NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 28, 2018
All-Star skills competition results, news from the latest board of governors meetings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Washington’s Alex Ovechkin had the hardest shot and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid was the fastest skater at the 2018 NHL All-Star skills competition on Saturday. St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo was the passing challenge winner, Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury won the save streak competition, Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau was the puck-control relay winner and Vancouver’s Brock Boeser won the accuracy shooting contest.
NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien compiled the best, funniest and most heartwarming moments from the skills competition.
TSN: The biggest news from the latest NHL board of governors meeting is word an expansion bid from Seattle could be filed as early as this week.
In other news, the Edmonton Oilers will face the New Jersey Devils in Sweden to start the 2018-19 season, while the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers could play two November games in Finland. The league is also reportedly working on the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins playing two games in China next September.
The governors also discussed recent incidents of controversial goaltender interference calls, with the league to send a memo to its on-ice officials asking them not to overthink the call.
Meanwhile, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said September 2020 or February 2020 could be potential windows for the next World Cup of Hockey but there’s still work to be done on the details. Fehr also expressed his disappointment over the league’s decision not to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
NEWSDAY: On Monday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce a deal that see the New York Islanders split their home games between Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum until their new arena opens for 2021-22.