NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2019

It was a night of NHL milestones for several players and one coach. Check out the details in today’s morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COMMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie (314) with a 28-save effort in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Teammate Brendan Gallagher scored his 30th of the season. Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for the first time this season as coach Claude Julien felt the 18-year-old could use a bit of rest. With the win, the Canadiens (79 points) hold the second wild-card berth in the East. 

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie. (Photo via NHL Images)

Sidney Crosby scored his 30th goal of the season and added two assists to reach 1,200 career points to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers 3-2. Jake Guentzel scored twice, including the winner in overtime. The Penguins also honored center Matt Cullen for playing in his 1,500th career NHL game. With 79 points, the Penguins hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov collected two assists to tie a franchise record of 108 points in a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was shaken up after taking a Kucherov shot off his mask in the second period but returned to finish the game. 

New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz picked up his 800th career victory as his club edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4. It was a costly win for the Isles as starting goaltender Robin Lehner left the game late in the third period following a collision with Senators winger Brady Tkachuk. Earlier in the day, the Islanders recalled forwards Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle on an emergency basis. The Isles (89 points) move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals, 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Lehner’s status will likely be revealed today. It’s assumed he left the game for concussion protocol. 

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 17 games with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, who were playing in Hartford Whalers jerseys. David Krejci scored the winning goal. Sebastian Aho tallied twice for the Hurricanes. Bruins winger Marcus Johansson left the game in the second period following a hard shoulder-to-shoulder hit by Hurricanes left winger Micheal Ferland. Johansson was taken to hospital but coach Bruce Cassidy said the news of his condition could be “encouraging“. The Bruins (89 points) opened a three-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division. 

Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in a shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Wild winger Kevin Fiala scored twice against his former team. With the win, the Predators (83 points) move one point ahead of the Jets for the top spot in the Central Division. The Wild (72 points) hold a two-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. 

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop turned in a 28-save shutout performance and John Klingberg scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Dallas forward Alexander Radulov was a healthy scratch as punishment for being late for a morning team meeting. The Stars (73 points) hold a one-point lead over the Wild. 

Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime goal gave the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. MacKinnon had two points while linemate Mikko Rantanen had a three-point game. Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will be sidelined seven-to-ten days due to the recurrence of a liver virus. 

Shootout goals by Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, snapping a three-game losing skid. Devils forward Jesper Bratt left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. The Jackets (77 points) remain two points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 to snap the latter’s six-game winning streak. The Coyotes (69 points) sit three points behind the Wild. Defenseman Jason Demers returned to the Coyotes lineup after being sidelined for four months. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks center Brandon Sutter will undergo season-ending sports-hernia surgery. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Collin Delia as veteran Cam Ward is out seven-to-ten days with a knee injury. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Michael Stone has been assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate in Stockton on a conditioning stint. Stone’s been sidelined since November 22 by a blood clot in his arm. 

STLTODAY: Blues center Brayden Schenn will rejoin the lineup after being sidelined since Feb. 19 with an upper-body injury. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed backup goalie Garret Sparks to a one-year, $750K contract extension. 

TSN: NHL general managers could recommend a rule change forcing players to skate directly to the bench if they lose their helmet during gameplay. The players could also be forced to wear their helmets during pre-game warmups. Those recommendations will require the endorsement of the NHL Players Association. Another proposed change could give a team with a power play the choice of which side of the offensive zone they’ll take the faceoff. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 23, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret hospitalized, and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

NHL.COM: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron’s four-point performance (including two goals) gave his club a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, handing the latter their 10th straight road defeat. It was Bergeron’s first game since being sidelined by a rib injury on Nov. 16. One of his goals was the 300th of his NHL careers. Linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and two assists.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron made a triumphant return to action with a four-point performance in a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators (Photo via NHL Images)

Los Angeles Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give his club a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was Kovalchuk’s first game since undergoing ankle surgery on Dec. 1. Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson faces a hearing with the league’s department of player safety over an illegal hit to the head of the Kings’ Austin Wagner, knocking the latter from the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson doesn’t have a history of this sort of thing. While the hit on Wagner wasn’t malicious, Karlsson could be fined or suspended a game or two.

Nikita Kucherov had a five-point performance (one goal, four assists) as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3. With the win, the Lightning extended their points streak to 12 games (11-0-1). Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson both scored twice for the Bolts. Oilers captain Connor McDavid assisted on all of his club’s goals.

