NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2017

Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr becomes the second player in NHL history to tally 1,900 career points.

Game recaps, another milestone for Jagr, Nyquist suspended & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr became only the second player in NHL history to reach 1,900 career points, picking up an assist in his club’s 6-5 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the winner in overtime while Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov each scored twice for the Panthers. Joe Pavelski scored twice and set up two others for the Sharks. Cramps forced Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo from the game late in the third, but he’s not expected to be ready for their next game.

Alexander Wennberg, Seth Jones and Zach Werenski each collected two assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. Nazem Kadri scored both of the Leafs goals.

Matthew Tkachuk tallied a goal and set up another while Brian Elliott made 33 saves to give the Calgary Flames a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Flames forward Alex Chiasson was ejected from the game for spearing Flyers forward Nick Cousin. Earlier in the day, the Flames also signed free-agent defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a professional tryout offer

Carter Hutton made 25 saves for his second straight shutout as the St. Louis Blues extended their win streak to five games by blanking the Detroit Red Wings 2-0. Before the game, the Wings honored their late owner Mike Ilitch, who passed away Friday at age 87. Earlier in the day, the Wings learned forward Gustav Nyquist received a six-game suspension for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face last Sunday. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette faces an automatic 10-game suspension as a result of his slashing a linesman during the Ducks’ 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. 

TSN: The new contract of recently-hired Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien is a five-year deal at $5 million annually. 

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals yesterday acquired defenseman Tom Gilbert from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2017. He cleared waivers earlier this month and will report to the Capitals’ AHL affiliate in Hershey. 

THE TENNESSEAN: For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators are poised to sell out every home game.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL forward Mike Comrie is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police after a woman claimed he repeatedly raped her at his residence. 

THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE: Former NHL goaltender Corey Hirsch writes about his battle with obsessive compulsive disorder, which nearly drove him to suicide during his playing career. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 15, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 15, 2017

Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine scores one of his three goals against the Dallas Stars.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Patrik Laine’s hat trick carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Jets center Mark Scheifele collected three assists while Stars captain Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist. 

Leon Draisaitl and Oscar Klefbom each tallied a goal and added two assists and Connor McDavid had two assists as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Arizona Coyotes 5-2, snapping the Oilers’ three-game losing streak. 

Auston Matthews scored twice and Frederik Andersen picked up his 100th career NHL victory as the Toronto Maple Leafs crushed the New York Islanders 7-1. 

Evgeni Malkin tallied a goal and an assist, Sidney Crosby picked up his 999th career NHL point and Matt Murray made 29 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. The Canucks played without centers Bo Horvat (foot injury) and Brandon Sutter (upper body).

John Gibson turned in a 39-save shutout performance and Joseph Cramarossa scored the game’s only goal to give the Anaheim Ducks a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Ducks forward Antoine Vermette was ejected from the game for abusing an official for slapping a linesman with his stick following a faceoff. He could face a suspension for his action. 

Robin Lehner kicked out 39 shots while third-period goals from Matt Moulson and Justin Bailey carried the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. 

Corey Schneider made 28 saves while Kyle Palmieri’s second-period goal proved to be the game winner as the New Jersey Devils edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sidelined since training camp with a back injury, Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Clarkson faces the possibility that his player career could be over.  He has three degenerative discs in the L5 region of his spine.

iDNES.CZ: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek and his younger brother, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Milan Michalek, could be facing the end of their NHL careers. Both are now playing for their club’s respective AHL farm teams. (Stick tap to Alexander Wirdzek for the link). 

STLTODAY.COM:  The St. Louis Blues placed center Paul Stastny (lower body) on injured reserve. He’s expected to miss at least two more games. 

THE MERCURY NEWS:  San Jose Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi (upper-body injury) will likely miss three more games. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes $395 million arena plan could have new life, as they could receive $225 million in public funding for the project. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Happy 45th birthday to Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr. 












NHL Expansion Speculation – November 24, 2016



NHL Expansion Speculation – November 24, 2016

Could Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan be exposed in next June's NHL expansion draft?

Could Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan be exposed in next June’s NHL expansion draft?

A look at the players potentially available to the Vegas Golden Knights (and those who might not be) in next June’s expansion draft. 

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston published a list of 66 players currently considered exempt from next June’s NHL expansion draft because of their no-movement clauses. 

