NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 27, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 27, 2019

An update on Connor McDavid, Jesse Puljujarvi signs with Finnish club, Mikko Rantanen trains with Norwegian team, Senators talk contract with Thomas Chabot, and much more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TSN: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said his recovery from a late-season knee injury is progressing well. “Just working hard to get to camp and focus on that. [This off-season] has been different, just focusing on that [rehab]. It’s taking a lot of time, but it’s been good.”

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said his recovery from a late-season knee injury is progressing well (Photo via NHL Images).

McDavid also said he recently had dinner with new Oilers coach Dave Tippett and claimed his initial reaction was excitement over the club hiring Ken Holland as general manager. However, he was disappointed to see his friend, Milan Lucic, traded to Calgary for James Neal.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Speaking of Holland, he’s unconcerned over McDavid’s decision not to skate in this summer’s BioSteel camp. “McDavid is skating every day since early August with his rehab people,” he said. “I think he wants to stick to his rehab protocol.” Holland also indicated his captain’s recovery is progressing well.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With training camp opening in just over two weeks, we’ll find out soon enough how long it’ll take McDavid to participate in training camp and get up to full speed for the season. The Oilers need him at his best to have a realistic shot at reaching the playoffs.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: cites a report out of Finland indicating Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi has signed a one-year contract with Finnish club Karpat Oulu. “The agreement includes an option for Puljujärvi to qualify for the NHL until December 1.” A restricted free agent lacking arbitration rights, Puljujarvi has requested a trade after struggling to reach expectations with the Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers could still shopo Puljujarvi but his low trade value right now means they won’t get anything worthwhile in return. Puljujarvi could also return to the Oilers before Dec. 1 but I think he’ll be spending this season in Finland. Holland won’t be pressured into trading him and seems content to let the struggling winger try to regain his form in his home country.

THE SCORE: Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen “is skating with the Storhamar Dragons in Norway as he awaits a new NHL contract, the Norwegian team confirmed Monday.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unlike Puljujarvi’s situation in Edmonton, Rantanen isn’t demanding a trade or threatening to play the entire season overseas. This looks more like an insurance option for the young winger in case his contract talks drag into the start of training camp. The Avs remain hopeful of getting Rantanen under contract before then.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are working on a contract extension with Thomas Chabot. GM Pierre Dorion remains tightlipped over the status of the talks, though they’re ongoing and believed to be going well. The 22-year-old defenseman is in the final season of his entry-level contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Sens want to lock up Chabot to a long-term deal. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $33 million invested in just nine players for 2020-21, giving them plenty of cap space to ink the blueliner to a hefty raise.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers RFAs Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny remain unsigned but GM Chuck Fletcher expects contract discussions to heat up as training camp approaches next month. Fletcher’s open to either a bridge deal or a long-term contract for one or both players.

The Flyers GM also said center Tyler Pitlick underwent surgery last week to repair a tendon in his left wrist. It’s hoped Pitlick will be ready for the start of the Flyers’ regular-season schedule on Oct. 4.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets signed forward Gabriel Bourque to a “one-year, two-way deal worth an annual average value of $700,000 in the NHL.”

THE SCORE: The Florida Panthers signed forward Denis Malgin to a one-year contract. Cap Friendly indicates it’s a one-way deal worth $750K.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Stelio Mattheos “is completing treatments for testicular cancer, the team said Monday, and will not participate in the Canes’ 2019 training camp.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Mattheos makes a full recovery and resumes his playing career soon.

The Iowa Wild signed NHL veteran Cody McLeod to an AHL contract.

THE ATHLETIC’s Sean Shapiro reports Scottie Upshall will attend Dallas Stars training camp on a professional tryout offer.

TSN: Former NHL enforcer Donald Brashear will appear in a Quebec City courtroom on Sept.4 facing a charge of cocaine possession. He was arrested on June 5 “after allegedly breaking an apartment window and was found to have the drug in his possession.”