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark made 40 saves to blank the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. The win was overshadowed by the news of long-time Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret being stretchered from the press box during the third period and hospitalized after feeling lightheaded.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jeanneret, 76, had a pacemaker inserted in 2014. The Sabres said they will provide an update on his condition as soon as one becomes available. Here’s hoping he makes a quick recovery. 



A two-goal performance by Mitch Marner powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers. Marner’s teammate Andreas Johnsson had a goal and two assists. Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Leafs winger Tyler Ennis suffered a broken ankle after being struck by a slap shot by teammate Morgan Rielly.

Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley made 35 saves for his first NHL shutout as his club blanked the Ottawa Senators 4-0. The Senators were playing without starter Craig Anderson, who’s sidelined by an upper-body injury suffered during a 5-2 loss on Friday to the New Jersey Devils.

Sidney Crosby had three assists, Jake Guentzel scored twice and Matt Murray turned in a 39-save shutout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the Penguins’ third consecutive victory.

Phillip Danault tallied his first career NHL hat trick and Paul Byron scored in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens overcame a 3-2 deficit to edge the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. Brandon Pirri scored twice for Vegas.

Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau collected two assists for his 11th multi-point game in his last 14 as his team squeaked past the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo made 33 saves. The Wings played without Andreas Athanasiou, who’s nursing an upper-body injury.

Cam Atkinson scored two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, handing Flyers rookie goaltender Carter Hart his first loss of the season. Jackets winger Artemi Panarin had a three-point game.

The Calgary Flames dropped their third straight game, falling 3-1 to the St. Louis Blues. David Perron collected two points while teammate Jake Allen made 28 saves for the win.

Brad Richardson netted two goals late in the third period to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who had overcome a 4-1 deficit with three third-period tallies. Alex Kerfoot scored twice for the Avalanche.

Alexander Radulov’s goal in the dying seconds of overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Stars forward Martin Hanzal missed the game due to soreness in his back.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hanzal only recently returned to action after recovering from offseason spinal fusion surgery. While this could raise some concern, it’s also possible he doesn’t want to rush returning to game shape. He’s expected back in the lineup Sunday. 

Winnipeg Jets backup Laurent Brossoit picked up his first career NHL shutout by turning aside 40 shots to nip the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Mark Scheifele potted the winning goal late in the third period.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2018

Game recaps, Eric Staal reaches a milestone, Predators re-sign Pekka Rinne, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COMPekka Rinne made 26 saves and Roman Josi scored the only goal as the Nashville Predators blanked the Boston Bruins 1-0. Bruins winger Brad Marchand received a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct after mocking Colton Sissons embellishment of a high stick. 

Nashville Predators re-sign goaltender Pekka Rinne to a two-year contract extension. (Photo via NHL Images)

Earlier in the day, the Predators re-signed Rinne to a two-year, $10-million contract extension. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the 36-year-old Rinne also has a modified no-trade clause and a no-movement clause, the latter preventing the Predators from demoting him to the minors. He’s taking a reduced annual average value (his current one is $7 million per season) to stay in Nashville but the 2018 Vezina Trophy winner obviously preferred taking a pay cut to stay with the Cup-contending Predators over gambling in next summer’s UFA market. 

Jason Pominville and Jeff Skinner each scored twice and Jack Eichel collected three assists as the Buffalo Sabres romped to a 9-2 beatdown of the Ottawa Senators. Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin left the game after blocking a shot with his foot but is expected to suit up for today’s game against the New York Rangers. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for his seventh straight win and Steven Stamkos scored twice to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs were playing without forward Paul Byron, who’s sidelined for at least the next three games with a lower-body injury. 

Kyle Brodziak scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers hung on for a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Thanks to Thomas Greiss’ 35-save shutout performance, the New York Islanders blanked the New Jersey Devils 3-0 to pick up their fifth straight win. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed forward Stefan Noesen on injured reserve

Frederik Andersen kicked out 31 shots and Morgan Rielly tallied two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0.

Jason Dickinson’s overtime goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Stars were skating without Alexander Radulov, who returned to Dallas for ongoing medical treatment and will miss the remaining three games of their road trip. 

Eric Staal scored his 400th career NHL goal and Nick Seeler collected three points in the Minnesota Wild’s 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 50th career shutout as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.

Sean Monahan’s two goals helped the Calgary Flames pick up their fourth straight win by downing the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was ejected early in the first period after receiving a game misconduct for boarding. 

