NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 26, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 26, 2018

Game recaps, waiver info plus updates on Brian Gionta, Chris Kelly, Jordan Staal and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Rick Nash’s debut with the Boston Bruins wasn’t particularly memorable as he was held scoreless in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Nash was dealt to the Bruins by the New York Rangers earlier in the day. The Bruins also announced the signing of free agent Brian Gionta to a one-year, $700K contract. Gionta, 39, was the captain of Team USA Men’s Olympic hockey team.

Speaking of the Rangers, they fell 3-2 in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings on an overtime goal by Trevor Daley. Ryan Spooner, who was acquired by the Blueshirts earlier in the day in the Rick Nash trade, tallied two assists with his new club. The Rangers honored Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle by retiring his No. 19 in a pre-game ceremony. The club also intends to retire the No. 11 of Ratelle’s linemate Vic Hatfield next year.

Connor McDavid’s shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 6-5 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images)

The Edmonton Oilers blew two two-goal leads before Connor McDavid’s shootout goal gave them a 6-5 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. McDavid also collected three assists. Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell potted a hat trick while Corey Perry also had three helpers. The Ducks also signed free-agent forward Chris Kelly to a one-year pro-rated contract. Kelly captained Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team to a bronze medal in Pyeongchang.

Pekka Rinne had a 27-save shutout performance backstopping the Nashville Predators to a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. Predators forward Kevin Fiala tallied his 20th goal of the season. The Blues have lost four in a row and fallen out of a playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Predators also made a minor move yesterday, acquiring  forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Jared Spurgeon’s overtime goal lifted the Minnesota Wild to their fourth straight win by edging the San Jose Sharks 3-2.

Daniel Sedin scored twice and Jacob Markstrom kicked out 41 shots to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The infant daughter of Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal died on Sunday. The club issued a statement mourning her death and asking the public to respect the Staal family’s privacy at this time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My sincere condolences to Staal and his family.

SPORTING NEWS: Former NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk confirmed he’ll attempt to return to the league this summer as an unrestricted free agent. Kovalchuk helped the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) win Olympic gold in Men’s hockey.

NEWSDAY: Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormack called the New York Islanders ” a rent-a-team” that never fully embraced Brooklyn and vice versa.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, me-ow. 




NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2017

Philadelphia Flyers to retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88.

Hall of Famers Eric Lindros & Jean Ratelle to have their numbers retired. Details & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CSN PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers will retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88 in a ceremony on Jan. 18 at the Wells Fargo Center prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lindros spent eight of his 13 NHL seasons with the Flyers (1992-93 to 1999-2000) and had his best years in Philadelphia. 

NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 in a pregame ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 25 against the Detroit Red Wings. Ratelle played for the Rangers from 1960 to 1975 and is the club’s third-leading all time scorer (817 points). In 1975, he was traded to the Boston Bruins, playing for them until his retirement in 1981. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well deserved honors for both Hall of Famers, and long overdue in Ratelle’s case. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed defenseman Brett Kulak to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level.

SPORTSNET: Russian winger Danis Zaripov has been cleared to pursue an NHL contract. He was banned by the KHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation for doping, but wouldn’t have been banned under NHL rules. He also wasn’t allowed to testify at the hearing for his initial ban. Zaripov is appealing his IIHF ban and agreed to additional drug testing if he signs an NHL contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the offending drug Zaripov is accused of using is pseudoephedrine, which is a nasal decongestant. In large doses, however, it can be a stimulant. The Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers are rumored to be among the clubs that could pursue him. 

WGR 550: Seven  Buffalo Sabres will have new numbers for the upcoming season. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 19, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 19, 2017

Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone (61) celebrates one of his five points against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammate Ryan Dzingel.

Game recaps, Leafs & Devils swing a trade, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Mark Stone had a five-point night (one goal, four assists) as the Ottawa Senators blew a 2-0 lead but rallied back from a 3-2 deficit with four straight third-period goals to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. The win moves the Sens within two points of the struggling Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Atlantic Division. 

Brent Burns scored twice to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, tying the franchise record for most goals in a season by a defenseman (27). Before the game, the Coyotes commemorated their 20th season in Arizona. 

Jason Zucker scored twice and Devan Dubnyk got his league-leading 32nd win as the Minnesota Wild beat the Nashville Predators 5-2. 

The surging Florida Panthers picked up their fourth straight win and seventh in their last eight with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Aleksander Barkov netted the game winner in the third to snap a 2-2 tie, marking the Panthers first win in Los Angeles since Nov. 27, 2002. 

Henrik Zetterberg’s shootout goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, ending the 14-game win streak of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. 

Robin Lehner made 37 saves and Ryan O’Reilly tallied the game winner as the Buffalo Sabres hung on for a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, snapping the latter’s six-game winning streak. 

Cam Talbot kicked out 38 shots while Milan Lucic’s third-period goal proved the game winner as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1, handing the latter their first loss in six games. 

Cory Schneider turned in a 40-save effort and Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils took a 3-0 lead over the New York Islanders and hung on for a 3-2 win. The Devils skated without slumping veteran winger Mike Cammalleri, who was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career. 

Third-period goals by Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, spoiling the return of recently-hired head coach Claude Julien behind the Habs bench. 

Chris Tanev’s overtime goal lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. 

Jamie Benn’s overtime goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending the Stars’ three-game losing skid. Antoine Roussel tallied a hat trick for the Stars. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE’s Dave Molinari reports Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz is sidelined with a concussion. 

NJ.COM:  The New Jersey Devils yesterday traded forward Sergey Kalinin to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for minor-league defenseman Viktor Loov. Earlier in the day, Kalinin cleared waivers and was to be demoted to the Devils’ AHL affiliate before the trade took place. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Ty Rattie on waivers. Earlier this season, they claimed Rattie off waivers from the St. Louis Blues. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: After missing 59 games this season to cancer treatment, Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader returned yesterday to the broadcast booth. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers will honor former Rangers Hall-of-Fame forward Jean Ratelle next season by retiring his No. 19.