NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 18, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 18, 2017

Florida Panthers ship Jason Demers to the Arizona Coyotes for Jamie McGinn.

Panthers trade Demers to Coyotes plus updates on Joffrey Lupul, Nail Yakupov & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

ARIZONA SPORTS/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Jason Demers to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for winger Jamie McGinn. The Panthers also retain over $562K of his $4.5 million annual salary-cap hit over the remaining four seasons of his contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Demers was the subject of offseason trade speculation following reports he nixed a trade to the Vancouver Canucks for Erik Gudbranson. The Coyotes obviously weren’t on his eight-team no-trade list.

It’s a good move by the Coyotes, bolstering their veteran depth for the long term while addressing the short-term absence of promising Jakob Chychrun to a knee injury. McGinn, meanwhile, is expected to bring more gritty size and skill to the Panthers’ forward lines. A 22-goal scorer with the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks in 2015-16, he hopes to rebound from a disappointing nine-goal effort last season with the Coyotes. 

Speaking of the Coyotes, they canceled their preseason opener because of poor ice conditions at the Gila River Arena.

TORONTO STAR: Sidelined Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul took to social media recently to suggest he didn’t fail his training camp physical. Responding to a comment on the subject on his Instagram account, Lupul said, ““Haha failed physical. They cheat, everyone lets them.” He later deleted the remark.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This will only stoke suspicions the Leafs are playing fast and loose with LTIR rules to free up cap space for other players. However, it appears to a murky issue, one the league apparently cannot prevent under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

BSN DENVER: Having signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche, winger Nail Yakupov knows this is his last chance at redemption in the NHL. The first-overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, Yakupov has so far failed to play up to expectations as a scoring forward.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons is looking forward to a fresh start under new head coach Phil Housley.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Tyler Wong tallied a hat trick as the Vegas Golden Knights downed the Vancouver Canucks 9-4, picking up their first preseason win in franchise history. 

THE PROVINCE: Ed Willes has an in-depth report on the rise of hockey in China.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 17, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 17, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Conor Sheary (43) scored in overtime in an 8-7 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Game recaps, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Evgeni Malkin collected a hat trick, Sidney Crosby had a four-point night and Conor Sheary scored in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins an 8-7 victory over the Washington Capitals, snapping the latter’s nine-game win streak. The two teams erupted for a combined nine goals in the second period. The Penguins took a 7-5 lead in the third but the Capitals forced overtime on goals by T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was a throwback to the wide-open style of the 1980s. That second period was wildly entertaining 

Earlier in the day, the Penguins announced defenseman Kris Letang is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. The Capitals, meanwhile, were without blueliner John Carlson (lower-body).

Nikolay Kulemin scored twice and Thomas Greiss turned in a 34-save shutout performance as the New York Islanders blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0. 

Jack Eichel scored two goals as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Dallas Stars 4-1. 

Joel Ward scored and set up another as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2. 

Ben Bishop made 31 saves while Tyler Johnson and Brian Boyle scored to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman missed the game due to illness, as did Kings center Anze Kopitar

Thomas Vanek scored the only goal and Jared Coreau kicked out 18 shots to give the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 shutout over the Montreal Canadiens. 

Jujhar Khaira scored his first NHL goal as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1. It was the Oilers’ third straight win and puts them into second place in the Pacific Division. 

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn were named the NHL stars for the week ending Jan. 15. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:  As Rangers center Mika Zibanejad returns from a broken leg, goaltender Antti Raanta is sidelined seven-to-10 days with a lower-body injury. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues placed defenseman Brad Hunt on waivers.