NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 30, 2017

Metropolitan Division wins the 2017 All-Star Game 3-on-3 tournament.

Metropolitan Division wins All-Star Game final, Simmonds named MVP & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Two goals five seconds apart by Cam Atkinson and Wayne Simmonds gave the Metropolitan Division a 4-3 victory over the Pacific Division in the All-Star Game final, winning the $1 million prize.

The game’s turning point came when Metropolitan coach Wayne Gretzky successfully challenged a Ryan Kesler goal that would’ve given the Pacific a 4-2 lead when review showed Connor McDavid was offside. Simmonds was named the most valuable player. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I though the final game of this tournament was more competitive and entertaining than the semifinals. Heck, at one point late in the game, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin blocked a shot, something rarely seen in an All-Star game. Obviously the competitive juices kick in when a million bucks in on the line. Ovechkin, in my opinion, was the most entertaining player, as he was clearly enjoying himself throughout this tournament. Simmonds and Atkinson, who replaced sidelined Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, were the offensive standouts. 

NBC SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated his criticism of the International Olympic Committee, saying the league owes it to its fans to ensure Olympic participation doesn’t adversely affect the NHL product. “Subjecting the game to players who might get injured more often, or are more tired because they’ve got more back-to-backs, so they’re playing five games in seven nights — that’s what you get when you disrupt the schedule.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With all due respect, Mr. Commissioner, I call bullshit. You and the team owners have no problem with Olympic participation when its held in North America. The concerns only seem to arise whenever the Olympics are staged elsewhere. And if previous reports are to be believed, the league wants to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a means of establishing a footprint in China. But because the 2018 Winter Olympics are being staged in a much smaller market (South Korea), the league doesn’t seem to believe it’s worthwhile participating in those games. 

If the NHL is to grow its product, it must do so outside the tapped-out North America market. That means taking part in the Winter Olympics, regardless of where they’re staged. The players are obviously keen to take part so there’s no issue with them.

Ultimately, this comes down to money for the league. If the IOC was willing to give the NHL a bigger cut of the revenue generated by the league’s top players taking part in the Olympics, this would probably be a different story. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden believes the NHL should do more to protect its goalies. 

STLTODAY: The St. Louis Blue will retire former defenseman Bob Plager’s No. 5 in a ceremony prior to their Feb. 2 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Long-time LA Kings broadcaster Bob Miller suffered a mild stroke during the All-Star weekend. He is reportedly under the care of specialized physicians and is in good spirits. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks placed defenseman Michal Rozsival on injured reserve. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled goalie Eddie Lack from his conditioning stint in the minors. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 29, 2016

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner scores one of his two goals against the New York Rangers.

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner scores one of his two goals against the New York Rangers.

Game recaps, plus the latest waiver and injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Cam Talbot made 26 saves backstopping the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-0 blanking of the Vancouver Canucks, pushing their record to 7-1-0.

Jeff Skinner scored twice and set up another to power the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. Earlier in the day, it was reported Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath cleared waivers. 

Sam Gagner and Brandon Saad each scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the Anaheim Ducks 4-0. 

Winnipeg Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson turned aside 37 shots in a 1-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche. Earlier in the day, the Jets placed center Bryan Little (leg injury) on injured reserve and called up forward Marko Dano. 

Artem Anisimov’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Dougie Hamilton scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators, who lost goalie Andrew Hammond to a lower-body injury after the first period. 

CSNNE.com: Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak received a two-game suspension for an illegal hit on New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild placed forward Teemu Pulkkinen on waivers. 

NHL correspondent Sami Hoffren reports free agent forward Tuomo Ruutu signed a one-year deal with HC Davos in Switzerland. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Buffalo-area linesman Tim Nowak will work his 1,500th NHL game on Saturday when the Buffalo Sabres face the Florida Panthers. 

STLTODAY.COM:  The St. Louis Blues will retire former defenseman Bob Plager’s No. 5. He played 11 of his 13 NHL seasons with the Blues, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final three times from 1968 to 1970.