NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 10, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 10, 2019

The salary arbitration hearing dates are released, the Sabres trade Alexander Nylander to the Blackhawks, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHLPA: The 2019 salary-arbitration schedule was released yesterday. 

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington’s salary-arbitration hearing is set for July 20 (Photo via NHL Images).

July 20

Joel Armia

Jordan Binnington

Jason Dickinson

Alex Iafallo

Brock McGinn

Malcolm Subban *

July 21

Andrew Copp

July 22

Zach Aston-Reese

Christian Djoos

Ville Husso

MacKenzie Weegar

July 23

Evan Rodrigues 

July 24

Neal Pionk

Oskar Sundqvist

July 25

Connor Carrick

Jacob Trouba

July 26

Colton Sissons 

July 27

Sam Bennett

Chase DeLeo

July 28

Mirco Mueller

July 29

Pavel Buchnevich

David Rittich

July 30

Scott Laughton 

July 31

J.T. Compher

August 1

Remi Elie

Ryan Lomberg

Chandler Stephenson

August 2

Will Butcher

Charles Hudon

Linus Ullmark

August 3

Danton Heinen

Artturi Lehkonen 

August 4

Sheldon Dries

Joel Edmundson

Anton Forsberg

Rocco Grimaldi

Jake McCabe

Rinat Valiev 

NOTE: * indicates a settlement

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Scratch Boston Bruins winger Danton Heinen and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban from this list. Heinen signed a two-year deal with the Bruins worth an annual average value of $2.8 million. The Golden Knights signed Subban to a one-year, $850K contract. 

WGR 550/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Buffalo Sabres yesterday traded forward Alexander Nylander to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Henri Jokiharju.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nylander, the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, had a disappointing tenure with the Sabres, netting just six points in 19 games. Perhaps a fresh start with the Blackhawks can get his once-promising career on track.

Jokiharju, selected 29th overall in the 2017 draft, had a promising start with the Blackhawks but was returned to the minors midway through last season. His addition to an increasingly crowded Sabres blueline will stoke speculation that they’re planning to move another defenseman for a forward. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche signed head coach Jared Bednar to a two-year contract extension. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. Bednar’s done a fine job helping turn the Avalanche from a bottom-feeder into a rising power in the Western Conference.

SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars re-signed defensemen Gavin Bayreuther and Dillon Heatherington to one-year, two-way contracts.

SPORTSNET: Former Edmonton Oilers forward Ty Rattie has signed a one-year contract with KHL team Lokomotiv. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The NHL could shorten the free-agent interview period and move the start date for free agency up from July 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That will require approval by the league and the NHL Players Association. The two sides are believed engaged in discussions regarding a new collective bargaining agreement. Perhaps shortening the interview period and tying the free-agency start date to the draft, as suggested in the article, will be part of the next CBA. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson died Monday in his Michigan home. He was 48. An original member of the Predators, he played seven seasons in Nashville and was their captain from 2002-03 to 2005-06. Johnson also played with the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Chicago Blackhawks, amassing 145 goals and 369 points in 785 career regular-season games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Johnson’s family, friends, and former teammates. No cause of death was given. Johnson’s career ended in 2006 after an irregular heartbeat was detected during a physical examination. 

NHL Rumor Mill – January 22, 2019

NHL Rumor Mill – January 22, 2019

The Oilers’ re-signing Mikko Koskinen could see Cam Talbot hit the trade block, plus updates on the Maple Leafs and Red Wings in today’s NHL rumor mill. 


EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson believes the Oilers re-signing goaltender Mikko Koskinen leaves fellow netminder Cam Talbot’s future in limbo. Talbot’s performance slipped following a stellar 2016-17 campaign leading to the Oilers signing Koskinen last summer. If the Oilers fall out of playoff contention leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline, Matheson believes they’ll shop Talbot, who has a 10-team trade list. Possible destinations include 

Goalie Cam Talbot’s days appear numbered with the Edmonton Oilers (Photo via NHL Images).

Talbot is an unrestricted free agent this summer and there could be openings in Florida, New Jersey, St. Louis, Columbus, and Ottawa. His potential departure will mean the Oilers will have to pursue a backup via trade or free agency. Pittsburgh Penguins’ Tristan Jarry could become a trade target while Brian Elliott and Cam Ward could be available in the UFA market. 

NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Appearing on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 yesterday, Elliotte Freidman speculated over what other moves Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli might have up his sleeve. Besides re-signing Koskinen yesterday, Chiarelli also placed forwards Ty Rattie and Ryan Spooner on waivers.

Friedman wondered if Chiarelli is trying to clear some salary-cap room to make a move. Rattie’s entire salary ($800K) won’t count against the Oilers’ cap if he heads to the minors, while they would save $1.05 million if Spooner ($4 million) is demoted.

Friedman said he’d heard some rumors they might be interested in Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky but “somebody threw cold water on that to me today.” He also doesn’t see them parting with young assets for a rental player. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers’ moves yesterday stoked criticism of general manager Peter Chiarelli and calls for his firing by unhappy fans. However, re-signing Koskinen to a three-year deal and placing Rattie and Spooner on waivers suggests he’s not in danger of losing his job…yet. That could change if the Oilers collapse in the standings in the coming weeks.

