NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 15, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 15, 2018

Latest on P.A. Parenteau and Carter Hutton plus the Coyotes and Sabres make a trade. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: Former NHL forward P.A. Parenteau has retired. He spent nine seasons in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators. In 491 NHL games he collected 296 points. His best season was with the Islanders in 2011-12, netting 67 points. 

St. Louis Blues goaltender Carter Hutton could test this summer’s free-agent market (Photo via NHL Images).

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

STLTODAY.COM: Goaltender Carter Hutton continues to have contract discussions with the Blues, but he appears intent on testing this summer’s unrestricted free agent market. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the dearth of quality goaltenders available this summer, it’s understandable why Hutton is willing to see what his value is on the open market. In 32 games he had a record of 17 wins, seven losses and three overtime losses, with a 2.09 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

Hutton could prove attractive for clubs in need of goaltending help, such as the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks (if Corey Crawford remains sidelined by vertigo symptoms) and New York Islanders. 

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers re-signed forward Drake Caggiula to a two-year, one-way contract worth an annual average value of $1.5 million. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes shipped prospects Mike Sislo and Brandon Hickey to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Hudson Fasching. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have parted ways with associate coach Greg Cronin.

SPORTSNET: The Toronto Marlies are American Hockey League champions, defeating the Texas Stars 6-1 in Game 7 of the Calder Cup Final. Andreas Johnsson was named playoff MVP. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 2, 2017

Game recaps, October’s three stars and top rookie, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Joe Thornton tallied his 1,400th career NHL point while Joonas Donskoi and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an assist to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic left the game with a suspected head injury following a questionable hit by Predators center Ryan Johansen.

Patrick Marleau scored his 100th career game-winning goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. Former Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen made 28 saves against his former club.

Corey Crawford turned in a 35-save shutout performance and Artem Anisimov scored a goal and set up another as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0, snapping a three-game losing skid. Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas left the game in the first intermission with an upper-body injury and didn’t return.

Cory Schneider made 37 saves backstopping the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks. Devils winger Tayler Hall collected two assists. Brian Boyle and Marcus Johanssen both returned to the New Jersey lineup, but the latter left the game early in the first period with a suspected concussion.

Matt Murray kicked out 35 shots and Evgeni Malkin netted the game winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Edmonton Oilers 3-2.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, his linemate Nikita Kucherov and St. Louis Blues winger Jaden Schwartz were the NHL’s Three Stars for October 2017. Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller was named rookie of the month.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins forward David Backes will be sidelined at least eight weeks following diverticulitis surgery to remove part of his colon.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights management won’t dip into the trade market to bolster their injury-ravaged goaltending depth. Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcolm Subban (groin) and Oscar Dansk (hamstring) are currently sidelined. The club is likely to wait for their return than pursue a short-term trade solution.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce suffered a concussion in practice Tuesday and won’t accompany the club on their upcoming road trip.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Good news for the Coyotes as goaltender Antti Raanta has been taken off injured reserve.

TSN: Former NHL forward P.A. Parenteau has reportedly signed with KHL team Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader passes away plus the latest notable preseason signings, roster cuts and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader died Sunday from cancer at age 62. Earlier this year, Strader received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his broadcasting work. He is to be officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Strader’s family, friends, colleagues and the Stars organization. 

TSN: The St. Louis Blues signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year, one-way contract. Upshall spent September on a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an affordable move bringing back Upshall, who’ll earn $800K on this one-year deal. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year, $700K contract. The Devils has invited Hayes to training camp on a tryout basis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes showed some promise in 2014-15, netting 19 goals and 35 points with the Florida Panthers. He’s expected to fill a bottom-six role with the Devils, who need all the offense they can get. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers released forwards  Brandon Pirri and Harry Zolnierczyk from their PTO contracts. Owen Tippett, the Panthers’ first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, secure a roster spot.


EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers sent winger Jesser Puljujarvi to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield and placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers. 

THE ATHLETIC: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dylan McIlrath and goaltender Jared Coreau were among the notable names placed on waivers yesterday. 

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Eric Gelinas signed an AHL contract with the Laval Rocket. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi created a stir on Twitter Sunday by caller for stricter immigration laws following a violent attack on Saturday night in Edmonton perpetrated by a Somali immigrant. Domi’s comments drew a mixed response from Twitter readers, prompting the winger to clarify his remarks insisting he wasn’t disrespecting any race or religion. Domi was born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto.

CSN WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Tom Wilson could once again face disciplinary action after being ejected for the second time from a preseason game for a controversial hit. During Saturday’s games against the St. Louis Blues, Wilson received a major boarding penalty and game misconduct for a hit on Blues winger. Wilson was suspended for two preseason games for the first incident. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 7, 2017

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson could miss the start of the upcoming season.

Latest on Erik Karlsson, Sam Bennett and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson still has no timeline to return to skating following his June 27th surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The original forecast suggested the 27-year-old defenseman might be ready in time for the start of the season but that now appears in doubt. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Better that Karlsson take the time needed to fully recover and return healthy than to rush things and risk a setback that sidelines him longer or possibly affects his play. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and head coach Paul Maurice to multi-year contract extensions. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing personal against Cheveldayoff and Maurice, but they are being rewarded for mediocrity. If the Jets miss the playoffs again, ownership will have a difficult time justifying these extensions. 

TSN: The Calgary Flames re-signed forward Sam Bennett to a two-year, $3.9 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt anyone’s surprised Bennett got a low-cost bridge deal. The 21-year-old has promise but he’s yet to reach his full potential. 

MLIVE.COM: Free-agent forward P.A. Parenteau signed a professional tryout offer with the Detroit Red Wings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He could be insurance for the Wings if restricted free agent forward Andreas Athanasiou bolts for the KHL. 

