NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 15, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 15, 2019

Anthony Duclair tallies his first hat trick with the Senators, Jack Eichel’s point streak reaches 16 games, David Pastrnak widens his goal-scoring lead, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Anthony Duclair tallied his first hat trick with the Senators, including the game-winner, leading the Ottawa Senators over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime. Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson made 38 saves for the win. Alexandre Texier scored twice for the Jackets, who lost Sonny Milano, Josh Anderson, and Ryan Murray to injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rebuilding Senators still face long odds reaching the playoffs this season, but they’re very entertaining to watch. Duclair, meanwhile, continues his career resurrection in Ottawa. With 18 goals and 25 points in 33 games, he’s on pace for a career-high 45 goals and 65 points.

An overtime goal by Anthony Beauvillier lifted the New York Islanders over the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Beauvillier also collected two assists. Sabres captain Jack Eichel scored and set up another, extending his points streak to 16 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders carried the bulk of the play but the Sabres remain lethal on the power play, scoring both goals with the man advantage.

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak leads the NHL with 28 goals (Photo via NHL Images).

David Pastrnak scored twice as the Boston Bruins doubled up the Florida Panthers 4-2, snapping a five-game losing skid. Pastrnak leads the NHL with 28 goals. Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov left the game in the third period with an injured leg, but Florida coach Joel Qunneville expects he’ll be fine.

The Dallas Stars netted four unanswered second-period goals on route to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators. These two clubs next face each other on New Year’s Day in the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators continue to stumble along, sitting outside the Western Conference playoff picture with 33 points in 31 games. This isn’t where many observers expected them to be at this point in the season.

A four-goal third period carried the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Niklas Backstrom and TJ Oshie each had a goal and an assist. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov left the game after blocking a shot by Capitals defenseman John Carlson. In other Lightning news, former coach Steve Ludzik is fighting for his life as he desperately awaits a liver donor. Ludzik has battled Crohn’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 liver disease.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping a donor is found soon for Ludzik’s liver transplant.

After falling behind 3-0, the St. Louis Blues roared back with four straight third-period goals to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Tyler Bozak scored two goals for the Blues, while Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad tallied twice. Blues forward Alex Steen returned to action after missing 16 games with a high-ankle sprain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this keeps up, there will be calls for the Blackhawks to engage in a full-fledged roster rebuild. Hard to do with several aging veterans carrying expensive contracts.

The San Jose Sharks picked up their first win under interim coach Bob Boughner by downing the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Aaron Dell made 33 saves as the Sharks snapped a season-high six-game winless streak. It was Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s 1,000th career NHL game. Earlier in the day, the Canucks placed winger Micheal Ferland on long-term injured reserve with concussion symptoms.

The Anaheim Ducks overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to edge the New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout. Ondrej Kase and Jakob Silfverberg tallied twice in the shootout frame. Mika Zibanejad scored twice for the Rangers.

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer made 32 saves to blank the Calgary Flames 4-0. Warren Foegele tallied two shorthanded goals for the Hurricanes, ending the Flames’ winning streak at seven games.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 36 stops for his 200th career NHL victory in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. The Leafs held Connor McDavid off the score sheet while limited Leon Draisaitl to one assist. It was a costly win for the Leafs, as defenseman Tyson Barrie left the game with an ankle injury.

Eric Staal scored twice to lead the Minnesota Wild over the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. Staal also collected his 999th career point. The Wild are 9-0-3 in their last 12 home games. The injury-riddled Flyers saw Scott Laughton and Tyler Pitlick leave the game with undisclosed injuries.

The Detroit Red Wings picked up their second straight victory following a 12-game winless skid by nipping the Montreal Canadiens 2-1. Jonathan Bernier kicked out 42 shots for the Wings while teammate Mike Green scored a goal and picked up an assist. Detroit winger Anthony Mantha returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a knee injury since Nov. 23.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Brian Rust scored twice and potted the winner in a shootout in a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang each picked up three assists. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin missed his second straight game to illness.

