NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 25, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 25, 2020

Results from the All-Star Game skills competition, the all-decade team, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal upset Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid for the title of the fastest skater at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game skills competition. Barzal’s time was 13.175 seconds.

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal won the fastest skater contest during the 2020 NHL All-Star Game skills competition (Photo via NHL Images).

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber won the hardest shot competition at 106.5 mph. St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington delighted the hometown crowd by winning the save streak with 10. Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin won the accuracy shooting in 9.505 seconds, while Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane won the shooting stars with 22 points.

In the Elite Women’s 3-on-3 game, Canada edged the United States 2-1 in an exciting, fast-paced contest. Melodie Daoust and Rebecca Johnston scored for Canada while Hilary Knight countered for the U.S.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl brought some levity to the save streak challenge by wearing a Justin Bieber mask when it was his turn to shoot on Jordan Binnington. Bieber and Binnington have a bet on for a breakaway challenge in which the winner donates $10K to the charity of their choice.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, and Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane highlight the NHL’s all-decade First-Team All-Star roster for 2010 to 2019. Defensemen Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury were also selected to the first team.

The Second Team consists of Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlson, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

SPORTSNET: The NHL and the NHL alone will decide if it participates in the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to commissioner Gary Bettman during his state of the league address. He also indicated puck and player tracking will be up and running for the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the league will continue spotlighting the world’s best women’s players, and it’s expected the NHLPA will soon resume collective bargaining discussions.

Bettman also confirmed the 2021 NHL All-Star Game will be hosted by the Florida Panthers.

Wayne Gretzky is rooting for Alex Ovechkin to break his goal-scoring record. He believes the Capitals captain has “a real, legitimate chance” to surpass his record of 894 career goals. With 692 goals, Ovechkin is 202 goals away. “I’m a big believer that records are made to be broken,” Gretzky told NHL.com. He also feels Ovechkin breaking his goal-scoring record would be good for the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Many of Gretzky’s records, such as most assists and points, might never be broken. The goal-scoring record was once considered unassailable. That Ovechkin even has a reasonable shot at reaching it is generating a level of excitement and interest that will surely grow the close he gets to it.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2019

Forty players filed for salary arbitration, the latest free-agent signings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHLPA: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington and New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba were among the 40 players selected salary arbitration by the 5 pm ET deadline yesterday.  Arbitrations hearings will be held in Toronto between July 20 to August 4.

New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba was among 40 player filing for salary arbitration on Friday. (Photo via NHL Images)

Anaheim Ducks

Chase De Leo

Boston Bruins

Danton Heinen

Buffalo Sabres

Remi Elie

Jake McCabe

Evan Rodrigues

Linus Ullmark

Calgary Flames

Sam Bennett

Ryan Lomberg

David Rittich

Rinat Valiev 

Carolina Hurricanes

Anton Forsberg

Brock McGinn

Colorado Avalanche

J.T. Compher

Sheldon Dries

Ryan Graves

Dallas Stars

Jason Dickinson

Florida Panthers

MacKenzie Weegar

Los Angeles Kings

Alex Iafallo

Montreal Canadiens

Joel Armia

Charles Hudon

Artturi Lehkonen

Nashville Predators

Rocco Grimaldi

Colton Sissons

New Jersey Devils

Will Butcher

Connor Carrick

Mirco Mueller

New York Rangers

Pavel Buchnevich

Jacob Trouba

Philadelphia Flyers

Scott Laughton

Pittsburgh Penguins

Zach Aston-Reese

St. Louis Blues

Jordan Binnington

Joel Edmundson

Zach Sanford

Oskar Sundqvist

Tampa Bay Lightning

Cedric Paquette

Vegas Golden Knights

Malcolm Subban

Washington Capitals

Christian Djoos

Chandler Stephenson

Winnipeg Jets

Andrew Copp

Neal Pionk

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The dates for each hearing will be released before July 20. As soon as it is, I’ll post it up. Paquette yesterday re-signed with the Lightning to a two-year, $3.3-million contract.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday re-signed head coach Mike Sullivan to a four-year contract extension. 

TSN: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Scott Harrington to a three-year, $4.9-million contract. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a one-year contract. Cap Friendly indicates it’s for $3.2 million. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks re-signed winger Josh Leivo to a one-year, $1.5-million contract.

