NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2018

Canadiens and Flames swap former first-round picks, Oilers sign Jakub Jerabek, Rangers sign Dustin Tokarski. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CALGARY SUN: The Calgary Flames shipped center Hunter Shinkaruk to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Kerby Rychel. Both teams re-signed their new players to one-year, one-way contract worth $650K. The duo are also former first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Rychel was selected 19th overall while Shinkaruk went 24th overall.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames will be Rychel’s fourth NHL team, having bounced from Columbus to Toronto to Montreal while the Canadiens are Shinkaruk’s third, having been previously acquired by the Flames from the Vancouver Canucks. Both have spent the bulk of their respective pro careers in the minors. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level. Tokarski, 28, spent last season with the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers signed defenseman Jakub Jerabek to a one-year contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has started a foundation to help the U.S. military community. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jerabek,27, made his NHL debut last season, splitting 36 games between the Canadiens and Washington Capitals. He’s seen as an affordable stopgap measure for now to offset the absence of Andrej Sekera, who recently suffered a career-threatening torn Achilles tendon.

Jerabek won’t replace Sekera’s skill and experience. Still, he will be a short-term depth solution until better options present themselves once Sekera ($5.5 million) is placed on LTIR at the start of the upcoming season. 

NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has launched a foundation in his name to assist serving and former U.S. service members and their families. The goal is to provide funds for various programs that benefit the military community. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As a Canadian Forces veteran, I salute Palmieri for his efforts to help the U.S. military community. 

THE ATHLETIC: Hockey-related revenue, escrow, shortening maximum-length contracts, the Olympics and expansion to Seattle are expected to be the major issues in the next round of collective bargaining between the NHL and NHLPA. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In case you’re wondering why we’re hearing about this now, the league and the NHLPA each have an opt-out option next September. If one or the other triggers that option, the current CBA will expire on Sept.15, 2020. 

OTTAWA SUN: Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros recently clarified his comments suggesting the NHL should consider removing body contact from the game, saying “clean body contact should have a place in the upper tiers and professional hockey.” Lindros, whose career was cut short by concussion injuries, is now an advocate for improved player safety. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The family of recently deceased NHL player Kurt Walker will donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2017

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

NHL.com: Mike Smith turned in a 43-save shutout performance as the Calgary Flames snapped a 25-game winless streak in Anaheim by blanking the Ducks 2-0. Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames. 

Nikolaj Ehlers tallied a hat trick to give the Winnipeg Jets their first win of the season by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. 

Auston Matthews scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. 

Marcus Johansson and rookie Jesper Bratt each scored twice in the New Jersey Devils’ 6-2 thumping of the Buffalo Sabres.

Nikita Kucherov scored the game-tying goal and Brayden Point got the winner in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. 

Shootout goals by Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Nail Yakupov scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves as the Colorado Avalanche shut out the Boston Bruins 4-0. 

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 8.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former NHL winger Brian Gionta is skating in practice with the AHL’s Rochester Americans in preparation for participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights GM George McPhee denied rumors forward Vadim Shipachyov wanted to return to the KHL after being demoted to the AHL. McPhee called it a roster move and wasn’t based on performance. He expects Shipachyov to be back with the Knights as soon as possible. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shipachyov was a notable free agent signing for the Golden Knights this summer. With the club reportedly looking to make some trades, Shipachyov’s situation could be worth watching. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers claimed center Adam Cracknell off waivers yesterday from the Dallas Stars. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move likely means rookie center Filip Chytil will be returned soon to his Czech club without burning up the first year of his entry-level contract. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes demoted forward Dylan Strome to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers acquired goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations. He will be sent to their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to avoid politics when they visit the White House today as President Trump honors their 2017 Stanley Cup championship. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins are being hammered by a number of hockey pundits and a number of fans for today’s visit. Those critics believe the club should’ve canceled in support of NFL players singled out for criticism by the president for staging silent protests during the national anthem to raise awareness toward police brutality and racial inequality. The Penguins are simply honoring the tradition of the White House visit. Some observers, however, fear the president (a lightning rod for controversy) could upstage the players or attempt to use them as political props to advance his agenda against NFL players. 

SPORTSNET: A divorced Edmonton couple are facing off over who gets custody of their season tickets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those ducats are significantly more valuable now than they were a few years ago.