NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 22, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 22, 2020

Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville returns to Chicago, Artemi Panarin to miss the upcoming NHL All-Star Game, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville made a triumphant return to Chicago as his club edged the Blackhawks 4-3. Quenneville, who coached the Hawks from 2008-09 to 2018-19, was honored by the club during the game. The Panthers’ victory was powered by Frank Vatrano’s hat trick, giving them six straight wins. Before the game, the Blackhawks honored Patrick Kane for reaching 1,000 career points. Earlier in the day, eyebrows were raised when Blackhawks’ stars Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith had a physical altercation during practice. Toews downplayed the incident as “just some friendly wrestling.”

Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville picked up a win in his return to Chicago (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers (61 points) maintain their hold on third place in the Atlantic Division, while the Blackhawks (54 points) remain three points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Justin Williams scored two goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Teuvo Teravainen collected three points while Andrei Svechnikov had two assists. The slumping Jets have dropped three in a row.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Williams doesn’t look rusty after taking over half the season off. His return seems to have provided an extra spark for the Hurricanes. The Jets, meanwhile, are three points out of a Western Conference wild-card spot.

The New York Islanders doubled up the New York Rangers 4-2. Thomas Greiss made 40 saves and Josh Bailey had a goal and two assists. Isles center Mathew Barzal was benched during the third period by coach Barry Trotz for not playing within the team framework. Rangers all-star winger Artemi Panarin missed this game with an upper-body injury. He’ll be replaced at the upcoming 2020 NHL All-Star game by teammate Chris Kreider.

Third-period goals by Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci lifted the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Brian Elliott had a 19-save shutout as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0. The Flyers have won four of their last five contests.

SUN-SENTINEL: The 2021 NHL All-Star Game will reportedly be hosted by the Florida Panthers.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha could miss the remainder of the season with an injured rib cage and shoulder. His last game was Dec. 21 against Toronto.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With 24 points in 29 games, Mantha was on his way to eclipsing last season’s 25-goal, 48-point performance in 67 games. His absence is among the reasons behind the Wings’ struggles this season.

CBS SPORTS: Nashville Predators forward Colton Sissons was assigned to their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee on a conditioning stint.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Brandon Manning received a five-game suspension by the AHL for uttering a racial slur during a recent game.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 29, 2019

Alex Ovechkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Steven Stamkos reach new career milestones, the latest injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: Warren Foegele scored twice and collected an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Washington Capitals 6-4. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his 256th career power-play goal to pass Teemu Selanne for third on the all-time list. Capitals winger Tom Wilson missed the game with a lower-body injury.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sits third on the NHL’s all-time power-play goal list (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin is in striking range of Dave Andreychuk (274) and Brett Hull (265) on the all-time list. 

Vegas Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for his 454th career victory in a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Fleury moves into a tie with Curtis Joseph for sixth place on the all-time wins list. Teammate Shea Theodore collected three assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fleury is just four wins behind the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, who’s fifth on the all-time list. Both are the wins leaders among active NHL goalies. 

A three-goal second period enabled the Tampa Bay Lightning to hold off the Montreal Canadiens 5-4. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos picked up his 800th career point, Victor Hedman collected four assists, and Alex Killorn scored twice. Brendan Gallagher had two helpers for the Canadiens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stamkos is third among the Lightning’s all-time points leaders. Martin St. Louis is first with 953 points and Vincent Lecavalier second with 874. 

The New York Rangers edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on an overtime goal by Tony DeAngelo, snapping the Leafs six-game win streak. Ryan Strome had a four-point performance and teammate Artemi Panarin collected three assists. Leafs center Auston Matthews scored two goals and set up another. The Rangers played without winger Brendan Lemieux, who’s sidelined 3-4 weeks with a fractured left hand. Earlier in the day, the Leafs announced defenseman Jake Muzzin is week-to-week with a broken foot whiile Ilya Mikheyev will miss at least three months following surgery to repair an artery and tendons in his wrist severed during Friday’s game against New Jersey.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray made 44 saves in a 6-4 win over the Nashville Predators. It was Murray’s first victory since Nov. 9. The Penguins blew 3-0 and 4-1 leads before Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust clinched the win with two late goals. Rust had a four-point night and Evgeni Malkin picked up three assists. Predators captain Roman Josi also had three assists while Mikael Granlund tallied twice. Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist returned to action since being sidelined on Nov. 30 by a lower-body injury. The Predators placed winger Colton Sissons on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Timo Meier tallied a hat trick as the San Jose Sharks halted a four-game losing skid by downing the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1. Sharks forward Melker Karlsson left the game in the first period after taking a slap shot to the head. He received some stitches and it’s hoped the injury isn’t as severe as it seemed.