The New Jersey Devils edged the Arizona Coyotes 2-1. They snapped a seven-game winless skid, giving interim coach Alain Nasreddine his first NHL win. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed goaltender Louis Domingue (lower body) on injured reserve and placed defenseman Joe Morrow on unconditional waivers.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2019

Anthony Mantha has a memorable game for the Detroit Red Wings, the Capitals prepare for Evgeny Kuznetsov’s return, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Anthony Mantha scored every goal for the Detroit Red Wings in a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Roope Hintz scored twice for the Stars, who dropped their third consecutive game. The Wings, meanwhile, were coming off a 5-3 season-opening upset of the Nashville Predators.

Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha led the way in a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings are off to a good start in their first season under general manager Steve Yzerman. They’ve been led offensively by Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. All were drafted and developed by Yzerman’s predecessor, Ken Holland.

The Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a deficit for the third straight game, this time topping the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on an overtime goal by Jaccob Slavin. The Lightning held a 3-1 after the first period but goals by Erik Haula and Dougie Hamilton set the stage for Slavin’s winner. The Hurricanes are off to a 3-0-0 start for the first time in franchise history.

Second-period goals by Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson, and Anders Lee carried the New York Islanders to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Isles goaltender Thomas Greiss made 35 saves for the win. Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey was sidelined with an upper-body injury following a collision with a teammate during the pre-game warmup. He’s listed as day-to-day.

IN OTHER NEWS…

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: With center Evgeny Kuznetsov returning from a three-game suspension, the Washington Capitals made a series of roster moves. Martin Fehervary and Jonas Siegenthaler were re-assigned to the Capitals AHL affiliate in Hershey while veteran forward Travis Boyd was placed on waivers. The Siegenthaler move is expected to be a paper move to bank cap space.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks traded defenseman Alex Biega to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for minor-league winger David Pope.

TSN: The New Jersey Devils signed free-agent defenseman Joe Morrow to a one-year, two-way contract and placed him on waivers to send him to their AHL affiliate










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2019

Updates on Connor McDavid and Mikko Rantanen, the latest contract signings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland said team captain Connor McDavid may not see any playing time during the pre-season schedule. The 22-year-old center continues to rehab a knee injury suffered during the club’s final game last season.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will open training camp today without Mikko Rantanen. The 21-year-old forward remains in Finland awaiting a new contract with the Avs. Rantanen said he wasn’t panicking, adding he was prepared for this possibility.

As the Colorado Avalanche open training camp, winger Mikko Rantanen remains in Finland awaiting a new contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As training camps open, several notable young restricted free agents like Rantanen remain unsigned. It’ll be interesting to see how long negotiations drag on and the effect upon their respective clubs’ training camp plans.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins yesterday announced head coach Bruce Cassidy signed a three-year contract extension worth $3 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. The Bruins made significant strides under Cassidy’ coaching, reaching the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed winger Kevin Fiala to a two-year, $6-million contract with an annual average value of $3 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a promising 23-goal, 48-point performance in 2017-18 with the Nashville Predators, Fiala’s production tumbled to 39 points split between the Predators and Wild. The 23-year-old must regain his ’17-’18 form if he hopes to ink a more lucrative deal in two years.

CALGARY SUN: After buying out Michael Stone’s contract last month, the Flames signed the 29-year-old defenseman to a one-year, $700K contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL CBA continues to reveal interesting surprises. For years, it was assumed a team had to wait a full year from the date of the buyout to bring back a bought-out player. Cap Friendly reveals that’s not the case. Apparently, that one-year wait period only applied to players receiving compliance buyouts in 2013 and 2014.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed winger Brendan Lemieux to a one-year deal worth just over $874K. The Rangers also signed defenseman Joe Morrow to a professional tryout offer.

SPORTSNET: Former Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will work as a consultant with the St. Louis Blues.

TSN: Former Vancouver Canucks player Chris Higgins has joined the club as assistant director of player development. Dan Cloutier, meanwhile, resigned as goaltender coach after eight seasons.










