NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 28, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 28, 2021

Key dates for the 2021-22 season are revealed, the league won’t allow unvaccinated players into Canada, plus the latest on Henrik Lundqvist, Cole Caufield and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: The key dates for the NHL’s upcoming 2021-22 season were released yesterday. The trade deadline will be 3 pm ET on Monday, March 21, 2022, and free agency begins at noon ET on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Dec. 1, 2021, remains the due date for restricted free agents to be signed in order to play this season. Players on one-year contracts can sign contract extensions effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Other notable dates include the last possible date of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs (June 30), the first buyout period opening (July 1), the 2022 NHL Draft (July 7 and 8 in Montreal), and the salary arbitration period (July 27 to Aug. 11, 2022).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli (stick tap to Kukla’s Korner) tweeted out the complete list yesterday. The last day of the regular season is Apr. 30, 2021, the playoffs begin on May 2, and the deadline for qualifying offers is July 11.

THE SCORE: The NHL will not allow unvaccinated players to enter Canada to play in games this season. The league isn’t seeking a National Interest Exemption because so few NHL players remain unvaccinated. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently said he expected 98 percent of NHL players will be fully vaccinated by the start of the upcoming season.

The New York Rangers will retire Henrik Lundqvist’s No. 30 on Jan. 28, 2022 (NHL Images).

  NEW YORK POST: The Rangers announced they will retire Henrik Lundqvist’s No. 30 jersey on Jan. 28, 2022, in a pregame ceremony at Madison Square Garden before facing off against the Minnesota Wild. He will become the 11th player to receive that honor in Rangers history.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens rookie winger Cole Caufield will be sidelined about a week with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Joel Edmundson is expected to join his teammates in training camp on Tuesday or Wednesday after being sidelined by a minor injury. Winger Brendan Gallagher has joined his teammates after missing training camp due to family reasons.

TSN: Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon claims there was no grand scheme behind his club’s successful attempt at signing away winger Jesperi Kotkaniemi from the Canadiens earlier this month. He noted the signing wouldn’t have happened had his club managed to re-sign defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who inked a seven-year deal with the New Jersey Devils on July 28.

There was no grand plan…we didn’t set out to do this two years ago, even a month ago,” said Dundon. “There’s always lots of options to look at based on the order things happen. When this came up, this one actually worked.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was speculation the Kotkaniemi signing was made as retribution for the Canadien’s failed attempt at signing Sebastian Aho two years ago. However, Dundon does make a good point about Hamilton.

Had the Hurricanes retained the blueliner, Kotkaniemi would probably still be with the Canadiens because the Canes would’ve lacked the cap space to sign him to a one-year, $6.1 million contract. The Hurricanes’ also attempted to trade for the 21-year-old center before going the offer sheet route, and reportedly gave the Habs a heads-up that they were going to sign him. That was an odd thing to do if revenge for the Aho offer sheet was the goal here.

The Hurricanes got a little petty by tacking the $15.00 onto the end of the $6.1 million (for Kotkaniemi’s jersey number in Montreal) and including a $20 signing bonus (signifying Aho’s jersey number). Still, that’s not proof Dundon was plotting vengeance for the past two years.

THE ATHLETIC’S Tarik El-Bashir reports Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller left practice yesterday with a lower-body injury. They’ll see how he feels today. El-Bashir doesn’t know if it’s connected to last season’s groin muscle strains.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese tested positive for COVID-19 and entered the NHL’s coronavirus protocol.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Penguins GM Ron Hextall last week indicated only one player in the organization was not fully vaccinated but declined to identify him. Aston-Reese’s positive COVID test doesn’t mean he was that player.

ESPN.COM: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen was removed from the COVID-19 protocol list. He’d been held out of the lineup since Friday but that doesn’t necessarily mean he tested positive.

NHL.COM: The department of player safety suspended Washington Capitals defenseman Dylan McIlrath for two preseason games and two regular-season games for an illegal hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward Steven Fogarty.

