NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2019

Fallout from Auston Matthews’ disorderly conduct charge, Guy Lafleur to undergo heart surgery, Cammi Granato makes NHL history, plus the latest on Brandon Dubinsky, Alex Galchenyuk, and more in today’s morning coffee headlines. 

TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs knew nothing about Auston Matthews’ alleged disorderly conduct incident in May until the report emerged earlier this week. General manager Kyle Dubas claimed he discovered it on Twitter and was upset and disappointed when he learned of the 22-year-old center’s actions. Dubas declined to comment about how this incident would affect the club’s decision to name a new captain.

Auston Matthews did not inform the Toronto Maple Leafs that he was facing a domestic conduct charge in Arizona (Photo via NHL Images).

Matthews is alleged to have attempted to enter a security guard’s vehicle outside his Scottsdale, Arizona condo while she was doing paperwork. After she exited the vehicle, he is alleged to have dropped his trousers and grabbed his buttocks through his underwear as he walked away. He and several friends were reportedly intoxicated at the time.

Matthews made a statement yesterday expressing regret for his actions. He admitted it was a big mistake on his part to try and deal with the issue privately. 

THE SCORE: Body cam footage of the police interview with Matthews’ accuser has been released. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: By not informing the Leafs of what happened and trying to keep it quiet, Matthews made this situation much worse. TSN’s Rick Westhead reports Matthews could face several months of jail time and a fine if convicted, though it’s doubtful he’ll see any time behind bars. 

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Hall-of-Famer Guy Lafleur will undergo quadruple heart bypass surgery today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping the operation is successful and Lafleur makes a full, speedy recovery. 

NBC SPORTS: The NHL’s Seattle expansion franchise named Cammi Granato as the league’s first female scout. Granato captained the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team to gold in the 1998 Winter Olympics and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. She joins Ulf Samuelsson, Stu Barnes, Dave Hunter, and John Goodwin on Seattle’s scouting staff. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Granato on this history-making appointment. 

TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky is sidelined indefinitely with a wrist injury and will likely to miss the start of the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dubinsky missed 21 games last season with various injuries and 18 games in 2017-18 with a fractured orbital bone. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins held winger Alex Galchenyuk out of last night’s preseason game against Detroit as a precautionary measure. He’s dealing with a nagging undisclosed injury. 

CBS SPORTS: The Florida Panthers released Troy Brouwer from his professional tryout offer. 

Carolina Hurricanes winger Saku Maenalanen has signed a one-year contract with the KHL’s Helsinki Jokerit.

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will miss the rest of the preseason with an upper-body injury. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Former NHL player Tom Laidlaw as part of the cast of “Survivor: Island of the Idols”. 

NHL Salary Arbitrations End: The Final Days

NHL Salary Arbitrations End: The Final Days


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 4, 2019

The latest contract signings and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

The Buffalo Sabres avoid arbitration with goaltender Linus Ullmark (Photo via NHL Images).

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres avoided arbitration with defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark. McCabe signed a two-year, $5.7-million contract with an annual average value of $2.85 million. Ullmark inked a one-year, $1.325-million deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Sabres sit $1.059 million above the $81.5-million salary cap. General manager Jason Botterill could become cap compliant with a cost-cutting deal. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million AAV) is frequently mentioned as a possible trade candidate, though the expectation is he could be shopped for a top-six forward.

Botterill could go the buyout route or demote one or two lower-salaried players. If defenseman Zach Bogosian ($5.14 million AAV) hasn’t recovered from recent hip surgery by the start of the season he could be placed on long-term injury reserve.

THE ATHLETIC: Scott Powers recently reported the Chicago Blackhawks and forward Brandon Perlini are about $500K apart in contract negotiations. The Blackhawks have between $1.5 – $2.5 million in cap space. A source said the Blackhawks offered a $1-million cap hit while the Perlini camp seeks around $1.5 million.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill accepted his qualifying offer. It’s a one-year, two-way contract.

TVA SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild have sought permission from the Montreal Canadiens to speak with assistant general manager Scott Mellanby. The Wild are seeking a replacement for Paul Fenton, who was fired on Tuesday.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 3, 2019

Flames buy out Michael Stone, the final four salary arbitration filings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TSN.CA: The Calgary Flames officially bought out the final year of defenseman Michael Stone’s contract after he cleared unconditional waivers on Friday. He was entering the final season of a three-year, $10.5-million contract.

The Calgary Flames officially bought out the contract of defenseman Michael Stone on Friday (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Flames now have over $7.75-million in salary-cap space with restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane to re-sign. Tkachuk’s next contract will likely exceed that amount.

It’s anticipated they’ll make a cost-cutting move before the season opens in October.  Possible trade candidates could include defensemen T.J. Brodie or Travis Hamonic or winger Michael Frolik. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs signed former Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read to a professional tryout offer. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers have added Gord Murphy to the coaching staff of their AHL affiliate in Hartford. 




NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 5, 2019

Game recaps, hockey world lauds the late Ted Lindsay, stars of the week,  and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Edmonton Oilers scored three unanswered second-period goal to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. The Oilers (65 points), who’ve won three straight games, are six points out of a Western Conference wild-card berth while the Sabres (68 points) have dropped eight of their last 10 and sit nine points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Tyler Ennis tallied his first NHL hat trick in a 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames (Photo via NHL Images)

Speaking of the Oilers, winger Jesse Puljujarvi yesterday underwent successful hip surgery and is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp in September. Meanwhile, Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe is expected to miss five-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury. 

Tyler Ennis tallied his first career NHL hat trick and Mitch Marner reached the 80-point plateau for the first time as the Toronto Maple Leafs snuffed out the Calgary Flames 6-2. Marner also had a three-point performance while teammate Zach Hyman scored twice. With 86 points, the Leafs sit one behind the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division. The Flames (89 points) remain atop the Western Conference standings. 

Tributes poured in yesterday celebrating the life and career of NHL Hall-of-Famer Ted Lindsay, who passed away yesterday at age 93. Lindsay was lauded by former players, coaches and executives for his remarkable career and his pioneering role in establishing a players’ union. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindsay was also a generous man away from the arena. Among my favorite stories was having the Red Wings pay for forward Jim Korn’s law school tuition, and his refusal to attend his own Hall of Fame induction in 1966 because wives and families weren’t invited, a policy that changed the following year. 

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Winnipeg Jets winger Blake Wheeler, and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 3. 

JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen will not return this season as he continues to recover from a medical condition related to his vision. 

CBS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (upper body) is considered day-to-day. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes have recalled defenseman Jason Demers from his AHL conditioning stint. 

TSN: Several potential rule tweaks are being discussed at this week’s NHL general managers meetings in Florida. Among them could be addressing outdated fines, allowing a team on the power-play to decide which side of the ice to take the faceoff and whether players should wear their helmets during pre-game warmups. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 21, 2018

Game recaps, analysis of latest trades, Canucks re-sign Gudbranson plus injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie factored in all of his club’s goals in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Barrie scored a goal and set up four others while Nathan MacKinnon’s game winner was also his 100th career NHL goal.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie had a five-point performance in a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks (Photo via NHL Images).

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek scored the game-tying goal and the winner in overtime to lift his club to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Flyers forward Travis Konecny missed the overtime period after suffering an apparent foot injury late in the third period. Earlier in the day, the Flyers announced forward Wayne Simmonds (upper-body injury) will be sidelined two-three weeks while backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth (lower body) is out four-to-five weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries are starting to pile up for the Flyers and could take a toll. The loss of Neuvirth and Brian Elliott forced them on Monday night to acquire netminder Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings. 

Third-period goals by Noel Acciari, Matt Grzelcyk and David Krejci carried the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Earlier in the day, the Bruins acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenceman Rob O’Gara and Boston’s third-round pick in the June draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable rental move by the Bruins to bolster their blueline depth on the left side without giving up too much in return. I daresay this also means the Bruins are out of the market for Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, though perhaps they’ll revisit that interest if McDonagh remains available this summer. Holden’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. If he plays well with the Bruins, perhaps they’ll consider re-signing him. 

The San Jose Sharks picked up their third straight win with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Earlier in the day, the Sharks acquired forward Eric Fehr from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks were expected to acquire some depth at center before the trade deadline. This move suggests GM Doug Wilson isn’t keen to pursue the big-ticket trade bait. Fehr spent most of this season in the minors and will be slotted into the role of the Sharks’ fourth-line center. 

Dion Phaneuf scored his third goal in four games with the Los Angeles Kings as they held off the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. Kings captain Anze Kopitar collected his 800th career NHL point.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen turned in a 40-save shutout performance to give his club a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers. James van Riemsdyk tallied the only goal.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1. Devils winger Taylor Hall scored his 25th goal and extended his points streak to 12 games.

Brayden Point scored twice and Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 35 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2.

Nashville Predators netminder Juuse Saros made 34 saves while defensemen Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi each collected two assists in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday announced the re-signing of defenseman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year, $12-million contract extension. As per Cap Friendly, he’ll earn $4.5 million in total salary in 2018-19 and again in 2019-20, followed by $3 million in 2020-21.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canucks management value Gudbranson’s experience, physical play and leadership. His critics, however, believe he’s too slow and injury-prone to be an effective long-term asset. Time will tell if this deal is worthwhile. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will under undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. 

SPORTSNET: Former NHL star Jarome Iginla recently took part in a practice session with the Boston Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence. This doesn’t mean the Bruins are interested in signing him. Any club thinking of signing him must do so before the Feb. 26 trade deadline. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla also reportedly underwent hip surgery four months ago. That could in part explain why he wasn’t signed last summer. 

NBC SPORTS: Seattle will kick off a season-ticket drive on March 1 as part of the process in their attempt to land an NHL franchise.