NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2018
Senators trade Chris Wideman to Edmonton plus updates on Matt Murray, Shea Weber, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins starting goaltender Matt Murray was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury expected to keep him sidelined “longer term.” The Penguins recalled Tristan Jarry from their AHL affiliate
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That might explain Murray’s struggles this season. It also provides fodder for critics who consider him injury prone.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens captain Shea Weber could make his season debut on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Weber’s been recovering from offseason knee surgery. The club also recalled blueliner Brett Kulak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber’s imminent return should be a welcome boost to a Canadiens blueline that has struggled in his absence despite the club’s otherwise better-than-expected start to this season.
SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames placed defenseman Michael Stone and winger Michael Frolik on injured reserve. Stone has a blood clot and there’s no timetable for his return. Frolik, meanwhile, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators traded defenseman Chris Wideman to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Senators turning toward younger talent there wasn’t any room for the 28-year-old Wideman, who saw his ice time in Ottawa decrease this season. He’s expected to skate on the Oilers’ third defense pairing.
TSN: Speaking of the Senators, their efforts to get a new area constructed in downtown Ottawa are in danger of falling through. Issues between Rendezvous Lebreton Group primary partners Eugene Melnyk (owner of the Senators) and John Ruddy (part-owner of the CFL’s Ottawa RedBlacks) are cited as factors that could put their proposal to the National Capital Commission into jeopardy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like the cantankerous Melnyk’s bargaining tactics are to blame, as he apparently wants to avoid paying for the arena’s construction.
CBS SPORTS: New York Rangers forward Cody McLeod will be sidelined four-to-six weeks due to a fractured hand.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets rookie Kristian Vesalainen has exercised his out-clause in his entry-level contract allowing him to return to KHL club Jokerit for the remainder of this season. He spent five games with the Jets before being assigned to their AHL affiliate. He’s eligible to return to the Jets or their AHL farm team once Jokerit’s KHL season ends.
TSN: The Colorado Avalanche placed forward Marko Dano on waivers.