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues and the NHL unveiled the logo for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2018

Senators trade Chris Wideman to Edmonton plus updates on Matt Murray, Shea Weber, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins starting goaltender Matt Murray was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury expected to keep him sidelined “longer term.” The Penguins recalled Tristan Jarry from their AHL affiliate

Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber could return to action next week. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That might explain Murray’s struggles this season. It also provides fodder for critics who consider him injury prone. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens captain Shea Weber could make his season debut on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Weber’s been recovering from offseason knee surgery. The club also recalled blueliner Brett Kulak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber’s imminent return should be a welcome boost to a Canadiens blueline that has struggled in his absence despite the club’s otherwise better-than-expected start to this season. 

SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames placed defenseman Michael Stone and winger Michael Frolik on injured reserve. Stone has a blood clot and there’s no timetable for his return. Frolik, meanwhile, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators traded defenseman Chris Wideman to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Senators turning toward younger talent there wasn’t any room for the 28-year-old Wideman, who saw his ice time in Ottawa decrease this season. He’s expected to skate on the Oilers’ third defense pairing. 

TSN: Speaking of the Senators, their efforts to get a new area constructed in downtown Ottawa are in danger of falling through. Issues between Rendezvous Lebreton Group primary partners Eugene Melnyk (owner of the Senators) and John Ruddy (part-owner of the CFL’s Ottawa RedBlacks) are cited as factors that could put their proposal to the National Capital Commission into jeopardy. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like the cantankerous Melnyk’s bargaining tactics are to blame, as he apparently wants to avoid paying for the arena’s construction. 

CBS SPORTS: New York Rangers forward Cody McLeod will be sidelined four-to-six weeks due to a fractured hand. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets rookie Kristian Vesalainen has exercised his out-clause in his entry-level contract allowing him to return to KHL club Jokerit for the remainder of this season. He spent five games with the Jets before being assigned to their AHL affiliate. He’s eligible to return to the Jets or their AHL farm team once Jokerit’s KHL season ends. 

TSN: The Colorado Avalanche placed forward Marko Dano on waivers. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2018

Blackhawks ship Marian Hossa’s contract to the Coyotes in a multi-player deal, Jets re-sign Connor Hellebuyck, this summer’s salary-arbitration schedule and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Arizona Coyotes yesterday acquired the contract of right wing Marian Hossa from the Chicago Blackhawks. They also received center Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick from the Blackhawks in exchange for  center Marcus Kruger, Mackenzie Entwistle (Arizona’s 69th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft), prospects Jordan Maletta and Andrew Campbell, and a 2019 fifth-round pick to Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks ship Marian Hossa’s contract to Arizona Coyotes in a multi-player trade (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, the Coyotes use their cap space to take on another team’s bad contract while also picking up some young assets in the deal. Hossa is as good as retired due to a skin condition. While his cap hit is $5.275-million per season through 2020-21, his actual salary is $1 million annually over the remainder of the deal. The Coyotes intend to place him on LTIR, meaning insurance will pick up $800K of his actual salary.

While the Blackhawks are getting back some assets in this deal, it remains a salary dump on their part. Cap Friendly indicates this move gives them $9.3 million in projected salary-cap space for 2018-19, providing room to perhaps make other moves in the coming weeks. I’ll have more on that later this morning in today’s Rumors section.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets yesterday avoided salary arbitration with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck by re-signing him to a six-year, $37-million contract. The annual average value is over $6.16 million, making the 25-year-old the sixth-highest paid goaltender in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hellebucyk had a breakout performance last season. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, carrying the Jets to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history. It’ll be money well spent by the Jets if he maintains or exceeds his 2017-18 effort over the course of his new contract.

NHLPA.COM: The 2018 NHL salary-arbitration schedule was released yesterday. Among the notables are Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba (July 20), Minnesota’s Matt Dumba (July 23) and Jason Zucker (July 28), Anaheim’s Brandon Montour (July 24), Ottawa’s Mark Stone (Aug. 3) and Vegas’ William Karlsson (Aug. 4). 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Jamie Oleksiak as he inked a three-year deal worth just over $2.137 million per season. 

EDMONTON SUN: Given the Oilers’ limited cap space ($4.98 million), defenseman Darnell Nurse could get a two-year bridge deal. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed forward Cody McLeod to a one-year, $750K contract. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Lucas Wallmark to a two-year, two-way contract. 

