NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 10, 2017

Game recaps plus latest on Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Backstrom, Brent Burns & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Nikita Kucherov scored and set up two others to power the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The league-leading LIghtning have won eight of their last 10 games, including five straight road contests.

Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers edged the New Jersey Devils 3-2, extending the latter’s losing streak to four games. Devils forward Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season after returning to action following treatment for leukemia.

Jason Zucker tallied a hat trick and Devan Dubnyk turned in a 41-save shutout effort to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 3-0 blanking of the Montreal Canadiens, who were playing without top forward Jonathan Drouin (upper-body injury) and defenseman Shea Weber (lower body).

The Philadelphia Flyers’ top line of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier scored all of their club’s goals in their 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jaromir Jagr got his first goal of the season and Johnny Gaudreau had a three-point performance (including two goal) to give the Calgary Flames a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Anthony Mantha netted three points for the Wings.

Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and Rickard Rakell had three assists in the Anaheim Ducks’ 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Ducks goalie Ryan Miller made 13 saves against his former club before leaving in the third period with a lower-body injury. The Canucks were playing without defenseman Chris Tanev, who could be sidelined two-three weeks with an upper-body injury.

Shootout goals by Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby claims he’s unconcerned over his nine-game goalless streak. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby also has only three assists during that streak. He’s gone through similar droughts before and rebounded well, which is probably why his current production woes haven’t garnered as much attention this time around. 

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns’ offense is also sputtering. Coming off a career-best 76-point effort last season, he currently has just seven assists in 14 games. That’s adversely affected the Sharks in the wins column. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burns is a key piece of the Sharks’ offensive punch. When he’s not producing they feel it. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom’s strong defensive play has come at the expense of his offensive game, as he’s mired in a career-long seven-game scoreless drought. Linemate T.J. Oshie hasn’t scored in eight games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The offseason changes to the Capitals roster has placed Backstrom into more of a defensive role this season. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Veteran Stars forward Jason Spezza has yet to score a goal this season. His 15-game goalless drought is the second-longest of his career. He has only five assists during that stretch. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Now in his 15th NHL season, age and the wear and tear over his long career could be catching up with Spezza. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is now listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. 

BSN DENVER: A peanut allergy has landed Colorado Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot in a Swedish hospital. Fortunately, he’s not expected to miss any games. The Avalanche are playing two games in Sweden against the Ottawa Senators. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vadim Shipachyov’s short NHL tenure is over as he and the Vegas Golden Knights officially part ways. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Kukla’s Korner observes, he’s the first player to retire as a Golden Knight. 


NHL Rumor Mill – November 8, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill – November 8, 2017

Latest on Carey Price, Mitch Marner, Evander Kane and much more in your NHL rumor mill.

SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos clarified his remarks from Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada headlines segment, saying Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price’s contract switched from a no-trade to a complete no-movement clause in the final season of his current deal.

However, if the Canadiens decide to go into a rebuild, Kypreos wonders if they’ll want a goalie earning $10.5 million annually over the next eight seasons to be part of it, or if Price will want to be part of it. He thinks Price felt the Habs would contend for a Stanley Cup when he re-signed with them.

Citing the return the Colorado Avalanche received in the Matt Duchene deal, Kypreos said if he were Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, he would shop Max Pacioretty for three or four pieces that could turn the franchise around.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kypreos is merely stating his opinion and not reporting that Price or Pacioretty will be dealt. I don’t see Bergevin shopping either guy this season. However, if the Canadiens fail to reach the playoffs this season, the Habs GM will be under pressure to turn things around. If it comes to moving the Habs top players, Pacioretty (who is slated for UFA eligibility in 2019) seems the most likely trade candidate. 

Kypreos also believes the Toronto Maple Leafs should trade forward Mitch Marner. Looking at their depth chart, he wonders where Marner fits in as a “go-to guy”, noting Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Zach Hyman and Connor Brown are ahead of him. He feels it’s inevitable that Marner gets moved, doubting he’ll ever be a “top-three” with the Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the Leafs’ young forwards, Marner would fetch the best return, that being an established top-four defenseman. Let’s face it, Matthews and Nylander aren’t going anywhere and Hyman and Brown won’t bring in the type of return that provides immediate help to their blueline. Perhaps Marner doesn’t get dealt this season but I think Kypreos is right saying a trade is inevitable. 

