NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2017

Game recaps, injury and waiver updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and set up three others to lead the Washington Capitals to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (one goal, two assists) ended a 21-game goalless drought while teammate Tom Wilson scored twice, handing the Blackhawks their fifth consecutive loss. 

Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers collected their second straight win by doubling up the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Flyers captain Claude Giroux picked up two assists. Meanwhile, Philadelphia defenseman Brandon Manning (right hand, wrist injury) will miss three-to-four weeks while goalie Michal Neuvirth will be sidelined one-two weeks with a lower-body injury. 

Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his 40th career shutout and teammate Adam Henrique scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Ottawa Senators 3-0. The Sens have only one victory in their last 10 games.

William Nylander’s shootout goal gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the slumping Calgary Flames. Frederik Andersen made a season-high 47 saves for the Leafs, handing the Flames their third straight defeat. The Flames were playing without Jaromir Jagr (day-to-day) 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo will be sidelined for several weeks with a suspected groin injury. He could be out for up to eight weeks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers need backup James Reimer to be at his best if they harbor any hope of climbing back into the playoff race during Luongo’s absence. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin could return to action tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. He’s been sidelined since Oct. 8. 

THE PROVINCE: Retired Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett said he was perhaps one hit away from suffering a catastrophic spinal injury. He underwent neck fusion surgery earlier this year and recently brought his playing career to an end after experiencing two neck bulges above and below the fusion. “If they got worse, they could have started pushing into my spinal cord,” he said. “It could have been bad. It could have been catastrophic.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dorsett said he has to avoid contact and must continue rehab but he’s looking forward to living a healthy life. If he still wants a career in hockey, I’m sure there are options available in coaching, scouting or management. Here’s hoping he finds something to his liking. 

TSN: The Pittsburgh Penguins placed center Greg McKegg on waivers. 

SPORTSNET: The New York Rangers signed goaltender Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two-way contract after he cleared waivers yesterday and assigned him to their AHL affiliate in Hartford. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes opened this season hoping to get offense from their defensemen. However, only three blueliners – Noah Hanifin, Justin Faulk and Jaccob Slavin – have goals this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this trend continues, Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis could be pressured into parting with one of his notable blueliners for a scoring forward. 

NEW YORK POST: Former NHL pest Sean Avery was slapped with a restraining order over a dispute with his mother-in-law. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 6, 2017

Game recaps, Rangers top latest franchise value rankings, updates on Matt Moulson, T.J. Oshie & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Brayden Schenn tallied his third career hat trick as the St. Louis Blues held on for a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, ending their three-game losing skid and snapping the Habs’ five-game winning streak. Defenseman Shea Weber scored twice for the Canadiens.

After suffering a humiliating 10-1 loss to Montreal in their previous game, the Detroit Red Wings recovered to end a seven-game losing skid with a 5-1 win over the high-flying Winnipeg Jets. Wings forward Gustav Nyquist led the way with two goals and an assist while goalie Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for the win.

Marian Gaborik scored twice, including his 400th career NHL goal, as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2. Kings’ captain Anze Kopitar collected his 500th career assist as he finished the night with a goal and two assists.

Yanni Gourde potted two goals in 1:34 late in the second period to propel the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders. Nikita Kucherov and Chris Kunitz also collected two points for the Lightning. Isles rookie center Mathew Barzal also netted two points.

Jusse Saros kicked out 43 shots while Kyle Turris and Calle Jarnkrok each had a goal and an assist to give the Nashville Predators a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak also had a goal and an assist.

Filling in for an ill Henrik Lundqvist, Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves as the New York Rangers edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, snapping the Pens’ four-game winning streak. Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello and Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist.

Corey Schneider made 41 saves as the New Jersey Devils dropped the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. Devils forwards Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Stefan Noesen each collected two points.

Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves to collect his first NHL shutout as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Canucks blueliner Derrick Pouliot tallied a goal and assisted on two others.

