NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 6, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 6, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby celebrates one of his two goals against the San Jose Sharks.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby celebrates one of his two goals against the San Jose Sharks.

Game recaps, injury updates, World Cup of Hockey player revenue & more in your NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby scored twice and Matt Murray made 32 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-0 drubbing of the San Jose Sharks in this rematch of last spring’s Stanley Cup Final. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After missing the opening six games of the season with concussion symptoms, Crosby is quickly making up for that lost time. He has 10 points in six games and is only five points behind the league’s leading scorers. 

Tyler Bozak scored twice and set up another as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 6-3, handing the latter their eighth straight loss. The game turned nasty in the third period, with six players ejected from the game, including starting goalies Ryan Miller and Frederik Andersen. Following the game, Canucks blueliner Erik Gudbranson had strong words for Leafs forward Matt Martin. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gudbranson was overhead by reporters yelling “Matt Martin’s dead”. The Canucks defenseman was likely caught up in the heat of the moment and feeling the frustration of his club’s ongoing losing streak. It’ll be interesting to see if the league has anything to say about his comments. The two clubs are schedule to meet next on Dec. 3. While there could be fireworks in that game, I suspect the league will ensure that game is closely called by the officials to ensure things don’t get out of hand again between these two clubs. 

The Montreal Canadiens bounced back from a humiliating 10-0 loss to Columbus on Friday by edging the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4. Tomas Plekanec’s shorthanded goal stood up as the game winner while Carey Price made 34 saves. The Habs hold the league’s best record (10-1-1). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shots-against is becoming a concern for the Canadiens. They’ve been outshot by wide margins in their last six games. 

Patrick Kane’s tallied the game-winning goal as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Dallas Stars 3-2, giving the Hawks their fifth straight win. The Stars also lost another player to injury, as center Jason Spezza left the game with a lower-body injury

T.J. Oshie potted two goals, including the game winner, as the Washington Capitals picked up their fifth straight victory by downing the Florida Panthers 4-2. Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr is listed as day-to-day with a sore groin. 

Devin Setoguchi scored twice and Peter Budaj made 24 saves as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Calgary Flames 5-0. Earlier in the day, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan announced winger Kris Versteeg (groin injury) could miss the next couple of weeks. 

Mark Letestu’s shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. The Oilers overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to snap a three-game winless skid while extending the Isles winless streak to three. It was a costly game for both clubs, as  Oilers wingers Jesse Puljujarvi and Zack Kassian and Isles defenseman Travis Hamonic suffered injuries.  

Shorthanded goals by Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes powered the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. 

Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and an assist in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. 

Vladimir Tarasenko’s overtime goal lifted the St. Louis blues to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Calvin Packard made 32 saves for his second career NHL shutout backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. 

Third period goals by Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. 

Jaccob Slavin’s shootout goal gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports sources say the players’ share of revenue from the World Cup of Hockey could be split 70-30, with the 180 players who participated in the tournament getting the largest share. Brooks suggests that won’t do much for unity among the NHLPA membership, especially with the possibility of another lockout in 2020. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brooks also reports that revenue split has yet to be approved via PA membership vote. If the majority of the 520 members agree with it, I doubt this becomes an issue that pits player against player in a possible future labor dispute with the league. 

YAHOO SPORTS: Forward Raffi Torres has retired due to knee injuries. The 35-year-old Torres played 635 NHL games, scoring 137 goals. Notorious for his reckless play, Torres was fined three times and received five suspensions totaling 74 NHL games. One of those was for 41 games for an illegal hit to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg in the 2015 preseason.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Torres’ recklessness often overshadowed his effectiveness as an agitating energy forward with a decent scoring touch. He’ll be remembered as one of the dirtiest players in NHL history.  










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins hope Phil Kessel (hand surgery) is ready for the start of the season.

Pittsburgh Penguins hope Phil Kessel (hand surgery) is ready for the start of the season.

 Updates on Phil Kessel, Tomas Plekanec, David Krejci & more in this morning’s collections of NHL headlines. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE:  Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford remains hopeful right wing Phil Kessel will be ready for the club’s home opener on Oct. 13. Kessel had surgery on one of his hands during the offseason. Rutherford also said other Penguins recovering from injuries, including defenseman Trevor Daley (broken ankle) are “tracking in the right direction”. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If any of them miss the home opener, it doesn’t sound as though they’ll be sidelined for long. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE:  Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (shoulder surgery) and center David Krejci (hip surgery) have returned to the ice and expect to be healthy in time for the regular season. Krejci isn’t ruling out playing for the Czech Republic in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing Bruins management prefers Krejci gives the World Cup a miss. 

NBC SPORTS:  Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec was named captain of the Czech Repubic’s World Cup of Hockey team. Plekanec also captained their 2014 Olympic and 2016 World Championship teams. 

NHL.com’s Aaron Ward reports via Twitter the Columbus Blue Jackets Carolina Hurricanes extended a professional tryout offer to unrestricted free agent forward Raffi Torres. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  The Blue Jackets also hired former NHL player and Florida Panthers assistant coach John Madden as head coach of their AHL affiliate in Cleveland. 

NEWSDAY:  The New York Islanders practice arena has been renamed the Al Arbour Rink. Arbour, the long-time Isles coach who guided the club to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s, passed away a year ago. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC:  The Coyotes open training camp on Sept. 22. 

NHL.COM:  The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise has trademarked the Desert Knights, Golden Knights and Silver Knights as three potential team nicknames. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2016

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture will replace sidelined Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn on Team Canada.

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture will replace sidelined Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn on Team Canada.

 Logan Couture replaces Jamie Benn on Team Canada, Senators re-sign Cody Ceci & more in this morning’s NHL headlines. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Still recovering from core muscle surgery, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn won’t play for Team Canada in next month’s World Cup of Hockey. Benn will be replaced by San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Benn has played well in international competition, so his absence will be felt by Team Canada. Couture was the leading scorer of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. Like Benn, Couture’s a versatile two-way forward who can play center or wing, but he lacks the physical style of the Stars’ captain.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday re-signed defenseman Cody Ceci to a two-year, $5.6 million contract. The annual average value is $2.8 million. He will earn $2.25 million in 2016-17 and $3.35 million in 2017-18.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In his three NHL seasons, Ceci has steadily developed into a reliable top-four defenseman for the Senators. However, management wants a little more time to evaluate his play before making an expensive, long-term investment in him. It’s a fair deal for Ceci, who stands to make big bucks in two years time as a restricted free agent, when he’ll have arbitration rights. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche could soon have a new head coach. The club completed its interview process on Monday. As many as six candidates had formal interviews. “NHL assistant coaches Kevin Dineen of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bob Boughner of the San Jose Sharks are likely to have been among them.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Post reporter Mike Chambers took to Twitter yesterday saying the announcement of a new Avs bench boss could come this week, perhaps as early as today. 

THE CHRONICLE HERALD:  Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia natives Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) are back working the drive-through at the local Tim Horton’s for another commercial.  The duo starred in several popular Tim Horton’s commercials last summer.

VANCOUVER SUN:  Former Canucks forward Raffi Torres could be facing retirement due to knee injuries, but he’s not ready to hang up his skates just yet. Torres is still searching for an NHL contract. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: With the NHL expanding to Las Vegas next year, the league has hired a watchdog to monitor for any suspicious gambling activity.  

TWINCITIES.COM: “Let’s Go Crazy”, by the late musician and Minnesota nativePrince, is the new goal song for the MInnesota Wild.