LA KINGS INSIDER: reports free agent Brooks Laich is expected to take part in the Kings training camp on a tryout offer. 

NBC SPORTS: The NHL and NHLPA team up with several hockey organizations to reveal a “Declaration of Principles” designed to boost the game at all levels. The declaration also received praise from Pope Francis.

SPORTSNET: The declaration opens the possibility of a change in the NHL Draft age to 19. 

The NHL also intends to implement a new rule implementing a two-minute bench minor penalty for a failed offside challenge against the club seeking the review. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL didn’t ask the Nevada Gaming Commission to take Golden Knights games off the betting board at the state’s sports books. League deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the decision was reached jointly with the club several weeks ago. 

MIAMI HERALD/NBC SPORTS: The Florida Panthers chartered a flight to move their players, staff, families and pets to Boston in advance of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit South Florida this weekend. Meanwhile, a NHL rookie tournament that was to be held in Estero, Florida has been cancelled. Rookie hopefuls from the Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals were supposed to take part. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Former Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette is joining the team’s radio broadcasts as a color analyst. 

STLTODAY.COM: Former NHL defenseman Noel Picard has passed away at age 78. Picard played seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Flames, with the bulk of that career with the Blues. He’s also featured in the iconic photo of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr scoring the series-winning goal in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Picard’s family, friends and former teammates. 


Analysis of Notable NHL Trade Deadline Day Deals

Analysis of Notable NHL Trade Deadline Day Deals

A three-way trade involving defenseman Mark Streit was the highlight of a rather dull 2017 NHL trade deadline.

The NHL’s 2017 Trade Deadline is history and boy, was it ever a dud. Notables stars such as Kevin Shattenkirk and Ben Bishop were dealt before deadline day, leaving little available talent in the trade market.  Anyway, here’s my take on the day’s few noteworthy deals.

The Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning for center Valtteri Filppula and two picks in the 2017 NHL draft. The Lightning then flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fourth rounder in 2018.

Analysis: A rare three-way deal that sees Streit go from the Flyers to their long-time rival in Pittsburgh via Tampa Bay. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman deserves a round of applause for his creativity. He cleared Filppula’s $5 million cap hit  from his books for next season, giving his club more cap space to re-sign young forwards such as Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. They also rid themselves of Filppula’s no-movement clause, allowing them to protect a younger player in the expansion draft. 

The Penguins win as well, adding an experienced puck-mover blueliner to their banged-up defense corps. As for the Flyers, Filppula could help take some pressure off center and team captain Claude Giroux in Philadelphia. He’s got another year remaining on his contract, but it remains to be seen if he’ll still be with the Flyers after this season. They could leave him exposed in the expansion draft if his no-movement clause is voided by accepting a trade to Philadelphia.

The Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round pick in 2017. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit.

Analysis: Panthers GM Dale Tallon sought a scoring forward to bolster his club’s sagging power play. Vanek, 33, enjoyed a bounce-back performance with the Wings this season, netting 38 points in 48 games, with 11 of those coming with the man advantage. Despite Vanek’s improvement, he still has a reputation for inconsistency and soft play in tough games. If he can help the Panthers clinch a playoff berth, anything after that is gravy. 

The Colorado Avalanche trade right winger Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2018.

Analysis: The Kings are among the league’s lowest-scoring clubs and could’ve used a scorer with more speed. Had this move taken place a year or two ago, when Iginla was still an effective scoring winger, it would’ve garnered more hype. Instead, this is seen almost as a pity move, as a once-great star gets his last chance to chase that elusive Stanley Cup championship. Kings coach Darryl Sutter coached Iginla during his glory years with the Calgary Flames. Maybe Sutter can help Iggy regain some of his offensive spark. Otherwise, this deal does nothing to help the Kings reach the postseason. 

The New Jersey Devils trade P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators for a sixth-round pick in 2017.

Analysis: The Predators were in the market for a top-nine forward. Parenteau put up decent numbers this season with the Devils (13 goals, 27 points in 59 games). If he adjusts quickly with his new club, he could provide a nice offensive boost for the Preds down the stretch and into the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018.

Analysis: The Habs need a scoring center but such commodities are rare and costly. GM Marc Bergevin opted instead to give his struggling roster more size, grit and character. Leading up to the deadline, Bergevin also acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers, blueliner Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars and forwards Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings and Andreas Martinsen from the Colorado Avalanche.  While the Habs will be bigger and tougher down the stretch, it remains to be seen if they’ll be any better.

Ottawa Senators trade Curtis Lazar and minor league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round draft pick.

Analysis: Lazar, a former first-round pick (17th overall in 2013), struggled through three seasons with the Senators. He gets a chance at a fresh start with the rebuilding Flames, where he could be a good fit among young forwards such as Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett.

List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

Detroit Red Wings ship winger Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers.

The list of notable deals made leading up to today’s NHL trade deadline at 3 pm Eastern Time. I’ll have analysis of the day’s most notable trades tonight in my Soapbox

Winnipeg Jets trade winger Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in 2017. 

Dallas Stars acquire minor-league defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for center Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

The Lightning flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round draft pick in 2018. 

Pittsburgh Penguins trade forward Eric Fehr, minor-league defenseman Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Frank Corrado, 

Ottawa Senators trade forward Curtis Lazar and minor-league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2017. 

New Jersey Devils trade defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Columbus Blue Jackets for blueliner Dalton Prout. 

Montreal Canadiens trade winger Sven Andrighetto to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Andreas Martinsen.

Colorado Avalanche trade right wing Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. The Avalanche also retained half of Iginla’s $5.33 million cap hit. 

Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. 

Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit. 

Vancouver Canucks trade winger Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor-league forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in the  2017 NHL Draft.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft.