NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2019

Capitals defenseman John Carlson reaches 20 points, Sabres captain Jack Eichel has a four-point performance against the Sharks, the Canucks’ Bo Horvat tallied a hat trick against the Red Wings, and more in the NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: John Carlson became the fourth defenseman in NHL history to record 20 points in October as his Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 5-3. He’s also the league points leader. Carlson scored twice while teammate Alex Ovechkin tallied a goal and an assist. 

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is the fourth blueliner in league history to score 20 points in the month of October (Photo via NHL Images).

The Buffalo Sabres (8-1-1) moved into first place in the league’s overall standings by edging the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in overtime. Sabres captain Jack Eichel scored twice (including the game-winner) and assisted on two others.

Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat tallied his first career NHL hat trick leading his club to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. It was the Wings’ fifth straight loss. Earlier in the day, the Wings placed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on waivers.

Boston Bruins forwards David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist as their club doubled up the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Pastrnak holds the NHL goal-scoring lead with 10 goals. Earlier in the day, the Bruins placed center David Krejci (upper body) on injured reserve and revealed winger Kurtis Kuhlman will be sidelined four weeks with a hairline fracture in his right tibia. 

Vegas Golden Knight goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 446th career victory in a 2-1 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Fleury moves into seventh place on the all-time wins list. The Blackhawks also made a minor-league trade, shipping forward Aleksi Saarela to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Ian McCoshen.

Goaltenders Devan Dubnyk and Alex Stalock combined for 25 saves as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. Dubnyk left the game following a second-period collision with teammate Ryan Donato and Oilers defenseman Brandon Manning. An update is expected later today. Earlier in the day, the Wild activated winger Mats Zuccarello off injured reserve.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Denis Malgin each had a goal and an assist in the Florida Panthers’ 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Aleksander Barkov collected two assists for the Panthers as they extended their points streak to six games. Penguins winger Jake Guentzel collected two helpers.

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-1 drubbing of the Anaheim Ducks. Earlier in the day, the Ducks signed defenseman Luca Sbisa to a one-year, one-way contract and placed him on waivers to send him to their AHL affiliate in San Diego.

Christian Dvorak scored in overtime as the Arizona Coyotes nipped the New York Rangers 3-2. It was the Coyotes’ fourth straight victory and the Rangers’ fifth straight defeat. Blueshirts defenseman Tony DeAngelo scored twice in a losing cause.

Anze Kopitar’s third-period goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, who’ve lost four of their last five games. Nikolaj Ehlers scored and set up another for the Jets.


THE DENVER POST: An update is expected today on the status of Mikko Rantanen. The Colorado Avalanche winger suffered a leg injury during Monday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

The Charlotte Checkers signed forward Jamie McGinn to a professional tryout.

CBS SPORTS: Former NHL winger Magnus Paajarvi signed a two-year contract with KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

NBC SPORTS: Seattle’s NHL expansion franchise has narrowed down proposed team names to five. They are expected to officially reveal its name in 2020.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 18, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 18, 2019

The salary cap could be lower than projected, plus the latest on the Bruins, Senators, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN.CA: The NHL’s salary cap for 2019-20 could be lower than the projected $83 million. That could make life difficult for teams already facing limited cap space next season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last year, the cap numbers for 2018-19 were announced on June 21. Next season’s totals should be released by this weekend at the latest. A lower-than-projected cap could force some teams to shed salary via trades or contract buyouts. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Several Bruins are undergoing surgeries to repair injuries suffered this season. They included captain Zdeno Chara (elbow) and John Moore (shoulder). Meanwhile, Noel Acciari (heel) and David Backes (undisclosed) will be following up with doctors to determine if they require surgery. 

It appears David Backes will return with the Boston Bruins next season (Photo via NHL Images).

Speaking of Backes, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be traded or bought out. General manager Don Sweeney indicated the veteran forward isn’t going anywhere

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed winger Anthony Duclair to a one-year, $1.65-million contract. They acquired Duclair from the Columbus Blue Jackets before the trade deadline as part of the return for Ryan Dzingel. They informed pending unrestricted free agent Magnus Paajarvi he won’t be re-signed. Contract negotiations continue with restricted free agent Cody Ceci. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After washing out with Arizona, Chicago, and Columbus, this could be Duclair’s last chance to get his NHL career back on track. 

With former Senator Erik Karlsson re-signing with the San Jose Sharks, Ottawa receives a 2021 draft pick from the Sharks. 

