NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2019

Alex Ovechkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Steven Stamkos reach new career milestones, the latest injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Warren Foegele scored twice and collected an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Washington Capitals 6-4. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 256th career power-play goal to pass Teemu Selanne for third on the all-time list. Capitals winger Tom Wilson missed the game with a lower-body injury.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sits third on the NHL’s all-time power-play goal list (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin is in striking range of Dave Andreychuk (274) and Brett Hull (265) on the all-time list. 

Vegas Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for his 454th career victory in a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Fleury moves into a tie with Curtis Joseph for sixth place on the all-time wins list. Teammate Shea Theodore collected three assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fleury is just four wins behind the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, who’s fifth on the all-time list. Both are the wins leaders among active NHL goalies. 

A three-goal second period enabled the Tampa Bay Lightning to hold off the Montreal Canadiens 5-4. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos picked up his 800th career point, Victor Hedman collected four assists, and Alex Killorn scored twice. Brendan Gallagher had two helpers for the Canadiens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stamkos is third among the Lightning’s all-time points leaders. Martin St. Louis is first with 953 points and Vincent Lecavalier second with 874. 

The New York Rangers edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on an overtime goal by Tony DeAngelo, snapping the Leafs six-game win streak. Ryan Strome had a four-point performance and teammate Artemi Panarin collected three assists. Leafs center Auston Matthews scored two goals and set up another. The Rangers played without winger Brendan Lemieux, who’s sidelined 3-4 weeks with a fractured left hand. Earlier in the day, the Leafs announced defenseman Jake Muzzin is week-to-week with a broken foot whiile Ilya Mikheyev will miss at least three months following surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist severed during Friday’s game against New Jersey.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 44 saves in a 6-4 win over the Nashville Predators. It was Murray’s first victory since Nov. 9. The Penguins blew 3-0 and 4-1 leads before Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust clinched the win with two late goals. Rust had a four-point night and Evgeni Malkin picked up three assists. Predators captain Roman Josi also had three assists while Mikael Granlund tallied twice. Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist returned to action since being sidelined on Nov. 30 by a lower-body injury. The Predators placed winger Colton Sissons on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Timo Meier tallied a hat trick as the San Jose Sharks halted a four-game losing skid by downing the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1. Sharks forward Melker Karlsson left the game in the first period after taking a slap shot to the head. He received some stitches and it’s hoped the injury isn’t as severe as it seemed.

Jacob Markstrom made a career-high 49 saves as the Vancouver Canucks nipped the Los Angeles Kings 3-2. Elias Petterson had two points, including the game-winning goal. Kings captain Anze Kopitar also had a goal and an assist.

Ben Bishop made 41 saves in regulation and overtime backstopping the Dallas Stars over the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Joe Pavelski and Alexander Radulov scored the only goals in the shootout. The Avalanche have dropped four of their last five games.

The Florida Panthers overcame a 3-1 deficit and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. Mike Hoffman had a three-point peformance for the Panthers.


WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres winger Jeff Skinner is out three-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury suffered during Friday’s loss to the Boston Bruins.

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (upper body, injured reserve) and Charlie McAvoy (upper body) won’t be available for tonight’s rematch against the Sabres.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers placed Markus Granlund and Brandon Manning on waivers.

CBS SPORTS: The Winnipeg Jets placed goaltender Eric Comrie on waivers.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 5, 2019

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak continue their points streak, the three stars of the week, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins blew a 3-0 lead but rallied to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4. Brad Marchand led the way with two goals and three assists while David Pastrnak collected a goal and an assist. Marchand is on a 13-game points streak while Pastrnak has points in 12 straight games. The Bruins move to 8-0-2 in their last 10 contests.

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand’s five-point performance led the Boston Bruins to a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pastrnak (29 points) and Marchand (28 points) sit one-two atop the NHL scoring leader board.

Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy left the game in the third period after striking his head against a goalpost. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy believes McAvoy suffered a cut. Penguins blueliner Kris Letang (undisclosed injury) also departed in the third period.

Derek Stepan overtime goal lifted the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Darcy Kuemper kicked out 26 shots for the Coyotes. Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers, who picked up a point to remain atop the Western Conference standings.

A five-goal outburst by the Nashville Predators powered them to a 6-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. Matt Duchene tallied twice while Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi each had a goal and an assist. The floundering Red Wings are 1-10-1 in their last dozen games.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice as the Ottawa Senators thumped the New York Rangers 6-2. Former Ranger Vladislav Namestnikov picked up a goal and an assist while Anders Nilsson made 32 saves for the win. Rangers rookie Kaapo Kakko had a two-point performance.


Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson, Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana, and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending November 3, 2019.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers center Sean Couturier is dealing with a shoulder strain, limiting his ability to take faceoffs.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights winger Alex Tuch remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

CBS SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks winger Tyler Motte will be sidelined four weeks with a lower-body injury. Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tucker Poolman is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Radim Simek from his conditioning stint with their AHL affiliate.

