NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 18, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 18, 2018

Panthers name Aleksander Barkov as captain, Oilers re-sign Darnell Nurse, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers yesterday named Aleksander Barkov as their new team captain. The 23-year-old center becomes the 10th (and youngster) captain in franchise history.

Florida Panthers name Aleksander Barkov as their new captain. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good choice by the Panthers. Despite being hampered by injuries in his five NHL seasons, Barkov has matured into the Panthers’ top forward. In 2017-18, he set career highs in assist (51) and points (78) and was a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward.

Barkov’s work ethic and lead-by-example style earned praise from his teammates and coaches. With the Panthers poised to become legitimate playoff contender, he’s the right guy to lead them. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers yesterday re-signed defenseman Darnell Nurse to a two-year bridge contract worth $6.4 million. The annual average value is $3.2 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dollars, not term, was the reason behind the contract standoff. Nurse’s representatives valued him at over $4 million annually while the Oilers put it at under $3.5 million.

With the Winnipeg Jets inking Josh Morrissey to a two-year, $6.3-million bridge deal, the market value was set. Should Nurse continue to develop as projected, he’ll be in line for a substantial raise on his next contract. 

THE SCORE: Montreal Canadiens forward Nicolas Deslauriers was taken to hospital as a precaution and for further testing after leaving the second period of last night’s preseason game against the New Jersey Devils with an upper-body injury. The Canadiens rallied in the third period with three unanswered goals to defeat the Devils 3-1.

CBS SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim will be sidelined one week with an upper-body injury.

USA TODAY: Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has taken a leave of absence following the death of his father on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Sullivan, his family and the Penguins’ organization. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday names Peter MacTavish as their new assistant general manager. He had been working as a recruiter and agent for CAA Hockey. 

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets names Jarred Boll as an assistant development coach while Fedor Tyutin joins their scouting staff. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins star Evegni Malkin (left) likes his team’s chances of winning a third straight Stanley Cup title.

Latest on Evgeni Malkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jonathan Drouin & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

 NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin believes his club has the tools to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup. He notes the club kept its core intact and singles out captain Sidney Crosby’s work ethic. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Winning consecutive championships is very difficult in today’s NHL, but the Penguins managed it this past season. If they do win three in a row, they’ll be the first team since the 1981-82 New York Islanders to accomplish that feat. 

SPORTSNET: Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan recently told The Boston Globe the NHL’s new iPad system played a key role in his club’s championship march last season. The system broadcasts real-time replays to each team’s bench, allowing them to review on-ice events more quickly. 

CSN MIDATLANTIC: Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov believes the club’s off-season roster turnover is a good thing, injecting more youth into the lineup. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Critics might suggest Kuznetsov is being overly optimistic, but the potential addition of promising youngsters such as forward Jakub Vrana and defenseman Christian Djoos could give the Caps a positive jolt. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Jonathan Drouin joins the NFL’s Roberto Aguayo and MLB’s Tim Beckham as three former Tampa Bay pro athletes who could return to haunt their former teams this year. 

NHL.COM: Gerard Gallant embraces the challenge of coaching the Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural season. “I knew we were going to have a pretty decent team, but the team was better than I thought,” Gallant said. “I thought we got better top-end players than I thought we’d get.”


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 19, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 19, 2017

Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry (10) celebrates his overtime goal against the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the 2017 Western Conference Final.

Ducks even Western Conference Final at 2 games apiece, plus updates on the Senators, Penguins & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Corey Perry’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, knotting the series at two games apiece and handing the Predators their first home-ice loss in the 2017 postseason.

The Predators overcame a 2-0 deficit on third-period goals by P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg to force overtime. Predators captain Mike Fisher left the game in the third period with a possible head injury and didn’t return. 

TRIBLIVE.COM/OTTAWA SUN: Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan isn’t tipping his hand on whether he’ll start Marc-Andre Fleury or Matt Murray in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final tonight. The Ottawa Senators, however, aren’t concerned over who they face in the Penguins net. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game 4 could prove the crucial one in this series. The Senators hold a 2-1 series lead, holding the usually lethal Penguins offense to just three goals. If the injury-battered Pens can’t find a way to overcome Ottawa’s smothering defensive system tonight, they’ll be returning to Pittsburgh facing elimination in Game 5.

TSN;  Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold expressed buyer’s remorse over his club acquiring center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes before the trade deadline. Hanzal’s presence didn’t help the Wild avoid first-round elimination in the 2017 playoffs. 

 YAHOO SPORTS: The agent for Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro said his client suffered an alcohol relapse before the Christmas holidays. He’s currently resting at home in Nashville hoping to get better and could make a decision on his hockey future soon. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully Ribeiro finds the help he needs to continue his recovery. The 37-year-old’s NHL career is probably over. His performance significantly declined this season and the Preds couldn’t find any takers when he submitted a trade request. He was placed on waivers in February and finished the season in the AHL. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is interested in bringing back goaltender Peter Budaj next season. Budaj is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders named Luke Richardson as an assistant coach. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes promoted Steve Sullivan to assistant general manager. 

THE DENVER POST: Lee Hee-beom, head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizing committee, said his group is ready to cooperate with the NHL in hopes the league will allow its players to participate in the Games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe that ship has sailed. The team owners appear adamant against participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. It’ll take significant concessions from the IOC to change their minds. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2016

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan salutes the crowd after his 1,500th NHL game.

A roundup of recent notable news from the last three days in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr, Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 25. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  Long-time Coyotes captain Shane Doan tallied his 400th career goal in his 1,500th NHL game in his club’s 4-1 loss on Friday to the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

ESPN.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their 12th consecutive victory by edging the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 23. 

TWINCITIES.COM:  The Minnesota Wild set a franchise record for consecutive wins (10) with their 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday. 

NHL.com:  On Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced the re-signing of head coach Mike Sullivan to a three-year contract extension that begins in 2017-18. Sullivan took over as bench boss last December and guided the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sullivan’s style also helped the Pens avoid the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover. Thus far, they’re second overall in the Eastern Conference with 49 points in 35 games. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will miss four-to-six weeks with a knee sprain. 

TSN:  Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen suffered an apparent knee injury in last Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  No word as to how long Hansen might be sidelined. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  The Stars placed forward Antoine Roussel on injured reserve. 

Edmonton Oilers center Tyler Pitlick’s season is over after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. 

OTTAWA SUN: NHL free-agent forward Steve Downie went on a Twitter rant prior to Christmas, calling out “his former head coach Dave Tippett, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and hockey commentator Don Cherry”. He ripped Tippett for allowing his best player, left wing Max Domi, to engage in a fight that broke the winger’s hand, Campbell for mocking former Coyotes enforcer John Scott for taking part in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, and Cherry for years of advocating violent play. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some observers have commended Downie’s outspokenness. Others, however, could interpret his remarks as sour grapes. Violent play has always been a part of the NHL, though in recent years the league has taken steps to reduce its effects and better protect its players. Still, there remains a “tough guy” code that has its champions around the league, with Cherry among the most prominent. That makes the colorful commentator a big target for criticism, some of it quite justified. 

MLIVE: The recent postponed game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes has been rescheduled for March 27, 2017.

TSN: Rick Westhead reports a California workers’ compensation appeals board ruled the New Jersey Devils wrongfully withheld medical record from Mike Peluso, who alleges he suffered brain injuries as a result of his NHL career. 

“California was among the few U.S. states where pro athletes until 2014 could file workers compensation claims without playing their home games in the state. That meant that players from any NHL club, Peluso included, could file there.

In 2014, after lobbying by the National Football League, the state changed the law so that only players who played home games in California could file claims. That means former NHL players with the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and California Golden Seals can now file there.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league currently faces a lawsuit from a number of former players regarding concussions suffered during their NHL careers. The Peluso ruling could lead to a number of former players from those teams filing similar claims.