Ottawa Senators forward Ridly Greig was suspended for one preseason game and one regular-season game for cross-checking Winnipeg Jets center Pierre-Luc Dubois.

THE ATHLETIC’s Rick Dhaliwal reports Vancouver Canucks defenseman Brady Keeper underwent surgery on Monday for a broken leg.

THE SCORE: Former NHL defenseman Sami Vatanen signed a one-year contract with Geneve-Servette Hockey Club in Switzerland. He recorded 200 points in 473 career games with the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2019

Bruins draw first blood against Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, John Tavares and Travis Dermott injured, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins scored four unanswered third-period goals to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Power-play goals by Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron 28 seconds apart sparked the Bruins comeback while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 29 saves. Game 2 will be Sunday afternoon (3 pm ET start) in Boston.

Patrick Bergeron tallied the game-winner as the Boston Bruins downed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 1 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Penalties were the Hurricanes undoing in this one. Some of the calls, like Dougie Hamilton getting sent off for roughing, were debatable. However, Jordan Staal’s boarding penalty was an undisciplined infraction.

The inconsistent officiating cut both ways. The Hurricanes’ first goal was the result of a roughing penalty called on the Bruins Sean Kuraly after taking a shoulder to the face from Brock McGinn. The Hurricanes need a more disciplined effort going forward in this series. 

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center John Tavares returned from the World Championships in Europe nursing an oblique strain. No word how long he’ll be sidelined. Meanwhile, Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott undergoes shoulder surgery today and will require six months to recover.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dermott will miss training camp and likely the opening month of the season. 

SPORTSDAY: Dallas Stars forward Roope Hintz fractured his left foot in Game 6 of his club’s second-round series against the St. Louis Blues. He had painkilling injections and played over 23 minutes in Game 7.

Winger Mats Zuccarello admitted he still felt lingering pain from the broken right arm suffered in late-February that sidelined him for a month. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak missed the entire second round with an injured knee while forward Mattias Janmark played through a fractured foot suffered in February or March. Blueliner Joel Hanley was sidelined by a shoulder injury.

TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets assistant general manager Bill Zito was in Seattle yesterday meeting with that city’s NHL expansion group. It’s not clear if they’ll be hiring management staff this summer or next.

THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings re-signed defenseman Dylan McIlrath to a two-year contract extension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates it’s a two-way deal worth $700K annually at the NHL level. 



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader passes away plus the latest notable preseason signings, roster cuts and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader died Sunday from cancer at age 62. Earlier this year, Strader received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his broadcasting work. He is to be officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Strader’s family, friends, colleagues and the Stars organization. 

TSN: The St. Louis Blues signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year, one-way contract. Upshall spent September on a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an affordable move bringing back Upshall, who’ll earn $800K on this one-year deal. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year, $700K contract. The Devils has invited Hayes to training camp on a tryout basis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes showed some promise in 2014-15, netting 19 goals and 35 points with the Florida Panthers. He’s expected to fill a bottom-six role with the Devils, who need all the offense they can get. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers released forwards  Brandon Pirri and Harry Zolnierczyk from their PTO contracts. Owen Tippett, the Panthers’ first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, secure a roster spot.


EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers sent winger Jesser Puljujarvi to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield and placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers. 

THE ATHLETIC: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dylan McIlrath and goaltender Jared Coreau were among the notable names placed on waivers yesterday. 

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Eric Gelinas signed an AHL contract with the Laval Rocket. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi created a stir on Twitter Sunday by caller for stricter immigration laws following a violent attack on Saturday night in Edmonton perpetrated by a Somali immigrant. Domi’s comments drew a mixed response from Twitter readers, prompting the winger to clarify his remarks insisting he wasn’t disrespecting any race or religion. Domi was born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto.

CSN WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Tom Wilson could once again face disciplinary action after being ejected for the second time from a preseason game for a controversial hit. During Saturday’s games against the St. Louis Blues, Wilson received a major boarding penalty and game misconduct for a hit on Blues winger. Wilson was suspended for two preseason games for the first incident. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2016

Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby faced off for the first time.