In his latest “31 Thoughts” column, Kypreos’ colleague Elliotte Friedman said the recent three-team deal that sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa and Kyle Turris to Nashville leaves “nothing obvious” for teams such as the Columbus Blue Jackets (who may have been interested in both players) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (“hovering around Duchene”). He also feels the Edmonton Oilers might be the next team to try something but not on the scale as the Senators-Predators-Avalanche blockbuster.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets were definitely interested in Duchene. They’ll now likely have to wait until the final weeks leading up to the Feb. 26 trade deadline to bring in a scoring center. While the Penguins apparently kicked the tires on Duchene, they couldn’t afford to take on his $6 million annual cap hit and instead went for a more affordable option by acquiring Riley Sheahan from Detroit. 

As for the Oilers, they’ve made Jussi Jokinen available and could be willing to move Ryan Strome, but I don’t those players bringing in a return that addresses their lack of scoring punch at right wing and their struggling defense. 

Friedman also reports the Anaheim Ducks made a legitimate attempt to acquired center Vadim Shipachyov from the Vegas Golden Knights, but the bonus repayment issue got in the way. Shipachyov is expected to retire from the NHL, repay most of his $2 million signing bonus and return to the KHL.

TSN: In the wake of the Duchene trade, Frank Seravalli moves Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane atop TSN’s trade bait board. He reports Sabres GM Jason Botterill is said to be listening to offers but isn’t actively shopping the winger. Kane is eligible for UFA status next July and is off to a strong start this season, boosting his trade value.

Montreal Canadiens winger Alex Galchenyuk cracks the top 10, with Seravalli claiming Habs GM Bergevin isn’t hanging up on those calling to inquire about the one-time 30-goal scorer.

Vegas’ James Neal, Luca Sbisa and David Perron sit second, fourth and sixth on the list, Detroit defenseman Mike Green sits third, Vancouver’s Thomas Vanek and Erik Gudbranson are fifth and ninth, with NY Rangers winger Rick Nash and LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez seventh and eighth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Sabres do move Kane it’ll be near the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Much will depend upon his play between now and then, as well as that of the Sabres and his asking price to re-sign with Buffalo. Bergevin said he isn’t giving up on Galchenyuk but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s keeping an ear open for interesting offers. As for Martinez, as long as the Kings’ offense continues playing weel over the course of the season, I don’t see him going anywhere. 

During Tuesday’s “Insider Trading” segment, Pierre LeBrun reports the possibility of losing Nikita Soshnikov on loan to the KHL for the rest of the NHL season will force them to call him up, prompting speculation they could make a trade to free up a log jam at forward to address their defense. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Could that lead to a Marner trade? Probably not, though one shouldn’t fully dismiss the possibility. Right now there aren’t a lot of quality defensemen available. It could lead to a minor deal that doesn’t involve Marner or any of the Leafs better forwards or perhaps a lesser light hitting the waiver wire. 

Bob McKenzie reports the Calgary Flames don’t want to trade young forward Sam Bennett, who has yet to pick up a point this season. Teams are calling about him in hopes of getting him as a bargain-basement reclamation project. 

Darren Dreger reports Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion remains interested in adding another forward but it’s not a front burner issue right now. 

LeBrun reports the Anaheim Ducks are seeking a top-six forward, preferably a left winger or a left-handed center and have been in the market since the offseason. They were keeping tabs on Duchene prior to his trade to Ottawa. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The absence of Ryan Kesler, Patrick Eaves and now Ryan Getzlaf to injuries leaves the Ducks thin up front this season. It’ll likely cost them one of their good young defensemen to bring in a long-term solution. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2017

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

 NHL.COM: Blake Wheeler’s four assists and Mark Schiefele scored twice to power the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. The Jets have run their points streak (5-0-3) to eight games.

Power-play goals from Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich carried the New York Rangers to their fourth straight victory by downing the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. Mika Zibanejad had three assists and Michael Grabner scored twice for the Rangers. Before the game, the Blue Jackets learned forward Matt Calvert will miss three-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury.

