NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 6, 2019

It was a night of NHL milestones for several players and one coach. Check out the details in today’s morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COMMontreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie (314) with a 28-save effort in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Teammate Brendan Gallagher scored his 30th of the season. Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for the first time this season as coach Claude Julien felt the 18-year-old could use a bit of rest. With the win, the Canadiens (79 points) hold the second wild-card berth in the East. 

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie. (Photo via NHL Images)

Sidney Crosby scored his 30th goal of the season and added two assists to reach 1,200 career points to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers 3-2. Jake Guentzel scored twice, including the winner in overtime. The Penguins also honored center Matt Cullen for playing in his 1,500th career NHL game. With 79 points, the Penguins hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov collected two assists to tie a franchise record of 108 points in a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was shaken up after taking a Kucherov shot off his mask in the second period but returned to finish the game. 

New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz picked up his 800th career victory as his club edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4. It was a costly win for the Isles as starting goaltender Robin Lehner left the game late in the third period following a collision with Senators winger Brady Tkachuk. Earlier in the day, the Islanders recalled forwards Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle on an emergency basis. The Isles (89 points) move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals, 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Lehner’s status will likely be revealed today. It’s assumed he left the game for concussion protocol. 

The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 17 games with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, who were playing in Hartford Whalers jerseys. David Krejci scored the winning goal. Sebastian Aho tallied twice for the Hurricanes. Bruins winger Marcus Johansson left the game in the second period following a hard shoulder-to-shoulder hit by Hurricanes left winger Micheal Ferland. Johansson was taken to hospital but coach Bruce Cassidy said the news of his condition could be “encouraging“. The Bruins (89 points) opened a three-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division. 

Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in a shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Wild winger Kevin Fiala scored twice against his former team. With the win, the Predators (83 points) move one point ahead of the Jets for the top spot in the Central Division. The Wild (72 points) hold a two-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. 

Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop turned in a 28-save shutout performance and John Klingberg scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Dallas forward Alexander Radulov was a healthy scratch as punishment for being late for a morning team meeting. The Stars (73 points) hold a one-point lead over the Wild. 

Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime goal gave the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. MacKinnon had two points while linemate Mikko Rantanen had a three-point game. Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will be sidelined seven-to-ten days due to the recurrence of a liver virus. 

Shootout goals by Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, snapping a three-game losing skid. Devils forward Jesper Bratt left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. The Jackets (77 points) remain two points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 to snap the latter’s six-game winning streak. The Coyotes (69 points) sit three points behind the Wild. Defenseman Jason Demers returned to the Coyotes lineup after being sidelined for four months. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks center Brandon Sutter will undergo season-ending sports-hernia surgery. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Collin Delia as veteran Cam Ward is out seven-to-ten days with a knee injury. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Michael Stone has been assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate in Stockton on a conditioning stint. Stone’s been sidelined since November 22 by a blood clot in his arm. 

STLTODAY: Blues center Brayden Schenn will rejoin the lineup after being sidelined since Feb. 19 with an upper-body injury. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed backup goalie Garret Sparks to a one-year, $750K contract extension. 

TSN: NHL general managers could recommend a rule change forcing players to skate directly to the bench if they lose their helmet during gameplay. The players could also be forced to wear their helmets during pre-game warmups. Those recommendations will require the endorsement of the NHL Players Association. Another proposed change could give a team with a power play the choice of which side of the offensive zone they’ll take the faceoff. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 19, 2019

Game recaps, Ryan Johansen suspended, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Thomas Greiss made 19 saves as the New York Islanders blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0. During a break in the first period, the Capitals honored Islanders bench boss Barry Trotz, who coached the Capitals to the Stanley Cup last season. With the win, the Islanders take over first place in the Metropolitan Division and extend their win streak to four games. 

Vancouver Canucks rookie goalie Thatcher Demko made 36 saves in his season debut to backstop his club to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Canucks forwards Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat each had two points for the Canucks (50 points), who vaulted over the Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks into the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

Two power-play goals by Sam Bennett helped the Calgary Flames defeat the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 (Photo via NHL Images).

Three power-play goals and a shorthanded tally carried the Calgary Flames to a 6-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Sam Bennett netted two of their power-play goals. Red Wings center Dylan Larkin also scored twice. The Flames sit first overall in the Western Conference with a three-point lead over the Winnipeg Jets.  Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic returned to action after missing two games tending to his daughter, who became seriously ill last weekend and was rushed to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to the Hamonic family as their daughter recovers from her illness. 

The Florida Panthers snapped a seven-game losing streak by downing the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck made his return after missing 27 games to an ankle injury and assisted on Mike Matheson’s game-winning goal. 

