NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 5, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 5, 2019

Latest on Zdeno Chara, Connor McDavid, Pavel Datsyuk, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET:  Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara may have suffered a broken jaw after being struck in the face by a puck during Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. His status for Game 5 on Thursday in Boston is uncertain. The Bruins have yet to reveal the official diagnosis.

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara reportedly suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Chara is unable to play it’ll be a serious blow to the Bruins blueline. They’re already shorthanded with Matt Grzelcyk (undisclosed) and Kevan Miller (lower-body) also sidelined. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Zach Sanford has once again found offensive chemistry with Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron. He recently returned to the lineup after spending 18 games as a healthy scratch. 

TSN: Speaking at a recent promotional event wearing a brace and limping, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid remains mum on the status of his knee injury. McDavid suffered the injury two months ago during the club’s final regular-season game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Following McDavid’s injury, the club released a statement claiming their captain wouldn’t require surgery and would be ready for training camp in September. Yesterday’s report has Oilers fans understandably concerned. Some feel the club should release an update to address those worries.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Don’t expect a reunion between the Red Wings and Pavel Datsyuk. His agent said the former Wing appears likely to remain in the KHL and sign with his hometown team Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Datsyuk retired from the NHL in 2016 to finish his playing career in Russia. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks have hired Marc Crawford as an assistant coach. Crawford spent the past three seasons with the Ottawa Senators.

THE TENNESSEAN: Former WHL Spokane Chiefs head coach Dan Lambert is joining the Nashville Predators as an assistant coach. 

SPORTSNET: The Newfoundland Growlers captured the ECHL’s Kelly Cup with a 4-3 victory over the Toledo Walleye in Game 6 of their series. It’s the first time a team has won the Kelly Cup in its inaugural series since the Greensboro Monarchs in 1990. The Growlers are an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 1, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 1, 2019

Updates on the Bruins and Blues plus the latest on Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andrew Ladd, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The league and the Washington Capitals are satisfied Evgeny Kuznetsov did nothing wrong when he was seen in a video sitting next to a table with lines of white powder on it. The video was shot in a Las Vegas hotel room after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup last June. They have accepted Kuznetsov’s explanation that he did not take illegal drugs and had inadvertently put himself in a bad situation. He has apologized for the incident. 

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The brief video didn’t show the Capitals center inhaling or ingesting the powder, which looked like cocaine. Kuznetsov said he went to the hotel room in question with some friends, became uneasy with his surroundings and soon departed. According to the league, his account of events aligns with other information received about the situation and no further action is required. 

STLTODAY.COM: Zach Sanford will replace Oskar Sundqvist in the Blues lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Sundqvist received a one-game suspension for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2. 

NBC SPORTS: Grzelcyk (concussion symptoms) remains doubtful for Game 3 and could be replaced by John Moore. 

NEWSDAY’s Andrew Gross reports New York Islanders forwards Cal Clutterbuck (back injury) and Andrew Ladd (knee) both had surgery. Doctors expect Clutterbuck will be ready for training camp in September. Ladd’s timeline remains less clear. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers part ways with assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2018

Game recaps, a couple of minor trades plus the latest on Alex Ovechkin, Taylor Hall and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall extended his points streak to a franchise-record 16 games (Photo via NHL Images).

  NHL.COM: Nico Hischier collected three points, Stefan Noesen scored twice and Taylor Hall extended his points streak to a franchise-record 16 games as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2. With the win, the Devils opened a three-point lead over the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Devils holding the first wild-card berth.

A 50-save performance by Jaroslav Halak carried the New York Islanders to their first shutout win of the season, downing the New York Rangers 3-0. Isles rookie Mathew Barzal set up all three goals. Earlier in the day, Islanders forward Anders Lee politely rejected a donation to his cancer fund from a group raising money for a billboard demanding the replacement of general manager Garth Snow.

The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their 10th consecutive home win by beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. Defenseman Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal as a King. Earlier in the week, he was dealt to Los Angeles in a multi-player trade.

Marian Gaborik scored a goal and added an assist in his first game with the Ottawa Senators to help his new team defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Gaborik was part of the return Ottawa received from Los Angeles earlier this week in the Dion Phaneuf trade. Sens center Matt Duchene assisted on all three Ottawa goals. Earlier in the day, the Senators made their second trade of the week, shipping centre Chris DiDomenico to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenceman Ville Pokka.

The Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a two-game losing skid with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov had a four-point night (one goal, three assists) and Steven Stamkos potted two goals.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne saw his 11-game unbeaten streak end with a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames. Matthew Tkachuk and Dougie Hamilton each had a goal and an assist for the Flames.

