NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2019

Islanders and Capitals extend their points streaks, Roberto Luongo joins the Panthers’ front office, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders extended their points streak to 13 games (12-0-1) by edging the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4. Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and Derick Brassard collected three points for the Islanders. Leafs captain (and former Isles captain) John Tavares was once again serenaded by chants of “We don’t need you!” by Long Island fans. Leafs winger Zach Hyman made his season debut following recovery from a knee injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the Isles soar, the Leafs dropped six of their last 10 games (two in overtime), including their last three contests. They’re barely clinging to the last Eastern Conference wild-card spot. They still have plenty of time to reverse their fortunes but the grumbling in Leafs Nation is growing.

Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau tallied his first career NHL hat trick in a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils (Photo via NHL Images).

The Washington Capitals also extended their points streak to 13 games with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Braden Holtby made 30 saves while T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the shootout for the Capitals, who have a league-leading 32 points.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted his first career NHL hat trick as the New Jersey Devils doubled out the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Pageau is red hot of late, tallying eight goals in his last six contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pageau is on pace for a career-best 70-point campaign in his contract year.

Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome each had a goal and two assists to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 39 saves.

Joe Pavelski scored twice and Justin Dowling tallied his first NHL goal as the Dallas Stars dropped the Calgary Flames 3-1. Sean Monahan tallied for the Flames.

HEADLINES

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Former Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo has rejoined the team as a special advisor to general manager Dale Tallon. Luongo announced his retirement over the summer after 19 NHL campaigns, 11 with the Panthers.

TSN.CA: Jason Garrison is suing his financial advisor over negligent advice that ended up costing the former NHL defenseman more than the multi-million dollar salary he earned during a six-year contract ($28 million) with the Vancouver Canucks. Garrison, 35, mow plays in Sweden.

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres forward Vladimir Sobotka will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury. Forward Marcus Johansson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

 

 

 










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Where Are They Now? 2011 Vancouver Canucks

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 15, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 15, 2019

Updates on Zach Werenski and Kyle Connor, the Lightning trade Adam Erne to the Red Wings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Defenseman Zach Werenski’s agent, Pat Brisson, expects his client will re-sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets before training camp opens in September.

“I have been in communication with the Jackets throughout the summer,” said Brisson. “It’s our intention to have an agreement in time for camp. I’m most certain we will be continuing our talks in the near future.”

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets winger Kyle Connor is hopeful of signing a long-term contract. The restricted free agent also hopes to avoid missing training camp next month.

Winnipeg Jets winger Kyle Connor hopes to have a new contract before training camp opens in September (Photo via NHL Images)

“That’s definitely the plan,” he said. “A player never wants to miss time in training camp. It’s tough coming in, not getting that preparation and time with the teammates in practice. But things happen, so we’ll see. I’ll be prepared if it happens.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: None of the unsigned RFAs want to miss the start of training camp. I’m sure all of them, especially Mitch Marner, saw how Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander struggled after missing almost half of last season to a contract standoff with management.

With about a month until training camps open in September, there’s plenty of time for these players to sign new deals. I anticipate we’ll see a flurry of signings in early/mid-September.

TAMPA BAY TIMES/THE DETROIT NEWS: The Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday traded left wing Adam Erne to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a four-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A rare mid-August NHL trade. With $9.3 million in salary-cap space and most of that headed to restricted free agent center Brayden Point, there wasn’t enough for the Lightning to retain Erne. He’ll probably be replaced with an affordable call-up or UFA signing.

The rebuilding Wings land a young (24) winger with some NHL experience and the potential to contribute more with increased playing time. He’ll get that opportunity in Detroit.

VANCOUVER SUN: A Canucks spokesperson said the club has no current plans for the upcoming season to retire the number of Roberto Luongo but the club is “sure his name will be included in future discussions.” They also acknowledged Luongo’s 20-year NHL career, including the eight seasons he spent with the Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Canucks will retire Luongo’s number at some point. The future Hall-of-Famer was a big reason why the Canucks rose to dominance in the Western Conference from 2008-09 to 2012-13, including their march to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011.

Luongo is the Canucks all-time leader in career wins (252), shutouts (38) and second all-time in goals-against average (2.36), games played (448) and save percentage (.919). He’s also the single-season leader in games played (76), wins (47), and shutouts (nine).

SPORTING NEWS: Former NHL goaltender Eddie Lack yesterday announced he won’t be signing with an NHL club this season, focusing instead on recovering from a hip injury suffered in the minors last season. He revealed he played through hip pain throughout the past six seasons. As he rehabs, Lack will be the goaltending coach at Arizona State University.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best of luck to Lack in his recovery. If he’s unable to continue his playing career, perhaps he’ll have a future in coaching.