Erik Haula scored the game-tying goal and Alex Tuch netted the game winner in a shootout as the Vegas Golden Knights rallied to down the Anaheim Ducks 4-3. Haula finished the game with three points.

Third period goals by Evander Kane and Jack Eichel lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche to end their four-game losing streak. Robin Lehner made 35 saves for the Sabres. Earlier in the day, the Sabres loaned winger Matt Moulson to the AHL’s Ontario Reign.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The New York Rangers top Forbes Magazine’s annual NHL franchise valuation ranking. The Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks are each estimated to be worth over $1 billion.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals winger T.J. Oshie is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury and unlikely to suit up tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon received a one-game suspension for slashing Washington’s Madison Bowey.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak hopes to return to the lineup tonight against the Calgary Flames. He’s been sidelined several days with food poisoning.

NBC SPORTS: On a non-NHL note, Russia’s ban from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics could disrupt the rosters of the Men’s Hockey tournament if the KHL retaliates to the ban by refusing to allow its players to participate in the Games. Earlier this year, the NHL announced it would not take part in the 2018 Olympics.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 15, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 15, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel trolls his critics.

Updates on Phil Kessel, Shane Prince, Dwight King and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins right wing Phil Kessel won the hockey internet yesterday by eating hot dogs out of the Stanley Cup yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Revenge against your harshest critic is a dish best served in hot dog form from the Cup. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders center Shane Prince recently underwent ankle surgery and will be sidelined four-to-six months.

TSN: Former LA Kings and Montreal Canadiens forward Dwight King signed a two-year with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the KHL.


TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Alexei Marchenko on unconditional waivers. He’ll be joining KHL team CSKA Moscow. The move would free up $1.45 million in salary-cap space for the Leafs .

NBC SPORTS: Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec signed a one-year deal with KHL club Slovan Bratislava.

SPORTSNET: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly isn’t ruling out the possibility of an NHL franchise in Kansas City, but stressed market demographics and whether there’s qualified and interested ownership “remain a work in progress.”  Daly was responding to ESPN’s Dave Caldwell, who asked him about the interest expressed by Lamar Hunt Jr, owner of the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks a dnson of Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, in bringing an NHL franchise to that city. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kansas City has an NHL-worthy venue in the 17,500 Spirit Center. Caldwell reported Hunt didn’t get into the bidding for an expansion club two years ago because he wasn’t happy with the $500 million expansion fee. If an existing NHL franchise is to be moved, however, Kansas City, could remain a viable destination. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2017

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar awaits an arbiter’s decision on a new contract.

Updates on Tomas Tatar, Viktor Arvidsson, Sidney Crosby and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar went through salary arbitration yesterday and a decision will be reached within 48 hours following the completion of the hearing. Tatar sought a one-year deal worth $5.3 million while the Wings countered with $4.1 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings and Tatar can still reach an agreement on a new contract prior to the arbiter’s decision. I’ll have more on this later this morning in the Rumors section. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Nashville Predators seek a two-year deal with forward Viktor Arvidsson worth $2.75 million annually. Arvidsson wants one year at $4.5 million. His arbitration hearing is slated for Saturday, July 22. Speaking of the Predators, they re-signed goaltender Marek Mazanec to a one-year contract worth $650K at the NHL level. 

NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for today. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed winger Garnet Hathaway to a one-year contract worth $650K at the NHL level. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby recently confirmed he’ll be bringing the Stanley Cup back to his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia on August 7, which is also his 30th birthday. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers prospect Nolan Patrick, who was selected second overall in this year’s draft,  missed a schedule skate on Thursday to a facial infection. Earlier this month, Patrick missed the Flyers rookie camp because he was still recovering from sports hernia surgery. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September. 

NBC SPORTS: A report out of Arizona suggests it’s highly unlikely the NBA’s Phoenix Suns will pursue a new shared arena in downtown Phoenix  with the Arizona Coyotes.