NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 6, 2019

Game recaps, coaches named for 2019 All-Star Game, and more in this morning’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Jonathan Quick collected his 300th NHL win and Anze Kopitar tallied his 300th NHL goal as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was perhaps the worst game of the season for the struggling Oilers, who seemed listless throughout this contest. At one point, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty elbowed Oilers captain Connor McDavid in the face without getting a penalty or receiving retribution from McDavid’s teammates, drawing a furious reaction from Oilers fans on social media. The faithful are getting restless as the hashtag #FireChiarelli (referring to Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli) was trending in Canada this morning. 

Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar tallied his 300th career NHL goal in a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 16-game point streak came to an end last night with a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Winger Evander Kane scored twice for the Sharks, including his 200th career goal, while Brent Burns collected three assists and Erik Karlsson had two helpers.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban collected his 300th career NHL assist against his former club in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Craig Smith tallied two goals for the Predators. With the loss, the Canadiens dropped out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The New York Islanders moved ahead of the Canadiens into that second wild-card spot by holding off the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist for the red-hot Isles, who’ve won six straight contests. 

Michael Hutchinson had a 28-save shutout in his second game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, backstopping them to a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists for the Leafs. The Canucks, meanwhile, were playing without star rookie Elias Pettersson, who is expected to miss two weeks with a sprained right knee. 

Defenseman T.J. Brodie scored in overtime as the Calgary Flames overcame a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, who suffered their sixth straight defeat. Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as his club held on for a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Returning from a three-game suspension, David Backes tallied the winning goal. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their seventh win in their last nine games by downing the Florida Panthers 4-3 on an overtime goal by Seth Jones. 

The Minnesota Wild handed the Ottawa Senators their seventh consecutive loss by edging them 4-3. Wild blueliner Jared Spurgeon scored two goals and teammate Zach Parise had a three-point performance. 


Josh Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Paul Maurice of the Winnipeg Jets, Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals, and Bill Peters of the Calgary Flames will serve as the head coaches in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose on Jan. 26. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers will be sidelined at least a month with an upper-body injury.

CBS SPORTS: Florida Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie has announced his retirement to become an assistant coach with the club. He suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the season. In a career stretching back to 2001-02 with the Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, and Columbus Blue Jackets, McKenzie scored 51 goals and 74 points for 125 points.

ESPN.COM: Former New Jersey Devils forward Mike Peluso has filed a lawsuit claiming the club hid the true extent of a head injury he suffered during a game in 1993. “The suit says Peluso has suffered “nine grand mal seizures, early onset dementia, total and permanent disability in the workplace, all signs of being afflicted with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), as well as other severe neurological and psychological impairment.”

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 22, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 22, 2018

Latest on Sean Couturier and Josh Morrissey, Randy Lee steps down as Senators assistant GM and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TVA SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier reinjured the medial collateral ligament of his right knee during a tournament in Quebec City two weekends ago. He originally injured the knee in practice during the 2018 playoffs. After meeting with Flyers doctors, Couturier isn’t expected to undergo surgery. However, it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready in time for the start of training camp next month.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier reportedly reinjured his right knee earlier this month. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Couturier enjoyed the best season of his NHL career before his injury, tallying 31 goals and 76 points.Though he returned to play with the Flyers after missing one game in their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he later told reporters he likely would’ve missed four weeks if the injury occurred during the regular season. That he doesn’t require surgery suggests he could be good to go for training camp.

OTTAWA SUN: Randy Lee has stepped down as assistant general manager of the Ottawa Senators. He’s awaiting “the outcome of court proceedings on two non-criminal harassment charges filed against him for an alleged incident in Buffalo in May.”

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Restricted free agent defenseman Josh Morrissey believes he’ll be under contract before training camp opens next month.  “Everyone’s confident it will be handled and done, definitely in time for the season,” Morrissey said.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Plenty of time for Morrissey and the Jets to get a deal worked out. The only question is whether it’ll be an affordable bridge deal with the promise of a bigger pay raise in two or three years or a long-term contract. Given the Jets’ cap constraints next summer and with big stars such as Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine to re-sign, perhaps they’ll go the bridge route to give the Jets some cap flexibility. 

SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Jets, they signed  forward Nicolas Kerdiles to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level.

USA TODAY: Former NHL forward Joe Murphy is reportedly homeless in Kenora, Ontario. The first-overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1986 NHL Draft, Murphy won a Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 and scored 233 goals and 528 points during his NHL career. He is the subject of a TSN documentary tonight.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sad to hear about Murphy’s current status. There are several organizations that provide assistance to former players in need. Here’s hoping they reach out to him if he’s unable to contact them for help. 

SPORTSNET: Defenseman Brandon Davidson reportedly rejected a professional tryout offer from the Edmonton Oilers. He’s more interested in landing a contract and could be close to getting one with another club.

CALGARY SUN:  The Calgary Flames inked winger Anthony Peluso to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K in the NHL.

