NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 14, 2017

Martin St. Louis and his family watch as his number 26 is retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 Game recaps,  Avalanche and Predators make a trade & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in his season debut to backstop the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prior to the game, the Lightning honored Martin St. Louis by retiring his number 26. St. Louis spent 13 seasons with the Bolts, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. He’s also a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy and won the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester Pearson Award in 2004.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, St. Louis is the greatest player in Lightning history and a future Hall of Famer.  

John Tavares tallied a hat trick and collected his 500th NHL point to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Isles defenseman Nick Leddy had a three-point game, netting a goal and two assists. 

Jeff Skinner had a three-point game (two goals, one assist) and Cam Ward made 36 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Buffalo Sabres 5-2. 

Braden Holtby made 24 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout as the Washington Capitals blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0. Jay Beagle scored twice and Tom Wilson had a three-point night. 

Frederik Andersen made 34 saves while Mitch Marner and Tyler Bozak each collected two assists to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. 

Brendan Perlini scored twice while Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each collected three assists as the Arizona Coyotes edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. 

Keith Kinkaid turned in a 31-save performance and Taylor Hall tallied the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils held on for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames, snapping a four-game losing skid. 

THE DENVER POST:  The Colorado Avalanche traded fourth-line winger Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators in exchange for minor-league center Felix Girard. McLeod is under contract through next season at an annual average value of $1.33 million, but the Avs will retain 40 percent of that salary-cap hit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The roster shakeup has begun for the floundering Avalanche. Expect more deals by the Avs to come before the March 1 trade deadline. Most will likely involve pending unrestricted free agents such as Jarome Iginla and Fedor Tyutin. It’s also possible a core player, such as Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, could be moved. 

CSNPHILLY.COM:  The Philadelphia Flyers activated defenseman Mark Streit off injured reserve and placed center Boyd Gordon on waivers in order to clear sufficient salary-cap space for Streit’s return. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators placed defenseman Roman Josi and forward Colin Wilson on injured reserve. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo (broken right wrist) will be sidelined approximately two months. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Roy MacGregor has the story of Len Boogaard, the father of late NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, who is trying to eliminate fighting from hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether you believe fighting belongs in hockey or not, Len Boogaard’s story is one that should be read by everyone on both sides of this issue. 

SPORTSNET:  Four-time Olympic champion and seven-time World Champion Hayley Wickenheiser yesterday announced her retirement. Wickenheiser is an icon of women’s hockey and played a significant role in growing the sport of women’s hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Wickenheiser is also a shoo-in for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hopefully, she won’t have to wait very long for that honor. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2017



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 13, 2017

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl snipes the game winner against the New Jersey Devils.

Game recaps, injury news, latest on Martin St. Louis & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Leon Draisaitl had a three-point performance, scoring the winning goal in overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Former Oiler Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist in his first game in Edmonton since he was traded to New Jersey last June. 

Nino Niederreiter scored twice and Eric Staal collected three points as the Minnesota Wild crushed the Montreal Canadiens 7-1. Habs goalie Carey Price gave up those seven goals on 24 shots but refused to be pulled from the game. “I’d rather just stick it out,” said Price. “Nobody else has the opportunity to get pulled from a game.”

Jake Muzzin and Tanner Pearson each scored twice to give the Los Angeles Kings a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. It marked the third time in five starts that Blues goaltender Jake Allen was pulled from a game. He’s now won only three of his last 11 starts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen’s slump is worth keeping an eye on. If he doesn’t snap out of his funk soon, the Blues could be in the market for a goalie. 

Mike Condon kicked out 29 shots and Erik Karlsson had two assists as the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. It’s the first time this season the Pens lost back-to-back games in regulation. 

