NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 12, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 12, 2019

Game recaps, Evgeni Malkin to have a disciplinary hearing, stars of the week, Kings trade Nate Thompson to the Canadiens, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 50 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers to snap a four-game losing skid. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist while Nick Bjugstad tallied his first goal as a Penguin.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin faces supplemental discipline for swinging his stick at Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl (Photo via NHL Images).

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin faces supplementary discipline for swinging his stick at Flyers winger Michael Raffl after the latter punched him in the back of the head. Malkin was ejected from the game. Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the win, the Penguins (65 points) opened a three-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Malkin was fined $5,000.00 last January for spearing LA Kings winger Dustin Brown. Raffl was grazed by Malkin’s stick but wasn’t injured, which could factor into whatever punishment the Penguins winger could face. 

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and set up two others, including Alex Ovechkin’s 38th goal of the season, as the Washington Capitals defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-4. Austin Wagner tallied twice for the Kings. 

San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton picked up his 1,050th career assist to pass Gordie Howe for ninth on the all-time list during his club’s 7-2 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks. Evander Kane scored twice for the Sharks, who’ve have won 11 of their last 12 contests. The Canucks were playing without goaltender Jacob Markstrom (undisclosed) and center Brandon Sutter (lower body). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the loss, the Canucks (57 points) remain two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild-card spot. 

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, and Chicago Blackhawks center Dylan Strome are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 10.

The Montreal Canadiens yesterday acquired center Nate Thompson and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft (originally belonging to Arizona) from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019 (originally acquired from Calgary). The Canadiens also called up winger Dale Weise, who was acquired on Saturday from Philadelphia. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens acquired Thompson and Weise to shore up their fourth line, which has been a problem area this season.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks yesterday announced goaltender Collin Delia signed a three-year, $3-million contract extension.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils claimed forward Kenny Agostino off waivers from the Canadiens. 

CBS SPORTS: The Colorado Avalanche recalled winger Tyson Jost. 

TUCKER HOCKEY: Provides a diagram explaining how the NHL became a billion-dollar business. 










NHL Rumor Mill – December 12, 2018

NHL Rumor Mill – December 12, 2018

Latest on the Flyers, Wild, and Blackhawks in your NHL rumor mill.

FLYERS GM LOOKING FOR A TRADE

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher is trying to be active in the trade market in search of a goaltending upgrade, speaking to half the teams in the league. He’d also like to add a veteran defenseman to his young blueline and a top-nine forward before the Dec. 19th holiday trade freeze. LeBrun said Fletcher won’t force a move if it’s not there, but he’d like to give his roster a shot of adrenaline to remain competitive this year.

Darren Dreger added someone will try to link the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Flyers because of ongoing speculation they need a power forward like Wayne Simmonds or the Carolina Hurricanes’ Micheal Ferland. Leafs management, however, appears more interested in finding a right-shot defenseman.

NBC SPORTS: John Boruk looked at potential free-agent options for Fletcher to target if the Flyers fail to sign Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky this summer. He suggests targets such as Ottawa Senators forwards Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.

Boruk also suggests winger Michael Raffl could become a trade chip if Fletcher decides he doesn’t have a future with the Flyers beyond this season. Raffl is due to become an unrestricted free agent next July and could interest a club seeking bottom-six depth. He also has an affordable $2.35-million cap hit for this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers aren’t the only club believed seeking trades before the upcoming holiday freeze. The Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues are also said to be shopping around. 

Pending UFAs such as Simmonds and Raffl could become trade candidates, though at this stage they will be considered playoff rental players.  Maybe Fletcher will consider swapping one of them for another pending UFA with the thought of re-signing the new addition if he helps improve the Flyers’ performance this season. 

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle continues to pop up in recent trade speculation (Photo via NHL Images)

WILD STILL SHOPPING COYLE

TSN: Pierre LeBrun noted a recent report from The Athletic’s Michael Russo claiming Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton is shopping the likes of forward Charlie Coyle. LeBrun believes Fenton is making more calls to see what’s available in the trade market. He believes the Boston Bruins have “kicked tires” on Coyle. While he doesn’t know if anything’s imminent, LeBrun thinks Fenton might be finally ready to act.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since being hired back in May, Fenton has yet to swing a significant trade as he preferred to take some time to evaluate his roster before making a move. He’s now had over two months and could be ready to pull the trigger. 

