NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 21, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 21, 2019

The Canucks re-sign Alex Edler, Lightning winger Ryan Callahan going on LTIR, Ducks re-sign Ryan Miller and more. Get the details on these and other stories on the eve of the 2019 draft in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver begins at 8 pm ET tonight with the opening round. The remaining six rounds will be held Saturday. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday re-signed defenseman Alex Edler to a two-year, $12-million contract extension. Edler, 33, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Vancouver Canucks re-sign defenseman Alex Edler to a two-year deal (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A reasonable deal for both sides. Edler gets a raise and a no-movement clause and stays with the only NHL team he’s ever played for. The Canucks, meanwhile, retain their best defenseman on a short-term deal plus he’s agreed to make himself available for the 2021 NHL expansion draft. As in the Vegas draft, players with no-movement clauses on expiring contracts must be protected unless they agree to be exposed in that draft.

TSN: The Canucks are reportedly in talks with former Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli to join their management staff. Canucks GM Jim Benning worked for Chiarelli during their tenure with the Bruins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We take you live for a reaction from a Canucks fan.


NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning revealed Ryan Callahan will be placed on long-term injury reserve. The 34-year-old winger is suffering from degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Callahan has a year remaining on his contract with an annual average value of $5.8 million. When this news broke, some fans felt this was a sneaky way for the cap-strapped Lightning to free up payroll for next season. The timing is merely coincidental. Callahan’s career and his dream of winning a Stanley Cup are over. That’s the real story here.

If the Lightning needs real salary-cap relief they could attempt to trade his rights to a club in need of reaching the cap floor. For now, it appears they’ll go the LTIR route. 

TSN: The Anaheim Ducks re-signed goaltender Ryan Miller, center Derek Grant, and defenseman Korbinian Holzer to one-year contracts. Miller’s deal is worth $1.125 million. Cap Friendly indicates Holzer’s salary is $850K and Grant’s $700K.

SPORTSNET’s Eric Engels reports Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jordie Benn will test the upcoming unrestricted free agent market. 

TVA SPORTS: L.A Lariviere has a two-part series (translation required) listing some interesting behind-the-scenes stories from previous NHL drafts. Among them: Max Pacioretty spiking a proposed deal at last year’s draft that would’ve sent him to the LA Kings. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have hired Jim Playfair as an assistant coach responsible for their defensive play.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes intend to hire former Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley as an assistant coach. 

NHL.COM: The league announced rule changes for video review and coach’s challenges. Coaches will now be able to challenge missed stoppage of play calls in the offensive zone that result in goals. On-ice officials will be able to review their work on major penalties (other than fighting), match penalties, and double-minors for high-sticking. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 5, 2019

Bruins and Sharks take 3-2 leads in their respective series. Recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: David Pastrnak scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Boston Bruins edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game 5 of their second-round series. The Bruins hold a 3-2 series lead as the series returns to Columbus for Game 6. 

David Pastrnak’s two goals lifted the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory in Game 5 against the Columbus Blue Jackets (Photo via NHL Images).

Most of the scoring took place in the third period. The Bruins held 2-0 and 3-1 leads but the Blue Jackets stormed back to tie the game before Pastrnak put it away at the 18:32 mark of the period. Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins. Jackets defensemen Seth Jones and Dean Kukan accounted for two of the Jackets’ three goals. Bruins blueliner Charlie McAvoy limped off the ice after blocking a shot with his foot in the dying seconds but claimed he was fine afterward. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That third period was arguably the most entertaining of the postseason thus far. A game the Bruins seemed to have in hand nearly slipped away as the Jackets rallied back to seize the momentum before Pastrnak sealed the deal. The Bruins can end this series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win on Monday night. 

Thanks to Tomas Hertl’s two-goal performance, the San Jose Sharks overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Game 5 of their second-round matchup. Tyson Jost tallied for the Avalanche while teammate Philipp Grubauer made 37 saves. Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon’s point streak ended at eight games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks did a fine job shutting down the MacKinnon line last night. Special teams also made the difference for San Jose, tallying a power-play goal and killing off three penalties. With a 3-2 series lead, the Sharks are poised to advance to the Western Conference Finals with a win in Game 6 on Monday. 

TSN: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk’s underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. He’ll be sidelined four-to-six months. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes will miss van Riemsdyk’s presence on their blueline in the Eastern Conference Finals. He was having a fine postseason performance up until suffering that injury during Game 2 of their second-round series with the New York Islanders. 

THE SCORE: Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry doubled down on his view of the Hurricanes as a “bunch of jerks” for their elaborate post-game victory celebrations during the regular season. He also took a shot at their fans. “I’m told the owner said, ‘Entertain the crowd,’ and they still draw 13-to-14,000 people,” Cherry said. “And these people that are here now, now (that) they’re winning (are) front-running fans as far as I’m concerned.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s true the Hurricanes weren’t drawing well for most of the season, finishing 30th in attendance percentage (76.7). And yes, those post-game victory celebrations were staged to stir up some buzz to bring more fans back to the building. But after a decade of mediocrity and missed postseasons, who can blame their fans for staying away? It is difficult to support a club when it gives you little to cheer about for 10 years. 

Fans in any market will support a franchise if they at least believe the club can be a winner. For those who believe so-called “traditional hockey markets” support their teams through difficult times, a glimpse at the attendance of the Chicago Blackhawks between 1996-97 and 2006-07 suggests otherwise. For that matter, examine the attendance of “real hockey markets” when their teams are struggling on the ice. With rare exceptions (hello there, Toronto), attendance in nearly every market fluctuates based on the club’s performance. 

ESPN.COM: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Seattle is still in the mix to host the 2021 NHL Draft. The city was recently awarded an NHL expansion franchise. Their inaugural season is set for 2021-22.