NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 30, 2017

Game recaps and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Blake Wheeler’s first-period hat trick powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 7-1 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists for the Jets, who chased Matt Murray from the Penguins net after he gave up four goals on nine shots.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the third lopsided loss suffered by the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins this month. They’d previously fallen 10-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 5 and 7-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 21. 

Johnny Gaudreau had two assists and Mike Smith made 30 saves as the Calgary Flames edged the Washington Capitals 2-1.

Ryan Miller made 34 saves in his Anaheim Ducks debut to backstop the club to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Corey Perry scored in the shootout to give the Ducks the win. Miller missed the opening nine games of the season with a wrist injury. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf left the game after taking a puck in the face early in the first period.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have suspended forward Vadim Shipachyov for leaving their AHL affiliate in Chicago and returning to Las Vegas. Last week, management gave Shipachyov’s agent permission to speak to other clubs about a possible trade for his client.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shipachyov’s struggles to adjust to the NHL game and his $4.5 million annual salary cap hit through 2018-19 are likely making it difficult for his agent to find a trade partner. The Knights could have little choice but to terminate his contract

PHILLY.COM: With defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere sidelined, the Flyers have called up Samuel Morin. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks rookie Brock Boeser could miss the next two games with a bruised foot. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes placed goaltender Louis Domingue on waivers. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens reached a mutual agreement with forward Martin Reway to terminate his contract. 

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs current slump suggests the club should name a team captain to help lead them out of this funk.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2017

Game recaps plus updates on Cam Fowler, Jason Garrison, Vadim Shipachyov and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Oscar Dansk made 32 saves for his first career NHL shutout while James Neal, David Perron, Jonathan Marchessault and Cody Eakin each netted a goal and an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights crushed the Colorado Avalanche 7-0. The Golden Knights have won five straight games and carry a record of 8-1-0. Avs forwards Gabriel Bourque and Alexander Kerfoot left the game with upper-body injuries. 


Earlier in the day, the Golden Knights placed defenseman Jason Garrison on waivers. Meanwhile, center Vadim Shipachyov reported yesterday to their AHL affiliate. SKA St. Petersburg, his former KHL team, released a statement yesterday indicating he can’t negotiate a return based on the player transfer agreement between the KHL and NHL honoring each other’s player contracts. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrison frequently surfaced in this season’s NHL rumor mill. His declining performance and $4.6 million cap hit makes him difficult to trade. 

Pekka Rinne’s 43-save performance (including 15 in the third period) carried the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Shootout goals by Drew Stafford and Jesper Bratt gave the New Jersey Devils a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rebuilding Devils continue to surprise in October, now sporting a 7-2-0 record to sit one point out of first in the Metropolitan Division. 

Josh Anderson’s overtime goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. 

Brayden Schenn tallied the game winner as the St. Louis Blues edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. 

Alexander Radulov scored the winning goal in the Dallas Stars 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, handing the latter their fourth loss in their last five contests. 

TSN: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a knee injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks now have four regular blueliners (Fowler, Kevin Bieksa and Sami Vatanen) on injured reserve. Vatanen is expected to return soon. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Brett Connolly (concussion) is expected to miss his club’s next two games. 

Former NHL center Jay McClement has signed with Swiss League team EHC Olten.


NHL Rumor Mill – October 26, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill – October 26, 2017

Latest on the Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Golden Knights, Senators and Canucks in your NHL rumor mill. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace recently wondered if the loss of Lukas Sedlak to injury might force the Blue Jackets into the trade market to bolster their depth at center. He noted Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was among several GMs who’ve made pitches in recent months to the Colorado Avalanche for center Matt Duchene. However, the Avs asking price is high, reportedly a current player , a draft pick and a blue-chip prospect.

Arace said Ryan Murray and Sonny Milano are rumored to be part of the Jackets’ offer. “Would you give up Murray, Milano and a first-rounder for Duchene?”

THE ATHLETIC: In his latest mailbag segment, Aaron Portzline was asked if there’s a possibility the Jackets trade for Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk. he doesn’t rule it out of the realm of possibility though he doesn’t know if Galchenyuk is seen as a proven center or a more capable winger.

Portzline was also asked if investing in a return of Artem Anisimov would be worthwhile for the Jackets. Given Anisimov’s contract ($4.55 million annually through 2020-21), it’s not something that makes long-term sense for the Jackets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the teams linked to Duchene in his never-ending rumor mill, the Blue Jackets seem the best fit. The sticking point, as always, is the Avs asking price. If an offer of Murray, Milano and a first-round pick for Duchene was acceptable to Colorado GM Joe Sakic, Duchene would be skating with the Jackets today.

I don’t think Galchenyuk is a worthwhile gamble for the Jackets. He’s yet to prove himself as a center.