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two-way deal. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have invited former NHL defenseman Simon Despres to training camp on a professional tryout basis. He spent 193 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Despres spent last season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Bratislava Slovan.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin reached the 30-goal plateau for the 13th consecutive season (Photo via NHL Images).

 NHL.COM:  Alex Ovechkin reached the 30-goal plateau for the 13th time and collected his 500th career NHL assist as the Washington Capitals doubled up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Ovechkin is just the sixth player in NHL history to tally 30 goals in 13 consecutive seasons, joining Mike Gartner (15), Jaromir Jagr (15), Wayne Gretzky (13), Phil Esposito (13) and Mike Bossy (13).

Earlier in the day, the Panthers learned goaltender James Reimer will miss at least the next two weeks with a groin injury.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each collected three points to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the latter’s six-game points streak. With 1,082 career points, Crosby surpassed Jaromir Jagr to move into second place on the Penguins all-time points leader list.

The New York Rangers broke out of a three-game losing skid by beating the San Jose Sharks 6-5. Ryan McDonagh scored twice and teammate J.T. Miller collected three points for the Rangers. Logan Couture scored two goals for the Sharks.

Earlier in the day, the Sharks learned center Joe Thornton will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing athroscopic surgery on his right knee. 

The Boston Bruins pushed their points streak to 18 games (14-0-4) by edging the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Jake DeBrusk scored the winner in the third period while teammate Patrice Bergeron added two assists.

The Senators got some good news earlier in the day, as the club (through the Rendezvous Lebreton Group) has an agreement in principle with the National Capital Commission to develop LeBreton Flats. A new arena in downtown Ottawa could be opened by 2022

Adam Henrique scored in regulation and also potted the winner in a shootout to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Ducks had to finish the game without starting goaltender John Gibson, who left late in the third period with a lower-body injury.

Pekka Rinne kicked out 27 shots as the Nashville Predators blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.

Earlier in the day, it was announced Devils forward Brian Boyle would replace sidelined teammate Taylor Hall at this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game in Tampa. The Predators also learned forward Cody McLeod was claimed off waivers by the New York Rangers. 

The Chicago Blackhawks snapped a four-game losing skid as Alex DeBrincat’s hat trick carried them to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The New York Islanders upset the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1, ending the latter’s 12-game home winning streak. Isles goalie Jaroslav Halak picked up the win with a 38-save effort.

The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their third straight win by downing the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves while teammate Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice.

Curtis McElhinney turned aside 39 shots while teammate Nazem Kadri scored two goals to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Connor McDavid’s shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. While it’s the Flames fourth straight loss, they extended their points streak to 11 games. Brandon Davidson scored twice for the Oilers.

Carter Hutton made 36 saves backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. It’s the Avs second straight defeat following a 10-game winning streak.

Earlier in the day, the Blues placed forward Magnus Paajarvi on waivers to make room for returning winger Jaden Schwartz.

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson wasted little time making an impact in his first game back from injury, scoring the game winner as his club nipped the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.

The Carolina Hurricanes prevailed in a wild 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Noah Hanifin had three assists for the Canes. Charles Hudon scored twice for the Canadiens, who rallied three times to tie the game.

Robin Lehner made 30 saves for his second straight shutout as the Buffalo Sabres blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 25, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 25, 2018

Game recaps, Brad Marchand suspended five games, Joe Thornton sidelined several weeks. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 


Tanner Pearson scored in overtime as the LA Kings edged the Calgary Flames 2-1 (Photo via NHL Images).

NHL.COM: William Nylander’s overtime penalty-shot goal lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. It was the Leafs second win in their last seven games, while the Hawks dropped their fourth straight game. 

Tanner Pearson tallied with 27 seconds remaining in overtime as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. 

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand received a five-game suspension for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson in the head on Tuesday. Johansson reportedly suffered a concussion. Marchand, however, will still be allowed to participate in the upcoming 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is Marchand’s sixth suspension in his NHL career. If he weren’t among the league’s leading scorers, I believe he would’ve had an in-person hearing and received at least 10 games. Marchand’s actions aren’t sitting well with some in the Boston media, as NBC Sports’ Joe Haggerty has called upon the winger to clean up his act.

