NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 21, 2018

Oilers edge Sharks in overtime, Connor McDavid and Joe Thornton reach milestones, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Connor McDavid scored his 100th career NHL goal as the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3. (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: Hired earlier in the day by the Edmonton Oilers, Ken Hitchcock got his first win with his new team as they edged the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in last night’s only game on the NHL schedule. Leon Draisaitl tallied the winner in overtime while teammate Connor McDavid scored his 100th career NHL goal. Sharks center Joe Thornton picked up his 1,033rd career NHL assist to tie Mario Lemieux for 11th on the all-time list.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will miss the next four weeks with “a rib and sternoclavicular injury.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The injuries are mounting for the banged-up Bruins, as Bergeron joins Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Kevan Miller, John Moore, and Urho Vaakanainen on the sidelines. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars goaltender Ben Bishop will be sidelined for one week with a lower-body muscle strain.

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik “underwent an arthroscopic surgical procedure on his right knee and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.”

SPORTSNET: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen is out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in Monday’s game against the Washington Capitals. 

TSN: The Anaheim city council approved a deal that extends the Ducks’ lease agreement at the Honda Center to 2048. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keep that in mind if relocation speculation ever surfaces about the Ducks. 

TORONTO STAR: Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney passed away at age 68. A first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1970, Maloney played 11 seasons with the Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He also coached the Leafs for two seasons (1984-85, 1985-86) and the Winnipeg Jets from 1986-87 to 1988-89.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Maloney’s family, friends, and former teammates. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 18, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 18, 2016

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski could wear the "C" for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski could wear the “C” for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

 Latest World Cup of Hockey news and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines. 

TSN:  Puck- and player-tracking sensors will be part of several initiatives to be unveiled next month at the World Cup of Hockey. Marketing ad logos will also be on player jerseys in the tournament, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman downplayed the suggestion this could be the next step for NHL jerseys.

SPORTSNET: It appears streamlined goalie equipment won’t be implemented for the World Cup of Hockey, and could be delayed in the NHL until 2017-18. 

CSN BAY AREA:  A source claims there’s a “99 percent chance” San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski will wear the “C” for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey. 

SPORTSNET/THE WASHINGTON POST:  Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau and Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitri Orlov confirmed their intention to play in the World Cup of Hockey even if still unsigned with their NHL clubs. Gaudreau and Orlov are restricted free agents. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unsigned players can purchase additional insurance to cover them at the tournament if they wish. Gaudreau and Orlov have reportedly done so. Expect other unsigned players to follow suit if necessary.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman brushed off criticism by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal over the league’s rejection of any connection between concussions and the brain disease CTE. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL facing a class-action lawsuit from over 100 former players claiming injuries suffered during their playing careers contributed to their deteriorating health.  Bettman won’t say anything that could potentially damage the league’s defense. 

TSN: Performance Sports Group, which owns Bauer Hockey and Easton, is accused of fraud and stock market manipulation. NHL stars such as Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos endorse Bauer products. Their agents are scrambling to find out more information about the allegations.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed center Matt Cullen to a one-year, $1 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This signing pushes the Penguins to over $3.1 million above the $73 million salary cap for next season. The Pens are expected to place sidelined winger Pascal Dupuis ($3.75 million) on LTIR to become cap compliant when the season opens in October. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames hired former Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney as a pro scout. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL:  The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise hired former New Jersey Devils VP of Hockey Operations David Conte as a pro scout. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks hired Sudarshan Maharaj as their new goaltending coach.