NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2023

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2023

Recaps of Sunday’s preseason action, Brandon Sutter retires, the Bruins release Alex Chiasson, plus the latest notable waiver moves and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.


NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators winger Drake Batherson scored a goal and collected three assists to lead his club over the Florida Panthers 4-2 at Kraft Hockeyville in Sydney, NS. Anton Lundell scored both goals for the Panthers.

Ottawa Senators winger Drake Batherson (NHL Images).

Last-minute goals by Troy Terry and Robert Hagg rallied the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Ryan Strome tallied twice for the Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Speaking of the Ducks, they claimed defenseman Lassi Thomson off waivers from the Senators yesterday.

The Detroit Red Wings got three-point performances from Michael Rasmussen and J.T. Compher to thump the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks announced that forward Samuel Savoie underwent successful surgery on his right femur yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery. Savoie suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild after crashing awkwardly into the boards.

An overtime goal by Oskar Olausson lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avalanche center Peter Holland has agreed to continue his professional tryout offer with their AHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: Brandon Sutter has retired after being released yesterday by the Edmonton Oilers from his professional tryout offer. In 13 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Vancouver Canucks, the 34-year-old center had 152 goals and 137 assists for 289 points in 770 regular-season games along with 18 points in 50 playoff contests.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sutter cited health reasons for his retirement. He last played in the NHL in 2020-21 with the Canucks before being sidelined for the past two years by the effects of long COVID.

BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: The Bruins released Alex Chiasson from his PTO. The 33-year-old winger is an 11-year NHL veteran. He played 22 games last season with the Detroit Red Wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No indication yet as to Chiasson’s intentions. He could still land with another NHL club as an affordable depth signing before the regular season opens next season.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets will face the Calgary Flames in preseason action tonight without Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers and Gabriel Vilardi. Connor and Vilardi are still recovering from illness while Ehlers continues to recuperate from neck spasms.

SPORTSNET: Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet said winger Ilya Mikhayev will not play in any of the club’s remaining preseason games. However, they are pleased with his ongoing recovery from the knee surgery he underwent in February. Despite Mikheyev’s progress, Tocchet said the team isn’t ready yet to confirm if the winger will be in the lineup on opening night next week.

DAILY FACEOFF: Los Angeles Kings forward Samuel Fagemo, Montreal Canadiens forward Lias Andersson and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers are the notable players among the 45 placed on waivers yesterday as NHL teams continue to trim their rosters with the start of the regular season a week away.