WGR 550: Forward Zemgus Girgensons signed his one-year, $1.6-million qualifying offer with the Buffalo Sabres. Speaking of the Sabres, 2019 first-round pick Dylan Cozens underwent surgery on his left thumb and will require two-three months to recover. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed UFA forward Nick Cousins to a one-year, $1-million contract. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed winger Andreas Martinsen to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level. 

SPORTSNET: Ontario sports minister Lisa MacLeod has apologized for harsh comments aimed at Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk at a recent Rolling Stones concert. MacLeod said she was giving Melnyk some “feedback”. According to Melnyk, she said, “I am your minister and you’re a f—ing piece of s–t and you’re a f—ing loser,”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that, ladies and gentlemen, was Friday’s most bizarre sports story. On the one hand, some Senators fans will probably applaud MacLeod for ripping into the cantankerous Melnyk. On the other hand, she’s among the most despised members of Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2019

Game recaps, update on Elias Pettersson, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 


NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to eight games by blanking the Winnipeg Jets 4-0. Matt Murray made 33 saves for the shutout for his seventh consecutive win while Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist. Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers left the game early in the first period with an apparent left shoulder injury following a collision with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A month ago, the Penguins were sitting outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They’ve since surged up the standings and are jockeying with the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Speaking of the Capitals…

Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin scored twice in a 2-1 overtime win over the Capitals, handing the latter their first three-game losing skid of the season. Anton Khudobin kicked out 36 shots for the Stars. 

Dylan Larkin is the first player in Detroit Red Wings history to score four overtime goals in a single season. (Photo via NHL Image)

Dylan Larkin became the first player in Detroit Red Wings history to score four overtime goals in a single season with his game-winning tally in a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Wings. 

The Colorado Avalanche broke a six-game losing skid by thumping the New York Rangers 6-1. Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Tyson Barrie each collected three points. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 15 saves in relief of sidelined starter Mackenzie Blackwood to backstop his club to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Kyle Palmieri and Drew Stafford were the goal scorers in the shootout frame. Blackwood suffered a lower-body injury in the first period. 

Max Pacioretty returned from injury and scored what became the game-winning goal as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, handing the latter their seventh straight defeat. It was Pacioretty’s first game since Dec. 17. To make room for him, the Golden Knights demoted winger Brandon Pirri, who has six goals and nine points in seven games since his call-up on Dec. 19. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have a feeling we’ll see Pirri back with the Golden Knights at some point in this season. 

Emergency call-up center Greg McKegg had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. The Hurricanes called up McKegg after placing center Jordan Staal (upper body) on injured reserve


VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks rookie center Elias Pettersson is awaiting the results of an MRI after injuring his right knee during a collision with Montreal Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi on Thursday. He remains upbeat, claiming he’s walking better than he was following the game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks and their fans will be anxiously awaiting the results. Pettersson is their leading scorer, the odds-on favorite to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, and a big reason why they’ve recently surged back into playoff contention. 

NBC SPORTS: Goaltender Mike McKenna is on the move again. Two days after being traded to the Vancouver Canucks by the Ottawa Senators, he was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s what one of my readers had to say about this news: “Philly is like that guy in everyone’s fantasy hockey league who hordes goalies.”

THE ATHLETIC’s Scott Powers reports the Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Andreas Martinsen on waivers. 

TSN: “The Rendez-Vous LeBreton Group is headed to mediation in an effort to settle their differences over plans for a development that includes a new NHL arena.” One of the members is Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 8, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 8, 2018

Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup, Alex Ovechkin named playoff MVP. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals are the 2018 Stanley Cup champions. Third-period goals by Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller lifted the Capitals from a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, winning the series in five games. It’s the Capitals’ first Cup championship.

The Washington Capitals are the 2018 Stanley Cup champions (Photo via NHL.com).

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player. Ovechkin’s 15 goals led all playoff scorers and he finished second in points behind linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov with 27 points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Capitals on their hard-fought, well-deserved championship. They finally ended years of heartbreak and disappointment. I have several friends who are Caps fans and many of them were crying tears of joy last night.

 Though Kuznetsov was my playoff MVP (and some folks suggested goaltender Braden Holtby would’ve also been a good choice), Ovechkin was a deserving winner of the Conn Smythe. He’s forever silenced the critics who’ve often unfairly claimed he never stepped up in big games or didn’t do enough to win it all. At the very least, he won’t be subjected to this lame joke anymore. 