Juuse Saros made 35 saves and Filip Forsberg netted the game-winner as the Nashville Predators edged the Boston Bruins 2-1. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask left the game in the first period after taking a shot to the neck, while Predators defenseman Roman Josi was sidelined with an upper-body injury from a hit by Bruins defenseman Anton Blidh. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After the game, Rask said that he’s going to be okay. It’s uncertain how long Josi will be sidelined

A third-period goaltending change helped the Philadelphia Flyers overcome a 4-3 deficit in a 5-4 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks. Michael Neuvirth relieved Steve Mason and made 14 saves while Claude Giroux tallied the only goal in the shootout. Markus Granlund scored twice for the Canucks. 

 In his first game since Dec. 20, goaltender Ben Bishop made 24 saves to carry the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. 

John Gibson made 33 saves and Rikard Rakell had two points as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. The Ducks have now won four of their last five games. 

Antti Niemi turned in a 31-save performance backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Earlier in the day, the Stars revealed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak will be sidelined two weeks with a hand injury.

 TAMPA BAY TIMES: Former Tampa Bay Lightning star Martin St. Louis hasn’t attended an NHL game since his retirement in 2015. That’s because he’s been busy coaching the Mid Fairfield Junior Rangers of Connecticut. The Lightning will retire St. Louis’ number 26 tonight in a ceremony before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes and Make-A-Wish made young Chase Bass’ wish come true. The seven-year-old met several team members, played a street hockey game with Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward, Jordan Staal and several others, then signed a one-day “contract” with the club. Bass suffers from a rare form of white blood cell cancer. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 7, 2016

President Barack Obama honored the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

President Barack Obama honored the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Penguins honored at White House, Lightning to honor Martin St. Louis, injury updates & more in your NHL morning headlines.

Check out NHL.com for last night’s preseason scores.

TRIBLIVE.COM:  President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House yesterday. “We are here to celebrate an extraordinary achievement. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion,’ joked Obama, who also hosted the Penguins back in 2009 for their previous Cup championship.

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  The Tampa Bay Lightning will honor former captain Martin St. Louis by retiring his No. 26 at a ceremony on Jan. 13. St. Louis spent 13 of his 17 seasons with the Lightning, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. During his tenure with the Bolts, he also won two scoring titles and the Hart Memorial Trophy (2004). He’s the franchise’s “all-time leading scorer with 953 points and he ranks second in Lightning history in games (972) and goals (365).”

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  There’s talk some Lightning fans are still upset over St. Louis demanding a trade to the New York Rangers following the 2014 Winter Olympics. While I can understand that bitterness, it’s best to remember what he did for the franchise during his long tenure with them. St. Louis played an important role in turning the Lightning from a laughingstock into a champion, helping them remain a competitive team. Without him, the Lightning’s history over the past fifteen years might be completely different, and perhaps not for the better.

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres forwards Ryan O’Reilly (back and midsection spasms) and Kyle Okposo (bruised knee), and defensemen Zach Bogosian (groin) and Dmitry Kulikov (butt bruise) are currently sidelined by injuries. 

ESPN.COM:  The Los Angeles Kings placed winger Marian Gaborik (broken foot) on injured reserve. 

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad will miss the next four weeks with a broken bone in one of his hands. 

CSNNE.COM:  Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is listed as day-to-day with a bruised knee. 

COURIER POST:  Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Laughton is out three-four weeks with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Brandon Manning (upper body) is listed as week-to-week. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo will miss the next four weeks with a groin injury. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM’s Michael Russo reports the Dallas Stars signed forward Justin Fontaine to a professional tryout offer. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Clayton Stoner on waivers, demoted blueliners Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour and ended the PTO contract of forward Sean Bergenheim. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stoner is earning $3.25 million this season and next. It’s unlikely a rival club will pick up that salary via waivers. 

NEW YORK POST: A New York judge has spared former minor league player Jordan Hart, who was accused of providing painkillers to the late Derek Boogaard. She found no basis that he supplied the drugs that killed Boogaard. Hart instead received a one-year probation. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Hart and Boogaard “were victims of organized sports, which did not consider the consequences of supplying large quantities of addictive pain medication to their players.”

MLIVE.COM:  NHL Hall of Fame defenseman and Detroit Red Wings director of pro scouting is one of the winners of the 2016 Lester Patrick Trophy.