NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 14, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 14, 2018

Full preseason schedule unveiled, NHL on NBC 2018-19 schedule released, the latest on Brandon Saad and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The 2018 preseason schedule kicks off on Sept. 15 as the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames meet at Shenzhen, China. There will be 110 games during the 19-game period, which also includes the New Jersey Devils facing off against SC Bern in Switzerland on Oct. 1 and the Edmonton Oilers squaring off against Kolner Haie in Germany on Oct. 3. 

NBC SPORTS: Unveiled their complete NHL schedule for 2018-19. It includes “Wednesday Night Hockey” to showcase its “most exclusive schedule to date and NHL’s rising stars.” Seventeen of those 25 showcases will be doubleheaders. 

Their schedule also includes the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana and the 2019 NHL All-Star Game (in prime time) in San Jose. 

Chicago Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad is working to improve his offensive play. (Photo via NHL Images)

  THE ATHLETIC: After struggling to score last season, Chicago Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad is working with Prodigy Hockey development coach Brian Keane to improve his offensive skills. 

NHL.COM: The Ottawa Senators yesterday officially announced the signing of forward Brady Tkachuk to a three-year entry-level contract. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders announced prospect defenseman Noah Dobson signed a three-year entry-level contract. Dobson, a native of Summerside, PEI) was selected 12th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning “has entered into a three-year agreement to make the Orlando Solar Bears its primary ECHL affiliate starting this season.”

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 24, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 24, 2017

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler spoke out Saturday against US President Donald Trump’s comments against NFL players kneeling for the national anthem.

Latest on Blake Wheeler, Erik Karlsson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets captain Blake Wheeler, an American citizen, took to Twitter on Saturday voicing his disappointment at U.S. President Donald Trump saying NFL players who kneel during the American national anthem should be fired. 

“It’s the First Amendment to our Constitution. The First one!!'” tweeted Wheeler. “Regardless of how it makes you feel individually, these are literally the principles the US was founded on. Come on, Mr. President.” 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wheeler is the first NHL player to publicly speak out on this issue, which was a hot topic on social media following’s Trump’s comments on Friday and Saturday. Some folks believe athletes should keep their personal views on politics and social issues to themselves and stick to sports. However, they have the same right to freedom of speech as the American President and can use the same medium as Trump to voice those opinions. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson skated Saturday with his teammates during practice for the first time since undergoing foot surgery in June. There’s no timetable for Karlsson’s return but this could be seen as a positive sign he could rejoin the roster for their Oct. 5 season opener. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson left Saturday’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks with a lower-body injury. He’s to be reevaluated today. Meanwhile, Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway said the club will retire Shane Doan’s No. 19 “at a time that’s right for him.” He said Doan thinks it’s too early to retire his number this season. The two sides will discuss the topic at the end of next summer. 

SUNSENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad made some lifestyle and diet changes during the offseason in hopes of bouncing back from his injury-shortened 2016-17 campaign. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended from two preseason games for interference on St. Louis’ Robert Thomas. 

NBC SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat is expected to be sidelined for a week with an upper-body injury. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi will miss three-four weeks with a wrist injury. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the NHL will go dark on all NBC platforms during the network’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea from Feb. 7-26. According to Brooks, this is “nothing less than the league’s U.S. national television rights-holder giving a symbolic middle finger to Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors for withholding its players from one of NBC’s most important properties.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One wonders if this could become an issue between the league and the network when it’s time to discuss a possible extension of their current contract, which expires at the end of 2020-21. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 15, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 15, 2017

Montreal Canadiens winger Alexander Radulov scores in overtime against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their opening-round series.

Game recaps, injury updates, regular-season TV rating down in the U.S. & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Alexander Radulov’s overtime goal lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers, tying their best-of-seven opening-round series at a game apiece. The Canadiens were down 3-2 when Tomas Plekanec tied the game with 18 seconds left in the game. Radulov also collected two assists for the Habs, while Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a career-high 54 saves in a losing cause. 

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets to take a 2-0 lead in their series. Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 39 shots. Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert could face supplemental discipline for his high cross-check on Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl, breaking his stick in the process. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Very chippy move by Calvert late in a game in which the outcome was long decided. It’ll be interesting to see what the league decides. 

Shorthanded goals by Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid powered the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks to even their series at a game apiece. Cam Talbot made 16 saves for the shutout. Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom left the game in the third after blocking a Patrick Marleau shot. No word as to his status for Game 3. 

Jaden Schwartz tallied the game winner late in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Blues take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven matchup. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN:  Senators captain Erik Karlsson remains hobbled by a nagging foot injury. The Sens face the Boston Bruins tonight in Game 2 of their opening-round series. 

BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins center David Krejci and defenseman Colin Miller aren’t expected to play in today’s game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both clubs have banged-up bluelines but Karlsson’s injury could become a factor in the outcome of this series. He was the Sens’ leading scorer this season. His injury could become a factor in the outcome of this series. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS:  Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader hopes to avoid arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, as he intends to play for Team USA in next month’s World Championships. 

SPORTS MEDIA WATCH: The 2016-17 NHL regular season hit a low on NBC and NBCSN. The broadcasts “averaged 467,000 viewers across NBC and NBCSN, down 7% from last year (503K) and down 5% from 2015 (503K). That does not include streaming, which boosted the average to 475,000 — down 6% from last year (505K).”

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Peter Friesen, the Carolina Hurricanes longtime head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach, won’t be back with the team. After 21 seasons, the club has not renewed his contract.