Shorthanded goals by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown carried the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The San Jose Sharks edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 thanks to two goals by Timo Meier, with the second coming in overtime. Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth missed the morning practice and returned to Philadelphia to be evaluated by team doctors. 

TSN: Winnipeg Jets forward Brendan Lemieux faces a hearing from the NHL’s department of player safety for a high hit on Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck during Friday’s NHL Global Series in Helsinki. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2018

Game recaps plus updates on Matt Murray, Kevin Shattenkirk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews and John Tavares each scored twice while Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly each had a four-point night to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 7-4 beatdown of the Dallas Stars. Tyler Seguin had a goal and three assists and Alexander Radulov collected three points in a losing cause for the Stars.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews had his fourth straight multiple-goal game. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matthews also became “the third player in franchise history to record multiple points in each of the club’s opening four contests, joining Harry Cameron (8-6—14 in 4 GP) in 1917-18 and Sweeney Schriner (9-6—15 in 6 GP) in 1944-45.”

Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane also had two-goal performances while Kevin Labanc had four assists as the San Jose Sharks crushed the Philadelphia Flyers 8-2. Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott faced 48 shots.

Mike Smith turned in a 43-save shutout performance as the Calgary Flames blanked the Nashville Predators 3-0. Sean Monahan had two goals and Johnny Gaudreau picked up three assists.

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor rallied the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the Kings’ only goal, his first in the NHL since 2013. Kings netminder Jack Campbell kept it close, turning aside 37 shots.

Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Jaccob Slavin each had two points in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver rookie Elias Pettersson collected an assist while Sven Baertschi scored twice and set up another for the Canucks.

Nick Foligno scored twice and added an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray suffered a concussion during practice on Monday. There’s no timetable for his return. The Penguins have called up Tristan Jarry to support backup Casey DeSmith.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is Murray’s third concussion since 2015-16 and his second in less than a year. 

NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to be a healthy scratch from Thursday’s game against the San Jose Sharks. Shattenkirk is in the second year of a four-year, $26.6-million contract and is struggling to regain his form following offseason knee surgery.

SPORTSNET: Calgary city council voted to re-start negotiations on a new arena with the Flames. The club broke off talks last year with president Ken King calling discussions “spectacularly unproductive.”

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: “In his book ‘‘The Break Away: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business and the Chicago Blackhawks,’’ former Sun-Times writer Bryan Smith — now a senior writer at Chicago magazine — suggests late Hawks owner and emperor Bill Wirtz was mentally incapacitated toward the end of his reign.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would certainly explain a lot of the puzzling decisions Wirtz made during his final years running the Blackhawks. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Little Caesars Arena will be replacing its red seats with black ones. “The red seats have been noteworthy for highlighting empty seats during Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons telecasts, although both franchises say fans are dispersed throughout the arena in clubs and bars.”



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 21, 2018

New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock collected five points in a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks (Photo via NHL Images).

Games recaps, including a big night for Islanders rookie Ryan Pulock, plus the latest on Carey Price, Martin Jones & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Defenseman Ryan Pulock had a five-point game (one goal and four assists) as the New York Islanders thumped the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3. Chicago winger Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists to become the fifth player in Blackhawks history to reach 800 points. He also notched his 20th goal of the season. 

The red-hot Colorado Avalanche picked up their ninth straight win by downing the New York Rangers 3-1. Nathan MacKinnon, Miko Rantanen and Erik Johnson each had a goal and an assist.

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 16 games (12-0-4) with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. David Pastrnak scored twice for the Bruins. Before the game, the Canadiens honored legendary sportswriter Red Fisher, who passed away Friday at age 91.

Earlier in the day, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price revealed he was diagnosed last year with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He credits a change of diet with improving his performance. Before the diagnosis and being sidelined by a lower-body injury, he began the season with a 3-7-1 record and a save percentage of .877. Since his returns. his record was 10-8-3 with a .923 save percentage.

The Nashville Predators won their fifth straight game by beating the Florida Panthers 4-3. Kevin Fiala tallied twice while teammates Nick Bonino and Calle Jarnkrok each had three points. 

Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler scored in a shootout as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for the win.

Three unanswered third-period goals by Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Connor Carrick rallied the Toronto Maple Leafs from a 3-1 deficit to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Matthews’ goal was also his 20th of the season.

