NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2019

The Hurricanes ship Calvin de Haan to the Blackhawks in a four-player trade, the Flyers re-sign Travis Sanheim and ship Ryan Hartman to Dallas, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/NEWSOBSERVER.COM: last night reported the Carolina Hurricanes traded defenseman Calvin de Haan and forward Aleksi Saarela to the Chicago Blackhawks for goaltender Anton Forsberg and defenseman Gustav Forsling.

Carolina Hurricanes trade defenseman Calvin de Haan to the Chicago Blackhawks (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Having recently acquired Olli Maatta, the Blackhawks continue shoring up their defense corps with veteran players. de Haan brings a measure of “stay-at-home” defensive ability to a blueline that was missing that element this season.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, move out a third-pairing rearguard who was earning $4.55 million annually for three more years. Taking back Forsberg provides additional goaltending depth that might be needed soon. The Athletic’s Craig Custance believes Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney intends to test the unrestricted free agent market on Monday. 

COURIER-POST ONLINE: The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed defenseman Travis Sanheim to a two-year contract worth $3.25 million per season. They also traded winger Ryan Hartman to the Dallas Stars in exchange for winger Tyler Pitlick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sanheim gets a cost-effective short-term bridge contract. Hartman was a restricted free agent who no longer fit into the Flyers’ plans. Pitlick has a year remaining on his contract worth $1 million. The Flyers now have around $17 million in salary-cap space for 2019-20. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Brad Hunt to a two-year deal worth $1.4 million.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins will reportedly re-sign defenseman Steven Kampfer to a two-year contract extension.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Robert Thomas underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his left wrist.

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2019

The latest on Zdeno Chara, Vladimir Tarasenko, Adam McQuaid, Jason Pominville, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said he’s not feeling any limitation playing with a facial injury. While it hasn’t been confirmed by the club, Chara is believed to have suffered a fractured jaw in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. He played over 16 minutes in Game 5 and is expected to be in the lineup for Game 6 tonight in St. Louis. 

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara claims he’s feeling no limitations playing with a facial injury (Photo via NHL Images).

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (concussion) and forward Chris Wagner (injured right arm) skated in non-contact jerseys during practice yesterday. Grzelcyk hasn’t been cleared to return but Wagner could be ready if the series goes to Game 7. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko’s wife gave birth to a son on Friday. Tarasenko said he’ll be ready to play in Game 6 tonight. The Blues lead the series three games to two and can win the Stanley Cup with a victory on Sunday. 

With Ivan Barbashev serving a one-game suspension, Blues forward Robert Thomas could return to the lineup tonight. Thomas last skated in Game 1 when he was on the receiving end of a big hit from Boston’s Torey Krug. 

SPORTSNET: has a collection of the most controversial calls of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This should be used as “Exhibit A” when the league launches its review of its officiating this summer. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Adam McQuaid is still dealing with concussion issues. His agent, Rick Curran, confirmed he’s been struggling with the symptoms since receiving a hit during a game in late-March. He played only 14 regular-season games with the Jackets after being acquired from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. McQuaid is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McQuaid has a long injury history, including several head/concussion injuries since October 2011. The wear-and-tear of his 10 NHL seasons is taking a toll on the 32-year-old blueliner. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Congratulations to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers defeated the Chicago Wolves in five games to win their first-ever Calder Cup. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 3, 2019

Check out the latest on the Bruins and Blues on the eve of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

BOSTON HERALD: Trade deadline acquisitions Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson are paying dividends for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Coyle is fifth among their postseason scoring leaders with eight goals and 15 points. Johansson, meanwhile, has four goals and 11 points. 

Charlie Coyle (above) and Marcus Johansson are trade-deadline acquisition paying dividends for the Boston Bruins (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johansson is a UFA this summer. He could be just a playoff rental for the Bruins, who have over $68 million (stick tap to Cap Friendly) invested in 19 players. Defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo are restricted free agents due for significant pay raises.

Coyle is assured of returning with the Bruins as he has a year remaining on his contract. Given his postseason play, it’s unlikely they’ll move him in the offseason. 

NBC SPORTS: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is ok after making a painful shot block in the third period of Game 3. The blueliner was visibly in pain and left the game with just two minutes remaining in the third period. 

STLTODAY.COM: After being the least-penalized team through three rounds, the St. Louis Blues are awash in penalties in the Cup Final. They’re averaging 11.3 minutes per game against Boston compared to 6.8 minutes per game against their earlier playoff opponents. Blues coach Craig Berube is frustrated and befuddled by the spike in penalties against his team, adding he didn’t agree with some of the calls. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Berube noted his players are allowing frustration and emotion to creep into their play, especially when play is stopped. The Bruins are also very good at drawing penalties so the Blues must ensure they don’t rise to the bait. Not easy to do when emotions are running high. Given the Bruins lethal power play, which went four-for-four in Game 3, the Blues must play with more discipline in this series. 

TSN: Blues center Robert Thomas and defenseman Vince Dunn skated with their teammates during practice yesterday. Thomas has an unspecified injury while Dunn is recovering from concussion symptoms. Their status for Game 4 remains uncertain. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2018

Game recaps, injury and waiver updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Buffalo Sabres 10-game winning streak came to an end last night as they fell 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos scored the tying goal and Cedric Paquette netted the winner in the third period. Sam Reinhart scored twice for the Sabres.

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine is the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 career goals. (Photo via NHL Images)

Patrik Laine scored his 100th career goal to become the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach that milestone as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Chicago Blackhawks 6-5. Laine scored twice (his 20th and 21st of the season) while teammate Nikolaj Ehlers tallied a hat trick.  The Jets skated without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who suffered a concussion during Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ryan Donato scored the only goal in a shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. During a pre-game ceremony, the Bruins honored Rick Middleton by raising his No. 16 to the rafters. Meanwhile, Bruins president Cam Neely suggested it was “unlikely” the club would extend a similar honor to former goaltender Tim Thomas, citing his limited tenure with the Bruins, who haven’t retired the numbers of any of their former goaltenders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thomas is a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy and won the Conn Smythe Trophy for backstopping the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup. Gerry Cheevers helped the Bruins win two Stanley Cups. Frankie “Mr. Zero” Brimsek won the Calder Trophy, two Vezina Trophies, was twice named to the First All-Star Team, and won two Stanley Cups. It’s ridiculous that the Bruins haven’t honored them.

The Edmonton Oilers spoiled the return of Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a 3-2 victory. Defenseman Oscar Klefbom potted the game-winner late in the third period. Quick had been sidelined since Oct. 23 by knee surgery.

Arizona Coyotes netminder Adin Hill made 29 saves to pick up his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. Recently acquired center Nick Schmaltz tallied his first goal as a Coyote. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes claimed goalie Calvin Pickard off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Max Pacioretty scored twice and William Karlsson netted the winning goal as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 to pick up their fifth straight win. Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was knocked from the game in the third period after being hit from behind by Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson turned in a 27-save shutout to blank to New York Rangers 3-0. The Rangers were skating without Vladislav Namestnikov, who remains in concussion protocol since Monday’s game against the Senators.

Second-period goals from Cam Atkinson, Riley Nash, and Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes placed goaltender Scott Darling on waivers yesterday and placed defenseman Haydn Fleury on injured reserve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired and signed last year to a four-year contract, Darling’s been a bust as the Hurricanes’ starting goaltender. He’s been outplayed this season by Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrazek. If he clears waivers he’s expected to be sent to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have demoted defenseman Victor Mete to their AHL affiliate in Laval. 

NJ.COM:  The Devils placed rookie forward Joe Anderson (broken ankle, week-to-week) on injured reserve. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues placed forward Nikita Soshnikov on waivers. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins reclaimed Jean-Sebastien Dea off waivers from the New Jersey Devils and sent him to their AHL affiliate.