SPORTNET: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz’s contract expires at the end of this month. However, he isn’t ruling out returning in that role. “If he wants to be back, he’ll be back,” said general manager Brian MacLellan.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trotz has also ended over 20 years of playoff disappointment with this Cup win, but speculation over his future hung over him throughout this postseason.  He and MacLellan are expected to meet within the next several days to discuss the issue, but it certainly seems like the Capitals GM wants Trotz to stay. 

LAS VEGAS SUN: Despite the disappointing end to the Cup Final for the Vegas Golden Knights, this season will be defined by the bond they formed with the city of Las Vegas. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights have nothing to be ashamed of. They defied the odds, topped their division by setting records for wins (51) and points (109) by an expansion team, and reached the Stanley Cup Final. They endeared themselves to the citizens of Las Vegas, especially in the aftermath of a mass shooting in the city last October. Las Vegas fully embraced this team and became a hockey town.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Golden Knights’ inability to win the Stanley Cup was a silver lining for Las Vegas sports books, which stood to lose millions had the club beat the odds and captured hockey’s greatest prize. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is dating American skier Lindsey Vonn. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks yesterday re-signed winger Andreas Martinsen to a one-year contract extension. He was under a one-year, $675K contract for 2017-18. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 6, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 6, 2017

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne robs Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel during Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Predators tie Stanley Cup Final at 2 games apiece, ’84-’85 Oilers voted greatest NHL team & more in your morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and Frederick Gaudreau tallied the game winner as the Nashville Predators downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in Game 4 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg also scored for the Preds, while Sidney Crosby netted the Pens only goal.  The series returns to Pittsburgh on June 8 tied at two games apiece. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Predators leading 2-1 in the second period, Rinne’s diving save on Jake Guentzel proved to be the game’s turning point. This contest was more closely matched in shots and scoring opportunities compared to the previous three games, but once again it was the Predators controlling much of the play. With this series now a best-of-three, the Penguins must find a way to shift momentum their way. Otherwise, they can forget about repeating as Cup champions. 

NHL fans have voted the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers as the greatest team in league history. 

SPORTSNET: NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley crashed the press conference featuring Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey announcing the ’84-’85 Oilers as the NHL’s top all-time team. Barkley, a long-time hockey fan, took the opportunity to laud the Stanley Cup playoffs.

TSN: The Florida Panthers remain in contract talks with free agent winger Jaromir Jagr. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barring an unforeseen development, I expect Jagr will return with the Panthers on a one-year, bonus-laden deal.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Jesper Fast underwent hip surgery and will be sidelined up to five months. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year, one-way contract. It’s believed the deal is worth $675K.

STARTRIBUNE.COM:  A lawsuit filed against the NHL by the parents of the late Derek Boogaard was dismissed by a federal judge in Chicago. Boogaard died of an overdose of painkillers in 2011. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed goaltender Troy Grosenick in a move that is seen as insurance in case backup Aaron Dell is selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the upcoming expansion draft. 

WGR 550: The NHL’s competition committee recommended a couple of minor changes to the rules for next season. One would see no timeout granted following an icing to the club guilty of that infraction. Another would tweak where faceoffs occur during a power play if a puck is knocked down by a high stick in the offensive zone resulting in a stoppage of play. 


List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

Detroit Red Wings ship winger Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers.

The list of notable deals made leading up to today’s NHL trade deadline at 3 pm Eastern Time. I’ll have analysis of the day’s most notable trades tonight in my Soapbox

Winnipeg Jets trade winger Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in 2017. 

Dallas Stars acquire minor-league defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for center Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

The Lightning flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round draft pick in 2018. 

Pittsburgh Penguins trade forward Eric Fehr, minor-league defenseman Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Frank Corrado, 

Ottawa Senators trade forward Curtis Lazar and minor-league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2017. 

New Jersey Devils trade defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Columbus Blue Jackets for blueliner Dalton Prout. 

Montreal Canadiens trade winger Sven Andrighetto to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Andreas Martinsen.

Colorado Avalanche trade right wing Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. The Avalanche also retained half of Iginla’s $5.33 million cap hit. 

Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. 

Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit. 

Vancouver Canucks trade winger Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor-league forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in the  2017 NHL Draft.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft.