NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 29, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 29, 2017

San Jose Sharks’ Joel Ward opted not to take a knee during the anthem before last night’s preseason game.

Latest on Joel Ward, Wayne Simmonds, Tyler Toffoli and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward did not join the social protest sweeping the NFL by kneeling during the national anthem during last night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. Earlier in the day, he issued a statement via Twitter saying he believed the original meaning of the protest – bringing attention toward racial inequality and police brutality – had been lost.

Ward believes there are other ways to address the issue. “We need to be working on bridging the gap between people of all color, and between law enforcement and minorities. How can we be part of the solution and not part of the problem — or be another distraction from what the real issues are?”

CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds shared Ward’s opinion on the subject.

“All anyone wants to talk about right now is why they’re kneeling,” Simmonds said. “And if you’re disrespecting the Army or the national anthem or whatever it might be. People fail to see what the real issue is, or why Colin Kaepernick actually started this protest, and that he actually talked with an armed force member who was actually on CNN last night discussing all of these issues on a panel as to why he used the national anthem as a vehicle to get this out.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ward and Simmonds are right. Most folks are so obsessed with kneeling during the anthem that it’s overshadowed the original message about racial inequality, preventing a genuine discussion on how to address that issue. 

SPORTSNET: The NHL’s Board of Governors recently discussed the playing of national anthems before the start of games. The consensus opinion was the anthems have a place in the overall event of NHL games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, the playing of the American and Canadian anthems before NHL games will continue. Some folks feel the practice should be discontinued but it’s a longstanding tradition in the NHL and one I believe should continue. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: A healthy Tyler Toffoli could provide a significant boost to the Kings’ offense this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Toffoli missed 19 games last season to a knee injury and struggled through the final half of the schedule. The decline in his production contributed to the drop in the Kings’ offense in 2016-17. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle could be in the lineup for the club’s season opener on Oct. 7. Boyle was recently diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and hasn’t played or practiced during preseason. He’s receiving treatment for the disease and is expected to make a full recovery.

NBC SPORTS: Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond and New York Rangers forward Matt Puempel were among the notables on waivers yesterday.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators donated a record-setting check for over $442,000 to a local children’s hospital.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have submitted plan to construct a new arena at Belmont Park.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 27, 2017

San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward could consider taking a knee during the national anthem.

Latest on Joel Ward, Kyle Okposo, Jaromir Jagr and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward isn’t ruling out the possibility of taking a knee during the national anthem in an upcoming Sharks game.

 “I’ve experienced a lot of racism myself in hockey and on a day-to-day occurrence. I haven’t really sat down to think about it too much yet, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to it.”

Ward points out such protests aren’t disrespecting the flag but simply to raise awareness of police brutality toward the black community. Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer said he would support Ward if he decides to take a knee during the anthem this season.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres winger Kyle Okposo said he won’t kneel for the anthem but supports those athletes exercising their First Amendment rights. He also wishes people would spend more time listening to each other and less time yelling. 

“To be honest with you, I think every little thing is getting so magnified now and people are starting to talk about every little bit and piece that we’re kind of forgetting what brings us together as Americans: That’s togetherness and being together and working to help out one another.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ward and Okposo are among the 30 black players in the NHL. I believe Ward has the right to take a knee during the anthem if he wants. His team obviously supports him if that’s what he wants to do. I also agree with Okposo that folks should listen more instead of shouting at each other. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Free agent winger Jaromir Jagr will play for Kladno (his hometown team) in the Czech second division this weekend. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr is still angling for a National Hockey League contract. As the NHL regular season hasn’t started yet, playing for Kladno during the upcoming weekend won’t affect those efforts. 

THE ATHLETIC:  Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Frankie Corrado and Dallas Stars center Brian Flynn were among the notables hitting the NHL waiver wire yesterday. Others included Calgary Flames forward Hunter Shinkaruk and Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff. 

NBC SPORTS: There’s a chance that an early breakthrough in CTE testing can be conducted on living athletes. The condition is currently identified only by studying the brains of deceased athletes. Should such testing be available to active NHL players, however, they could be reluctant to undergo the process as it could threaten their playing careers.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 27, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scores against the St. Louis Blues.

Game recaps, a statistical oddity for Alex Ovechkin, waiver update and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist and Artem Anisimov tallied the game winner as the Chicago Blackhawks doubled up the St. Louis Blues 4-2. The Blues had overcome a 2-0 deficit to tie the game until Anisimov’s winning goal in the third period. 

Both Alex Wennberg and Cam Atkinson netted two goals to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. It was the Jackets’ fourth win in their last five games. 

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had three-point performances to lead the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. Jiri Hudler, Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg both collected two points for the Stars. 

Craig Anderson made 37 saves while Zack Smith and Kyle Turris scored to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. 

Johnny Gaudreau scored twice and set up another as the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. The Flames completed their road trip with a 4-0-1 record. 

Filip Forsberg tallied his eighth goal in the last four games, James Neal collected three assists and Viktor Arvidson potted the game winner as the Nashville Predators edged the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. Connor McDavid scored a goal and added an assist for the Oilers. 

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was held shotless in three games this month. He had gone 315 consecutive games with at least one shot on goal per game. He’s only been held shotless nine times in his career. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson had an amusing encounter with a gator during a recent golf game in Florida. 

CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning faces a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.

NBC SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild placed three players (Teemu Pulkkinen, Ryan Carter and Zac Dalpe) on waivers. The Florida Panthers also placed Greg McKegg on waivers. 

ESPN.COM: Former Buffalo Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended as a youth hockey coach pending a Buffalo police investigation into his role in a recent on-ice brawl. 

SPORTSNET: Gare Joyce looks behind the scenes at the NHL trade deadline.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2017

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau celebrates his 500th career NHL goal.

Game recaps, waiver updates and the latest on the 2018 Winter Olympics in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Long-time San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored his 500th career NHL goal as his club downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Chris Tierney also scored twice for the Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Marleau for his incredible achievement. He is the fifth active NHL player to score 500 goals, joining Jaromir Jagr (758), Jarome Iginla (617), Alex Ovechkin (550) and Marian Hossa (518). 

Erik Karlsson collected three assists and Matt Stone scored twice to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who’ve won only once in their last seven games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning have tumbled to second-last in the Eastern Conference and sit eight points out of playoff contention. If they don’t reverse this skid soon, this supposed Stanley Cup contender can forget about reaching the postseason. 

Ondrej Pavelec turned in a 39-save performance and Mark Scheifele scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Dallas Stars 4-3. Stars captain Jamie Benn scored a goal and set up two others in a losing cause.  

Pekka Rinne made 31 saves while Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen each netted a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators blanked the Edmonton Oilers 2-0. 

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist bounced back from a horrible effort against Columbus earlier this week with a 36-save performance to carry his club to a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres. Chris Kreider tallied the winner with 1:04 left in the extra frame. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Inconsistency has plagued Lundqvist throughout this season. The Rangers need a steadier effort from him over the remainder of this season and into the playoffs. 

Mike Yeo got his first win as head coach of the St. Louis Blues as his club cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Paul Stastny scored twice and set up another while Colton Parayko also had a three-point performance. 

First-period goals by Patrick Kane, Ryan Hartman and Marion Hossa powered the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. It was the Hawks first win in four games. 

Matt Read’s first goal since Nov. 27 turned out to be the game winner as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche claimed defenseman Mark Barberio off waivers yesterday from the Montreal Canadiens.

SPORTSNET’s Chris Johnston yesterday reported “Cal O’Reilly (BUF), Eric Gelinas (COL) and Luke Gazdic (NJ) have all been placed on waivers.”

NHL.COM: The Minnesota Wild yesterday re-signed goaltender Alex Stalock to a two-year contract. It’s one way for the first season (2017-18) and two-way the following season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Darcy Kuemper due to become a UFA this summer, this move ensures the Wild can protect starter Devan Dubnyk. 

TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA director Donald Fehr will be meeting with International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation officials today to discuss the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this. While not much is expected from this meeting, it’s possible Bettman will use this opportunity to try and extract some additional concessions from the PA, the IOC and IIHF regarding participation in next year’s Winter Games. While the league board of governors isn’t interested in taking part, Bettman is not acting like someone who wants to fully slam the door on this issue. NHL players very much want to take part so Fehr’s presence also lends an interesting level of intrigue to the proceedings. 

TORONTO SUN: Chris Pronger jokingly said he’s fined himself five dollars for squashing pop star Justin Bieber against the glass during the celebrity exhibition game during the recent All-Star weekend. Pronger works with the NHL’s department of player safety. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was worth every penny for that now-iconic photo.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 25, 2016

Montreal Canadiens winger Alexander Radulov (right) celebrates teammate Brendan Gallagher's goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Montreal Canadiens winger Alexander Radulov (right) celebrates teammate Brendan Gallagher’s goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game recaps, injury updates, waiver news & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM:  Alexander Radulov had a three-point game (one goal, two assists)while Carey Price made 31 saves as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1. It was the Habs fourth straight win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s still very early in the season, but Radulov’s already having a positive effect upon the Canadiens. 

Kris Versteeg’s shootout goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Flames goalie Brian Elliott made 31 saves. Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell tallied for the Blackhawks. 

TSN:  Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot, Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green were named NHL stars of the week. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (concussion symptoms) returned to full practice with his teammates Monday. Crosby remains day-to-day but could return to action as early as Tuesday against the Florida Panthers. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars winger Ales Hemsky (groin injury) was placed on injured reserve while center Jason Spezza (undisclosed) is considered questionable for tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

THE SCORE: Los Angeles Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff (lower-body injury) will be sidelined for one week. 

BOSTON HERALD:  With goalies Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin ailing, the Bruins called up Malcolm Subban. 

TSN:  Bob McKenzie yesterday reported Toronto Maple Leafs winger Milan Michalek and New York Islanders forward Steve Bernier were placed on waivers. The Leafs also claimed Ben Smith off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Michalek carrying a $4 million salary-cap hit, it’s expected he’ll clear waivers today and be demoted to the Toronto Marlies. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin is refusing to be demoted to the club’s AHL farm team in Utica.  

NBC SPORTS:  Former NHL defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has signed with Kolner Haie in Germany. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  Uber is partnering with the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2016

Buffalo Sabres re-sign defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

Buffalo Sabres re-sign defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

 Recent contract signings, waiver claims and more in this morning’s NHL headlines. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby expressed optimism over his recovery from his latest concussion, saying he’s taking things day-by-day. He denied rumors that he suffered the injury during the World Cup of Hockey tournament, insisting that it occurred during a Penguins practice last Friday. While Crosby has no timetable for his return, he’s confident his recovery won’t be as arduous as it was from his previous two concussions. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a six-year, $32.4 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ristolainen’s annual cap hit ($5.4 million) makes him the Sabres highest-paid defenseman. This contract is similar to the one Seth Jones signed this summer with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 21-year-old Ristolainen certainly earned his new deal. blossoming into a big-minute (25:16 TOI), point-producing (41 last season) top-pairing blueliner. With his best seasons still ahead of him, this contract could turn into a real bargain for the Sabres. 

NBC SPORTS:  The Los Angeles Kings signed winger Devin Setoguchi to a one-year, two-way contract.

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  Winger Kris Versteeg passed on signing with the Edmonton Oilers and instead joined the Calgary Flames on a one-year, $950K contract, Versteeg was on a professional tryout with the Oilers during training camp. The Oilers signed defenseman Eric Gryba to a one-year, two-way deal. 

TSN:  Notable waiver-wire transactions yesterday saw the New Jersey Devils claim winger PA Parenteau from the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins claim goalie Mike Condon from the Montreal Canadiens, the Minnesota Wild pluck forwardTeemu Pulkkinen from the Detroit Red Wings, the Toronto Maple Leafs grab forward Seth Griffith from the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes claim defenseman Klas Dahlbeck from the Arizona Coyotes. 

THE PROVINCE:  The Vancouver Canucks will place winger Emerson Etem on waivers and intend to sign Jack Skille to a one-year, two-way deal. 

NHL.COM:  The Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Connor Brickley from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Brody Sutter.

NBC SPORTS:  Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry will miss the club’s season opener.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins placed defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller on injured reserve.  

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Winger Rick Nash will join Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Derek Stepan as rotating alternate captains for the New York Rangers.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno and his wife Janelle donated $1 million to children’s hospitals in Columbus and Boston. 

ESPN.COM/TSN: As the NHL enhances its concussion protocol by hiring a staff of concussion spotters, the United States Congress is calling on the league to explain how it cares for brain-injured players.