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby faced off for the first time.

Game recaps, injury updates, Rangers ship McIlrath to Panthers & more in your NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.com: Connor McDavid picked up three assists in a losing cause as his Edmonton Oilers fell 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the first game in which McDavid faced off against childhood hero Sidney Crosby, who was held scoreless. Connor Sheary scored twice, including the game winner, for the Penguins. 

Patrik Laine’s hat trick powered the Winnipeg Jets to an 8-2 thumping of the Dallas Stars. Laine is the first player in NHL history to have multiple hat tricks in his first 14 games. Jets center Mark Scheifele scored twice and set up two others to take over the NHL scoring lead. 

Carey Price made 41 saves and Paul Byron scored with just over a minute remaining in regulation to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The league-leading Canadiens’ record now stands at 11-1-1. 

Alex Burrows scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks snapped a nine-game winless skid with a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers. The loss ended the Blueshirts’ five-game win streak. Rick Nash scored his 400th career NHL goal in a losing cause. 

P.K. Subban and James Neal each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. 

Jeff Carter scored twice and Peter Budaj picked up his second straight shutout backstopping the Los Angeles Kings to a 7-0 romp over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Martin Jones made 24 saves as his San Jose Sharks blanked the Washington Capitals 3-0. The win ended a three-game losing skid for the Sharks and snapped a five-game Capitals win streak 

Andreas Athanasiou’s shootout goal helped the Detroit Red Wings snap a five-game losing streak by edging the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. 

Shootout goals by Taylor Hall and P.A. Parenteau gave the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes learned top defenseman Justin Faulk is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. 

Jordan Martinook’s two goals led the Arizona Coyotes over the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 4-2. 

TSN’s Bob McKenzie yesterday reported the New York Rangers traded defenseman Dylan McIlrath to the Florida Panthers for blueliner Steve Kampfer and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Basically, this is a swap of two blueliners who weren’t fitting in. Some Rangers fans were not pleased with this move. McIlrath was a former first-round pick who struggled to crack the Rangers blueline on a regular basis. His stock significantly dropped, to the point where he recently cleared waivers. Like McIlrath, Kampfer saw limited playing time with the Panthers. 

SPORTSNET/NBC SPORTS: Having re-signed defenseman Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said he’s not looking to trade the blueliner. Trouba, meanwhile, said he rescinded the trade request he made in late-September.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Trouba and the Jets (hey, sounds like a song title!) in the Rumors section. 

STLTODAY.COM: After a promising start with the Blues, winger Nail Yakupov’s seen only a little over 10 minutes of ice time per game and will be a healthy scratch tonight for the third straight game. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  Blackhawks rookie Tyler Motte will miss up to three weeks with a left-leg injury. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman yesterday reported the Calgary Flames placed defenseman Nicklas Grossmann on waivers. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2016

Mitch Marner collected three assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Mitch Marner collected three assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

 Notable game recaps, waiver updates, latest on Craig Anderson, David Pastrnak & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com:  With a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders, the Montreal Canadiens picked up their sixth straight win. 

Petr Mrazek made 31 saves backstopping the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 shootout victory over the St. Louis Blues, giving the wings their sixth consecutive win.

Mitch Marner collected three assists and Tyler Bozak scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Florida Panthers 3-2.

Patrik Laine’s two power-play goals helped the Winnipeg Jets double up the Dallas Stars 4-2. 

Sidney Crosby snapped a 2-2 tie with the game-winning goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Islanders 4-2. 

Minnesota Wild goale Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves to collect his second straight shutout in a 4-0 blanking of the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tomas Hertl scored twice as the San Jose Sharks downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. 

Jeff Carter scored in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators, giving the Kings their fourth straight victory. 

The Arizona Coyotes edged the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 to snap a five-game losing skid. Before the game, the Flyers honored such notable former stars as Bob Clarke, Bernie Parent and Eric Lindros in a pregame ceremony as part of the franchise’s 50th anniversary.