Montreal Canadiens forwards Tomas Tatar and Joel Armia each scored twice in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 34 saves as his club won its fourth straight contest while ending the Jackets four-game win streak. 

The Ottawa Senators collected their fourth win in their last five games by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Anders Nilsson kicked out 33 shots for the win. 

Phil Kessel scored in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. 

The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen for two games for high-sticking Jets center Mark Scheifele on Thursday. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins forward Anders Bjork underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. His recovery will last five-to-six months. 

NBC SPORTS: Former Buffalo Sabres forward Patrik Berglund told a Swedish publication he’s at peace with his decision to quit the club just a little over two months into this season. He claimed he lost some of his passion for hockey after being traded by the St. Louis Blues last summer. He added his emotions had nothing to do with playing in Buffalo and he apologized to Sabres fans for betraying them. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 2, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 2, 2019

Game recaps, the latest schedule of outdoor games, the latest waiver updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in front of over 76,000 fans at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana at the 2019 NHL Winter Classic. Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist while Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for the win. 

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 at the 2019 NHL Winter Classic.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 17 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout in a 2-0 blanking of the Los Angeles Kings. Brandon Pirri and Alex Tuch were the goal scorers. Kings goalie Jack Campbell kicked out 46 shots in a losing cause. 

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and Jusse Saros made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. 

The NHL announced three outdoor games will be played during the 2019-20 season. The Winnipeg Jets will host the Calgary Flames in the 2019 Heritage Classic on Oct. 26 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan. 

“In addition to the Heritage Classic, Commissioner Bettman announced the Dallas Stars will host the 2020 Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Jan. 1, the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend will be at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Jan. 24-26 and the Colorado Avalanche will host the NHL Stadium Series game at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Feb. 15.”

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed left wing Taylor Hall (lower body) on injured reserve. He remains day-to-day but could return at some point during their current four-game road trip. 

ASSOCIATED PRESS: New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz recently passed Al Arbour for fourth among coaches on the all-time wins list with 783. 

NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett won’t face supplemental discipline for a high hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek on New Year’s Eve. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another example of why many NHL fans consider the league’s department of player safety a joke. 

SPORTSNET: The Ottawa Senators placed forward Tom Pyatt on waivers. St. Louis Blues defenseman Chris Butler and forward Jordan Nolan are also on waivers. Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators claimed Phil Di Giuseppe from the Carolina Hurricanes. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: In an open letter to Arizona Coyotes fans, team president and CEO Ahron Cohen addressed recent speculation of an ownership change. He said any potential deal involving a change of owners would be predicated upon the club remaining in Arizona for the foreseeable future. “Arizona is our home. We love it here. And we love playing for you, the very best fans in the NHL.”










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 27, 2018

Game recaps, players of the week, plus updates on Ilya Kovalchuk, Roberto Luongo, Karl Alzner, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Mitch Marner set up three goals, Frederik Andersen made 38 saves, and Patrick Marleau collected an assist in his 1,600th career NHL game as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2. David Pastrnak tallied both Bruins goals.

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller left the game in the first period after taking a puck to the throat while winger Jake DeBrusk might require medical assessment after being struck by a shot in the back of his head. Miller’s x-rays were negative but he remained in the hospital for observation. 

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Patrick Marleau played in his 1,600th career NHL game. (Photo via NHL Images)

The Washington Capitals faced their former coach Barry Trotz for the first time, defeating his New York Islanders 4-1. Tom Wilson scored twice as the Capitals extended their winning streak to six games.

Before the game, the Capitals presented Trotz and his assistants Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn with their Stanley Cup rings. Earlier in the day, the Islanders activated winger Matt Martin off injured reserve.

Artemi Panarin had three points and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 7-5. Anthony Mantha scored two goals for the Wings. 

The Florida Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau (three points) scored the game-tying goal and Mike Hoffman netted the winners.

Earlier in the day, the Panthers revealed goaltender Roberto Luongo is considered day-to-day after re-injuring his right knee. Luongo injured the knee in the Panthers’ season opener and was sidelined for a month. 

Three third-period goals gave the New York Rangers a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist. 

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 25, 2018. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Ilya Kovalchuk’s playing time has declined under new head coach Willie Desjardins. In July, the Kings signed Kovalchuk to a three-year contract with a no-movement clause in its first two seasons. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No indication the Kings are looking to move Kovalchuk but his reduced ice time has caught the attention of NHL pundits. Could be worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks, especially if the Kings fail to make any notable improvement. 

TSN: The Montreal Canadiens placed defenseman Karl Alzner on waivers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alzner signed a five-year, $23.125-million contract last year with the Canadiens but he’s been a frequent healthy scratch this season as the Habs employ a faster-paced system. He’s not expected to be claimed and could be sent to their AHL affiliate in Laval.