Alex Ovechkin also had a goal and three assists as he led his Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Ovechkin reached another milestone as he collected his 1,100th career NHL point. Tom Wilson also scored two goals for the Capitals.

The Chicago Blackhawks suffered their eighth straight loss, falling 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks. Goaltender John Gibson made 42 saves as his club overcame a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered goals.

Arizona Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller had a goal and three assists as the Arizona Coyotes dropped the Montreal Canadiens 5-2. Keller’s teammate Brendan Perlini scored two goals.

The Edmonton Oilers suffered their fifth consecutive defeat in a 4-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights (80 points), who extended their Western Conference lead over the Nashville Predators by three points.

Goaltender Martin Jones made 43 saves while Brent Burns scored and set up another to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs traded forward Nikita Soshnikov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Leafs fans were disappointed with the return for Soshnikov. Goes to show that a player’s actual value in the trade market usually isn’t as high as fans believe. 

TSN: Florida Panthers winger Radim Vrbata last month submitted a 10-team list of acceptable trade destinations as requested by management. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun expects a limited market for the 36-year-old Vrbata, who has just 13 points in 36 games with the Panthers this season. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues activated forward Zach Sanford (shoulder surgery) off injured reserve and sent him to their AHL affiliate for conditioning. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 20, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 20, 2017

Nashville Predators name defenseman Roman Josi as their new captain.

Predators name Roman Josi as captain, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators named defenseman Roman Josi as their new captain. He takes over from Mike Fisher, who announced his retirement during the offseason. The 27-year-old becomes the second Swiss-born captain in NHL history.

CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers are experimenting with long-time center Claude Giroux by moving him to left wing during practice on Tuesday.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin will donate $500,000 of his own money over the next ten years to a new local hospital with the goal of helping to raise another $5 million over the next decade.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Canadiens fans took to comparing Drouin’s donation to the $10 million pledge by former Habs star P.K. Subban to a children’s hospital. Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore has the perfect response to those critics. “Folks…let’s not compare Drouin + PK donations/pledge to raise. Who cares. Both are nice gestures 2 great causes. That’s all that matters.”

NJ.COM:  New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with “Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a rare but treatable form of cancer.” The condition is treated with oral medication and Boyle said he intends to play through his treatement.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Boyle in his recovery from this disease. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a fractured left ankle and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Meanwhile, forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery for a dislocated left shoulder and will be sidelined five-to-six months.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Tyler Myers hopes to return to form after missing most of 2016-17 to a groin injury and his young son suffering a stroke. Both have since recovered and are doing well. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Colin White is “devastated’ after suffering a broken left wrist that will sideline him six-to-eight weeks. White was hoping to crack the Sens roster this season. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks analyst and former NHL player Ed Olczyk will undergo six months of chemotherapy. He recently underwent surgery for colon cancer. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Olcyzk makes a complete recovery and returns to his broadcast duties soon. 

TSN: The NHL has begun cracking down on slashing and faceoff infractions. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crackdowns on “tapping” slashes is long overdue. However, it remains to be seen how effective it will be. Ditto for the effort to speed up faceoffs, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock and Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand have already expressed their displeasure. I daresay other players and coaches will voice their criticism in the coming days.

THE PROVINCE: The growing Chinese market could be a bonanza for the NHL. The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks face off against each other in two exhibition games this week in Shanghai and Beijing.

ARIZONA SPORTS: A look at the high cost of maintaining a hockey facility in a desert environment. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2017

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo hopes to rebound from an injury-shortened 2016-17 season.

Latest on Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller, Petr Mrazek and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: After an injury-shortened 2016-17, Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo hopes his summer of rehab will lead to a healthier 2017-18 campaign. Luongo’s also incorporated a lengthier, intricate warm-up routine last 45-60 minutes. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: After years of being linked to the Anaheim Ducks in trade rumors, goaltender Ryan Miller is getting ready for his first season with the team. Miller inked a two-year contract with the Ducks this summer. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Coming off a poor performance in 2016-17 and being left exposed in June’s expansion draft, Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek has a renewed attitude as he looks toward a bounce-back season. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Sophomore forward Nick Schmaltz is getting an opportunity to center the Blackhawks’ second line. 

CSNNE.COM: Veteran winger Teddy Purcell hopes to rekindle his NHL career on a professional tryout contract with the Boston Bruins. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues center Zach Sanford will missed the remainder of training camp with a shoulder injury. 

TSN: The Philadelphia Flyers hired former Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi to work under GM Ron Hextall.