NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2021

The Islanders’ Semyon Varlamov expected to miss the start of the season, Wild owner discusses his club’s buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Sharks prepare to start the season without Evander Kane, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE ATHLETIC: Arthur Staple reports an undisclosed injury could sideline New York Islanders starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the upcoming start of the season. It’s uncertain if Varlamov’s condition is tied to a nagging knee injury that hampered him during the 2021 playoffs. His absence would mean Ilya Sorokin becomes the Isles’ start with Cory Schneider as his backup. 

New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Varlamov wouldn’t be the only noteworthy starter expected to miss the start of this season. Montreal’s Carey Price will also reportedly remain sidelined when the schedule begins next week. Speaking of the Canadiens…

TSN: Habs defenseman Joel Edmundson will be sidelined two-to-three weeks with an undisclosed injury. He’s been day-to-day since training camp opened.

NHL.COM: Bad news for Los Angeles Kings’ Quinton Byfield as the 19-year-old center was diagnosed with a fractured left ankle suffered during Tuesday’s preseason loss to the Arizona Coyotes. He’s been placed on injured reserve and sidelined indefinitely.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An unfortunate setback for Byfield. Selected second overall in the 2020 NHL Draft, he was hoping to garner a full-time roster spot with the Kings this season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Kailer Yamamoto will miss tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. He could have a concussion after suffering the injury during Monday’s game against the Calgary Flames.

THE SCORE: New York Rangers enforcer Ryan Reaves is day-to-day with an injured left leg after his skate was clipped by New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban as they went into the corner chasing a loose puck. Reaves had to be helped off the ice.

DETROIT HOCKEY NOW: Red Wings forward Michael Rasmussen is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

THE ATHLETIC: Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold told Michael Russo he supported general manager Bill Guerin’s decision to buy out winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter this summer. However, he expressed no regrets about signing the duo to their 13-year contracts back in 2012.

It totally changed our franchise,” said Leipold. “We went from not selling any tickets and having a future that looked bleak to overnight being a sellout team for the next five, six years.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The additions of Parise and Suter didn’t translate into a Stanley Cup for the Wild but Leipold’s right about how much they improved the franchise. Before they joined the Wild, the club reached the playoffs just four times in 11 seasons. With Parise and Suter in the lineup, they qualified for the postseason eight times in nine seasons.

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner said his club is preparing to start the season without Evander Kane in the lineup. The 30-year-old winger has been out of the lineup while under investigation by the league regarding allegations of spousal abuse and using a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 31, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 31, 2019

Game recaps, including Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang reaching career milestones, plus updates on Derick Brassard, Sami Vatanen, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang both reached career milestones in the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Malkin tallied his 600th career assist while Letang set a franchise record for Penguins defenseman with his 108th career goal. Malkin also dropped the gloves with Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. The Penguins skated without center Derick Brassard, who’s listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brassard has frequently surfaced in trade rumors of late. Teams with interest in him will be monitoring his status as to the severity of the injury and its potential effect upon his performance. 

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin tallied his 600th career assist in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo via NHL Images).

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop had a 30-save shutout performance to blank the Buffalo Sabres 1-0. Stars captain Jamie Benn scored the only goal. 

NJ.COM:  New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen was diagnosed with a concussion suffered during Monday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils also placed blueliner Ben Lovejoy on injured reserve. The Devils also acquired minor-league defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for rearguard Michael Kapla.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers rookie center Brett Howden suffered a knee sprain during Tuesday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. He underwent an MRI yesterday and more information could be revealed today. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights recalled goaltender Maxime Legace and defenseman Jake Bischoff from the minors. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have assigned rookie forward Michael Rasmussen to the AHL on a conditioning stint. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former Canadiens forward Mario Roberge is being praised as a hero after rescuing two elderly women from an apartment fire on Jan. 22. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 16, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 16, 2019

Game recaps and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Tomas Hertl tallied a hat trick and Joe Thornton scored in his 1,000th game with the San Jose Sharks in a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, picking up their seventh straight win. Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi returned to action after leaving Saturday’s game against Ottawa with an upper-body injury. 

Tomas Hertl’s hat trick powered the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo via NHL Images)

Viktor Arvidsson’s hat trick powered the Nashville Predators to a 7-2 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. Nick Bonino also scored twice for the Predators. 

