NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 28, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 28, 2019

The latest on Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, Travis Hamonic, Jason Pominville, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE SCORE: Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice believes the pressure surrounding the contract negotiations of Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor will increase for those players and management as training camp approaches. Jets camp opens on Sept. 13. 

Winnipeg Jets wingers Patrik Laine (above) and Kyle Connor remain unsigned (Photo via NHL Images).

Acknowledging the unusually high number of restricted free agent stars still unsigned around the league, Maurice believes once one or two sign the others could quickly follow. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most of those RFAs are waiting to see who signs first. I anticipate a flurry of last-minute signings before mid-September. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic was unconcerned over his name popping up in this summer’s trade rumors. He spent his time preparing for the upcoming season and embracing family life. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hamonic rumors – and those surrounding T.J. Brodie – quieted after Juuso Valimaki suffered a serious knee injury during off-season training. Most of that speculation has less to do with Hamonic and more with Brodie. Regardless, it appears both blueliners will be staying in Calgary for the upcoming season. 

NHL.COM: Unrestricted free agent winger Jason Pominville, 36,  hopes to continue his NHL career but said he’s prepared that it could be over after 16 seasons. 

THE ATHLETIC: Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny is progressing in his recovery from April’s season-ending hamstring surgery. He’s hoping to be ready for training camp but a return date remains uncertain. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Former Philadelphia Flyers Andrew MacDonald, Matt Read, and Michal Neuvirth are among several players heading to training camps on professional tryout offers. 

NEWSDAY: Scott Gomez has stepped down as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild prospect Alexander Khovanov had surgery last Friday to remove a benign bone tumor from his leg.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Former NHL winger Darren McCarty credits medical marijuana with helping to save him from alcohol and drug addiction. He quit drinking four years ago, lost 60 pounds, is off most of his prescription medication and recently quit smoking cigarettes. 

SPORTSNET: Journeyman goaltender Mike McKenna has retired after stints with 15 NHL organizations and 22 professional teams. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2019

Game recaps, update on Elias Pettersson, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to eight games by blanking the Winnipeg Jets 4-0. Matt Murray made 33 saves for the shutout for his seventh consecutive win while Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist. Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers left the game early in the first period with an apparent left shoulder injury following a collision with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A month ago, the Penguins were sitting outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They’ve since surged up the standings and are jockeying with the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Speaking of the Capitals…

Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin scored twice in a 2-1 overtime win over the Capitals, handing the latter their first three-game losing skid of the season. Anton Khudobin kicked out 36 shots for the Stars. 

Dylan Larkin is the first player in Detroit Red Wings history to score four overtime goals in a single season. (Photo via NHL Image)

Dylan Larkin became the first player in Detroit Red Wings history to score four overtime goals in a single season with his game-winning tally in a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Wings. 

The Colorado Avalanche broke a six-game losing skid by thumping the New York Rangers 6-1. Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Tyson Barrie each collected three points. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 15 saves in relief of sidelined starter Mackenzie Blackwood to backstop his club to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Kyle Palmieri and Drew Stafford were the goal scorers in the shootout frame. Blackwood suffered a lower-body injury in the first period. 

Max Pacioretty returned from injury and scored what became the game-winning goal as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, handing the latter their seventh straight defeat. It was Pacioretty’s first game since Dec. 17. To make room for him, the Golden Knights demoted winger Brandon Pirri, who has six goals and nine points in seven games since his call-up on Dec. 19. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have a feeling we’ll see Pirri back with the Golden Knights at some point in this season. 

Emergency call-up center Greg McKegg had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. The Hurricanes called up McKegg after placing center Jordan Staal (upper body) on injured reserve

IN OTHER NEWS…

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks rookie center Elias Pettersson is awaiting the results of an MRI after injuring his right knee during a collision with Montreal Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi on Thursday. He remains upbeat, claiming he’s walking better than he was following the game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks and their fans will be anxiously awaiting the results. Pettersson is their leading scorer, the odds-on favorite to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, and a big reason why they’ve recently surged back into playoff contention. 

NBC SPORTS: Goaltender Mike McKenna is on the move again. Two days after being traded to the Vancouver Canucks by the Ottawa Senators, he was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s what one of my readers had to say about this news: “Philly is like that guy in everyone’s fantasy hockey league who hordes goalies.”

THE ATHLETIC’s Scott Powers reports the Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Andreas Martinsen on waivers. 

TSN: “The Rendez-Vous LeBreton Group is headed to mediation in an effort to settle their differences over plans for a development that includes a new NHL arena.” One of the members is Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.