One-Day NHL Retirement Contracts Nothing But Hollow Gestures

One-Day NHL Retirement Contracts Nothing But Hollow Gestures

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2019

William Nylander changes his jersey number, the Avalanche re-sign Andre Burakovsky, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander announced he’ll be changing his jersey number to 88. He wore that number when he played in Sweden. He’s hoping for a bounce-back season after a sub-par performance in 2018-19. 

William Nylander caused a stir among Toronto Maple Leafs fans by changing his number to 88 (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nylander’s decision caused a bit of a stir yesterday among some denizens of Leafs Nation. Hall of Famer and former Leafs Eric Lindros wore No. 88 and some Leafs fans felt Nylander was either being disrespectful of Lindros’ legacy or should’ve asked his permission. That’s just ridiculous. Patrick Kane, Brent Burns, David Pastrnak and Andrei Vasilevskiy didn’t need anyone’s permission to wear 88.  Besides, Lindros only played 33 games for the Leafs and he probably doesn’t give a crap who wears that number. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed winger Andre Burakovsky to a one-year, $3.25-million contract. He’ll be a restricted free agent next summer with arbitration rights. He was acquired in a trade with the Washington Capitals on June 28. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a “show-me” contract. Burakovsky has size, speed and offensive skills but he struggled to put forth a consistent performance during his years with the Capitals. Perhaps skating with new teammates will help him reach his full potential.

THE SCORE: Forward Sonny Milano has accepted the Columbus Blue Jackets’ qualifying offer. It’s a one-year contract worth over $874K. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Clark Bishop to a one-year, two-way contract. 

SPORTSDAY: Former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow returns to the club as the director of business and hockey development. He spent 13 of his 15 NHL seasons with the Stars. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks hired Kevin Dineen as their new head coach of their AHL affiliate in San Diego. 

NEW YORK POST: Former NHL player Sean Avery “rejected a plea deal Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court for hitting a car with his scooter after it blocked a bike lane in Greenwich Village.”










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 21, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 21, 2019

Game recaps, Connor McDavid tops NHLPA poll, Wings re-sign Jimmy Howard, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Andrei Vasilevskiy made 54 saves and Victor Hedman scored in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals. Nikita Kucherov scored two goals while Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists. The Lightning played without defenseman Dan Girardi, who’s sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury. Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny left the game in the second period after injuring his left leg. Despite the loss, the Capitals (94 points) hold a three-point lead over the New York Islanders for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. 

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews tallied his 35th goal of the season and his 200th career point in a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres (Photo via NHL Images)

Auston Matthews tallied his 35th goal of the season and his 200th career NHL point as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. John Tavares also had a goal and an assist for the Leafs (93 points), who sit four points behind the Boston Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division. 

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck picked up his first shutout of the season by blanking the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. Hellebuyck made 29 saves while Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers were the goal scorers. Jets defenseman Joe Morrow returned to action for the first time since being sidelined in mid-February by a lower-body injury. With 92 points, the Jets hold a three-point lead over the Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division. 

Despite a four-goal third period by the Ottawa Senators, the Vancouver Canucks went on to defeat them by a scored of 7-4. Alexander Edler collected three assists, Loui Eriksson had a four-point performance and Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson each scored twice for the Canucks. Dylan DeMelo had three helpers for the Senators. 

NHLPA: Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was voted the NHL’s best forward in this season’s NHLPA player poll. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman was voted the best defenseman and the Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price was the best goaltender. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed goaltender Jimmy Howard to a one-year contract extension worth $4 million. The deal comes with a $1.1-million bonus if the Wings reach the playoffs next season but doesn’t include a no-trade clause. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I noted yesterday, this is a fair deal for both sides. Another solid season by Howard could earn him another contract with the Wings after next season. The deal also gives the Wings time to find a suitable replacement for Howard in the near future. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings forward Jacob de la Rose is doing well but will undergo further examination following a cardiac episode on Tuesday. 

The New York Islanders announced center Valtteri Filppula will be sidelined four weeks with an upper-body injury. Jordan Eberle is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.