Anaheim (4)
Kevin Bieksa
Ryan Getzlaf
Ryan Kesler
Corey Perry

Arizona (1)
Alex Goligoski

Boston (4)
David Backes
Patrice Bergeron
Zdeno Chara
David Krejci

Buffalo (1)
Kyle Okposo

Carolina (1)
Jordan Staal

Columbus (5)
Sergei Bobrovsky
David Clarkson
Brandon Dubinsky
Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell

Chicago (8)
Artem Anisimov
Corey Crawford
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Marian Hossa
Patrick Kane
Duncan Keith
Brent Seabrook
Jonathan Toews

Colorado (2)
Francois Beauchemin
Erik Johnson

Dallas (2)
Jamie Benn
Jason Spezza

Detroit (1)
Frans Nielsen

Edmonton (3)
Milan Lucic
Andrej Sekera
Cam Talbot

Florida (1)
Keith Yandle

Los Angeles (1)
Anze Kopitar

Minnesota (4)
Mikko Koivu
Zach Parise
Jason Pominville
Ryan Suter

Montreal (2)
Jeff Petry
Carey Price

Nashville (1)
Pekka Rinne

New Jersey (1)
Ryane Clowe

N.Y. Islanders (3)
Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ladd
John Tavares

N.Y. Rangers (4)
Dan Girardi
Henrik Lundqvist
Rick Nash
Marc Staal

Ottawa (1)
Dion Phaneuf

Philadelphia (1)
Claude Giroux

Pittsburgh (5)
Sidney Crosby
Marc-Andre Fleury
Phil Kessel
Kris Letang
Evgeni Malkin

Tampa Bay (4)
Ryan Callahan
Valtteri Filppula
Victor Hedman
Steven Stamkos

Toronto (1)
Nathan Horton

Vancouver (3)
Loui Eriksson
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin

Winnipeg (2)
Dustin Byfuglien
Toby Enstrom

Johnston also reports “Anaheim Ducks centre Antoine Vermette and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask each hold no-move clauses that run until June 15, 2017 – just two days before each team must submit a list of protected players.”  Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith’s no-move expired last June. 

It’s also possible Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan could be exposed in the draft. Johnston cites a source saying the language regarding his no-movement clause stipulates no-movement to the minors and gives him a limited no-trade clause.

Johnston also cautions the list could change as new contracts are signed, players are exempted because of injury (” i.e. New Jersey’s Ryane Clowe, Toronto’s Nathan Horton and Columbus’ David Clarkson”) and some might agree to waive their movement clause to go to Las Vegas. 

TSN: Frank Seravalli lists Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson, Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson, Wild left wing Jason Zucker, Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitri Orlov, Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault, Ottawa Senators defensemen Marc Methot, Anaheim Ducks left wing Jakob Silfverberg and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury as the top-10 players projected to be available. 

Other notables include San Jose Sharks winger Mikkel Boedker, Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, LA Kings winger Marian Gaborik, Colorado Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko, Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson, New York Rangers winger Michael Grabner, Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read, Dallas Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis, Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, Sharks defenseman Paul Martin, Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo and Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov. 

USA TODAY:  In his analysis of what the Golden Knights’ roster could look like next season, Kevin Allen speculates “the potential expansion draft goalie pool could include Marc-Andre Fleury, Semyon Varlamov, Thomas Greiss, Jimmy Howard, and perhaps Roberto Luongo”.

Other potentially available players include Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan Dzingel, Dmitri Orlov, Jonas Brodin, Tomas Plekanic, Mikkel Boedker, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Mikhail Grigorenko, Mathieu Perreault,  Marian Gaborik and Ryan Sproul.

Allen also notes Vegas will have a 48-hour head-start window before the expansion draft to negotiate with and potentially sign unrestricted free agents. Next summer’s notable UFAs include Ben Bishop, Kevin Shattenkirk, T.J. Oshie and Karl Alzner.

SI.COM’s Alex Prewitt reports the following via Twitter: “One small expansion draft rule clarified by the NHL to Vegas yesterday: Can’t arrange salary retention for picks with their prior teams.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot here to digest. For those who are interested, you can find the rules for the expansion draft at this link. The 30 NHL clubs must submit their protection lists by 5 pm ET on June 17. The Golden Knights will submit their selections on June 20, with the official announcement of their selections on June 21.

It’s interesting to note some of the notable inclusions and exclusions in Johnston’s list. Goes to show the full details of a player’s no-movement clause doesn’t reach sites such as CapFriendly.com. I’m not knocking them, as they do the best they can to compile NHL player contract info, but they can only get so much. 

It’ll be interesting to see if the Senators provide any clarification on Ryan’s status. I was under the impression he was in the same boat as Fleury, whose no-movement also reportedly covers only demotion to the minors. Perhaps Fleury’s no-movement is more ironclad than previously assumed.

As for the expiration of Rask’s no-movement clause, I don’t think there’s any question the Bruins will protect him. 

As for the oter players who could become available, some are certainties based on their high salaries and/or performance. Doesn’t mean, however, they’ll be selected by the Knights. I’m not convinced a player like Atkinson will be left unprotected, and it remains to be seen if Fleury will agree to waive his movement clause.

