NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2020

The Lightning take a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final, the Senators intend to buy out Bobby Ryan, the Canadiens re-sign Jeff Petry, and much more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Kevin Shattenkirk scored in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Dallas Stars 5-4 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to take 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Shattenkirk’s goal came on a power play after Stars captain Jamie Benn was whistled off for tripping Lightning forward Tyler Johnson. Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point and Dallas’ Joe Pavelski each scored twice.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (NHL Images).

Several milestones were reached in this game by four Stars. Pavelski tied Joe Mullen’s NHL record for most playoff goals by an American-born player with 60. He also holds the record for most goals scored in one postseason (12) by a player 36-or-older.

Meanwhile, teammates Miro Heiskanen and John Klingberg are only the second pair of defensemen on the same team to each reach 20 points in one postseason. Paul Coffey and Charlie Huddy were the first to do so with the 1985 Edmonton Oilers.

Corey Perry also scored in this game, making him the third player in NHL history to go at least 13 years between Stanley Cup Final goals, joining Mark Recchi (15 years) and Dino Ciccarelli (14).

The Lightning were without captain Steven Stamkos. After scoring a goal during a brief appearance in Game 3, Stamkos was unfit to play in Game 4.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the most entertaining game of this series. The Stars took 2-0 and 3-2 leads only to see the Lightning battled back to tie the game. The Bolts took their first lead when Alex Killorn made it 4-3 in the third period but Pavelski tied it with his second of the game.

Benn’s penalty sparked criticism from the Stars but it was an obvious infraction the officials couldn’t ignore. Besides, the Stars had a great opportunity earlier in the extra frame with the man advantage after Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was called for holding Tyler Seguin but they failed to capitalize.

Both clubs have little time to dwell on this one. Game 5 goes tonight at 8 pm ET with the Lightning just one win away from becoming Stanley Cup champions and the Stars desperate to keep their Cup hopes alive.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday placed winger Bobby Ryan on waivers with the intention of buying out the final two years of his contract. Cap Friendly indicates the Senators will be tagged with a $3.58 million salary-cap hit for the next two seasons, followed by about $1.83 million annually for the last two seasons. Ryan won the Masterton Trophy this season for perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a bit of a surprise but one the Senators made for business reasons. The 33-year-old Ryan is not the scorer he used to be and his $7.25 million annual average value was more than the rebuilding Sens were willing to keep paying. This move allows Ryan an opportunity to have a fresh start with a playoff contender at a more affordable price.

THE ATHLETIC (subscription required): Aaron Portzline reports the Columbus Blue Jackets are considering a contract buyout of center Alexander Wennberg. The move would save the Jackets over $10 million over the next three years. Wennberg is 26, but because he was 25 in June, as per the CBA the buyout will be at one-third the remaining value, rather than two-thirds.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Portzline reports neither Wennberg or his agent have heard anything about a buyout from the Jackets, while GM Jarmo Kekalainen declined to comment. His annual average value is $4.9 million for the next three seasons.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers won’t be buying out James Neal or any other players this year.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens yesterday re-signed defenseman Jeff Petry to a four-year, $25 million contract extension. The annual average value is $6.25 million. His new deal also includes a no-movement clause and a 15-team no-trade list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This deal provides Petry a slight raise over his current $5.5 million AAV, but otherwise isn’t much different from the final three years of his present contract in terms of movement and no-trade clauses. It’s a good move by the Habs to ensure veteran stability on the right side of their blueline. Petry’s been a reliable, sometimes underrated member of the Canadiens core. The move won’t affect their 2020-21 salary-cap payroll.

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed goaltender Alex Lyon to a one-year, one-way contract worth $700K.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs added Paul MacLean to their coaching staff.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 14, 2018

Game recaps, Connor McDavid reaches a milestone, injury updates, declining attendance, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Josh Morrissey scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists for the Jets. Oilers captain Connor McDavid had two assists to become the eighth-youngest player in league history to reach 300 points. The Oilers also activated winger Tobias Rieder off injured reserve but placed defenseman Kris Russell (undisclosed) on IR.

