NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2018

Game recaps, injury updates, Golden Knights re-sign Alex Tuch, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: After squandering a three-goal lead, the Florida Panthers edged the Washington Capitals 6-5 on a shootout goal by Jonathan Huberdeau, who tallied a goal and two assists in regulation. Lars Eller collected three assists in a losing cause for the Capitals.

Following the game, Panthers coach Bob Boughner took exception to Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin leveling defenseman Mark Pysyk with a high hit in the second period. No penalty was called on Ovechkin as Pysyk left the game with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word this morning if the league will review the incident. 

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne suffered a possible head injury during his club’s 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Nashville Predators doused the Calgary Flames 5-3 but lost goaltender Pekka Rinne to an apparent upper-body injury in the third period following a collision with teammate Kevin Fiala. Predators coach Peter Laviolette provided no update on Rinne but said it wasn’t the team’s decision to take the goalie out of the game, leaving open the possibility that it was due to the league’s concussion protocol.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Rinne could be announced later today. 

Third-period goals by Matt Dumba, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise carried the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the win.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (groin injury) could return to action tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights.

LAS VEGAS SUN: Speaking of the Golden Knights, they signed winger Alex Tuch to a seven-year, $33.25-million contract extension. It’s the longest deal in the club’s short history. The annual average value is $4.75 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tuch, 22,  is an NHL sophomore in the final season of his entry-level contract. He’s currently sidelined week-to-week with a lower-body injury but rose to prominence during the 2018 playoffs, following up a respectable 37-point rookie season with a six-goal, 10-point performance in 20 postseason games.

The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Tuch can play either wing and has considerable offensive upside. If he reaches his full potential this contract could be considered an affordable long-term investment by the Golden Knights. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider is heading to the club’s AHL affiliate for a conditioning stint. This move is another step in Schneider’s return from off-season hip surgery. 

THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson may have suffered more than a concussion from the hit he received last Saturday by Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson. 

Dr. Stefan Sigalet, “a founding practitioner of the Burnaby-based Catalyst Kinetics Group and consulting chiropractor for players in the NHL”, as well as other sports, viewed a video of the incident and believes Pettersson may have also suffered whiplash and a shoulder injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, the Canucks have Pettersson listed on injured reserve with a head injury. No word thus far if he’s suffered other injuries. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec will be out at least two weeks with a back injury. For now, he’s listed as day-to-day. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak will be sidelined indefinitely following surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. 

SPORTSNET: The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Matt Benning on IR with an undisclosed injury.

Former NHL forward Jordin Tootoo has announced his retirement. Tootoo made history by becoming the first Inuk player to reach the NHL. He spent eight of this 13 seasons with the Nashville Predators and also skated with the Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks.

In 723 regular-season game, Tootoo tallied 65 goals and 96 assists for 161 points and accumulated 1,010 penalty minutes. He also collected 10 points in 43 playoff games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best of luck to Tootoo in his future endeavors. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2017

Game recaps, updates on possible sale of the Hurricanes, Drew Doughty charts his next contract & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Carey Price made 27 saves backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. It was the Habs’ third straight win since Price’s return from a lower-body injury. The Senators’ losing skid, meanwhile, has reached seven games. 

John Gibson kicked out 37 shots and Antoine Vermette scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks upset the St. Louis Blues 3-2 to snap their four-game losing streak. Kyle Brodziak scored both of the Blues’ goals as their third-period rally fell short. The Ducks were playing without blueliner Brandon Montour (elbow), who hopes to return to action on Friday. 

The Boston Bruins scored three goals and hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 19 saves to end his four-game losing skid and teammate Brad Marchand collected two assists for the Bruins, who won for the fifth time in their last six games. 

Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime power-play goal gave the Colorado Avalanche overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to down the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.  