Still very early to start guessing which players will be available in the draft, but feel free to indulge in the comments section. I’ll waiting until next spring, when we’ll start getting a much clearer picture. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 16, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 16, 2016

Anaheim Ducks sign UFA center Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract.

Anaheim Ducks sign UFA center Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract.

 Antoine Vermette signs with the Anaheim Ducks, John Tavares talks about his future and more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  The Anaheim Ducks signed unrestricted free agent center Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract worth $3.5 million. “Vermette not only helps fill a center hole with Thompson out until March becuase of an Achilles injury, but gives the Ducks and incoming coach Randy Carlyle some added flexibility and another power-play option. His ability to play center could also allow Carlyle to put Rakell on the wing if he so desired.”

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders captain John Tavares reiterates he has no desire to leave via free agency when his contract expires in two years. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot can happen in two years to perhaps change Tavares’ mind. However, he appears determined to remain an Islander. As long as he feels the club is heading in the right direction and the new ownership is willing to invest in bolstering the roster, I expect he’ll re-sign with them, perhaps as early as next summer.

TSN: Speaking of the Islanders, they re-signed goaltender Christopher Gibson to a one-year, two-way contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: General Fanager indicates he’ll earn $660K at the NHL level. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM:  Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck will be an alternate on Team North America in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed defenseman Tyler Witherspoon to a one-year, two-way contract. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed forward JC Lipon to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level. 

THE PROVINCE: Remembering Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien five years after his death. 

2016 Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey is now an unrestricted free agent. Find out the latest on his potential destinations in the Rumors section.










Updates on Vesey and Vermette – August 14, 2016



Updates on Vesey and Vermette – August 14, 2016

College star Jimmy Vesey will soon decide which NHL club he'll join.

College star Jimmy Vesey will soon decide which NHL club he’ll join.

 Increasing speculation on where pending UFA prospect Jimmy Vesey will sign, and UFA center Antoine Vermette is expected to sign with a new NHL club on Monday.

LATEST ON JIMMY VESEY

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports former Harvard star left wing and 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey will be eligible for unrestricted free agency at 12:01 am on Tuesday, August 16. The Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils are among the clubs believed to have interest in signing the 23-year-old winger, who has also confirmed his hometown Boston Bruins are also on his short list of preferred destinations.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers are also thought to be among his suitors. The Buffalo Sabres, who acquired his rights from the Nashville Predators, are still hoping to sign him even if he tests the UFA market. 

YAHOO SPORTS: Josh Cooper reports agent Peter Fish, who represents Vesey, claims some of the rumors linking his client to certain teams aren’t true. He claims there’s no specific team that’s the favorite to land his client, adding his camp is still talking to the Sabres. Fish said neither he or his client haven’t ruled anything out. He also expects some teams could head to Boston this week in hopes of speaking with Vesey. 

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall could attempt to sign Vesey once he’s eligible for UFA status.

TVA SPORTS: cites several sources, including ESPN, suggesting the Montreal Canadiens could be among the clubs on Vesey’s list.

NBC SPORTS:  James O’Brien lists the factors that could determine which NHL club Vesey signs with. Family ties is one, as Vesey’s father once played for the Bruins and is currently employed by the Maple Leafs as a scout. Opportunity is another. The Blackhawks offer the chance to play for a Stanley Cup contender, the Rangers have a good track record of integrating college talent into their ranks (Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes) and Vesey could get a top-six role with clubs such as the Devils, Bruins and Leafs. 

O’Brien points out money won’t be a factor as Vesey will be signing a two-year entry level deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vesey’s salary is capped at a base of $925K per season and $1.925 million in performance bonuses. At most, he could earn $2.85 million per season regardless of which NHL teams he signs with. No matter where Vesey goes, I don’t think this will drag on for long. He’s got a short list of favorable teams and probably won’t waste time deciding upon which one to join.

The Canadiens would certainly be a surprising choice, as they’ve been scarcely mentioned as a destination.

Ultimately, it’ll come down to the one Vesey believes will give him the best opportunity to quickly blossom into an NHL star. 

VERMETTE TO SIGN ON MONDAY

NBC SPORTS: Adam Gretz cites a tweet from agent Allan Walsh claiming client Antoine Vermette will decide on Monday which NHL team he’ll sign with. Vermette was recently bought out by the Arizona Coyotes, becoming an unrestricted free agent. Walsh claims the 34-year-old center is considering offers from five teams, though he declined to name them. In 2015-16, Vermette tallied 17 goals and 21 assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vermette should be an affordable short-term signing for clubs lacking depth at center for 2016-17.

For those of you who don’t want to speculate over which club Jimmy Vesey will sign with, why not play “Where will Vermette sign?” You’ll only have to play it for a day.  I’m guessing the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild are those suitors. What say you? Weigh in below in the comments section.