NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2021

Sweden names its first three players to its 2022 Olympic men’s hockey team, more potential trouble for Evander Kane, plus the latest on Robin Lehner, Tyler Bertuzzi and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog are the first names submitted to be part of Sweden’s men’s ice hockey team at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Participating countries were asked to declare their three players last month.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canada’s three were recently revealed as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, and Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. We’ll likely learn more about the other nations’ early three players in the coming days or weeks.

SI.COM/THE HOCKEY NEWS: A report by A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports claims an investigation is underway of San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane over allegations he violated the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols by using a fake vaccination card. In the United States, those who buy a fake vaccination card face six months in jail and a $750K fine.

This news comes following recent reports claiming Kane was being investigated for violating the league’s COVID protocols. The winger was recently cleared of allegations by his estranged wife, Anna, claiming he bet on NHL games. However, they’re also investigating claims of spousal abuse made by Anna.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m assuming this latest report is tied to the earlier one about the league looking into the possibility Kane violated the COVID protocols. If he did use a fake vaccination card, that could become justification for the Sharks to terminate his contract.

LAS VEGAS SUN: Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner said he’s encouraged about bringing change in hockey following conversations he had with the league and the NHL Players Association. The league reached out to Lehner for an interview after he alleged many teams were giving prescription drugs to players without a doctor’s consent.

This weekend was a cry for help from this league, the league that I love, that has given me so much,” said Lehner. He added the motivation for his recent comments on social media was to protect younger players. Lehner also said he’s encouraged about future discussions on the subject.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Lehner also received support from former NHL enforcer Tom Sestito, who claimed he was given and used “insane” amounts of the painkiller Toradol and Ambien, which is used to treat insomnia. Sestito said it took a year for him to sleep normally again after he stopped using Ambien. He also credited the Pittsburgh Penguins’ medical staff for helping to wean him off Torodol after he joined the club.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi still hasn’t suited up for a preseason game. The club is being cautious in his return to action after he underwent season-ending back surgery in April. It’s uncertain if he’ll see any preseason games before the season opens next week.

COLORADO HOCKEY NOW: Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz left last night’s preseason game against the Golden Knights with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. He missed all of last season with an injured hip but head coach Jared Bednar said it’s not related to his previous hip problems.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Logan Stanley is listed as day-to-day following a lower-body injury suffered in Sunday’s preseason contest with the Vancouver Canucks.

ESPN.COM: Los Angeles Kings prospect center Quinton Byfield injured his left leg during last name’s exhibition game with the Arizona Coyotes. Linesman Ryan Gibbons was stretchered from the ice following an accidental collision with Coyotes center Liam O’Brien following the national anthem. His condition is unknown.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan suffered a laceration to his forehead after being struck by a puck during last night’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres. He received several stitches and returned to his duties.

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO: Blackhawks defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk could be sidelined at least two weeks following an ankle injury suffered during practice yesterday.

TSN: The Coyotes signed Alex Galchenyuk to a one-year, $750K contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is Galchenyuk’s second stint with the Coyotes, having played for them in 2018-19 when he was traded to Arizona by the Montreal Canadiens for Max Domi.

NBC SPORTS: Several prospects are earning positive reviews for their preseason performance thus far. Among them are the Washington Capitals’ Hendrix Lapierre, the Carolina Hurricanes’ Seth Jarvis, and the Ottawa Senators’ Shane Pinto.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 10, 2017

Johnny Gaudreau (right) celebrates teammate Micheal Ferland’s goal against the Montreal Canadiens.

Game recaps, injury updates, Sestito suspended, Canucks debunk drinking culture story & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and three assists to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens. It was the Flames’ eighth straight victory and snapped the Habs’ six-game winning streak.The Flames, however, lost defensemen Dougie Hamilton and Michael Stone to injuries

Erik Karlsson scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Sens move within two points of the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens with two games in hand. 

Andrew Ladd’s overtime goal lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The win keeps the Isles in the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, one point up on the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Fredrik Andersen made 36 saves and Tyler Bozak scored a goal and set up another as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2. 

Jarome Iginla scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. The Kings move within one point of the St. Louis Blues for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

Logan Couture scored two power-play goals and Brent Burns collected three assists to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals. 

Jonathan Bernier had a 43-save shutout performance and Corey Perry scored the only goal as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0. 

Nikita Kucherov scored twice and set up another to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. It was a costly win, as forwards Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette all left the game with injuries

Sebastian Aho scored two straight third-period power-play goals, including his 20th of the season, and Cam Ward turned aside 40 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the New York Rangers 4-3. 

Francois Beauchemin scored the game winner late in the third period to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. 

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito received a four-game suspension for boarding on Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have recalled goaltender Jimmy Howard from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. 

THE ATHLETIC: Philadelphia Flyers center Valtteri Filppula confirmed he refused a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs before the recent trade deadline. He said it was nothing against the Leafs or coach Mike Babcock, who coached Filppula during their tenures with the Detroit Red Wings. He explained he compiled his no-trade list last summer and the Leafs weren’t on his list of preferred destinations. He opted to stick with his list when approached by Lightning management regarding a possible trade to the Leafs. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Glendale’s city manager and former mayor both lay the blame for the Arizona Coyotes’ financial mess on the club icing a lousy product for years, not the location of the club’s current arena. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They make a good case. While the current arena is located well away from downtown Phoenix, the Coyotes could’ve attracted more fans had they regularly put a competitive team on the ice over the past decade.

PUCK DADDY:The arbitration process is one reason behind the reluctance of NHL general managers to release their lists of protected players prior to the NHL expansion draft in June. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, the GMs don’t those players who are left unprotected and passed over by Vegas feeling slighted and disrespected and having those feelings carry over into contract negotiations and salary arbitration. 

NBC SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden denied claims by Irish hurler and football player Lee Chin claiming the Canucks had a culture of heavy drinking between games. Chin was taking part in a job-swapping TV show with former Canucks goalie Alex Auld. Chin subsequently apologized for his comments.