Mattias Janmark scored twice, John Klingberg collect three assists and Alexander Radulov picked up his 200th career NHL point as the Dallas Stars crushed the Buffalo Sabres 7-1.

The Minnesota Wild extended their home points streak to eight games with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who’ve dropped three straight and lost five of their last seven games. 

Aaron Dell made 31 saves and Tomas Hertl scored the game winner as the San Jose Sharks nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced starting goalie Martin Jones is day-to-day with a “minor lower-body injury”.  Head coach Pete DeBoer said it is unrelated to the ailment Jones suffered earlier in the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wonder if Jones’ recent injury explains the downturn in his performance since returning to action in early-December. 

The Edmonton Oilers got their third straight victory by downing the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Oilers winger Jesse Puljujarvi scored a goal and set up two others while teammate Patrick Maroon scored two goals. Speaking of the Oilers, Paul Coffey is expected to rejoin the organization in “an active, skills-type role.” 

A three-goal first period power the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist while Michal Neuvirth made 28 saves.

Two power-play goals by Elias Lindholm carried the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

A four-game first period enable the Arizona Coyotes to snap a 12-game losing skid with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Christian Dvorak tallied two goals for the Coyotes. 

CBS SPORTS: The Vegas Golden Knights returned defenseman Jason Garrison to their AHL affiliate in Chicago. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 30, 2017

Game recaps plus updates on Filip Forsberg, Artem Anisimov, Michael Frolik and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COMIn his NHL debut, 32-year-old netminder Jeff Glass made 42 saves backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers. Patrick Kane collected two points, including the winning goal. Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a three-point game.

Earlier in the day, the Oilers activated defenseman Oscar Klefbom off injured reserve and placed blueliner Eric Gryba on waivers. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks placed center Artem Anisimov (upper body) on injured reserve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After years of kicking around the minors and the KHL, Glass finally makes his NHL debut. He was part of Canada’s 2005 World Junior Hockey championship roster that featured future superstars such as Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry and Shea Weber. Of course, this is only temporary as he’ll be backing up Anton Forsberg until starter Corey Crawford returns from injury. Still, if he plays well perhaps he can attract interest from another NHL club in need of goaltending depth. 

Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves in his return after missing six games to a lower-body injury while Mikael Granlund netted a hat trick as the Minnesota Wild downed the Nashville Predators 4-2. Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau needed a few stitches after being struck on the head by a puck later in the third period. Predators winger Filip Forsberg left the game in the third period with an unspecified “problem”. An update is expected today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boudreau’s a former player so I doubt this phased him very much. No word yet if Forsberg’s problem was injury related. 

A 42-save performance by Connor Hellebuyck carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Jets forwards Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Adam Lowry each had two points, while Anders Lee scored both Isles goals.

Cam Ward made 27 saves for his 305th career victory as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. The Canes have won four straight for the first time this season and seven of their last eight.

The Philadelphia Flyers ended the Tampa Bay Lightning’s home winning streak at eight games with a 5-3 victory. Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each collected three points.

Alexander Radulov scored twice, including the game winner, to give a Dallas Stars a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Stars captain Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist.

Rickard Rakell had a two-point game as the Anaheim Ducks squeaked past the Calgary Flames 2-1. The Flames were playing without winger Michael Frolik, who’s listed as week-to-week with a fractured jaw.

Two goals by Jack Eichel set the stage for Rasmus Ristolainen’s overtime winner as the Buffalo Sabres overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3, handing the latter their first loss in six games.

J.T. Compher scored in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice for Colorado, spoiling the return of former Avs goalie Calvin Pickard, who made 24 saves. The Leafs were playing without center Nazem Kadri, who missed the game with an upper-body injury.

The Ottawa Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four straight goals and held on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4. Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone and Dion Phaneuf all collected two points for the Sens while Sonny Milano scored twice for the Jackets.

Jimmy Howard’s 37-save performance helped the Detroit Red Wings snap a three-game losing skid by edging the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout. Frans Nielsen picked up the winner with the only goal in the shootout.

SPORTSNET: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league won’t be drawn into any discussions over future Olympic participation until after the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. 

THE PROVINCE (VIA EDMONTON JOURNAL): Douglas Quan profiles former NHL enforcer Stephen Peat, whose struggles with substance abuse and concussion symptoms related to his playing career have left him estranged from his family and homeless in Surrey, BC. Peat is also part of a class-action lawsuit filed by former players in the United States alleging the league didn’t do enough to protect them from brain trauma.