An overtime goal by Valtteri Filppula gave the New York Islanders a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, handing Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington his first NHL defeat. The Blues sit four points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given up for dead a few weeks ago, the Blues have slowly climbed back into the playoff race as a couple of ahead of them in the standings (Edmonton and Anaheim) have struggled. Binnington played a significant role in the Blues’ recent improvement, with a 3-0-1 record in his four NHL starts. 

The Anaheim Ducks suffered their 12th consecutive defeat, falling 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings. Ducks forwards Ryan Kesler (undisclosed) and Jakob Silfverberg (lower body) left the game with injuries. Earlier in the day, the Wings placed forward Michael Rasmussen (hamstring) on injured reserve

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks remain only two points out of a playoff berth but they’re in danger of tumbling much further down the Western Conference standings. This tailspin could also ramp up pressure on general manager Bob Murray to do something to arrest this skid. 

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad scored twice and set up two others in a 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Pavel Buchnevich and Tony DeAngelo also tallied two goals each for the Rangers. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to four games by beating the New Jersey Devils 4-1. Backup Joonas Korpisalo has three of those victories and kicked out 29 shots in this one. 

Montreal Canadiens backup Antti Niemi made a career-high 52 saves to backstop his club to a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who extended their win streak to three games and moved into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

The Minnesota Wild snapped a three-game losing skid as they edged the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on a shootout goal by Jason Zucker. 

Winnipeg Jets backup Laurent Brossoit turned aside 43 shots and teammate Kyle Connor scored twice in a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned in a 35-save shutout as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Dallas Stars 2-0. It was the Stars third straight loss and captain Jamie Benn wasn’t pleased over his club’s poor performance on the power play. “Our power play was s**t and that was the difference,” he said. They were 0-6 with the man advantage.

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers placed winger Dale Weise on waivers. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers claimed center Colby Cave off waivers from the Boston Bruins. 

TSN: A film about NHL Hall-of-Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk is slated to hit screens in March. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 30, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 30, 2018

Game recaps, stars of the week, plus updates on Auston Matthews, Kris Letang, Torey Krug, Cory Schneider and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm scored 55 seconds apart in the third period as the Calgary Flames defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. It was the Leafs’ first game this season without Auston Matthews, who is sidelined for four weeks with an injured left shoulder.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time for John Tavares to show everyone why the Leafs invested $77 million in acquiring his services. One also wonders how much Matthews absence might affect the Leafs contract impasse with William Nylander. 

A two-goal performance by rookie Elias Pettersson powered the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild. (Photo via NHL Images)

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Petterson scored twice and goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild, snapping the latter’s six-game winning streak. However, it was a costly win for the injury-ravaged Canucks as forward Brandon Sutter suffered a separated shoulder and could be sidelined four-to-six weeks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was Petterson’s second game following a concussion that sidelined him for two weeks. Looks like he’s not suffering any lingering after-effects. 

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele, and Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 28, 2018.

The NHL announced a multi-year deal with MGM Resorts as the league’s first official sports-betting partnership.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL couldn’t avoid the lure of sports-betting dollars forever. Color me unsurprised that they paired up with MGM. As per the league’s press release, “MGM is a part-owner of T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights. In addition, MGM Grand in Las Vegas was the host venue for the 2015 NHL Awards.”

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang could miss tonight’s game against the New York Islanders with a nagging lower-body injury.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (ankle injury) could make his season debut tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils activated goaltender Cory Schneider (hip) off injured reserve. He spent three games last week in the AHL on a conditioning stint. He’s not expected to start in tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki received a three-game suspension by the NHL department of player safety for charging Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin.

CBS SPORTS: Senators forward Zack Smith underwent surgery Monday to repair facial injuries. No word as to how long he’ll be sidelined.

THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings have decided not to return forward Michael Rasmussen to his junior team, meaning he’s officially in the first year of his three-year entry-level contract. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will retain center Jesperi Kotkaniemi rather than return him to his Finnish club. Like Rasmussen, this move will burn off the first year of Kotkaniemi’s entry-level deal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We shouldn’t be surprised. Both youngsters have played well enough to earn full-time roster spots with their respective NHL clubs. 

Speaking of the Canadiens, minor-league defenseman Gustav Olofsson underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined for six months. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen said he probably won’t use the option in his contract to return to the KHL this season. It appears he prefers staying with the Predators’ AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. “Probably not going to do it,” Tolvanen told the Tennessean via phone on Monday morning. “So much closer to Nashville here.”