THE ATHLETIC’s Joe Smith reports the agent for Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman will be going through the UFA interview period. Smith suggests this doesn’t mean the Lightning are out of the running to sign him. 

CBS SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed left winger Markus Hannikainen to a one-year, $735K contract. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 31, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 31, 2018

Capitals win Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby backstopped his club to a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final (Photo via NHL Images).

 NHL.COM: Braden Holtby made 37 saves, including an amazing stick save late in the third period, as the Washington Capitals edged the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Lars Eller had a goal and two assists, Andre Burakovsky had two assists and Alex Ovechkin tallied his first Stanley Cup Final goal. The series is now tied at one game apiece.

It was a costly victory for the Capitals, as first-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov let the game in the first period with what appeared to be an injured left wrist following a hit by Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb. 

The series shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Saturday at 8 pm ET.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals will miss Kuznetsov if he’s sidelined or hampered by that suspected wrist injury. In this game, however, his absence due to what the Capitals considered a questionable hit seemed to rally his teammates, who overcame a 1-0 deficit to take a lead the Golden Knights narrowed but couldn’t overcome. 

NATIONAL POST: If the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup, casinos in Las Vegas could lose between $5 million to $7 million because so many locals made long-shot bets on the home town team before the start of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Entering the season, one bookmaker had the Golden Knights at 500-1 to win the Stanley Cup. I briefly entertained the thought of putting down $20 just for a laugh but decided I didn’t want to waste my money. 



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 27, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 27, 2018

Reasons to watch the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, the PHWA’s midseason awards and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: The opportunity to see the world’s best hockey players perform and the fun of three-on-three hockey are among Curtis Pashelka’s five reasons the 2018 NHL All-Star Game is worth watching. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m a bit of a cranky old man when it comes to watching the All-Star Game. Still, I must admit the three-on-three format is entertaining. The best part for me is the players actually relax and enjoy hanging out with each other. We also get to see their personalities shine through during interviews. It’s a refreshing change from their usually robotic responses to questions from the media.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is the PHWA’s midseason comeback player of the year (Photo via NHL Images).

 NJ.COM Four Tampa Bay Lightning players dominated the Professional Hockey Writers Association’s 2017-18 Midseason NHL award winners list. Winger Nikita Kucherov got the nod for the Hart Trophy, defenseman Victor Hedman for the Norris Trophy and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Vezina. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was named the comeback player of the year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interest to see if Kucherov, Hedman and Vasilevskiy end up winning those awards at season’s end. Hedman’s recent lower-body injury could take him out of the running for the Norris. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders captain John Tavares can expect his future plans to be a storyline during this All-Star weekend. He’s due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has yet to take part in contract discussions with the isles. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tavares could become the biggest star in years to test the free-agent market. but I still expect he’ll re-sign with the Islanders. 

NHL.COM: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski will replace sidelined teammate Seth Jones (illness) on the Metropolitan Division roster. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Oft-injured Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will undergo season-ending hip surgery. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of my readers suggested the Sabres should buy out the remainder of Bogosian’s contract. They can’t do that until June and only if Bogosian has fully recovered from his surgery. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday claimed forward Magnus Paajarvi off waivers from the St. Louis Blues. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 26, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin reached the 30-goal plateau for the 13th consecutive season (Photo via NHL Images).

 NHL.COM:  Alex Ovechkin reached the 30-goal plateau for the 13th time and collected his 500th career NHL assist as the Washington Capitals doubled up the Florida Panthers 4-2. Ovechkin is just the sixth player in NHL history to tally 30 goals in 13 consecutive seasons, joining Mike Gartner (15), Jaromir Jagr (15), Wayne Gretzky (13), Phil Esposito (13) and Mike Bossy (13).

Earlier in the day, the Panthers learned goaltender James Reimer will miss at least the next two weeks with a groin injury.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each collected three points to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the latter’s six-game points streak. With 1,082 career points, Crosby surpassed Jaromir Jagr to move into second place on the Penguins all-time points leader list.

The New York Rangers broke out of a three-game losing skid by beating the San Jose Sharks 6-5. Ryan McDonagh scored twice and teammate J.T. Miller collected three points for the Rangers. Logan Couture scored two goals for the Sharks.

Earlier in the day, the Sharks learned center Joe Thornton will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing athroscopic surgery on his right knee. 

The Boston Bruins pushed their points streak to 18 games (14-0-4) by edging the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Jake DeBrusk scored the winner in the third period while teammate Patrice Bergeron added two assists.