Jacob Markstrom made a career-high 49 saves as the Vancouver Canucks nipped the Los Angeles Kings 3-2. Elias Petterson had two points, including the game-winning goal. Kings captain Anze Kopitar also had a goal and an assist.

Ben Bishop made 41 saves in regulation and overtime backstopping the Dallas Stars over the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. Joe Pavelski and Alexander Radulov scored the only goals in the shootout. The Avalanche have dropped four of their last five games.

The Florida Panthers overcame a 3-1 deficit and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. Mike Hoffman had a three-point peformance for the Panthers.


WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres winger Jeff Skinner is out three-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury suffered during Friday’s loss to the Boston Bruins.

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (upper body, injured reserve) and Charlie McAvoy (upper body) won’t be available for tonight’s rematch against the Sabres.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers placed Markus Granlund and Brandon Manning on waivers.

CBS SPORTS: The Winnipeg Jets placed goaltender Eric Comrie on waivers.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 24, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 24, 2019

The Leafs reacquire David Clarkson’s contract, the Predators re-sign Colton Sissons to a seven-year deal, and an arbiter awards Jets forward Andrew Copp a two-year contract. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs reacquired the contract of David Clarkson from the Vegas Golden Knights last night in exchange for goaltender Garret Sparks. The Leafs also received a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

The Toronto Maple Leafs reacquired the contract of permanently sidelined winger David Clarkson (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas continues to juggle his limited salary cap space. By taking back Clarkson’s dormant contract, Dubas can allocate his $5.25-million cap hit, and that of permanently sidelined Nathan Horton ($5.3 million), toward re-signing restricted free agent Mitch Marner by placing both on long-term injury reserve.

Some suggest the cap-strapped Leafs could start the season without Marner, place Clarkson and Horton on LTIR on the opening day of the regular season, and then re-sign the winger. It’ll be interesting to see how Dubas plays this. 

As for Sparks, he’ll likely start this season with the Golden Knights’ farm club. Having lost the confidence of the Leafs coaching staff, this move gives the goaltender a chance to get his career back on track with Vegas.

LAS VEGAS SUN: Soon after trading Clarkson’s contract to Toronto, the Golden Knights signed defenseman Deryk Engelland to a one-year, bonus-laden contract. He’ll earn a base salary of $700K with performance bonuses that could take him up to $1.5 million. The move gives the Golden Knights a projected $1.025-million in cap space.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights still have restricted free agent Nikita Gusev to re-sign, but it sounds like they’ll instead try to trade his rights. Shedding Clarkson’s cap hit makes it easier for them to make other minor salary moves if necessary without the LTIR hassle.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators yesterday avoided salary arbitration with Colton Sissons, re-signing the winger to a seven-year, $20-million contract. The annual average value is $2.857 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Predators GM David Poile praised Sissons work ethic, versatility, and leadership when announcing this deal. While the cap hit is reasonable, it’s an unusually long term for a role player. Some observers wonder why Sissons would agree to such a lengthy deal with that low cap hit. Perhaps it’s because he’s playing in a city where there’s no state tax. It could just be because he loves living and playing in Nashville.

TSN: An arbiter awarded Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp a two-year, $4.56-million contract. The annual average value is $2.28 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Copp sought a one-year, $2.9-million contract while the Jets pitches a two-year deal worth $1.5 million annually. The arbiter split the difference. This will affect the Jets’ efforts to re-sign Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor. I’ll have more later today in the Rumors section.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche signed defenseman Anton Lindholm to a two-year, two-way contract.

TWINCITIES.COM: Former NHL forward Alex Tanguay is joining the Iowa Wild as an assistant coach.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers added Brian Wiseman to their coaching staff. Wiseman spent several seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 22, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 22, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, and Matthew Tkachuk’s next contract in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Taylor Hall scored twice and collected two assists while Kyle Palmieri had a three-point performance to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators, ending a three-game losing skid. Matt Duchene scored both goals for the Senators. Earlier in the day, the Devils announced forward Marcus Johansson (upper-body) was placed on injured reserve, while the Senators activated defenseman Dylan DeMelo (upper body) off IR. 

