NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 3, 2017

Flames sign Jagr, Blue Jackets re-sign Anderson, latest waiver news & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames yesterday signed free-agent right wing Jaromir Jagr to a one-year, bonus-laden contract. Jagr’s base salary is $1 million and he could also earn an additional $1 million in bonuses.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames’ lack of scoring punch on right wing was the reason behind the signing of the 45-year-old Jagr, who tallied a respectable 46 points in 82 games last season. It’s assumed he’ll be skating on one of the top two lines.

Jagrs not the dominant player he used to be but he still has solid offensive skills. He could become a complimentary player for young guns Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets ended their contact standoff with forward Josh Anderson, signing him to a three-year deal worth $1.85 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That contract was reportedly on the table since early-July, making his impasse with the Jackets a waste of time. Missing training camp and the preseason could adversely affect his early-season play. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (back injury) will miss the opening two games of the regular season.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist (hand surgery) appears unlikely to suit up for the club’s season opener on Wednesday.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Tom Wilson faces a disciplinary hearing for boarding St. Louis Blues forward Sam Blais during a game on Sunday.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Forward David Booth’s NHL comeback with the Red Wings was successful, earning a one-year, two-way contract.

NBC SPORTS: The Chicago Blackhawks placed defenseman Michal Rozsival (post-concussion symptoms) on long-term injury reserve. 

The Philadelphia Flyers placed veteran winger Matt Read on waivers

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley said his team is ready to provide the city with “whatever support is needed” in the wake of Sunday night’s shooting massacre outside the Mandalay Bay hotel in downtown Las Vegas.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the dead and my best wishes for quick recoveries for the injured. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2017

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler could be sidelined until Christmas.

Updates on Ryan Kesler, Zach Parise, Patric Hornqvist & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TSN: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler remains sidelined as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. General manager Bob Murray said there’s no timeline whatsoever for his return, but he’s hopeful Kesler will be back by Christmas.

The Ducks will also open the season without defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, who both underwent offseason shoulder surgery. They’re expected back by November 1.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise missed the opening day of training camp with an undisclosed injury and is listed as day-to-day.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist will miss the start of training camp because of offseason surgery on his right hand. He’s expected to participate in full workouts closer to the end of camp and is expected to be ready when the season opens in October.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a two-year, $4.3 million contract. He’s expected to report to training camp on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier this summer, Zadorov had hinted at signing with a KHL team if unable to reach agreement on a new contract with the Avs by the end of July. It’s obvious that was a empty threat. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and free agent Josh Anderson have ceased and all offers are off the table, according to the winger’s agent, Darren Farris.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anderson is apparently considering his options but those appear limited. He could sign with a European club or remain on the sidelines until he gets a new deal with the Jackets. Given the trade rumors linking the Jackets to Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, one wonders if Anderson could become part of a package offer if his contract standoff continues. 


BSN DENVER: Defenseman Jared Cowen hopes to restart his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche following his departure from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cowen remains bitter over his treatment by the Leafs. “Basically, they got me, figured out that I was hurt, they didn’t want to deal with it and they got rid of me,” Cowen said.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres hopeful Alexander Nylander is week-to-week after suffering a lower-body injury during the Sabres’ Prospects Challenge last week. 

TSN/SPORTSNET: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said the city is willing to pay one-third of the cost of building a new arena for the Calgary Flames. However, Flames president and CEO Ken King rejected that side of the story, claiming the city’s proposal was essentially a loan that it would want repaid. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hunker down, Flames fans, looks like you’re in for weeks, perhaps months, of spin from both sides as they squabble over the cost of constructing a new arena. I believe this issue will eventually be resolve but you’ll have to endure a lot of jockeying on both sides as they attempt to sway public opinion.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 12, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 12, 2017

2017 NHL Draft Lottery date officially announced.

2017 Draft Lottery date set plus updates on Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Artem Anisimov & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will be held on Saturday, April 29. The Colorado Avalanche have the best odds (18.0 %) of winning the first-overall pick. The Vancouver Canucks have a 12.1% of winning and the Vegas Golden Knights a 10.3 percent chance.