Anisimov would be a better fit skill-wise but, as Portzline points out, his contract doesn’t fit within the Jackets budget. Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson are eligible for free agent status next summer and Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin and Zach Werenski are up for new deals the following year. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey reports anyone expecting Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin to swing a trade to help his struggling team will be disappointed. Bergevin said the answers to his club’s woes rest with the current roster. He adds they’re not giving up on forward Alex Galchenyuk, who’s been demoted to the fourth line. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: David Schoen cites reports from TSN and Sportsnet indicating the agent for Vegas Golden Knights center Vadim Shipachyov was given permission to seek a trade. One reports claimed Vegas GM George McPhee contacted the Canadiens’ Marc Bergervin but the latter wasn’t interested. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Bergervin was looking for roster help via trade (and I think he was), there’s simply no offers he’ll get right now that can provide immediate help for the Canadiens. I’m sure his critics probably think Shipachyov would’ve been an affordable gamble, but he’s carrying a $4.5 million annual cap hit through 2018-19. That’s a lot of coin to invest in a 30-year-old center who’s struggling to adjust to the North American game after playing his entire career in Russia. 

THE ATLANTIC: Pierre LeBrun recently reported on the contract stalemate between the Ottawa Senators and center Kyle Turris. The 28-year-old Turris seeks an eight-year deal but the Senators don’t want to go that high. He wonders what Sens GM Pierre Dorion will do by the Feb. 26 trade deadline if his club is in playoff contention but Turris remains unsigned.

He doesn’t think Dorion wants to move his top-line center and the only acceptable return would be getting another first-line center in return. That deal won’t be easy to make. Should Turris hit the free-agent market this summer, LeBrun wonders if the New Westminster, BC native might be a fit for the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators were reportedly interested in Matt Duchene, so why not swap Turris for Duchene? Because, as we’ve heard ad nauseum for months, the Avalanche want a hefty return based on promising young players. The 28-year-old Turris is two years older than Duchene and believed seeking around $6 million annually on a long-term deal. I don’t think the Avs are interested.

As for Turris going to the Canucks, that depends upon the play of Bo Horvat and if they intend to bring the Sedins back for another year. 

THE PROVINCE: Jason Botchford recently reported defenseman Troy Stecher joining Alex Edler on the injury list won’t force Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning into the trade market. Strecher will be sidelined weeks, not months. Benning said he’s called up Patrick Wiercioch and currently has seven defensemen. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With 11 points in nine games, the Canucks are also off to a better-than-expected start. Benning isn’t under any pressure right now to swing a deal. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2017

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

NHL.com: Mike Smith turned in a 43-save shutout performance as the Calgary Flames snapped a 25-game winless streak in Anaheim by blanking the Ducks 2-0. Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames. 

Nikolaj Ehlers tallied a hat trick to give the Winnipeg Jets their first win of the season by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. 

Auston Matthews scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. 

Marcus Johansson and rookie Jesper Bratt each scored twice in the New Jersey Devils’ 6-2 thumping of the Buffalo Sabres.

Nikita Kucherov scored the game-tying goal and Brayden Point got the winner in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. 

Shootout goals by Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Nail Yakupov scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves as the Colorado Avalanche shut out the Boston Bruins 4-0. 

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 8.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former NHL winger Brian Gionta is skating in practice with the AHL’s Rochester Americans in preparation for participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights GM George McPhee denied rumors forward Vadim Shipachyov wanted to return to the KHL after being demoted to the AHL. McPhee called it a roster move and wasn’t based on performance. He expects Shipachyov to be back with the Knights as soon as possible. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shipachyov was a notable free agent signing for the Golden Knights this summer. With the club reportedly looking to make some trades, Shipachyov’s situation could be worth watching. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers claimed center Adam Cracknell off waivers yesterday from the Dallas Stars. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move likely means rookie center Filip Chytil will be returned soon to his Czech club without burning up the first year of his entry-level contract. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes demoted forward Dylan Strome to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers acquired goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations. He will be sent to their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to avoid politics when they visit the White House today as President Trump honors their 2017 Stanley Cup championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins are being hammered by a number of hockey pundits and a number of fans for today’s visit. Those critics believe the club should’ve canceled in support of NFL players singled out for criticism by the president for staging silent protests during the national anthem to raise awareness toward police brutality and racial inequality. The Penguins are simply honoring the tradition of the White House visit. Some observers, however, fear the president (a lightning rod for controversy) could upstage the players or attempt to use them as political props to advance his agenda against NFL players. 

SPORTSNET: A divorced Edmonton couple are facing off over who gets custody of their season tickets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those ducats are significantly more valuable now than they were a few years ago.