NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader passes away plus the latest notable preseason signings, roster cuts and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader died Sunday from cancer at age 62. Earlier this year, Strader received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his broadcasting work. He is to be officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Strader’s family, friends, colleagues and the Stars organization. 

TSN: The St. Louis Blues signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year, one-way contract. Upshall spent September on a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an affordable move bringing back Upshall, who’ll earn $800K on this one-year deal. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year, $700K contract. The Devils has invited Hayes to training camp on a tryout basis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes showed some promise in 2014-15, netting 19 goals and 35 points with the Florida Panthers. He’s expected to fill a bottom-six role with the Devils, who need all the offense they can get. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers released forwards  Brandon Pirri and Harry Zolnierczyk from their PTO contracts. Owen Tippett, the Panthers’ first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, secure a roster spot.


EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers sent winger Jesser Puljujarvi to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield and placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers. 

THE ATHLETIC: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dylan McIlrath and goaltender Jared Coreau were among the notable names placed on waivers yesterday. 

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Eric Gelinas signed an AHL contract with the Laval Rocket. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi created a stir on Twitter Sunday by caller for stricter immigration laws following a violent attack on Saturday night in Edmonton perpetrated by a Somali immigrant. Domi’s comments drew a mixed response from Twitter readers, prompting the winger to clarify his remarks insisting he wasn’t disrespecting any race or religion. Domi was born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto.

CSN WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Tom Wilson could once again face disciplinary action after being ejected for the second time from a preseason game for a controversial hit. During Saturday’s games against the St. Louis Blues, Wilson received a major boarding penalty and game misconduct for a hit on Blues winger. Wilson was suspended for two preseason games for the first incident. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 18, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 18, 2017

Nashville |Predators forward Kevin Fiala scores in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their opening-round playoff series.

Blackhawks and Flames on brink of elimination. The latest in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com:  Kevin Fiala scored in overtime as the Nashville Predators overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, taking a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven opening-round series. Filip Forsberg scored twice for the Predators, while Dennis Rasmussen and Patrick Kane tallied for the Blackhawks, who were shut out in the first two games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators have out-skated, out-hustled and out-hit the Blackhawks, who are looking slow footed and frustrated in this series. The Preds are doing a great job shutting down Chicago’s vaunted offense.  With Game 4 slated for Thursday, the Blackhawks are on the ropes and running out of solutions. 

Corey Perry’s overtime goal capped a four-goal rally by the Anaheim Ducks, who overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat the Calgary Flames 5-4. The Ducks now hold a 3-0 series lead over the Flames, who scored three power-play goals in this game. Nate Thompson had a goal and two assists for the Ducks, while Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for the Flames. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A heartbreaking loss for the Flames, who appeared to have this game in the bag until Shea Theodore’s goal late in the second period opened the floodgates for the Ducks. Swapping a shaky John Gibson for Jonathan Bernier stabilized the Ducks’ goaltending and helped power their comeback.  

Tyler Bozak’s power-play overtime goal lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals, giving the Leafs a 2-1 series lead. The Leafs overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to force the extra frame. Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner missed his first game in seven seasons with an upper-body injury

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The turning point in this game was the Capitals’ inability to cash in on two power-play opportunities in the second period when they led 3-1. That gave the Leafs life and sparked their comeback. 

The Ottawa Senators squandered a 3-0 lead but went on to down the Boston Bruins 4-3 on an overtime power-play goal by Bobby Ryan. The Sens lead the series 2-1. Erik Karlsson had two assists and Mike Hoffman scored twice. Bruins center David Krejci returned to action after missing the opening two games with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the four clubs that squandered leads last night, the Sens were the only one not to lose in overtime. An ill-time roughing penalty by Bruins forward Riley Nash set the stage for Ryan’s heroics. To be fair to Nash, he was upset after being elbowed in the head by Ryan, an infraction that went uncalled by the officials. 

YAHOO SPORTS: A facial fracture has finished Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski’s season. Werenski sufferind the injury during the Jackets’ Game 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

MIAMI HERALD: Now-retired Florida Panthers enforcer Shawn Thornton is auctioning off his skates on eBay for charity. 

MLIVE.COM: Former NHL star Pavel Datsyuk helped SKA St. Petersburg win the KHL’s Gagarin Cup.

ESPN.COM: Former NHL star Bobby Carpenter pushed the racing wheelchair of paralyzed former women’s hockey player Denna Laing in the 2017 Boston Marathon. They finished with a time of 4 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds.

TORONTO SUN/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Former sports writer Cam Cole will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism. Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 19, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 19, 2017

Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone (61) celebrates one of his five points against the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammate Ryan Dzingel.

Game recaps, Leafs & Devils swing a trade, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Mark Stone had a five-point night (one goal, four assists) as the Ottawa Senators blew a 2-0 lead but rallied back from a 3-2 deficit with four straight third-period goals to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. The win moves the Sens within two points of the struggling Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Atlantic Division. 

Brent Burns scored twice to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, tying the franchise record for most goals in a season by a defenseman (27). Before the game, the Coyotes commemorated their 20th season in Arizona. 

Jason Zucker scored twice and Devan Dubnyk got his league-leading 32nd win as the Minnesota Wild beat the Nashville Predators 5-2. 

The surging Florida Panthers picked up their fourth straight win and seventh in their last eight with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Aleksander Barkov netted the game winner in the third to snap a 2-2 tie, marking the Panthers first win in Los Angeles since Nov. 27, 2002. 

Henrik Zetterberg’s shootout goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals, ending the 14-game win streak of Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. 

Robin Lehner made 37 saves and Ryan O’Reilly tallied the game winner as the Buffalo Sabres hung on for a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, snapping the latter’s six-game winning streak. 

Cam Talbot kicked out 38 shots while Milan Lucic’s third-period goal proved the game winner as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1, handing the latter their first loss in six games. 

Cory Schneider turned in a 40-save effort and Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils took a 3-0 lead over the New York Islanders and hung on for a 3-2 win. The Devils skated without slumping veteran winger Mike Cammalleri, who was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career. 

Third-period goals by Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, spoiling the return of recently-hired head coach Claude Julien behind the Habs bench. 

Chris Tanev’s overtime goal lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. 

Jamie Benn’s overtime goal lifted the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending the Stars’ three-game losing skid. Antoine Roussel tallied a hat trick for the Stars. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE’s Dave Molinari reports Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz is sidelined with a concussion. 

NJ.COM:  The New Jersey Devils yesterday traded forward Sergey Kalinin to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for minor-league defenseman Viktor Loov. Earlier in the day, Kalinin cleared waivers and was to be demoted to the Devils’ AHL affiliate before the trade took place. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Ty Rattie on waivers. Earlier this season, they claimed Rattie off waivers from the St. Louis Blues. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: After missing 59 games this season to cancer treatment, Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader returned yesterday to the broadcast booth. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers will honor former Rangers Hall-of-Fame forward Jean Ratelle next season by retiring his No. 19.