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (knee injury) said he’s day-to-day for his club’s first-round series against the Edmonton Oilers, which begins tonight. Sharks forward Logan Couture, who’s dealing with a painful mouth injury that makes breathing painful, also hopes to play in the series. He faces dental surgery later this spring and could have seven or eight teeth removed and/or replaced. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov is ready to play in his club’s opening-round series against the Nashville Predators. He missed the final 13 regular-season games with a lower-leg injury. Meanwhile, the Hawks announced defenseman Michal Rozsival underwent surgery yesterday to repair facial fractures. 

OTTAWA SUN: Sidelined Senators defenseman Marc Methot (fractured finger) could play in Game 1 of his club’s opening-round series against the Boston Bruins tonight. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers intend to make defenseman Kevin Klein a healthy scratch for their opening game of their first-round series tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Rob Blake, the new general manager of the Los Angeles Kings, intends to make hiring a new head coach a priority. The club fired former bench boss Darryl Sutter on Monday. Blake didn’t say who he has in mind but prefers someone with NHL experience. He hasn’t yet spoken with current assistant coaches Davis Payne and John Stevens. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings ownership remains confident in general manager Ken Holland and head coach Jeff Blashill. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks look at a vote of confidence as merely the first step toward an inevitable firing, but don’t expect Holland or Blashill to be replaced this summer. Wings ownership will remains patient with them for next season. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth said he suffered a concussion when he collapsed to the ice in an April 1 game against the New Jersey Devils. Apart from “little headaches”, he insists he’s feeling fine. Neuvirth blamed his collapse on battling the flu and a sinus infection. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes job appears safe but he could have some new assistant coaches next season. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 30, 2017

Metropolitan Division wins the 2017 All-Star Game 3-on-3 tournament.

Metropolitan Division wins All-Star Game final, Simmonds named MVP & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Two goals five seconds apart by Cam Atkinson and Wayne Simmonds gave the Metropolitan Division a 4-3 victory over the Pacific Division in the All-Star Game final, winning the $1 million prize.

The game’s turning point came when Metropolitan coach Wayne Gretzky successfully challenged a Ryan Kesler goal that would’ve given the Pacific a 4-2 lead when review showed Connor McDavid was offside. Simmonds was named the most valuable player. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I though the final game of this tournament was more competitive and entertaining than the semifinals. Heck, at one point late in the game, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin blocked a shot, something rarely seen in an All-Star game. Obviously the competitive juices kick in when a million bucks in on the line. Ovechkin, in my opinion, was the most entertaining player, as he was clearly enjoying himself throughout this tournament. Simmonds and Atkinson, who replaced sidelined Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, were the offensive standouts. 

NBC SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated his criticism of the International Olympic Committee, saying the league owes it to its fans to ensure Olympic participation doesn’t adversely affect the NHL product. “Subjecting the game to players who might get injured more often, or are more tired because they’ve got more back-to-backs, so they’re playing five games in seven nights — that’s what you get when you disrupt the schedule.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With all due respect, Mr. Commissioner, I call bullshit. You and the team owners have no problem with Olympic participation when its held in North America. The concerns only seem to arise whenever the Olympics are staged elsewhere. And if previous reports are to be believed, the league wants to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a means of establishing a footprint in China. But because the 2018 Winter Olympics are being staged in a much smaller market (South Korea), the league doesn’t seem to believe it’s worthwhile participating in those games. 

If the NHL is to grow its product, it must do so outside the tapped-out North America market. That means taking part in the Winter Olympics, regardless of where they’re staged. The players are obviously keen to take part so there’s no issue with them.

Ultimately, this comes down to money for the league. If the IOC was willing to give the NHL a bigger cut of the revenue generated by the league’s top players taking part in the Olympics, this would probably be a different story. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden believes the NHL should do more to protect its goalies. 

STLTODAY: The St. Louis Blue will retire former defenseman Bob Plager’s No. 5 in a ceremony prior to their Feb. 2 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Long-time LA Kings broadcaster Bob Miller suffered a mild stroke during the All-Star weekend. He is reportedly under the care of specialized physicians and is in good spirits. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks placed defenseman Michal Rozsival on injured reserve. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled goalie Eddie Lack from his conditioning stint in the minors.