Zdeno Chara and Jordan Szwarz each collected two assists to give the Boston Bruins a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins were playing without winger Brad Marchand, who’s sidelined by an upper-body injury. The Bruins also ended their tryout agreement with forward Ryan White.

Nazem Kadri scored twice in regulation and Mitch Marner netted the winner in a shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. The Knights had overcome a 3-1 deficit on goals by Reilly Smith and Deryk Engelland to force extra time.

Tomas Tatar’s late third-period goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Wings have won four of their last five games.

John Carlson’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up two assists for the Capitals, while rookie star Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes.

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey and San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 5.


STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday’s game against Toronto and his status remains uncertain for tonight’s game against New Jersey.

CBS SPORTS: The Calgary Flames placed winger Tanner Glass on waivers.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers have returned forward Owen Tippett to the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers returned forward Kailer Yamamoto to the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs.

KING5.COM: Seattle city councilman Mike O’Brien said the city’s timeline for construction of a new arena is designed “to deliver an NHL team in 2020, the fall of 2020.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the city of Seattle and the league will downplay O’Brien’s comments. However, if taken at face value, it appears expansion will be coming in at least three years time. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 5, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 5, 2017

Game recaps, settlement on Vadim Shipachyov’s status and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos’ shootout goal gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Stamkos’ teammates Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman each collected two points, while Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones and Markus Hannakainen also had two points.

Corey Crawford notched his second straight shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Minnesota Wild 2-0. Artem Anisimov and Alex DeBrincat scored for the ‘Hawks. 

Brock Boeser tallied his first career NHL hat trick as the Vancouver Canucks doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2, handing the latter their fourth loss in five games. 

The Arizona Coyotes picked up their second win over the season by nipping the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Rookie star Clayton Keller scored his 10th goal of the season and also the winner in a shootout while goalie Antti Raanta made 36 saves. 

Alex Pietrangelo scored twice and Brayden Schenn collected four assists to power the St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tyler Bozak scored twice and Matt Martin had three assists for the Leafs, who’ve now dropped six of their last eight games.

Viktor Arvidsson’s goal late in overtime gave the Nashville Predators a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Anze Kopitar had two assists in a losing effort for the Kings. Speaking of the Predators, longtime fan Ben Butzbach, aka “Big Ben”, recently passed away at 33.

Max Pacioretty’s overtime goal completed the comeback for the Montreal Canadiens, who overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Andrew Shaw scored twice and backup Al Montoya got the win. Jets’ stars Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien each had two points.

Tom Wilson scored twice and Braden Holtby made 31 saves as the Washington Capitals downed the Boston Bruins 3-1. It was the Capitals’ 10th consecutive win over the Bruins.

Kevin Shattenkirk’s overtime goal gave the New York Rangers a 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers, giving the Blueshirts their third straight win and spoiling Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo’s return from injury. Shattenkirk had two goals and J.T. Miller collected three assists. Panthers’ winger Colton Sceviour also scored twice.

The Colorado Avalanche also picked up their third straight win on Miko Rantanen’s shootout goal to edge the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4. Rantanen’s teammates Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie each had two points, as did Flyers winger Jakub Voracek. 

Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault each had a three-point performance and Maxime Legace picked up his first NHL victory as the Vegas Golden Knights held on for a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators, snapping their three-game losing skid.

Speaking of the Golden Knights, the NHL and NHLPA have reached an agreement allowing unhappy forward Vadim Shipachyov to voluntarily retire from the NHL. That will get him out of his two-year contract with the Golden Knights and allow him to return to the KHL. It’s expected to be finalized on Monday. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Signing Shipachyov, who struggled to adjust to the North American game, was among the few missteps by Vegas GM George McPhee. This saga will likely serve as a cautionary tale for NHL GMs keen on signing 30-or-older players who’ve spent their entire careers in Europe.

Four first-period goals carried the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Tyler Seguin had two points and John Klingberg picked up three assists. 

Joonas Donskoi scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic could miss tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Kevin Labanc could be headed to the minors. After netting six points in his first seven games, he has only one point in his last six contests. 