Talbot’s days are numbered now in Edmonton. The Koskinen contract indicates he won’t be re-signed this summer.  Chiarelli could see if there’s a market for him before the trade deadline and call up veteran backup Al Montoya from the Oilers’ AHL affiliate. 

I agree with Friedman that the Rattie and Spooner moves could indicate Chiarelli is trying to free up cap space to perhaps acquire a player, one who is either signed through next season or a potential restricted free agent this summer. Burakovsky would fit that profile but reports out of Washington claim the Capitals aren’t ready to give up on him. 


TSN: Darren Dreger said he doesn’t believe the Toronto Maple Leafs’ recent losses are increasing the sense of urgency for general manager Kyle Dubas to make a trade. Citing the William Nylander signing, he pointed out Dubas is a patient GM.

Noting the calls for the Leafs to add a right-side defenseman, Dreger pointed out the market for a top blueliner is very expensive right now. While St. Louis Blues rearguards Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko surfaced in trade speculation earlier this season, the Blues’ recent improvement suggests they might want to add, not subtract. 

Last week, Dreger’s colleague Bob McKenzie said the Leafs’ 2019 first-round pick could be in play. He also suggested a young forward like Kaspari Kapanen or Andreas Johnsson would have to be part of the deal for a good defenseman. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs aren’t in danger of falling out of a playoff spot, though that could change in the coming weeks if the losses keep mounting. Still, Dubas has time to examine the market and try to find the right fit. With the All-Star break coming up, he could use that period for some face-to-face discussions with some rival GMs. 


DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa recently reported Red Wings captain Niklas Kronwall would feel duty bound to listen if GM Ken Holland approached him about a trade. The 38-year-old has a modified no-trade clause, giving him some control. He expressed his surprise about a couple of recent reports suggesting the Toronto Maple Leafs could be interested in him. 

Krupa’s colleague Ted Kulfan reported on defenseman Nick Jensen’s improvement this season following a shaky training camp and being scratched from the season opener. The 28-year-old is slated to become an unrestricted free agent and could be moved by the Feb. 25 trade deadline. With Kronwall likely to retire at season’s end, Kulfan feels Jensen would be a low-cost, dependable option for the Wings. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kronwall has hinted this season could be his last and his preference to retire as a Red Wing. Still, if a rival club made a reasonable pitch, Holland could ask him to waive his no-trade. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kronwall finishes this season in Detroit. Jensen has surfaced as a possible trade option but Holland could consider him worth retaining on a reasonable contract. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2018

Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury moved into the 10th spot on the NHL’s all-time wins list, picking up his 408th victory as his club beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. Ducks netminder John Gibson had a 42-save performance in a losing cause.

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 408th career NHL victory in a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images)

Jakub Voracek scored the game-winner and added two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2. The win gives the Flyers a .500 record with eight points in as many games. Devils defenseman Steven Santini suffered a broken jaw after being struck in the face by a puck during the first period.

A 42-save effort by goaltender Philipp Grubauer carried the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Avalanche forwards Nathan MacKinnon (1 goal, two assists) and Mikko Rantanen (assist) extended their points streaks to eight games. Sebastian Aho (assist) extended his franchise-tying season-opening points streak to eight games.

Jeff Skinner tallied a hat trick leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, handing the latter their fourth straight loss and prompting a closed-door meeting by the team following the game. Jason Pominville netted his 700th career NHL point. He and Jack Eichel also each collected three points.

Winnipeg Jets backup Laurent Brossoit kicked out 42 shots and Jacob Trouba had three assists in a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Clayton Keller scored twice and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also had a three-assist effort in a losing cause for the Coyotes. The Jets (11 points) sit third in the Central Division.

Second-period goals by Robert Bortuzzo, Zach Sanford and Ryan O’Reilly powered the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, snapping a three-game losing skid and handing the Leafs their second straight defeat. Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career.

Mark Stone scored twice (including the winning goal) and Matt Duchene had two points as the Ottawa Senators overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. The Canadiens sit second in the Atlantic Division (10 points) while the Senators (nine points) hold the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Gustav Nyquist’s overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings their first win of the season as they edged the Florida Panthers 4-3, snapping a seven-game winless streak. The Panthers have just one win in their opening six games.

In just his second game of the season, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford turned in a 37-save performance in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Patrick Kane scored twice and added an assist while Alex DeBrincat (goal) extended his points streak to seven games.

Mikael Granlund scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4, extending their winning streak to three games.

The Vancouver Canucks handed the Boston Bruins their third straight loss in a 2-1 victory on Bo Horvat’s overtime goal. The Canucks sit second in the Pacific Division with 10 points. The Bruins were playing without David Backes, Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller, who are all sidelined by various injuries.

Jusse Saros turned aside 31 shots to pick up his first shutout of the season as the Nashville Predators blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. Earlier in the day, the Predators placed goalie Pekka Rinne on IR with an upper-body injury. He’s expected to miss the club’s next three games. The Oilers also revealed forward Ty Rattie (midsection muscle injury) will be sidelined for at least two weeks.