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Jim Corsi as their goaltending development coach. Corsi spent 16 seasons as the Buffalo Sabres goalie coach and held the same role for three seasons with the St. Louis Blues. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have officially named the Fort Wayne Komets as their ECHL affiliate. 

HOKEJPORTAL.SK: Former NHL forward Michal Handzus is expected to announce his retirement as a player on Friday. Handzus spent 15 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, winning a Stanley Cup in 2013 with the Blackhawks. Between 2014-15 to 2016-17, he played three seasons for Banska Bystrica. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stick tap to Alexander Wirdzek for the link. Best wishes to Handzus in his future endeavors. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 19, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 19, 2017

Columbus Blue Jackets still haven’t re-signed Alexander Wennberg.

Updates on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: While the Blue Jackets still haven’t re-signed restricted free agent forwards Alex Wennberg and Josh Anderson, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen isn’t concerned. He notes both sides are trying to use the current system to their advantage and expects there will be more urgency toward getting these deals done as training camp approaches. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s plenty of time to get these contracts done.  Wennberg and Anderson will be re-signed, either before training camp or likely within days of the start of training camp. It’s possible one of them could receive an offer sheet, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins backup goalie job remains up for grabs between Anton Khudobin, Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban.

NBC SPORTS:  Center Jori Lehtera hopes his trade from the St. Louis Blues to the Philadelphia Flyers will give him the opportunity for a fresh start. “I have no idea why (the Blues traded me), but I think it’s better for me that I got traded, so I don’t really care why,” Lehtera said. He feels the trade will be good for him. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the Blues dealt Lehtera because his production declined from his promising 44-point NHL debut in 2014-15. 

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox offers up the Colorado Avalanche as a cautionary tale for teams and fans who believe it’s important for clubs to lock up a young core of stars to expensive long-term contracts. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cox makes some good points, but I also believe it’s important to properly build around the young core and provide them with a solid coaching staff capable of helping that young talent improve. That’s what the Avalanche failed to do with Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog. The Edmonton Oilers made a similar mistake earlier in the decade with Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins also locked up Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to long-term deals earlier in their careers, as did the Chicago Blackhawks with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. What they did differently was build up the depth of talent surrounding those players and provide them with solid coaching. 

TSN: The California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board ruled the judge overseeing former NHLer Mike Peluso’s lawsuit didn’t have the ability to impose a “gag order” on him.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Eagles will become the AHL’s 31st franchise and the Avalanche’s primary minor-league affiliate. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 22, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scores one of his three goals against the Minnesota Wild.

Game recaps, injury updates, Capitals ticket prices & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Jonathan Toews collected a hat trick and set up two others to power the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks have now won seven of their last eight games and their seventh straight road game. Mikael Granlund scored twice for the Wild. 

Auston Matthew had three assists, Leo Komarov scored twice, William Nylander had a goal and an assist and Jake Gardiner scored the winner in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Jets rookie winger Patrik Laine scored twice and Mark Scheifele collected two assists. The Leafs lost defenseman Connor Carrick to an upper-body injury in the first period. Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed forward Mitch Marner on injured reserve and Brooks Laich on waivers

Johnny Gaudreau collected four assists and Sean Monahan three as the Calgary Flames edged the Nashville Predators 6-5. Winger Filip Forsberg potted a hat trick in a losing cause for the Predators. He also had the game-winning goal by Flames defensman Mark Giordano go in off his skate. 

Nikita Kucherov scored one goal and set up three others, Ondrej Palat scored twice and Tyler Johnson had two assists to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson scored as the Ottawa Senators edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1. The Sens were missing three top forwards (Mike Hoffman, Matt Stone and Bobby Ryan) to injuries, while Devils rookie left wing Pavel Zacha left the game in the second period after being checked headfirst into the sideboards by Ottawa’s Derick Brassard. 

Paul Byron scored the winner in a shootout and Carey Price made 26 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. It was the Habs first victory under new head coach Claude Julien. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens made a minor trade with the Carolina Hurricanes, shipping defenseman Philip Samuelsson to the Hurricanes in exchange for blueliner Keegan Lowe.

Sidney Crosby tallied his league-leading 33rd goal to break a 1-1 tie and Evgeni Malkin got the insurance marker as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1, stretching the latter’s winless streak to five games. 

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist and John Tavares netted his 22nd of the season to give the New York Islanders a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. 

Peter Budaj made 24 saves while second-period goals by Tyler Toffoli and Trevor Lewis lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, snapping a three-game losing streak. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is no fan of the concussion protocol for goaltenders after being pulled from Monday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks following a collision with Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg. “I think there’s a lot of flaws in the system, especially with the goalie position, and it needs to get fixed,” Smith said, adding, “What stops a fourth liner from going and bumping into a goalie? It’s just a two-minute penalty to get your starting goalie out? I don’t think it’s happened in a playoff game yet, but I’m sure it will.”

THE WASHINGTON POST: For the ninth time in 10 years, the Capitals are raising their season-ticket prices by $5.00 per season per game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some fans might grumble about this increase, but the Capitals are merely charging what their market will bear. 

