NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 30, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 30, 2016

Team Canada wins the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Team Canada wins the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

 Canada wins World Cup of Hockey, updates on Clarke MacArthur, Andrew Shaw & more in your NHL morning headlines.

NHL.COM:  Two goals late in the third period lifted Team Canada to a 2-1 victory over Team Europe, making the Canadians the winner of the World Cup of Hockey. The Europeans held a 1-0 lead through most of the game and were on the verge of forcing a third and deciding game.

Patrice Bergeron tied the game on a power-play goal and Brad Marchand tallied the winner while the Canadians were killing a penalty. Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP, leading all players in scoring

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give Team Europe credit, as they dominated the play throughout most of this game. If not for that late, desperate flurry by the Canadians, the Europeans would’ve won this contest and forced Game 3. Once again, it was Crosby, Bergeron and Marchand, along with goaltender Carey Price. who made the difference.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite suffering another concussion, Ottawa Senators winger Clarke MacArthur said he has no plans to retire. He took to his Instagram account saying he’s recovering from his latest injury and hopes to return to action soon. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand MacArthur’s determination to overcome his concussion history, but he’s putting himself at risk of more serious head trauma. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen. 

TSN:  Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw was suspended from three preseason game for boarding Washington Capitals prospect Connor Hobbs. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Despite not having a contract, restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is reporting to Buffalo Sabres training camp as a “good will” gesture. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other notable unsigned RFAs, such as Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov, Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell, have not followed Ristolainen’s example. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Mattias Janmark is sidelined with a lower-body injury. He joins a growing list of injured Stars, including Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin and Ales Hemsky. 

STLTODAY.COM:  Blues winger Jaden Schwartz will miss some practice time due to a minor hand injury. 

NBC SPORTS:  Strep throat could threaten San Jose Sharks prospect forward Timo Meier’s hopes of cracking the lineup to start the season. 

CALGARY SUN:  After a concussion sidelined center Mikael Backlund from the World Cup of Hockey, he’s returned to skating with the Calgary Flames. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL coach Jacques Demers was recently inducted in the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. 

TSN: Bob McKenzie reports via Twitter that NHL teams have until 5 pm on Oct. 11 to become salary-cap compliant. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2016

Tomas Tatar scores in overtime to lift Team Europe over Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey semifinal.

Tomas Tatar scores in overtime to lift Team Europe over Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey semifinal.

Team Europe downs Sweden in World Cup of Hockey semis, Clarke MacArthur injured & more in NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, as Team Europe upset Team Sweden 3-2 in the semifinal of the World Cup of Hockey. The Europeans will face Team Canada in the best two-out-of-three finals beginning on Tuesday. Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves for Team Europe. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tatar’s game winner went in off his skate, but video review determined there was no kicking motion on his part. Team Europe was the underdog of this tournament, so getting to the final was a significant achievement. However, they’ll face their biggest challenge in their upcoming series against the unbeaten Canadians. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Clarke MacArthur suffered a concussion during a team scrimmage yesterday following what appeared to be a blindside hit by training camp hopeful Patrick Sieloff. MacArthur missed most of last season to concussion symptoms. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say this, but I believe this spells the end of MacArthur’s playing career. This latest injury could put his career in jeopardy. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC:  Agent Darren Ferris, who represents Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder, said his client won’t report to the club’s training camp following the World Cup of Hockey, A restricted free agent, Rieder is currently skating with Team Europe. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Rieder’s coming off an entry-level contract. He can either hold out for a better deal or sign with a European team. If unsigned by Dec. 1, he’ll be ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.

CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt suffered a minor lower-body injury during practice yesterday. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  The Lightning will honor recently retired center Vincent Lecavalier on Oct. 18. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lecavalier spent 14 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Lightning. The former Bolts captain is the franchise leaders in games player (1,037) and goals (383). He also helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. 

SASKATOON STAR-PHOENIX:  The ashes of hockey legend Gordie Howe and his wife Maureen was interred yesterday beneath his statue in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 15, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 15, 2016

Ryan Getzlaf scores in overtime to give Team Canada a 3-2 victory over Team Russia in pre-tournament play at the World Cup of Hockey.

Ryan Getzlaf scores in overtime to give Team Canada a 3-2 victory over Team Russia in pre-tournament play at the World Cup of Hockey.

 World Cup of Hockey updates, latest on Alexander Steen, Clarke MacArthur & more in this morning’s NHL headlines. 

NHL.COM: Ryan Getzlaf scored in overtime and Carey Price made 24 saves as Team Canada rallied to edge Team Russia 3-2. John Tavares’ third-period goal tied the game after Artemi Panarin gave the Russians a 2-1 lead earlier in the period. 

Tomas Plekanec’s third-period goal proved the winner as Team Czech Republic downed Team North America 3-2, handing the latter their first loss of the pre-tournament. The North Americans overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Shayne Gostisbehere and Auston Matthews before Plekanec broke the tie.

Leon Draisaitl’s hat trick powered Team Europe to a 6-2 drubbing of Team Sweden. Henrik Lundqvist gave up five goals on 22 shots in the lopsided loss. 

TSN:  The NHL officially confirmed it will have four concussion spotters watching all games from a centralized location in either New York or Toronto. Those spotters will also have the authority to remove players suspected of suffering concussion symptoms from games. The policy goes into effect for the World Cup of Hockey, which officially begins on Sept. 17. The league will release more details as the regular season approaches. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Alexander Steen skipped the World Cup of Hockey to allow more time to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. He expected to be good to go for the start of the season.

OTTAWA SUN: After missing nearly all of 2015-16 to concussion symptoms, Senators winger Clarke MacArthur is looking forward to suiting up this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators missed MacArthur’s leadership and experience last season. If he quickly returns to form and stays healthy, he’ll be a welcome presence to their forward lines in 2016-17.

PHILLY.COM: A mentally strong Andrew MacDonald hopes to secure a full-time roster spot with the Philadelphia Flyers this season. He spent half of 2015-16 in the minors in part because of salary-cap constraints. The Flyers had a better record last season with MacDonald in the lineup (17-7-4) than without him (24-20-10). 

THE FAN 960: The Calgary Flames will reportedly offer unrestricted free agent defenseman Nicklas Grossmann a professional tryout offer. 

SHARKS.NHL.COM:  The San Jose Sharks have their 2016 rookie camp schedule and roster. 

EDMONTON SUN: Negotiations are underway that could lead to the Ivan Hlinka under-18 international hockey tournament being staged in Edmonton every second year. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets superfan and WW2 veteran Len “Kroppy” Kropioski passed away Tuesday at the age of 98. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Kroppy’s family and friends.