtime penalty-shot goal gave the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes left wing Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In a statement, Bickell said he’d felt symptoms since the 2015 playoffs but was unaware of what the problem was. It is uncertain if he’ll be able to continue his playing career. The club also announced defenseman Justin Faulk was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bickell’s diagnosis is likely the end of his NHL career as a player. Former Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding recently had his career ended by MS. Best wishes to Bickell and his family in his battle with this disease. 

MLIVE.COM’s Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings announced forward Andreas Athanasiou is sidelined one-two weeks with a knee sprain. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson will give up most of two years’ pay in his bankruptcy settlement with six of his eight creditors. He will keep only $246K of his $5 million salary for living expenses over each of the next two years. Johnson was reportedly bankrupted by his parents, who used their power of attorney to borrow millions of dollars at very high interest rates. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson’s tale is a cautionary one for all NHL players as to how they manage their money. He apparently made the mistake of trusting his parents. Not only did they bankrupt him, but their actions damaged their relationship with their son.

TORONTO SUN:  Eric Lindros said he turned down an offer to return to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12. At first, Lindros thought the offer from then-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was a joke. “Are you nuts?”, he laughingly replied. Lindros will be officially inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindros seems to be much more relaxed and happy in retirement compared to his playing career.