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1. (Photo via NHL Images)

The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning widened their lead atop the Eastern Conference to eight points by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves in his first game since suffering a broken foot a month ago.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 27 saves to pick up his fourth straight win as his club held off the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4. Jeff Petry scored twice for the Canadiens, as did Andrei Svechnikov for the Hurricanes. Speaking of the Hurricanes, they will play “Brass Bonanza” as their goal song when they face the Boston Bruins at home on Dec. 23 for Whalers Night.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offense to the Bruins, but here’s hoping the Hurricanes score lots of goals in that game. “Brass Bonanza” is, in my humble opinion, the greatest goal song in NHL history. It was used in “NHL 94”, which is (also in my humble opinion) still the greatest NHL video game of all time.

Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart picked up an assist to extend his points streak to eight games in a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.

Artemi Panarin scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.  

The Nashville Predators blew a 3-1 lead but a Colton Sissons overtime goal gave them a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Nino Niederreiter scored twice and Ryan Suter collected three assists as the Minnesota Wild thumped the Florida Panthers 5-1.

Timo Meier’s two goals helped the San Jose Sharks nip the Dallas Stars 3-2. 

SPORTSNET: St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo underwent surgery on his injured right hand and will be re-evaluated around Christmas. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That should put a damper on the recent trade speculation swirling around Pietrangelo. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall left practice yesterday with an undisclosed injury. No word yet if he’ll be in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

TSN: The Chicago Blackhawks placed defenseman Jan Rutta on waivers. 

CBS SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers recalled goaltender Alex Lyon. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Sagging attendance in some big hockey markets, such as Montreal, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Los Angeles, has contributed to the NHL’s projected decline in second-quarter revenue. The low Canadian dollar is also to blame. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL is primarily a gate-driven league, which is why a decline in attendance in some big markets has a significant effect upon revenue. The reason those teams are suffering at the gate this season isn’t mysterious. Most of them missed the playoffs last season or are in danger of doing so this season. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2018

Max Domi suspended for remainder of the preseason, Ondrej Pavelec retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Canadiens forward Max Domi for the remainder of the preseason for punching Florida Panthers forward Aaron Ekblad in the face during a preseason game on Wednesday. 

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi suspended for remainder of preseason. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting reaction on social media to Domi’s punching Ekblad and his suspension. Many folks drew comparisons to Domi’s father Tie’s sucker-punch of Ulf Samuelsson while Domi’s defenders blame Ekblad for goading Max into punching him. Some, like Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, questioned whether it should be considered a sucker punch. Some folks believe Domi’s suspension was excessive while others consider it a joke that the suspension didn’t carry over into the regular season.

Provoked or not, Domi shouldn’t have popped Ekblad, who had no intention of dropping the gloves. The suspension means Domi won’t get a chance to improve his play while the Canadiens can’t evaluate his performance at center in game situations before the regular season opens next month. 

VANCOUVER SUN:  Canucks winger Loui Eriksson is listed as week-to-week with a bone bruise on one of his legs. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers goaltender Alex Lyon will be sidelined up to four weeks with a lower-body injury. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Former Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavalec announced his retirement after 11 NHL seasons. “He had a record of 156-167-48 and a goals-against average of 2.88.” Except for 19 games last season with the New York Rangers, he spent his NHL career with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Pavelec in his future endeavors. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 8, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 8, 2018

Updates on Alex Ovechkin and Mathew Barzal plus the latest notable free-agent signings in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC SPORTS:  Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin dazzled Moscow during his day with the Stanley Cup. He shared a moment with the Cup with his father, who held it for the first time. Ovechkin also skated a few laps with the big mug at his old arena and took it to the World Cup Fanfest. 

NEWSDAY: With John Tavares gone to Toronto, Mathew Barzal becomes the new face of the New York Islanders. Barzal, 21, won the Calder Trophy as the 2018 rookie of the year. 

Mathew Barzal will be expected to replace the departed John Tavares as the New York Islanders’ franchise player (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barzal has big skates to fill and will face tremendous pressure entering his sophomore campaign. This will be the biggest challenge of his young NHL career. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Colin Miller to a four-year, $15.5-million contract. The 25-year-old Miller led all Golden Knights blueliners in goals (10) and points (41) last season. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues avoided arbitration with forward Dmitrij Jaskin as they reached agreement on a one-year, $1.1-million contract. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, $1.8-million deal. Last month, the Sharks didn’t issue DeMelo a qualifying offer. 

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers avoided arbitration with goaltender Alex Lyon by re-signing him to a two-year contract worth $750K per season.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Hall-of-Famer Teemu Selanne has put his Coto de Caza estate up for sale, seeking $6.9 million.