NBC SPORTS: KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko is threatening to prohibit all the league’s players from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea if the International Olympic Committee bars Russian athletes from those games over doping accusations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the NHL already out and the KHL threatening not to participate. the Men’s Olympic Hockey tournament could be like a World Junior Hockey Championship. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2017

Game recaps plus updates on Ryan Getzlaf, Vadim Shipachyov and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Four unanswered third-period goals by Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad and Michael Grabner rallied the New York Rangers from a 4-2 deficit to a 6-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. Reilly Smith scored twice for the Golden Knights, who dropped consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. 

Speaking of the Golden Knights, center Vadim Shipachyov was not placed on unconditional waivers yesterday. While it’s expected he’ll receive a mutually agreed-to contract termination allowing him to return to the KHL, he must first repay his $2-million signing bonus. 

The Arizona Coyotes’ hope of winning their second straight game came to naught as they fell 5-3 to the Detroit Red Wings. Dylan Larkin and Darren Helm each had a goal and an assist and goaltender Jimmy Howard made 30 saves. Coyotes rookie sensation Clayton Keller also had a goal and an assist. The Coyotes were playing without defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who’s out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes’ constant losing is overshadowing the fine play of Keller, who leads the Coyotes in scoring by a wide margin. He’s also the leading scorer among NHL rookies this season. 

Matt Dumba’s giveaway in his own zone led to Nikolaj Ehlers’ game winner as the Winnipeg Jets held on for a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck had another solid outing, turning aside 28 shots for his sixth win of the season. The Wild also activated winger Nino Niederreiter from injured reserve.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was placed on injured reserve and will miss the next three games. He was struck near his left eye with a puck in his previous game. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and rookie center Nolan Patrick remain day-to-day with injuries and won’t travel with the club on their current road trip.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky hopes the club’s new $7 million practice facility can be a template for what the club hopes will be a new arena in Belmont. The Isles unveiled the state-of-the-art facility yesterday at Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park, NY. 

NBC SPORTS: Nashville’s P.K. Subban, Vancouver’s Erik Gudbranson and the NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist were among several NHL players who got creative with their Halloween costumes. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2017

Game recaps, update on Vadim Shipachyov, Mark Streit retires & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: John Tavares scored twice and Josh Bailey collected three assists to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, snapping the latter’s win streak at five games. The Knights also lost goaltender Oscar Dansk to a lower-body injury. He joins Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban on the sidelines.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t appear as though Fleury or Subban will be rejoining the lineup soon. If Dansk is out for a lengthy period, GM George McPhee could be forced to shop for help between the pipes. 

Vegas center Vadim Shipachyov’s NHL tenure may be coming to an end. Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reports he could be returning to Russia once he clears unconditional waivers and has his contract terminated. The Golden Knights also recalled defenseman Shea Theodore, though he was made a healthy scratch against the Islanders.

The Arizona Coyotes 11-game losing skid is over. Alex Goligoski’s overtime goal gave the Coyotes their first victory of the season as they edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3.  The Coyotes blew a 3-0 as the Flyers stormed back to force the extra frame. Sean Couturier scored twice for the Flyers.

Tim Heed, Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward scored as the San Jose Sharks hung on for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, spoiling the return of Patrick Marleau to San Jose for the first time since he signed with the Leafs in July. Sharks fans greeted Marleau warmly with a lengthy standing ovation. 

Charles Hudon and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens crushed the Ottawa Senators 8-3. After opening the season 1-6-1, the Habs have now won three of their last four games. Earlier in the day, the Habs learned young forward Nikita Scherbak underwent knee surgery and will be sidelined for six weeks. 

Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up another to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to an 8-5 victory over the Florida Panthers. Aleksander Barkov had a four-point game and Jonathan Huberdeau netted three points for the Panthers. 

Vladimir Taranseko and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. 

Artemi Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in a shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Patrice Bergeron collected two points for the Bruins. 

Alexander Radulov’s overtime goal gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (ankle injury) will be sidelined an additional 10 to 21 days. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Following goaltender Casey DeSmith’s poor showing in his first NHL game, the Pittsburgh Penguins returned him to their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and called up Tristan Barry. 

TSN: After 12 NHL seasons, defenseman Mark Streit has retired. In 786 games, Streit tallied 96 goals and 338 assists for 434 points with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, winning a Stanley Cup with the latter. From 2011-12 to 2012-13, he was captain of the Islanders.