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2018

Games recaps, stars of the week, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Three-point performances from William Nylander (two goals, one assist) and Auston Matthews (three assists) carried the Toronto Maple Leafs to their fourth straight win by downing the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov reach the 30-goal mark for the third consecutive season. 

Vincent Trocheck’s hat trick carried the Florida Panthers to a 7-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

Vincent Trocheck’s third-period hat trick powered the Florida Panthers to a 7-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Evgenii Dadonov also scored twice for the surging Panthers, who’ve won for the fifth time in six games. Earlier in the day, the Panthers announced the re-signing of winger Colton Sceviour to a three-year, $3.6-million contract extension

Antti Raanta made 37 saves while Clayton Keller had a goal and an assist as the Arizona Coyotes thumped the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1, handing the latter their sixth straight defeat. Sidelined Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (head injury) joined his teammates on Monday for their morning skate, but the Chicago Sun-TimesMark Lazerus believes the club should shut him down for the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t sound as though Crawford is close to returning to the lineup. The fading Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division and sit 10 points out of a playoff berth. Rushing back Crawford won’t save the season. Of course, if he’s fully recovered and itching to return to action the Hawks won’t stop him, but his return likely won’t vault Chicago back into playoff contention. 

Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 11, 2018. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Cory Schneider (groin) on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 23. Schneider is expected to resume skating sometime next week. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dropping seven of their last 10 games, the Devils are clinging to one of the two wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference. With their starting goalie still sidelined they’ll have a tough time snapping out of their skid. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames are still awaiting word as to the severity of the lower-body injury suffered Sunday by starting goalie Mike Smith. 

CBS SPORTS: New York Rangers defenseman Steve Kampfer will missed four-to-six weeks with a fractured hand. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed center Dennis Rasmussen on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 8, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 8, 2017

Dan Girardi was surprised and disappointed by the New York Rangers’ decision to buy out his contract.

Latest on Dan Girardi, Marcus Johansson, Kevin Klein, Jussi Jokinen & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTING NEWS: Defenseman Dan Girardi admits he was surprised and disappointed by the New York Rangers buying out his contract last month, but said he has no hard feelings toward his former team.

After 11 seasons with the Blueshirts, he’s now looking forward to the next chapter in his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who signed him earlier this month to a two-year deal. 

NJ.COM:  Former Washington Capitals winger Marcus Johansson is looking forward to helping the underdog New Jersey Devils. The Caps dealt Johansson earlier in the week to the Devils in a cost-cutting move. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Back issues forced Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein to announce his retirement yesterday. He had one season remaining on his contract ($2.9 million AAV) which comes off the Rangers cap payroll for 2017-18. The 32-year-old rearguard played 12 years in the NHL, four with the Rangers and eight with the Nashville Predators. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Blood clots compelled Buffalo Sabres forward Cody McCormick to retire after 11 seasons with the Sabres, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild, but he’s hoping to stay in the NHL in a player development role. McCormick’s condition forced him to miss the last two seasons, but he helped rehab sidelined Sabres players in the second half of the 2014-15 season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Klein and McCormick in their future endeavors. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers signed free-agent winger Jussi Jokinen to a one-year, $1.1 million contract. Jokinen’s versatility could help Edmonton, plus he can help mentor prospect winger Jesse Puljujarvi. Jokinen is part-owner of Karpat, the Finnish club where Puljujarvi played before joining the Oilers.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year, $725K contract. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Former Nashville Predators anthem signer Dennis K. Morgan said Friday he no longer wants to be associated with the club. He sang the anthem for the Predators more than 185 times until the club replaced him with famous country stars during their Stanley Cup run this spring. He also felt he “got played” by the media after saying he felt it was only going to be a one-time thing, expressing his displeasure over the situation during an interview in May. He believes his contract with the club (which has since expired) should’ve protected him from being replaced. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, it’s easy to bash Morgan for being overly sensitive about this, but put yourself in his shoes for a moment. You’ve sung the anthem for the Predators for years, including previous playoff appearances, only to be suddenly pushed aside throughout this year’s playoffs because the club wants to bring more star power to this year’s postseason run. I can understand why he’d be upset. His situation is also a good example about choosing your words carefully when speaking to the media, especially if you’re talking about an upsetting situation.