NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2021

The latest on Jack Eichel, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Evander Kane, participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reported a meeting was held on Aug. 18 between the NHL, NHL Players Association, Buffalo Sabres, Jack Eichel and some medical professionals to attempt a resolution to the impasse between the club and the 24-year-old center.

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (NHL Images).

Eichel prefers a disc replacement procedure to address the herniated disc in his neck while the club prefers neck fusion surgery. The meeting ended without a solution to the situation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only solution at this point is for the Sabres to trade Eichel to a club that will approve his disc replacement surgery.

TVA SPORTS: Eichel also journeyed to Montreal yesterday, creating speculation on social media that he’d been traded to the Canadiens. The real reason is to attend the BioSteelSports camp. His participation will be off-ice.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens had kicked tires on Eichel earlier in the offseason to gauge the Sabres’ asking price. Conjecture linking the Sabres star to the Habs increased last week after he changed agents and intensified over the weekend after the Carolina Hurricanes signed Montreal center Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a one-year, $6.1 million offer sheet.

If the Canadiens don’t match the Kotkaniemi offer sheet they’ll get the Hurricanes’ first-round pick and their third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Some observers suggest they could package those picks with their own first-rounder plus a prospect for Eichel.

However, they’ll probably have to include a salaried player or two to comfortably fit Eichel’s $10 million annual average value within the constraints of their cap payroll. The Sabres could absorb part of Eichel’s cap hit but I doubt they’ll agree to do so. They’ll want him completely off their books.

That’s also taking into account putting Shea Weber and Paul Byron ($11.257 million in combined AAV) on long-term injury reserve. Weber could be out for the season but Byron is expected to return from offseason hip surgery in January.

TSN: Speaking of Kotkaniemi, Darren Dreger reports some close to the young center predicted in early July he’d played his final game with the Canadiens after being scratched from a Stanley Cup Final game.

TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie said sources told him the Kotkaniemi offer sheet was the brainchild of Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and wasn’t GM Don Waddell’s idea.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would explain the reports claiming the Hurricanes attempted to acquire Kotkaniemi via trade and then gave the Habs a heads-up that they were going the offer-sheet route. The Canadiens have seven days from the date the offer sheet was signed (Aug. 28) to match.

ESPN.COM: Emily Kaplan reports sources suggest an agreement is close between the NHL, NHLPA, IIHF and International Olympic Committee allowing NHL participation in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. A decision could be announced next week.

NEW YORK POST: The latest chapter in Evander Kane’s turbulent summer sees him being granted a temporary restraining order against his estranged wife Anna. The San Jose Sharks winger accused her of hitting him on four different occasions and swinging around their infant daughter during a heated argument. The couple is currently going through a divorce. Kane is also under investigation by the NHL after Anna accused him of throwing games for money and abandoning their child to party in Europe.

THE MERCURY NEWS: Speaking of the Sharks, fans must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend their home games this season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHLer Brandon Prust is temporarily leaving social media after apologizing for a tweet telling a woman she should be forced into the sex trade as part of his argument against mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports the NHL is contemplating a Heritage Classic game between the Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs in Hamilton, Ontario this season. The game would take place at Tim Horton’s Field, which hosts the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators signed goaltender Filip Gustavsson to a two-year contract.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 5, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 5, 2017

Former NY Islanders forward Ryan Strome looks forward to a fresh start with the Edmonton Oilers.

Updates on Ryan Strome, Jamie Oleksiak, Brandon Prust and Derek Dorsett in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

EDMONTON SUN:  Winger Ryan Strome is looking forward to a fresh start with the Oilers and playing alongside Connor McDavid.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a great opportunity for Strome,24, to get his once-promising NHL career back on track. The Oilers are a team on the rise and he could be a good addition. He had a 50-point performance in 2014-15 but struggled offensively over the next two seasons. His stats could skyrocket if he becomes a regular on McDavid’s line. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars re-signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year deal worth over $964K.

NBC SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett is ready for training camp after recovering from neck surgery last December.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2016

Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk scores in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings.

Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk scores in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings.

Game recaps, injury news, signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: Mitch Marner collected three assists and Auston Matthews scored his ninth goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2. Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen left the game with a lower-body injury and will be reevaluated on Sunday. Earlier in the day, the Leafs’ organization indefinitely suspended minor-league goalie Garrett Sparks for posting offensive remarks on Facebook. 

Alex Galchenyuk’s overtime goal gave the league-leading Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Goaltender Carey Price made 32 saves for the Habs, pushing their record to 16-4-2.  The Wings also lost Brendan Smith and Tyler Bertuzzi to injuries and will be evaluated today. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens reported Charles Hudon was sidelined indefinitely with a fractured sternum. 

Sidney Crosby’s game-tying goal set the stage for Kris Letang’s shootout winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Mike Cammalleri scored twice for the Devils. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby now has a league-leading 15 goals, putting him on pace for 75. The Penguins captain probably won’t reach that total by season’s end, but he could reach 50 goals for only the second time in his career. 

Jaromir Jagr netted his 752nd career NHL goal and Aleksander Barkov scored the winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. 

Jaden Schwartz scored twice and David Perron potted the winner in a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Earlier in the day, the Wild revealed defenseman Christian Folin will miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained knee

Jeff Carter’s overtime goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, who were playing without captain Jonathan Toews for the second straight game. Fortunately, Toews’ upper-body injury isn’t concussion-related.

Ryan Getzlaf tallied a goal and an assists to power the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. 

Goals by Dion Phaneuf and Kyle Turris gave the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  Defenseman Zbynek Michalek is trying to remain positive as his career is winding down in the minors. The Arizona Coyotes demoted Michael earlier this season to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. He’s in the final season of his two-year contract. 

YAHOO SPORTS: Former NHL forward Brandon Prust has signed with Germany’s Nurnberg Ice Tigers.