NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray is congratulated by Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury following their 6-0 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Penguins thump Predators in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final plus updates on Ryan Callahan, Marc-Edouard Vlasic & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each collected three points, Evgeni Malkin had two points and Matt Murray turned in a 24-save shutout performance as the Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the Nashville Predators 6-0 in Game 5 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The series returns to Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday with the Penguins leading three games to two. 

It was a rough contest, highlighted by Crosby and Predators defenseman P.K. Subban’s first-period wrestling match in which the Penguins captain delivered a series of short punches to Subban’s head. Both received roughing minors. Crosby also tossed a water bottle in the ice in the second period prior to the Penguins’ fifth goal but he insisted it was an accident and not aimed at one of the Predators. 

The Predators also suffered a loss to the defense corps as blueliner Ryan Ellis left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. No word yet from the club as to his condition. For the second time in this series, the Penguins drove Pekka Rinne from the Predators net after he gave up three first-period goals on just nine shots. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the first time in this Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins dominated the Predators. It was apparent from the opening puck drop that the Pens came to play when Crosby bulled his way toward the Nashville net and clanged a shot off the right post. That pretty much set the tone for the evening, as the Penguins neutralized the Predators’ speed and offensive attack. Ellis’ injury could rob the Preds of one of their most effective players over the remainder of this series. 

If there’s one consolation for the Predators, it’s that they’re returning to Nashville for Game 6, as no one in this series has won a road game. The Preds need that trend to continue on Sunday or they’ll be watching the Penguins hoist the Stanley Cup in Bridgestone Arena. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning haven’t asked forward Ryan Callahan to waive his no-movement clause. That’s seen as an indication the club intends to protect him in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. 

CSN BAY AREA: The agent for San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said contract extension talks are going well and both sides hope to get a long-term deal in place by early July. 

TSN: Dan Milstein, the agent for Montreal Canadiens restricted free agent defenseman Nikita Nesterov, denied reports out of Russia claiming his client had signed with a KHL team. Milstein said his client intends to play in the NHL next season. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights hired Mike Kelly as an assistant coach. 

BSN DENVER: Windsor Spitfires head coach Warren Rychel has had discussions with the Colorado Avalanche regarding a possible front-office role. 

THE SCORE: Despite plans to renovate Seattle’s KeyArena, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league hasn’t made any commitments to putting a franchise in that city. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: In order to make room for future champions on the Stanley Cup, the top ring of the trophy will have to be removed. That means the names of such legends as Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Jacques Plante, Glenn Hall and Ted Lindsay won’t be on the Cup anymore. The ring containing their names will rest in the Hockey Hall of Fame. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 1, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 1, 2016

Blake Wheeler is the new captain of the Winnipeg Jets.

Blake Wheeler is the new captain of the Winnipeg Jets.

Winnipeg Jets name Blake Wheeler captain, Scott Gomez retires, P.K. Subban returns to Montreal & more in this morning’s NHL headlines.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS:  The Jets yesterday formally announced winger Blake Wheeler is their new team captain. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and center Mark Scheifele are the alternate captains. 

ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS:  After 16 NHL seasons, forward and Anchorage native Scott Gomez announced his retirement. Gomez played for the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators.

His best seasons came during his first stint with the Devils (1999-2000 to 2006-07), winning two Stanley Cups and the 2000 Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. In 1,079 regular season games, Gomez netted 181 goals and 756 points, as well as 101 points in 149 playoff games. 

TSN.CA:  Back in Montreal for the first second time since being traded in June by the Canadiens to the Nashvile Predators, defenseman P.K. Subban admitted he was disappointed not to be selected for Team Canada in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, but said he has no control over that. Subban was in Montreal for the first anniversary of his $10 million pledge to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In one year, his foundation raised over $1.4 million for his fund that helps families with sick children undergoing financial hardship.

OTTAWA SUN: It’s been a bittersweet summer for Senators winger Bobby Ryan, who welcomed the birth of his first child but also endured the loss of his mother to liver cancer. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL:  The ashes of hockey great Gordie Howe will be interred in the base of a statue that honors him outside a hockey arena in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers yesterday unveiled gold-trimmed jerseys to commemorate their 50th anniversary. 

BOSTON HERALD:  Individual home game tickets for Bruins games in 2016-17 go on sale Sept. 8. 

USA TODAY:  The NHL adds meldonium to its list of banned substances. 

SI.COM: Colin Fleming considers the Team Canada roster of the 1976 Canada Cup tournament to be hockey’s ultimate “Dream Team”, Among the 18 Hall of Famers were Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Denis Potvin, Bobby Clarke, Darryl Sittler, Lanny McDonald, Phil Esposito, Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perreault and soon-to-be inducted Rogie Vachon. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The PIttsburgh Penguins will visit the White House with the Stanley Cup on Oct. 6. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Speaking of the Stanley Cup, Andy O’Brien, PEI native and the Penguins director of sport science and performance, brought the big mug to Atlantic Fitness Centre in Charlottetown yesterday. Here’s some photos of the occasion:


Andy O’Brien and the Stanley Cup.


Andy O'Brien and the Cup.

Andy O’Brien and the Cup.


L-R: Stacey Lund (manager, AFC), Andy O'Brien and Chris MacPhee (co-owner, AFC).

L-R: Stacey Lund (manager, AFC), Andy O’Brien and Chris MacPhee (co-owner, AFC).




Scratch one big item off my bucket list.

Scratch one big item off my bucket list.