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes president Don Waddell said talks to potentially sell the club to Texas-based sports attorney Chuck Greenberg have slowed. However, three other potential buyers have emerged, including Dallas businessman Tom Dundon. Greenberg said he remains interested in purchasing the club but he has yet to raise sufficient funds. A letter of intent with the Greenberg group was non-binding and has expired, said Waddell. Funding shouldn’t be an issue for billionaire Dundon. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s an assumption that a new owner of the Hurricanes will move the team. However, it’s believed any sale of the club depends upon the incoming ownership keeping the franchise in its current location. The club also has an arena lease agreement running through 2024-25

THE ATHLETIC: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty suggested he might discuss contract negotiation tactics with Ottawa Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson. Both players are eligible in 2019 for unrestricted free agency. They can begin contract talks with their respective teams on July 1.  “I’ll kind of look at what money I’m looking for. I don’t know if he’s going to re-sign with Ottawa. I don’t know if I’ll re-sign with L.A. You just never know what’s going to happen,” said Doughty, who also believes he and Karlsson deserve “quite a bit more” than that of Nashville’s P.K. Subban, who carries an annual cap hit of $9 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doughty and Karlsson are part of a “super class” of blueline UFAs in 2019 that includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Ellis. Doughty and Karlsson are former Norris Trophy winners and will easily command over $10 million annually. Ekman-Larsson could come in between $9-$10 million per season. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights re-signed defenseman Brayden McNabb to a four-year, $10 million contract extension. He was slated for UFA status next July. The annual cap hit is $2.5 million. “We’re excited about his growth,” said Vegas general manager George McPhee. “He will be a core member of this hockey club going forward.”

TSN: Minnesota Wild defenseman Kyle Quincey, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jordin Tootoo and St. Louis Blues rearguard Nate Prosser were placed on waivers yesterday. 

THE ATHLETIC: A vote by the Seattle city council on a potential $600 million renovation of KeyArena on Dec. 4 could be a significant step toward bringing an NHL franchise to the city. If approved, the building’s size would double and seat over 17,000 fans for hockey. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2017

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist (left) high sticks Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face.

Game recaps, Nyquist faces disciplinary hearing, Setoguchi on waivers & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings was overshadowed by Red Wings’ forward Gustav Nyquist high-sticking Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face. Fortunately for Spurgeon, he wasn’t seriously injured and returned to the game.

Following the game, Nyquist was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL department of player safety, which could result in a suspension of six games or more. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nyquist’s intent may not have been to hit Spurgeon in the face, and he appeared immediately regretful of his actions, but it was certainly a retaliatory move that went awry on his his part. He is not considered a dirty player and has never been suspended before. His worst infraction was a $2,000.00 fine for embellishment/diving in 2015. I expect he’ll miss some playing time for this incident. 

Tuukka Rask turned in a 25-save shutout performance backstopping the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. It’s the Bruins third straight victory, while the Habs have dropped six of their last seven games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Jack Capuano, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien losing their head-coaching jobs over the last four weeks, the focus now shifts toward Canadiens bench boss Michel Therrien, who’s starting to feel the heat in Montreal as the struggling Canadiens enter their bye week.

Brent Burns scored twice as the San Jose Sharks snapped a four-game losing streak by downing the New Jersey Devils 4-1. 

Burns now has 59 points, putting him only two behind league leader Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. He has a shot at becoming the first defenseman since Bobby Orr in 1975 to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer.

Roman Josi scored twice as the Nashville Predators overcame a 3-0 deficit to down the Dallas Stars 5-3. 

Anders Lee scored two third-period goals to give the New York Islanders a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. It’s the ninth win in 12 games for the surging Islanders, putting them only one point out of a wild-card berth. 

Michael Chaput scored two goals as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno took exception to a Hockey Night in Canada report on Saturday claiming the players held a meeting with head coach John Tortorella. It was reported they asked Tortorella to be more constructive with his criticism as they try to play their way out of an 8-9-1 funk. Foligno claims the story was blown out of proportion. “We talked about a lot of things in the meeting. Meetings happen all the time, and I’m not sure why this one was turned into something way more than what it was,” said Foligno.

TSN: The Los Angeles Kings placed winger Devin Setoguchi on waivers. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Jordin Tootoo is relishing his six years of sobriety following years of alcohol abuse that threatened to derail his hockey career. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: A public visitation for Mike Ilitch, the late owner of the Detroit Red Wings, will be held on Wednesday at Fox Theater in Detroit. Ilitch passed away on Friday at age 87.