Russo also said the Bruins, Ottawa Senators, and Montreal Canadiens were monitoring Coyle and noted Fenton would also consider moving winger Nino Niederreiter. Coyle or Niederreiter could attract interest from clubs like the Bruins, Senators, and Canadiens that are believed looking around for depth on their forward lines.

COULD THE BLACKHAWKS TRY TO MOVE A CORE PLAYER?

TSN: Pierre LeBrun doesn’t believe any of the Chicago Blackhawks core players are in play, in part because they all have no-move contracts. He doubts legacy players like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are going anywhere.

LeBrun believes defenseman Duncan Keith would still attract plenty of interest around the league if he became available in the trade market. So far, there’s no evidence to suggest he will be. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: LeBrun suggested that’s an offseason conversation. If Keith, or any of the Blackhawks carrying full no-movement clauses, doesn’t want to be traded there’s nothing Hawks management can do about it. They can’t bury those players in the minors and won’t banish them to the press box or cut their playing time. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2018

Game recaps plus the latest on Braden Holtby, Brock Boeser, Nino Niederreiter and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby opened the scoring in the first period and ended it with a dazzling overtime goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins nipped the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in the night’s most-hyped matchup. Patric Hornqvist and Jamie Oleksiak also scored twice for the Penguins, as did Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson for the Oilers. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid added a goal and an assist.

Sidney Crosby’s dazzling overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers. (Photo via NHL Images)

Mika Zibanejad matched a career high with four points and Mats Zuccarello scored twice to give the New York Rangers a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Christian Fischer tallied his first career hat trick while Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves as the Arizona Coyotes picked up their third win of the season with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Derek Stepan also collected three assists.

David Pastrnak enjoyed a four-point performance and Tuukka Rask kicked out 38 shots in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron picked up three points in this contest. Bruins defenseman Urho Vaakanainen left the game in the first period after he “took a hit to the head in front of the Sens’ net from Mark Borowiecki” and didn’t return.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 21 saves to pick up his 289th career win as his club edged the Calgary Flames 3-2. Price is tied with Patrick Roy for second on the Canadiens’ all-time wins list.

Three unanswered third-period goals powered the San Jose Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak. Brent Burns had a goal and two assists for the Sharks.

The Dallas Stars snapped a three-game losing skid by doubling up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. Jason Spezza and John Klingberg each collected a goal and an assist for the Stars, who were playing without Alexander Radulov as he remains sidelined by a lower-body injury.

Brandon Saad tallied his first two goals of the season and Corey Crawford turned aside 24 shots as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Anaheim Ducks 3-1.

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby believes his struggles last season through February and March were tied to the NHL’s changing culture and its focus on offense over physical play. Taking time to evaluate his performance helped him regain his form in the 2018 playoffs.

CBS SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.

THE SCORE: Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau believes Nino Niederreiter has lost a bit of confidence in the early going this season but believes the winger will soon regain his scoring touch. Niederreiter usually gets off to a slow start but rounds into scoring form in November.

THE PROVINCE:  Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser is listed as day-to-day with a groin problem.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed Ben Lovejoy (lower body) and Drew Stafford (upper body) on injured reserve.

CBC.CA: Former NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph reveals he was neglected as a child in his upcoming autobiography “Cujo — The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice.”  “I had a weird life,” he writes. “Two moms, three dads and I grew up in a home full of mentally ill patients run by a crazy person. The last thing anybody expected was that I would someday make a living playing hockey.”

 

 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2018

Game recaps, stars of the week plus updates on Seth Jones, Alex Galchenyuk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice and set up two others while teammate Nicklas Backstrom collected his 600th assist in a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Backstrom had three assists on the evening.

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom got his 600th career assist during a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks (Photo via NHL Images)

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen made franchise history as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. The duo extended their respective points streaks to nine games, become the first Avs to accomplish this feat at the start of the season. Rantanen scored twice and MacKinnon added an assist.

Flyers winger Michael Raffl left the game during the second period with an apparent left leg injury and didn’t return. No update was provided regarding his status.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rantanen is tied with Toronto’s Auston Matthews (16 points) as the NHL’s leading scorer and also leads the league with 12 assists. MacKinnon is right behind Rantanen and Matthews with 15 points. 

Bryan Little’s late third-period goal set the stage for Jacob Trouba’s overtime winner as the Winnipeg Jets edged the St. Louis Blues 5-4. Jets center Mark Scheifele had a four-point game (two goals, two assists) while the Blues Ryan O’Reilly tallied three points.