It’s also possible the Canadiens are making this move to determine if there’s any possibility of trading him but his salary, modified no-trade clause, and his lack of speed mean they probably won’t find any takers unless they agree to pick up half of his salary. Even then, it’s doubtful they’ll find a deal. They could consider buying him out next summer, though they’ll face cap hits of $4.194 million in 2020-21 and $2.194 million in 2021-22. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ondrej Palat (lower-body injury) could return to the lineup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 22, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 22, 2018

Islanders hire Trotz as head coach, NHL releases schedule and salary-cap limits for 2018-19. Details and more in your morning coffee headlines.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders yesterday named former Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz as their new bench boss.  Trotz recently stepped down as the Capitals head coach just over a week after guiding them to their first Stanley Cup title. 

New York Islanders name Barry Trotz as their new general manager (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Terrific hire by the Islanders, as new president of hockey operations/general manager Lou Lamoriello continues to overhaul the staff. Trotz’s hiring should significantly improve the Islanders, as well as serving as yet another incentive for pending free agent star John Tavares to re-sign.

WASHINGTON POST: Speaking of the Capitals, they’ll be interviewing associate coach Todd Reirden as Trotz’s replacement. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They could interview other potential candidates but Reirden appears the front-runner for this job. He’s been on the staff for four years and has a good relationship with the players. 

NHL.COM: Start marking your calendars, NHL fans. The league released its full schedule for 2018-19

The league also revealed next season’s salary-cap limits. The upper limit is set at $79.5 million, up $4.5 million from $75 million. The lower limit is $58.8 million. The league also announced the final escrow taken from players’ salaries is eight percent, down from 11.5 percent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHLPA likely voted to keep maintain the salary-cap inflator at the same rate (1.35 percent) as last season to ensure a lower rate of escrow claw backs next season. That would explain why the cap ceiling didn’t reach $80 million or more. Still, the new rate is the largest in four years and will provide cap-strapped teams with much-need wiggle room for signings or additions via trades. 

WGR 550: cites TSN’s Bob McKenzie reporting the Buffalo Sabres are not expected to tender a qualifying offer to restricted free agent goaltender Robin Lehner. The due date for qualifying offers is June 25, making Lehner an unrestricted free agent after that date. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a surprising development, indicating the Sabres will be in the market for someone to share the goaltending duties with promising Linus Ullmark. Lehner posted decent numbers in three seasons playing for lousy Sabres’ rosters, but he has an injury history and his performance tends to be streaky. There are several other NHL clubs in need of goaltending help (including the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders) who could pursue Lehner via free agency on July 1. 

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers yesterday placed defenseman Eric Gryba on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. He had a year remaining on his deal worth $900K.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 21, 2018

2018 award winners, all-star and all-rookie teams revealed, Darryl Sutter retires from coaching and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall won the Hart Trophy as MVP at the 2018 NHL Awards held in Las Vegas. Other award winners include:

New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall won the 2018 Hart Trophy as MVP (Photo via NHL Images)

Ted Lindsay Award: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Norris Trophy: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

King Clancy Trophy: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Calder Trophy: Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders

Lady Byng Trophy: William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights

Masterton Award: Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils

Selke Trophy: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Jack Adams Award: Gerard Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights

Messier Leadership Award: Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights

Vezina Trophy: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

General Manager of the Year: George McPhee, Vegas Golden Knights

Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award: Darcy Haugan, Humboldt Broncos coach

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My congratulations to all the winners. You can see my selections here. No real surprises. I predicted Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the Hart but Hall is certainly a worthy choice. 

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne were named to the 2017-18 First All-Star Team.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler, Philadelphia Flyers left wing Claude Giroux, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck were names to the Second All-Star Team.

New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher and Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros were named to the NHL 2017-18 All-Rookie Team.

The NHL also honored the Humboldt Broncos and Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey teams.

The league also revealed its 2018-19 schedule will open on October 3. 2018. The complete schedule will be released later today.

The salary cap for 2018-19 is expected to be between $79.5 million to $80 million. The exact number is expected to be revealed later today or Friday pending a final agreement with the NHL Players Association. The cap ceiling for this season was $75 million. 

SPORTSNET: Darryl Sutter announced he’s retiring as an NHL coach. Sutter, who began his NHL career as a player (eight seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks), spent 21 seasons as either an assistant or head coach with the Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings. He achieved his greatest success with the Kings, coaching them to Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. 

THE ATHLETIC: It’s believed former Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz met with New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello on Monday. No confirmation was given by Lamoriello or Trotz, who’s been rumored as a leading candidate to take over the vacant coaching position with the Isles. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Auston Watson was arrested on Saturday and charged with domestic assault. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs yesterday re-signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a one-year, $1.3-million contract and goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year, $800K deal.