NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2022

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2022

A five-point night for Joe Pavelski, a new investigation could halt Evander Kane’s efforts to land a new contract, Tuukka Rask set to return today, the mid-season scouting rankings are released, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Joe Pavelski had a had in every one of the Dallas Stars goals in a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken, handing the latter their seventh straight loss. Pavelski scored twice and set up three others while teammate Roope Hintz had a goal and two assists. With 38 points, the Stars sit three back of the San Jose Sharks for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski (NHL Images).

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand tallied a hat trick in a 5-1 drubbing of the Montreal Canadiens. Marchand has tallied eight goals in his last four games as the Bruins have won six of their last seven contests. Montreal goaltender Jake Allen left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. The loss drops the Canadiens into last place in the overall standing while the Bruins (42 points) opened a five-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

The Arizona Coyotes moved into second-last in the overall standings by upsetting the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. Ryan Dzingel snapped a 1-1 tie while Coyotes goalie Karel Vejmelka made 45 saves for the win. Leafs center Auston Matthews set a franchise record by scoring in nine consecutive road games.


SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports the NHL has opened an investigation into how Evander Kane crossed the border from the United States into Canada on Dec. 29. Kane had tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 21 and was still under the AHL’s 10-day COVID protocol when he crossed the border. It was one of the factors that prompted the San Jose Sharks to place the 30-year-old winger on unconditional waivers and terminate his contract last Sunday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Friedman said this will likely prevent Kane from landing a new NHL contract as teams await the results of the league’s findings. Some teams are willing to ignore the winger’s apparent disregard for league rules (including a 21-game suspension for using a fake COVID passport last fall) and other well-documented issues because they feel they can get a productive player on an affordable, prorated one-year contract.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers captain Connor McDavid said he wouldn’t be opposed to Kane joining his club. The Oilers are believed among a handful of clubs in the running to sign the troublesome winner.

TSN: Tuukka Rask is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. The 34-year-old goaltender signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins earlier this week.

COLORADO HOCKEY NOW: Adrian Dater reports recurring concussion symptoms are behind Bowen Byram’s departure from the Avalanche for personal reasons. His father said his son told him he can’t continue playing feeling the way he does. The 20-year-old defenseman has already suffered three concussions in his young NHL career. There’s no word when he’ll return to the lineup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Byram can find the treatment he needs to regain his health and hopefully return to the Avalanche. It would be a shame for his promising career to come to a premature end.

SPORTSNET: Dallas Stars winger Alexander Radulov and Edmonton Oilers forward Kyle Turris are among the noteworthy players added to the NHL’s COVID protocol list.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin with Braden Holtby recently being added to COVID protocol.

ESPN.COM: The Buffalo Sabres signed minor-league goaltender Michael Hauser to a one-year, $750K contract and recalled Aaron Dell from the minors to shore up their injury-depleted goaltending. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Michael Subban were recently sidelined while Craig Anderson remains out indefinitely with an upper-body injury while Dustin Tokarski is still recovering from COVID-19.

TSN: The Canadiens yesterday claimed Rem Pitlick off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.

NHL.COM: Kingston Frontenacs center Shane Wright tops Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking of the top North American skaters. Winger Joakim Kemell of JYP in Liiga (Finland’s top professional league) is the leader among International skaters.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wright is expected to be the top prospect in the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal with the first round on July 7. The young center had a slow start to this season but his production has picked up with four multi-point games in his last five contests. TSN’s Craig Button has compared his style of play to that of Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron.

SPORTSNET: Two former NHL off-ice officials have filed a lawsuit against the league alleging they were fired for “pretextual reasons” after calling out two former supervisors for racist behavior.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 23, 2018

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates, Marc Savard retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The red-hot Colorado Avalanche picked up their 10th straight win by doubling up the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. The Avs overcame a 2-1 deficit on three unanswered goals by Nail Yakupov, Blake Comeau and Gabriel Landeskog.

Third-period goals by Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. The Wild remain tied with the Avalanche (57 points) though the latter holds the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.

Tampa Bay Lighting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 40 saves to backstop his club to a 2-0 shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks. Chris Kunitz and Yanni Gourde were the goal scorers. The Blackhawks now sit seven points out of a wild-card berth in the West. Earlier in the day, the Lightning learned left wing Ondrej Palat will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks with an injured right ankle.

Former Calgary Flames netminder Chad Johnson made 32 saves to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 overtime win over his old club. Jack Eichel potted the game winner.

Nick Cousins’ overtime goal gave the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Cousins also tallied the first goal of the game. Anthony Beauvillier scored twice for the Islanders.

Goaltender Petr Mrazek collected his second consecutive shutout as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0. Wings forward Dylan Larkin scored a goal and added an assist.

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon is the NHL’s first star for the week ending Jan. 21, 2018 (Photo via NHL Images).

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck and Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 21.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will appear on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy will miss approximately two weeks following a procedure yesterday to address an abnormal heart rhythm.

Speaking of the Bruins, former center Marc Savard officially announced his retirement yesterday. Concussion symptoms ended his 13-year career in January 2011 but he prolonged his retirement announcement because of his seven-year contract with the Bruins. Savard said he’s feeling healthier now and is pursuing a coaching career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Savard in his future endeavors. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins have demoted winger Daniel Sprong to make room for returning forward Bryan Rust.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets traded defenseman John Ramage to the Arizona Coyotes for future considerations. The Jackets also acquired goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from the Los Angeles Kings for futures. 

TSN: Hall of Famer Eric Lindros and Montreal Canadiens chief surgeon Dr. David Mulder last year requested the NHL invested $31 million in brain-trauma research. Thus far, the league remains silent on the matter. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t hold your breath, guys. The league is reluctant to admit there’s any correlation between brain trauma and the physical nature of its product. 

NASDAQ.COM (via KUKLA’S KORNER): Despite rising revenue and lucrative TV contracts, interest in the NHL appears to be slipping in the United States. 

NHL.COM: Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin tops NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings of international skaters, becoming the first Swedish player in 29 years to hold that honor.