Over the years, Marchand has grown into a very talented player worthy of All-Star recognition. Unfortunately, his growth as a player remains overshadowed by his reputation as a cheapshot artist. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton will be sidelined at least several weeks after injuring the MCL in his right knee. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is bad news for the Sharks. They’ll miss Thornton’s playmaking skills as well as his experienced leadership. His absence could have an adverse effect upon their play over the rest of the season.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will be skipping the upcoming 2018 NHL All-Star Game owing to a nagging injury. As per NHL rules, he’ll have to sit out one regular-season game as punishment for withdrawing from the event. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick’s replacement will reportedly be Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sidelined Blue Jackets’ center Brandon Dubinsky’s unexplained return to Columbus sparked speculation it was a disciplinary move by the club over supposedly career-threatening personal issues. His agent, Kurt Overhardt, denied the rumors, claiming his client return to Columbus to seek additional medical advice related to his recent injuries. He claims we’ll see Dubinsky with the Blue Jackets next week following the All-Star break. The team has declined to discussed the matter. 

Speaking of the Blue Jackets, they signed forward Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way contract. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward Brayden Point will be replacing sidelined teammate Victor Hedman in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

SUNSENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers are expected to provide an update today on the status of goaltender James Reimer, who left Tuesday’s game against Dallas with an apparent injury to his right leg. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have recalled defenseman Jason Garrison to replace sidelined blueliner Brayden McNabb, who’s day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed veteran forward Cody McLeod on waivers. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins demoted goaltender Tristan Jarry. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 13, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 13, 2017

Game recaps, injury updates, Mark Streit on waivers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Slater Koekkoek scored the first two goals of his NHL career, Alex Killorn had four points and Steven Stamkos netted his first goal of the season to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 37 saves backstopping his club to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, handing the latter their first loss of the season. Luongo picked up his 454th career win, tying Curtis Joseph for fourth on the NHL all-time wins list. 

Chris Stewart scored twice as the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. It was a costly win for the injury-riddled Wild, as forwards Marcus Foligno, Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle left the game with injuries. No word yet regarding how long they could be out. The Wild entered with Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund on the sidelines. 

Timo Meier and Chris Tierney each collected two points powering the San Jose Sharks to their first win of the season as they edged the  Buffalo Sabres 3-2. The Sharks were missing defenseman Paul Martin, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day. 

Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves backstopping the Winnipeg Jets to their second straight win of the season, doubling up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. 

Rookie defenseman Samuel Girard tallied his first NHL goal and added an assist as the Nashville Predators downed the Dallas Stars 4-1. The Predators played without captain Roman Josi, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury

A shorthanded goal by Luke Glendening broke a 2-2 tie as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. The Coyotes remain winless this season. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl remains questionable for Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators after suffering an eye injury during their recent game against the Winnipeg Jets. Draisaitl missed his second straight practice. The injury isn’t considered serious but the Oilers don’t want him back on the ice until he’s completely healed.

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis observes goaltender Mike Smith is masking the Flames shortcomings. Most notable is the high volume of shots they’re giving up, as Smith is facing an average of 40 shots per game this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Flames considerable blueline depth , it’s troubling they’re giving up such a high volume of shots. It’s the defensive system that’s the issue here. It must improve if they want to avoid burning out their goaltender this season. 

NBC SPORTS: The Montreal Canadiens yesterday placed defenseman Mark Streit on waivers. Multiple reports suggest he might not report to the Habs AHL affiliate in Laval. Instead, he might retire and return to Switzerland to play. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens were reportedly shopping Streit but obviously couldn’t find any takers. If he’s demoted and reports to Laval, the Canadiens won’t get any cap relief from his $700K salary. That’s because he’s on a plus-35 contract. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings forward Kyle Clifford is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Ondrej Kase on injured reserve after he suffered an apparent head injury in Monday’s game against the Calgary Flames. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Michael McLeod underwent surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks.