NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 23, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 23, 2019

Updates on the Bruins and Blues, Sedins inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, John Davidson takes over as Rangers president. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues Game 6 victory in the Western Conference Final generated their highest rating ever for a game on cable TV. Nielsen rating service reported 20.8 percent of homes with a television in the St. Louis market were tuned to that game. The Blues eliminated the San Jose Sharks in that contest to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins hope to combat their 11-day layoff between series with an intra-scrimmage game tonight at the TD Garden. The Bruins will face off against the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin were inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame (Photo via NHL.com).

  VANCOUVER SUN: Former Canucks stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin were inducted Wednesday into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved honor for the two greatest players in Canucks history. This won’t be the only Hall of Fame they’ll be admitted into shortly. They’re certain to be first-ballot inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2021. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers yesterday formally introduced John Davidson as their new president.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some observers wonder how Davidson’s hiring will affect the Rangers’ rebuild. While he’ll have input, I expect he’ll stay out of general manager Jeff Gorton’s way. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Team Canada winger Anthony Mantha received a one-game suspension for a hit to the head of Team USA’s Colin White during Tuesday’s game between the two clubs at the IIHF World Championships.

There’s no update on the status of Team USA center Dylan Larkin, who took a shot directly to the groin area during that game. He’s still being evaluated and it’s uncertain if he’ll play in today’s game against Russia. Mantha and Larkin are teammates with the Detroit Red Wings.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Growing speculation out of Edmonton suggests Dave Tippett will become the next head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens home games for 2019-20 will start at 7 pm instead of 7:30 pm. Exceptions will be matinee games scheduled for special events.

ABC/FOX MONTANA: Former NHL goaltender Peter Budaj is the new assistant coach of the Montana State Bobcats men’s hockey team.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 22, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 22, 2019

St. Louis Blues are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Game recap plus updates on Erik Karlsson, the latest on the Oilers and Senators, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: For the first time in 49 years, the St. Louis Blues will be playing in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. Ryan O’Reilly collected three assists, David Perron had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves. The Blues will take on the Boston Bruins – the team they faced during their last trip to the Final – in Game 1 of the Cup Final on Monday night

The St. Louis Blues are the 2019 NHL Western Conference champions. (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues are the feel-good story of 2018-19. On Jan. 3, they were dead last in the league standings. They overcame the odds (in part thanks to Binnington’s goaltending) to reach the playoffs, eliminating the Sharks, Winnipeg Jets, and Dallas Stars along the way. 

NBC SPORTS: The Sharks played without defenseman Erik Karlsson, winger Tomas Hertl and captain Joe Pavelski. The trio was sidelined by various injuries. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Had those three been healthy, perhaps the outcome of Game 6 would’ve been different. Karlsson was plagued by injury throughout the regular season. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said the blueliner was healthy and dialed in “for about six weeks.”  An unrestricted free agent this summer, Karlsson’s future in San Jose is uncertain. I’ll have more on his status later today in the Rumors section.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators general manager Pierre Dorion met with former Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy yesterday in Montreal. Roy was reportedly being interviewed for the Senators’ head-coaching position. Dorion has also interviewed “associate coach Marc Crawford, Belleville coach Troy Mann, Pittsburgh assistant Jacques Martin, Providence College coach Nate Leaman, Toronto assistant D.J. Smith and Dallas assistant Rick Bowness.” A decision could come as early as this weekend. 

TSN: Former Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett remains the front-runner for the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching job. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers also dismissed Duane Sutter as their vice president of player personnel. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook (core muscle injury) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (right shoulder) recently underwent surgery. Martinook’s recovery time is four-to-six weeks while de Haan will be sidelined four-to-six months. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings center Dylan Larkin was injured during Team USA’s 3-0 loss to Canada during a preliminary round game at the IIHF World Championships. No update as to his status but it’s believed to be a groin injury. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 2, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 2, 2019

Hurricanes push Islanders to the brink of elimination while the Stars tie their series with the Blues. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have the New York Islanders on the brink of elimination following a 5-2 victory in Game 3 of their second-round series. They hold a 3-0 lead and can finish the series with a win in Game 4 on Friday.

A costly turnover by Isles goalie Robin Lehner led to Hurricanes captain Justin Williams snapping a 2-2 tie in the third period. Carolina goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves, becoming the oldest netminder in NHL history to make his first career postseason start. Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Sebastian Aho had a goal and assisted on Williams’ game-winner. 

Justin Williams game-winning goal gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-0 series lead over the New York Islanders (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a close game up until Williams’ goal, after which the Hurricanes bottled up the Islanders for the rest of the third. The Isles managed to score twice but it still wasn’t enough to beat the plucky Canes. They’ve done a fine job cashing in on their opportunities in this series. 

The Dallas Stars doubled up the St. Louis Blues 4-2 to square their second-round series at two games apiece. Stars goalie Ben Bishop kicked out 27 shots while Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, and Mats Zuccarello each collected two assists.

This game was a chippy affair.  Blues winger David Perron whacked Bishop in the back and Blues netminder Jordan Binnington chopped at Bishop and took a swing at Stars captain Jamie Benn following the second period. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues frustration likely stemmed from the Stars dominating the play, especially in the second period. It’ll be interesting to see if the rough stuff in this game spilled over into Game 5.

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon tied Peter Forsberg’s Avalanche playoff points streak (seven games) in Tuesday’s Game 3 loss to San Jose. 

BOSTON HERALD: Center David Backes could return to the Bruins line for Game 4 tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets hold a 2-1 series lead.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin underwent minor surgery to repair a fractured nose. Drouin suffered the injury earlier in the season but played through it before seeking surgery. 

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres interviewed Dave Tippett for their head coaching position. Tippett is the former coach of the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes. 

THE SCORE: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a Canadian parliament subcommittee on sports-related concussions he feels outlawing hits to the head would lead to the decline of bodychecking in the game. His reasoning is larger players would be penalized for inadvertent headshots on smaller players. He also reiterated his long-held belief that there’s insufficient evidence to link hockey concussions to the brain condition CTE.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The National Football League, meanwhile, banned helmet hits to the head and it didn’t adversely affect their game. After much stonewalling, the NFL also acknowledged the link between CTE and playing football in 2016. 

SPORTSNET: Vancouver hockey writer and broadcaster Jason Botchford has passed away from heart failure at age 48. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Botchford’s family, friends, and colleagues. I didn’t know him but followed his work over the years and found him an insightful, thought-provoking hockey reporter. I may not have always agreed with him but I certainly respected his work. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 9, 2018

Game recaps, Joe Thornton and Zach Parise reach career milestones, injury updates, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Bo Horvat scored two goals and set up two others and Loui Eriksson also scored twice to lead the Vancouver Canucks to an 8-5 victory over the Boston Bruins. Jake DeBrusk had a three-point night in a losing cause for the Bruins. The Canucks played without winger Brock Boeser, who returned to Vancouver to see a specialist regarding a nagging groin injury.

Bo Horvat’s four-point performance carried the Vancouver Canucks to an 8-5 win over the Boston Bruins. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Florida Panthers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1, picking up their first home win over the Oilers since 2002. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for the victory.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored in overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers squeezed past the Arizona Coyotes 5-4, overcoming two shorthanded goals by the Coyotes. Scott Laughton tallied twice for the Flyers.

Jeff Skinner scored twice and Rasmus Ristolainen potted the winner as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in overtime. Max Domi collected three assists for the Canadiens, who were playing without forwards Paul Byron and Joel Armia. Byron is week-to-week with a lower-body injury while Armia is sidelined six-to-eight weeks with an injured knee.

The Vegas Golden Knights blew a three-goal lead but two third-period tallies gave them a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa rookie Brady Tkachuk was held scoreless in his first game back from a leg injury.

Tyler Johnson and Steven Stamkos scored late third-period goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the New York Islanders 4-2. Josh Bailey scored twice for the Islanders.

Jeremy Colliton lost his first game behind the Chicago Blackhawks’ bench as his club dropped a 4-3 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes, who jumped to a 4-0 lead and managed to hang on for the win.

Devin Shore scored two goals to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. It was a costly win for the Stars as defenseman John Klingberg could be sidelined for three weeks after suffering an injury blocking a shot in the third period. Sharks center Joe Thornton reached another notable milestone, playing in his 1,500th career NHL game.

Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise’s 700th career point came in the form of the game-winning goal as his club beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1.

NEWSDAY: New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello will miss the club’s next two games with a groin strain.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Patrick Maroon will be a healthy scratch in tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed goaltender Eddie Lack on waivers.

THE SCORE: Former NHL coach Dave Tippett said he won’t be returning to the coaching ranks as he intends to remain in his role as an advisor to the ownership group that is trying to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle.

TWINCITIES.COM: Bob Naegele Jr., the original owner of the Minnesota Wild, passed away on Wednesday at age 78 of complications from cancer. He was majority owners of the Wild from 2000 to 2008.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Naegele’s family, friends, and the Wild organization.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 19, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 19, 2018

Barry Trotz out of Washington, Seattle group hires Dave Tippett, Mike Babcock to receive honor and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals yesterday announced Barry Trotz was stepping down as head coach. Trotz, 55, guided the Capitals to two Presidents’ Trophy seasons (2016, 2017) and the Stanley Cup earlier this month.

Barry Trotz yesterday stepped down as head coach of the Washington Capitals (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trotz’s contract was due to expire at the end of this month. Though there was a two-year option for an extension that would’ve given him a $300K annual pay bump, Trotz was reportedly seeking a longer-term deal for a big raise. Term, not money, was considered the deal breaker.

There’s considerable speculation over Trotz’s plans, linking him to the New York Islanders among other clubs, but it remains to be seen what his next step will be. Meanwhile, Capitals assistant coach Todd Rierden could be Trotz’s replacement

SEATTLE TIMES: Former NHL coach Dave Tippett has been hired as a senior adviser to the group hoping to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle. The move prompts speculation he could also become their first head coach.

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has been named to the Order of Canada in Hockey. Two-time Olympic champion Danielle Goyotte and former Edmonton Oilers star Ryan Smyth are also receiving this honor. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to this trio. They’ve been strong representatives of Canadian hockey at the international level.

ST. JOHN’S TELEGRAM: Former NHL winger Ryane Clowe will reportedly take over as head coach of the Newfoundland Growlers, the new ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Clowe was employed as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.

SPORTSNET: Former Calgary Flames forward Hakan Loob was named the team’s new European scout.

STLTODAY.COM: Former St. Louis Blues player Kelly Chase is giving up his radio color commentary duties and will become involved in private real estate.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins prospect Jordy Bellerive is reportedly in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery from injuries suffered from a fire-pit explosion during a bachelor party he attended in Calgary over the weekend.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The NHL will honor the Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team during the league’s annual awards on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. The team won the Florida state championships just days after 17 people were killed and another 17 wounded during a shooting at the school. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 7, 2017

Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

 NHL.COM: Blake Wheeler’s four assists and Mark Schiefele scored twice to power the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. The Jets have run their points streak (5-0-3) to eight games.

Power-play goals from Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich carried the New York Rangers to their fourth straight victory by downing the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. Mika Zibanejad had three assists and Michael Grabner scored twice for the Rangers. Before the game, the Blue Jackets learned forward Matt Calvert will miss three-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury.

Zdeno Chara and Jordan Szwarz each collected two assists to give the Boston Bruins a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins were playing without winger Brad Marchand, who’s sidelined by an upper-body injury. The Bruins also ended their tryout agreement with forward Ryan White.

Nazem Kadri scored twice in regulation and Mitch Marner netted the winner in a shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. The Knights had overcome a 3-1 deficit on goals by Reilly Smith and Deryk Engelland to force extra time.

Tomas Tatar’s late third-period goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Wings have won four of their last five games.

John Carlson’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up two assists for the Capitals, while rookie star Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes.

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey and San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 5.


STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday’s game against Toronto and his status remains uncertain for tonight’s game against New Jersey.

CBS SPORTS: The Calgary Flames placed winger Tanner Glass on waivers.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers have returned forward Owen Tippett to the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers returned forward Kailer Yamamoto to the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs.

KING5.COM: Seattle city councilman Mike O’Brien said the city’s timeline for construction of a new arena is designed “to deliver an NHL team in 2020, the fall of 2020.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the city of Seattle and the league will downplay O’Brien’s comments. However, if taken at face value, it appears expansion will be coming in at least three years time.