Tomas Hertl picked up three assists in the San Jose Sharks 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders. Joonas Donskoi scored and added an assist for the Sharks, who sit third in the Pacific Division with nine points.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 15, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 15, 2018

Bruins, Sharks, Predators and Lightning take 2-0 leads in their respective series. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak had a six-point performance (three goals, three assists) as his club demolished the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 in Game 2 of their opening-round series, which moves to Toronto for Game 3 on Monday. Bruins forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each collected four assists.  Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was pulled after giving up four goals in the first period. Toronto forward Leo Komarov left the game with a lower-body injury

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak’s six-point performance powered his club to a 7-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 of their first-round series (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After two humiliating defeats, the Leafs are in trouble as they limp back to Toronto to lick their wounds. Apart from a couple of brief stretches in Game 1, the Bruins have dominated this series. Andersen hasn’t been sharp but it’s unfair to lay the blame for these debacles solely at his feet. As a team, the Leafs have been horrible. If they don’t find a way to turn things around, they’ll be hitting the golf course by the end of the week. 

Logan Couture scored a goal and set up another as the San Jose Sharks edged the Anaheim Ducks to take a 2-0 lead in their opening round series. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones kicked out 28 shots for the win. Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm also had a goal and an assist. The series head to San Jose for Game 3 on Monday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After being shut out in Game 1, this was a better effort for the Ducks. Though they came up short, it could give them some confidence heading into Game 3. 

The Nashville Predators held on for a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs didn’t go down without a fight, battling back from three two-goal deficits. Kevin Fiala, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm each had two points for the Predators, as did Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog for the Avs. Colorado defenseman Sam Girard missed the game with a lower-body injury.  The series shifts to Colorado for Game 3 on Monday with the Preds leading two games to none.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give the plucky Avalanche credit for not quitting in this game, but once again the Predators offensive depth was the difference. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 41 saves and Alex Killorn scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-3 to take a 2-0 lead in their opening-round series as it moves to New Jersey for Game 3 on Monday. Nico Hischier scored his first NHL playoff goal for the Devils, who pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid in the second period in favor of Cory Schneider after Kinkaid gave up five goals on 15 shots. Lightning winger Ryan Callahan and defensemen Dan Girardi left the game with injuries, leaving their status questionable for Game 3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if the Devils return with Kinkaid in Game 3 or give Schneider the start in that contest. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals will go with Philipp Grubauer as their starting goaltender for Game 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

SPORTSNET: The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Ty Rattie to a one-year contract. Cap Friendly indicates it’s a two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level. 

USA TODAY: Detroit Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels is joining the fight against opioid addiction. His son, Jamie, died two years ago from an overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl.


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. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 5, 2017

Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine scores against Florida Panthers’ goalie Roberto Luongo.

Game recaps, waiver news, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Patrik Laine scored a goal and set up another as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1, giving the young Jet sole possession of the NHL rookie goal and points lead and tying him with Mark Scheifele for the Jets’ scoring lead.  Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr collected his 1,136th career NHL assist, moving into fifth place on the all-time leader list. 

Max Pacioretty scored twice, including his second straight overtime goal and Al Montoya made 39 saves as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Dallas Stars 4-3. It was a costly victory for the Habs, as Paul Byron (possible concussion) and Brendan Gallagher were sidelined by injuries. Gallagher will see team doctors after reinjuring his surgically repaired left hand. The Stars, meanwhile, were without the services of Jamie Benn, who was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. 

Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 30-save performance while Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner each scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jakub Voracek also scored twice for the Flyers. 

Ryan Miller had a 22-save shutout as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0, giving the Canucks their fifth straight victory. Earlier in the day, the Canucks claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the New Jersey Devils, who had only claimed Boucher from the Nashville Predators just two days ago. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Written off as a playoff contender a month ago, the Canucks have surged to within one point of a wild-card berth in the Western Conference. That explains why all the Canucks trade chatter has died down. 

John Gibson turned aside 23 shots to backstop the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks played without captain Ryan Getzlaf (lower body injury), who is on injured reserve.

Mikael Backlund scored for the fifth straight game as the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Boston Bruins Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt passed away yesterday at age 98. Schmidt led the Bruins to two Stanley Cups during a playing career that was shortened by World War II, then went on to build the “Big Bad Bruins” powerhouse of the 1970s as the club’s general manager. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Schmidt’s family and friends. He was a fine player in his day, a gentleman and one of the greatest players in Bruins’ history. 

OTTAWA SUN: Good news for Nicholle Anderson, wife of Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, in her battle with cancer. Recent tests reveal her primary tumor has dramatically shrunk. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly (appendectomy) could return to action tonight. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger T.J. Oshie uses an electrical current machine to help him stay in top physical shape. 

The Bruins yesterday placed goaltender Anton Khudobin on waivers

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks placed winger Matt Nieto on waivers. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes claimed forward Ty Rattie off waivers from the St. Louis Blues.