THE SCORE: Seattle general manager Ron Francis said the expansion NHL franchise will reveal its new name in early 2020.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 13, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 13, 2019

The Panthers will retire Roberto Luongo’s number, the Hurricanes re-sign Don Waddell, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Roberto Luongo will become the first player in Florida Panthers history to have his number retired. The ceremony will be held on March 7, 2020, before a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Florida Panthers will retire Roberto Luongo’s number during a ceremony in March 2020 (Photo via NHL Images).

Luongo retired in June after 20 NHL seasons. He “ranks second in NHL history in games played by a goaltender (1,044), third in wins (489) and ninth in shutouts (77). He is one of only three goaltenders in NHL history to have played in 1,000 games.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A worthy honor for future Hall-of-Famer Luongo, who spent over half of his career with the Panthers. He’s their franchise leader for goalies in games played (572), wins (230), and shutouts (38).

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes yesterday signed general manager and team president Don Waddell to a three-year contract extension. Waddell recently raised eyebrows by interviewing with the Minnesota Wild for their vacant GM role.

Waddell also said unrestricted free agent winger Justin Williams remains undecided over his plans.

THE ATHLETIC: With Waddell out of the running for the Wild GM job, the front-runners appear to be “former Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall, current Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin and current New Jersey assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald.”

The Wild are also reportedly interested in speaking with Columbus Blue Jackets associate GM Bill Zito and New York Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury. So far, they haven’t been granted permission to speak with either man.

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Juuso Valimaki could be sidelined six-to-nine months after suffering “suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee while off-season training in Nokia.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Valimaki was expected to become a third-pairing regular on the Flames blueline this season. His absence is already raising speculation over how the Flames will address this situation. I’ll have more in the Rumors section.

THE SCORE: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci and his common-law partner Jamie Thompson are being sued by a dinner-party guest who suffered second- and third-degree burns on May 2018. Thompson “tried to refill a burner on an outdoor tabletop fireplace and accidentally ignited Engel with flaming liquid fuel.”

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes will be donating $20,000 to the Arizona Bobcats youth hockey team after a trailer containing their equipment was stolen on Sunday.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2019

Roberto Luongo retires, the Golden Knights trade Erik Haula to the Hurricanes, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: After 19 NHL seasons with the New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, and Vancouver Canucks, goaltender Roberto Luongo yesterday announced his retirement. He has the third-most wins (489) in league history, is second all-time in saves (20,409), and 10th all-time in save percentage (.919). Of the seven NHL goalies to appear in at least 900 games, Luongo’s save percentage is the best

Roberto Luongo hangs up his goalie pads after 19 NHL seasons (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo, 40, is among the greatest goaltenders never to win the Stanley Cup. He also never won the Vezina Trophy despite being a five-time finalist and was runner-up for the Hart Trophy in 2007. Luongo backstopped Canada to Olympic gold in 2010 and helped the Canucks reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2011.

Apart from his eight-year stint with the Canucks, Luongo played for a lot of bad teams during his 19 seasons. During his first go-around with the Panthers, he was often the only reason they were at least competitive.

Luongo was the best goaltender in Panthers history, definitely among the best in Canucks history, and a future Hall-of-Famer. Best wishes to “Bobby Lu” and his family in their future endeavors. 

TSN: The Canucks and Panthers will feel the bite of Luongo’s salary-cap recapture penalty. The Canucks will be tagged $3.03 million for each of the next three seasons, the Panthers $1.09 million per season over the same period.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM/REVIEW-JOURNAL.COM: The Vegas Golden Knights last night traded center Erik Haula in exchange for center Nicolas Roy and a fifth-round pick in 2020. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a straightforward salary dump by the Golden Knights. By shedding Haula’s $2.75-million annual average value for Roy’s $750K, they sit $4.775 million above the $81.5-million salary cap. Perhaps they’ll make another move to get closer to the cap before the start of the season.

Haula is a versatile swift-skating forward who can play center or wing. He missed most of last season to a knee injury. If he regains his form, he could be a solid addition to the Hurricanes’ forward lines. 

ARIZONASPORTS.COM: The Coyotes have hired former Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley as an assistant coach. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a one-year, $2-million contract extension. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Flyers also hired former NHL defenseman Nick Schultz as a player development coach. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers didn’t like the slim pickings for experienced backups in this summer’s UFA market. 

TSN: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year, $3-million contract. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins re-signed defensemen Zach Trotman and Kevin Czuczman to two-year, two-way contracts.