The Senators got some good news earlier in the day, as the club (through the Rendezvous Lebreton Group) has an agreement in principle with the National Capital Commission to develop LeBreton Flats. A new arena in downtown Ottawa could be opened by 2022

Adam Henrique scored in regulation and also potted the winner in a shootout to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Ducks had to finish the game without starting goaltender John Gibson, who left late in the third period with a lower-body injury.

Pekka Rinne kicked out 27 shots as the Nashville Predators blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.

Earlier in the day, it was announced Devils forward Brian Boyle would replace sidelined teammate Taylor Hall at this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game in Tampa. The Predators also learned forward Cody McLeod was claimed off waivers by the New York Rangers. 

The Chicago Blackhawks snapped a four-game losing skid as Alex DeBrincat’s hat trick carried them to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The New York Islanders upset the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1, ending the latter’s 12-game home winning streak. Isles goalie Jaroslav Halak picked up the win with a 38-save effort.

The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their third straight win by downing the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves while teammate Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice.

Curtis McElhinney turned aside 39 shots while teammate Nazem Kadri scored two goals to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Connor McDavid’s shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. While it’s the Flames fourth straight loss, they extended their points streak to 11 games. Brandon Davidson scored twice for the Oilers.

Carter Hutton made 36 saves backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. It’s the Avs second straight defeat following a 10-game winning streak.

Earlier in the day, the Blues placed forward Magnus Paajarvi on waivers to make room for returning winger Jaden Schwartz.

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson wasted little time making an impact in his first game back from injury, scoring the game winner as his club nipped the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.

The Carolina Hurricanes prevailed in a wild 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Noah Hanifin had three assists for the Canes. Charles Hudon scored twice for the Canadiens, who rallied three times to tie the game.

Robin Lehner made 30 saves for his second straight shutout as the Buffalo Sabres blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 30, 2017

Will the Florida Panthers bring back Jaromir Jagr?

Latest trade, free agent & buyout updates and former Oiler Dave Semenko passes away. Details in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon seems reluctant to bring back free-agent right winger Jaromir Jagr, who took to Twitter yesterday claiming no team has contacted him to discuss a contract. Tallon said he’s had cordial talks with Jagr’s agent on a regular basis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed the Panthers prefer bringing  the 45-year-old Jagr back on a one-year deal worth less than the $5.5 million bonus-laden deal he had for 2016-17. If other clubs aren’t calling the future Hall of Famer, it’s likely because of his age and possible asking price. He could be waiting a few days until teams that lose out on this summer’s top free agents come calling. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes traded goaltender Eddie Lack, defenseman Ryan Murphy and a seventh-round pick in 2019 to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defense prospect Keegan Kanzig and a sixth-round pick in 2019. The Hurricanes will also retain half of Lack’s $2.75 million cap hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes clear their logjam in goal and now have Scott Darling and Cam Ward as their goalie tandem for 2017-18, while the Flames pick up a seasoned backup for recently-acquired starter Mike Smith. The Hurricanes were expected to move a defenseman when they acquired Trevor van Riemsdyk last week from the Vegas Golden Knights. Murphy was frequently mentioned as a trade candidate last season. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Columbus Blue Jackets are buying out left wing Scott Hartnell. The Edmonton Oilers placed winger Benoit Pouliot on waivers for the purpose of a contract buyout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets now have over $62 million invested in 21 players for 2017-18. That’s plenty of room to re-sign restricted free agents Josh Anderson and Alexander Wennberg and still leave enough room for a significant UFA signing or perhaps a trade acquisition (Ilya Kolvachuk, maybe?).

The Oilers, meanwhile, now have over $56 million committed to 21 players. Looks like they’re clearing space for restricted free agent Leon Draisaitl’s new deal and for a whopping new contract for Connor McDavid that will kick in next July. 

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames re-signed winger Kris Versteeg to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

PHILLY.COM: The Flyers re-signed winger Jordan Weal to a two-year deal worth $1.75 million per season.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils re-upped backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800K.

SPORTSNET: Several NHL agents are apparently squabbling among themselves over the NHLPA leadership’s handling of such issues as escrow, Olympic participation and World Cup of Hockey revenue.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We take you live to NHL Headquarters for reaction. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Former Oilers enforcer Dave Semenko passed away yesterday at age 59 following a brief battle with cancer. Semenko played 575 NHL games, most of those with the Oilers, and was part of two Stanley Cup championship teams in Edmonton. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Semenko’s family, friends and former teammates. By all accounts, Semenko was a fine team player and a good man. Many of his former Oilers teammates were clearly shaken by his untimely passing.