Sebastian Aho had an assist to extend his season-opening points streak to nine games as the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland kept his goal streak alive at four games.

Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes announced goaltender Scott Darling was taken off injured reserve and was sent to their AHL affiliate for conditioning. Darling’s been sidelined since Oct. 3 with a lower-body injury.

Colorado Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 21, 2019

CBS SPORTS: Good news for the Columbus Blue Jackets as defenseman Seth Jones came off injured reserve and will make his season debut tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. Jones suffered a sprained knee during a preseason game. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk could also make his season debut tonight. He’s been sidelined since suffering a lower-body injury during preseason play. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks placed goaltender Anton Forsberg on waivers for the purpose of sending him to their AHL affiliate in Rockford. 

SPORTSNET: Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Frank Corrado joined their AHL affiliate on a minor-league contract. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 2, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is showered by hats after scoring his third goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game recaps, post-trade deadline news, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrick Kane’s hat trick powered the Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth straight victory by downing the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. 

Victor Hedman scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and two assists.

ESPN.COM: The 2017 NHL trade deadline was the slowest since 2013. Only 18 deals involving 33 players were made before yesterday’s 3 pm ET deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on yesterday’s deadline and the players who weren’t moved later this morning in my rumors section. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: A mysterious injury to winger Patrick Sharp prevented the Dallas Stars from trading him before yesterday’s deadline. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

PHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $5 million contract extension. They also re-signed center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year extension Wednesday paying him $1.45 million per season. Meanwhile, Flyers forward Michael Raffl will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a left knee injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Neuvirth signing casts doubt on the future of Steve Mason with the Flyers. He’s an unrestricted free agent and probably won’t be re-signed. Once the June expansion draft has passed, I expect the Flyers could be among the suitors for LA Kings’ pending UFA goalie Ben Bishop. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Jesper Fast will miss two-three weeks with an upper-body injury. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes recalled winger Anthony Duclair from their AHL affiliate. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban was honored yesterday with Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross for his dedication to community service with his charity work in Montreal. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights made their final installment payment on their expansion fee and are now officially part of the NHL. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2016

Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine (29) celebrates his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine (29) celebrates his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game recaps plus updates on Jonathan Quick, Mike Smith & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine scored twice in the third period and netted the winner in overtime to give his club a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who at one point led the Jets 4-0.  Nazem Kadri scored twice and William Nylander had a goal and an assists for the Leafs, while their rookie star Auston Matthews collected an assist. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  That was an impressive performance by Laine, who is considered a future star for the Jets. The media is already playing up a so-called rivalry between Matthews, the first-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, and Laine, the second-overall selection, trying to make it this generation’s “Crosby-Ovechkin”. However, it’s far too early to start making that comparison. 

Goaltender Jimmy Howard made 32 saves to backstop the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, who dominated the play through the first 40 minutes. Thomas Vanek and Drew Miller scored as the Wings overcame a 1-0 deficit. Mika Zibanejad tallied the Rangers’ only goal. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES:  Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick underwent a non-surgical procedure to strength a groin tendon and could be sidelined for up to three months. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That leaves the Kings goaltending duties to backup Jeff Zatkoff and call-up Peter Budaj. Could be worth keeping an eye on their performances. If they struggle, Kings management could be forced into the trade market for help.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is listed as day-to-day with an injured left leg. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  Kris Letang (upper-body injury) and Conor Sheary (facial injury) are listed as day-to-day, but aren’t expected to be sidelined for long.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues placed center Jori Lehtera (upper-body injury) on injured reserve. The earliest he could return is Oct. 25 against the Calgary Flames.

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl (upper-body injury) is out for 10-14 days. 

NEWSDAY:  The New York Islanders called up defenseman Ryan Pulock on an emergency basis. 

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs and defenseman Jared Cowen are awaiting an arbiter’s decision on the club’s attempt to buy out the remainder of his contract. Cowen claims he was still suffering the effects of injury when the Leafs tried to buy him out in June. Under the CBA, players still hampered by injuries suffered from game action during the season cannot be bought out.

USA TODAY: Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby’s Tragically Hip-themed mask raised $27K, which will be donated to lead singer Gord Downie’s charities. Downie suffers from inoperable brain cancer.

TODAY’S SLAPSHOT: NHL veteran forward Dave Moss yesterday announced his retirement. He spent nine seasons with the Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes, netting 178 points in 501 career NHL games.