Taylor Hall’s four-point performance carried the New Jersey Devils to a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators (Photo via NHL Images)

The Washington Capitals edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 with Tom Wilson tallying the game-winner. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 36 saves for the win.

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Collin Delia made a 35-save season debut backstopping his club to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, giving the Hawks their first three-game win streak of the season.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba will undergo surgery to repair an upper-body injury. General manager Paul Fenton expects Dumba will miss “significant time”. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dumba leads all NHL defensemen in goals (12) this season. His absence is a big blow to the Wild’s offensive attack. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (foot ailment) joined teammates P.K. Subban, Filip Forsberg, and Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve. 

SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Zach Hyman will miss at least three weeks with a sprained ankle. 

TSN: Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving hopes to avoid a lengthy contract standoff with Matthew Tkachuk, saying the goal is to get the young winger re-signed before the start of next season. He called re-signing Tkachuk “priority one”. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tkachuk, 21, is completing the final season of his entry-level contract and is on pace for a career-high 90-point performance. No wonder Treliving considers re-signing him the Flames’ top priority. With over $67 million invested in 14 players for 2019-20 and notables such as goaltenders Mike Smith and Dave Rittich and forward Sam Bennett to re-sign, Tkachuk’s next contract could complicate efforts to get the others under contract. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2018

Game recaps, Milan Lucic fined, and some injury updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: T.J. Oshie’s goal late in the third period lifted the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was ejected early in the third period for an illegal hit to Oshie’s head.

Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie tallied the winner in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford isn’t pleased with his club’s performance of late, giving rise to some trade chatter. I’ll have more about this later this morning in the Rumors section.

Colton Sissons hat trick powered the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who saw two goals overturned on video review.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a hot start to the season the Avalanche have cooled of late, dropping four straight games. 

Ryan Getzlaf’s third-period goal snapped a 2-2 tie as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Calgary Flames 3-2, snapping the Flames’ four-game win streak.

Edmonton Oilers winger Milan Lucic was fined $10,000.00 by the NHL department of player discipline for roughing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph during Tuesday’s game. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman could be returning to action soon from an upper-body injury. Winger Ondrej Palat (lower-body) is expected to be sidelined for several weeks but no surgery is required.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (lower body, day-to-day) was placed on injured reserve yesterday. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula (lower-body, suspected knee injury) is ruled out for the remainder of their road trip. He’ll continue to travel with the team and be re-evaluated upon their return to Las Vegas.  


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 10, 2017

Philadelphia Flyers re-sign defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a multi-year deal.

Flyers re-sign Gostisbehere, Sissons avoids suspension & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers yesterday announced the re-signing of defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a reported six-year, $27-million contract. The annual average value is $4.5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, Gostisbehere’s actual salary is front loaded. He’ll earn $6 million annually over the next two seasons, $5.25 million in season three, and $3.5 million annually over the final three seasons. Part of his salary in 2021-22 and 2022-23 will be paid out in signing bonuses. The latter ensures he receives a portion of his salary if there’s another lockout at the end of this CBA.

Gostisbehere is now the Flyers’ second-highest paid defenseman after Andrew MacDonald and his $5 million annual cap hit. Should the 24-year-old regain the form that made him a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2015-16, this could prove a worthwhile long-term deal for the Flyers. They obviously see him as a key part of their rebuilding blueline corps. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons won’t face supplemental discipline for crosschecking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in the head during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Sissons received a match penalty for the incident.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets yesterday re-signed backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year deal worth an average cap hit of $900K. They also hired recently retired forward Gregory Campbell as an assistant player development coach.

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders signed forward Steve Bernier to a two-year, two-way contract. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL:  The Vegas Golden Knight have hired Ryan Craig as an assistant coach.

CALGARY SUN: Calgary city councillors claim talks regarding a new arena deal between the city and the Flames are going well and details could be revealed soon. Earlier in the week, Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke raised eyebrows by suggesting the club would move if they don’t get a new rink. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If talks are going well and the two sides are in fact close to hammering out a new arena plan, Burke’s comments about relocation are quite puzzling. Maybe he thought his outspokenness might hasten the process. The club has distanced itself from Burke’s comments.