TSN: Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak faces a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety regarding an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi in a recent game. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson has taken a leave of absence to attend to a personal matter. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Having re-sign defenseman Hampus Lindholm, the Anaheim Ducks placed forward Nate Thompson (ruptured Achilles tendon, $1.6 million annual average salary) on long-term injury reserve and demoted Shea Theodore Emerson Etem. The moves were made to ensure sufficient salary-cap room for Lindholm’s new contract.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:  The Rangers placed defenseman Dylan McIlrath on waivers. Forward Josh Jooris (Grade 2 AC joint separation) is out three-to-four weeks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers reportedly tried unsuccessfully to trade McIlrath. It’ll be interesting to see if he clears waivers later today.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues placed winger Magnus Paajarvi on waivers. 

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports free-agent defenseman James Wisniewski signed with the KHL’s Vladivostok Admirals. His contract contains an NHL out-clause. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  The Blackhawks have the worst early-season penalty kill since STATS started tracking such stats in 1987-88. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One reason for that woeful penalty kill could be the slow but steady departure in recent years of key players for salary-cap purposes. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL:  Prejudice and the rise of the KHL are contributing to a declining number of Russian players in the NHL. 


NHL Rumor Mill – October 27, 2016

NHL Rumor Mill – October 27, 2016

Anaheim Ducks reportedly not shopping defenseman Hampus Lindholm.

Anaheim Ducks reportedly not shopping defenseman Hampus Lindholm.

Updates on Hampus Lindholm, Jacob Trouba, Mike Condon and Dylan McIlrath in your NHL rumor mill. 

Note: Following links via Today’s Slapshot’s Chris Nichols

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports he spoke with someone close to the contract situation of Anaheim Ducks restricted free agent defenseman Hampus Lindholm. They claimed the line in the sand has been drawn in the sand regarding the negotiations, pointing out they’re still about $250K per season apart.

Dreger also said there was a conversation about two weeks ago between the Ducks and Colorado Avalanche, with Avs captain Gabe Landeskog being mentioned for Lindholm. However, Ducks GM Bob Murray wants nothing to do with trading the young blueliner.

When asked about a possible move of Lindholm to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dreger said he thought “that’s a pretty significant stretch.”

Dreger’s colleague Bob McKenzie also reported he gets the sense that discussions between Lindholm and the Ducks have heated up and if a deal gets done, it wouldn’t surprise him if it occurred within the next 24-48 hours. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If we take Murray at face value (always a dangerous thing to do with NHL GMs), he has no intention of trading Lindholm and still hopes to re-sign him, even though it’ll mean a tricky juggling act with his limited cap space.

Interesting speculation regarding Lindholm-for-Landeskog. It’s not the first time this year the Avs captain surfaced in the trade rumor mill. I wonder if that was the Ducks asking price, or if the Avs are seriously considering moving their captain for a top-two defenseman?  I’d love to read the views of Ducks and Avs fans on this one. 

McKenzie also weighed in on the status of Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Mike Condon, who’s been the subject of trade/waiver speculation with Matt Murray rejoining the lineup. McKenzie said the Pens aren’t adverse to trading Condon, but won’t put him on waivers. They want to hold onto him as long as possible as he gives them flexibility down the road. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Penguins place Condon on waivers he’ll be quickly snapped up by one of the clubs (Kings, Bruins, Coyotes) in need of a boost between the pipes. Better to put him on the trade block in hopes of getting a draft pick or a player in return. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman believes the New York Rangers want Winnipeg Jets restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba, but claims the Jets’ asking price is too high. Regarding Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath, Friedman thinks they’re really trying to move him before having to place him on waivers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets asking price is reportedly a good, young top-four defenseman with a left-handed shot. The only Blueshirt who comes close to fitting that description is promising Brady Skjei, but he’s not at the same skill level as Trouba. The Rangers will have to add a sweetener with Skjei to pull this off.