NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 17, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 17, 2019

Bruins sweep the Hurricanes to advance to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. Check out the recap plus the latest notable news in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: For the third time in nine years, the Boston Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Tuukka Rask turned in a 24-save shutout and Patrice Bergeron scored twice as the Bruins blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Bruins took the series in four straight games. The Bruins played without captain Zdeno Chara (undisclosed injury), but he’s expected to be ready for the Final. 

The Boston Bruins are the 2019 Eastern Conference Champions (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins were just too powerful for the upstart Hurricanes in this series. They outscored the Canes 17-5 and were lethal on the power play, going seven for 15 with the man advantage. They also killed all but one of 14 penalties against them. Their best players all stepped up, especially Rask. At this point, he’s my Conn Smythe Trophy candidate.

Despite the disappointing performance in the Conference Final, this was a successful season for the Hurricanes. They reached the playoffs for the first time in a decade, upset the defending Cup champion Washington Capitals, and swept the New York Islanders to reach the Conference Final. They’ve got some promising youngsters in guys like Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. They must build upon their achievements this season. 

Boston’s Don Sweeney, Carolina’s Don Waddell, and St. Louis’ Doug Armstrong are the 2019 finalists for NHL General Manager of the Year.

SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars re-signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a six-year contract worth an annual average value of $5.8 million. He “set career highs in goals (11), assists (21), points (32) and ice time (24:20 per game) this season. He averaged a team-high 3:14 per game on the penalty kill and was second leaguewide in total time short-handed”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the 25-year-old Lindell will also get a full no-movement clause in the final four years of the deal. He was slated to become a restricted free agent.

Lindell blossomed into a top-pairing all-around blueliner with the Stars. If he maintains this season’s level of performance over the term of his new contract, his annual cap hit will be considered a bargain. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Vince Dunn’s status for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final is uncertain. He left Game 3 after taking a puck to the face, suffering damage to his teeth. It’s also possible he suffered a broken jaw and/or a concussion. He’s currently listed as day-to-day. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour suffered a sprained MCL playing for Canada at the 2019 World Championships. His recovery time is six weeks. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers executive Craig MacTavish is heading to the KHL to coach Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This decision could be tied to the Oilers recent hiring of Ken Holland as the Oilers new GM. MacTavish spent the past two seasons in charge of the Oilers AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. 

TSN: Jim Schoenfeld has resigned as vice president and assistant general manager of the New York Rangers.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators inked a 30-year lease extension with Bridgestone Arena. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Manchester Monarchs, the Kings ECHL affiliate, is folding. They’ve been associated with the Kings since 2001.