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NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2019

The NHLPA won’t opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement, the Canucks re-sign Brock Boeser, the Flyers re-up Travis Konecny, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE SCORE: The National Hockey League Players Association announced it won’t exercise its option to reopen the collective bargaining agreement. The decision means the CBA will remain in effect until Sept. 15, 2022.

In a statement, PA executive director Donald Fehr said the players still have concerns about the current agreement. However, they are engaged in discussions with the league to address those issues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the league having already decided late last month not to exercise its own early opt-out, the PA obviously felt doing so would be counterproductive. Taking the early out would’ve given the PA some leverage as it would’ve set a target date of next September 15 to get a deal done. That tactic, however, risked derailing the current negotiations. It could’ve antagonized league commissioner Gary Bettman and the team owners into taking a more hardline approach.

The PA’s decision ensures labor peace for three more years but the two sides must still hammer out a new CBA or an extension of the current one. Given the positive tone and lack of rancor of the current discussions, perhaps a deal will be worked out by the end of this season.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks last night re-signed Brock Boeser to a three-year contract with an annual average value of $5.875 million. The 22-year-old winger will make $4 million this season, US$6.125 million in 2020-21 and US$7.5 million in 2021-22.

The Vancouver Canucks re-signed winger Brock Boeser to a three-year deal (Photo via NHL Images).

The Canucks will have to tender a $7.5 million qualifying offer to Boeser at the end of his deal. However, they can avoid that by taking him to arbitration, meaning the qualifying offer would be reduced by 15 percent to $6.375 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Canucks sit above the $81.5-million salary cap by over $1.7 million. They could shed that by trading a salaried player or two or demoting them to the minors.

As for Boeser, he’s accepting less money now on a bridge deal but could be in line for a more lucrative long-term contract in three years. If he overcomes his early injury history and continues blossoming as a scoring winger, I doubt the Canucks will take him to arbitration at the end of this contract. Indeed, they could look at locking him up to an extension by the summer of 2021. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers yesterday re-signed Travis Konecny to a six-year, $33-million contract. The annual average value is $5.5 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a good deal for both sides. Konecny, 22, is coming off consecutive 24-goal campaign, earning himself the security of a profitable long-term deal. If he continues to improve, it’ll be a bargain for the Flyers.

NHL.COM: Jack Hughes scored twice in his first NHL preseason game, including the winner in overtime, to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins. Hughes was the first-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. 

TSN: Mitch Marner’s agent Darren Ferris claimed the Toronto Maple Leafs winger received two different offer sheets this summer. He declined both because he wanted to stay with the Leafs. Marner recently re-signed a six-year contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of those offers came from an Eastern Conference club. I’ll have more later this morning in the Rumors section.

TORONTO SUN: Leafs goaltender Michal Neuvirth has been slowed by what coach Mike Babcock called body soreness.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu scrimmaged with the club for the first time since tearing the ACL in his left knee in February. He’s hoping to return to action in a preseason game later this week.

THE DETROIT NEWS: An autopsy on former NHL forward Greg Johnson revealed he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on July 7 at his home in Rochester, Michigan at age 47.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2019

Golden Knights defeat the Coyotes in preseason play, the Bruins re-sign Charlie McAvoy, the Flames re-up Andrew Mangiapane, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Max Pacioretty tallied a hat trick as the Vegas Golden Knights downed the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 in the first game of the 2019 NHL preseason. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins yesterday re-signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to a three-year contract with an annual average value of $4.9 million. 

Boston Bruins re-sign defenseman Charlie McAvoy (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a reasonable bridge deal for both sides. McAvoy blossomed into a top-pairing blueliner and will be in line for a significant raise at the end of this new contract. Indeed, he’s already guaranteed a qualifying offer of $7.3 million. Cap Friendly indicates that’s how much he’ll earn in actual salary in the final year of this deal. 

The Bruins, meanwhile, are able to fit him within their cap payroll. That should leave enough ($3.2 million) to re-signed Brandon Carlo without having to shed too much salary. 

Speaking of the Bruins, defenseman Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) isn’t expected to be ready for the start of their season on Oct. 3. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the cost of re-signing Carlo pushes the Bruins over the $81.5-million cap, they can put Miller on long-term injury reserve to get some short-term cap relief. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed winger Andrew Mangiapane to a one-year, two-way contract worth $715K.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames have over $6.3 million in salary-cap space with Matthew Tkachuk to re-sign. It’ll likely cost much more than that to get Tkachuk under contract, meaning a cost-cutting trade could be in the offing. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny seems unlikely to particpate in preseason play. He’s still recovering from surgery in April to repair a torn hamstring.