TSN: The lawyer for former NHL player Mike Peluso intends to call former Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, former coach Jacques Lemaire and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in his workers’ compensation trial set to begin sometime this fall. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2017

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid reacts after scoring his OT goal against the Florida Panthers.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Connor McDavid scored with 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the Florida Panthers 4-3. Panthers goalie James Riemer caught the shot but his glove was behind the goal line. McDavid also collected two assists in the game. He and teammate Leon Draisaitl both tallied their 100th career NHL points in this game. 

After giving up seven goals in his last outing, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 19 saves as his club downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. It was the Habs third loss in their last four games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s growing concern in Montreal over the play of starting goalie Carey Price. He has only three wins in his last 10 games. While his save percentage for this season is .920, he’s reached or exceeded that stat in only three of those 10 games. In six of them, his save percentage was below .900. 

The Detroit Red Wings overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 6-5 in a shootout. Goalie Petr Mrazek made 23 saves replacing Jared Coreau, who gave up three goals on eight shots. Tomas Tatar had a three-point game, while Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen tallied in the shootout. Patrice Bergeron netted three points in a losing cause for the Bruins. 

Martin Jones made 22 saves on route to his 23rd win of the season as the San Jose Sharks hung on for a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Sharks center Joe Thornton and Kings winger Dustin Brown each collected two assists. 

In his first NHL game of the season since being recalled from the minors, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves backstopping the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little each collected two points. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators GM David Poile said sidelined defenseman P.K. Subban (upper-body injury) could return to action next week. 

THE DENVER POST: Oft-injured Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is out until after the upcoming NHL All-Star break (Jan 26 – 30) with a groin injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the talk about the Avs searching for blueline depth, they should also start shopping for an upgrade between the pipes. 

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  No word on how long Rielly could be sidelined, but the fact he’s day-to-day suggests the injury isn’t too serious. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild blueliner Jonas Brodin is sidelined for at least a month with a broken finger.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild will feel Brodin’s absence. He’s enjoyed a strong bounce-back performance this season.  

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Chris Kreider was fined $5,000.00 for hitting Dallas Stars center Cody Eakins with his own helmet during a fight in their recent game. 

TSN: The insurance company of the New Jersey Devils believes the seizures former Devils player Mike Peluso has suffered is a result of partying and binge drinking. Peluso claims his condition is due to multiple brain injuries he suffered during his playing career. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2016

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan salutes the crowd after his 1,500th NHL game.

A roundup of recent notable news from the last three days in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr, Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 25. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  Long-time Coyotes captain Shane Doan tallied his 400th career goal in his 1,500th NHL game in his club’s 4-1 loss on Friday to the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

ESPN.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their 12th consecutive victory by edging the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 23. 

TWINCITIES.COM:  The Minnesota Wild set a franchise record for consecutive wins (10) with their 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday. 

NHL.com:  On Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced the re-signing of head coach Mike Sullivan to a three-year contract extension that begins in 2017-18. Sullivan took over as bench boss last December and guided the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sullivan’s style also helped the Pens avoid the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover. Thus far, they’re second overall in the Eastern Conference with 49 points in 35 games. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will miss four-to-six weeks with a knee sprain. 

TSN:  Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen suffered an apparent knee injury in last Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  No word as to how long Hansen might be sidelined. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  The Stars placed forward Antoine Roussel on injured reserve. 

Edmonton Oilers center Tyler Pitlick’s season is over after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. 

OTTAWA SUN: NHL free-agent forward Steve Downie went on a Twitter rant prior to Christmas, calling out “his former head coach Dave Tippett, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and hockey commentator Don Cherry”. He ripped Tippett for allowing his best player, left wing Max Domi, to engage in a fight that broke the winger’s hand, Campbell for mocking former Coyotes enforcer John Scott for taking part in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, and Cherry for years of advocating violent play. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some observers have commended Downie’s outspokenness. Others, however, could interpret his remarks as sour grapes. Violent play has always been a part of the NHL, though in recent years the league has taken steps to reduce its effects and better protect its players. Still, there remains a “tough guy” code that has its champions around the league, with Cherry among the most prominent. That makes the colorful commentator a big target for criticism, some of it quite justified. 

MLIVE: The recent postponed game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes has been rescheduled for March 27, 2017.

TSN: Rick Westhead reports a California workers’ compensation appeals board ruled the New Jersey Devils wrongfully withheld medical record from Mike Peluso, who alleges he suffered brain injuries as a result of his NHL career. 

“California was among the few U.S. states where pro athletes until 2014 could file workers compensation claims without playing their home games in the state. That meant that players from any NHL club, Peluso included, could file there.

In 2014, after lobbying by the National Football League, the state changed the law so that only players who played home games in California could file claims. That means former NHL players with the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and California Golden Seals can now file there.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league currently faces a lawsuit from a number of former players regarding concussions suffered during their NHL careers. The Peluso ruling could lead to a number of former players from those teams filing similar claims.