NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 24, 2018

Game recaps, Erik Karlsson suspended, Ryan Hartman fined, plus an update on Rick Jeanneret, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes made Whalers Night a memorable one by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Boston Bruins 5-3. Sporting Whalers jerseys, Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each scored twice and added two assists. Ryan Donato scored twice for the Bruins. Hurricanes center Jordan Staal missed the game with an undisclosed injury. 

Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho scored twice in a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brass Bonanza was blasting a lot last night in what was an entertaining game. 

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice and potted the only goal in a shootout as the Arizona Coyotes nipped the San Jose Sharks 4-3. The Sharks were playing without defenseman Erik Karlsson, who received a two-game suspension from the department of player safety for an illegal hit to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Austin Wagner. 

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves to shut out the New Jersey Devils 3-0. Winger Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist for the Jackets, who’ve won four straight games.

Kaspari Kapanen scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. The Leafs overcame 3-1 and 4-3 deficits to force the extra frame. The game was the 1,000th of Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley‘s NHL career. 

Florida Panthers rookie center Jayce Hawryluk scored his first two NHL goals to help his club defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome had a goal and two assists.

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth kicked out 32 shots and four shootout attempts backstopping the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. Nolan Patrick tallied the winning goal.

The Los Angeles Kings picked up their third straight win as Tyler Toffoli’s overtime goal lifted them to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Anders Lee scored the game-winner for the New York Islanders in a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret was released from the hospital yesterday and is resting comfortably at home. Jeanneret fainted during Saturday’s Sabres-Anaheim Ducks game and was stretchered from the press box. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Get well soon, Rick!

SPORTSNET: Nashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman was fined $1,000.00 by the department of player safety for spearing Boston Bruins forward Chris Wagner on Saturday. 

SPORTEXPRESSEN: Former Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Since concussions forced his retirement three years ago, Franzen’s battled depression, memory loss, and severe anxiety. 

“Most of the time I think I am moving in the right direction, but when I have the down periods there is nothing positive. I almost give up then, and it is even worse because you think you have been better for a while,” Franzen said. “It’s embarrassing. I can speak to one person and the next day I’ve forgotten his or her name.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A heartbreaking story about a career cut short and another example of the lasting trauma of head injuries among professional athletes. As long as the NHL remains reluctant to adequately address this issue, more players could end up suffering Franzen’s fate. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 28, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 28, 2018

Bob Cole returning for 50th and final season on Hockey Night in Canada, Carolina Hurricanes resurrect the Whalers jersey for two games plus the latest injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: Long-time Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Bob Cole will return for his 50th and final season in 2018-19. The 85-year-old will call 10 game during the first half of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For millions of Canadians, Cole was the voice of Hockey Night in Canada for decades. He ranks with Foster Hewitt, Danny Gallivan and Dan Kelly among the greatest play-by-play men in the show’s history. Check out this link and this link and this link for some of his greatest calls. 

NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes will wear throwback Hartford Whalers jerseys for two games this season against the Boston Bruins. The first game will be December 23 and the second on March 5.

The Carolina Hurricanes will play two games this season wearing the Hartford Whalers jersey. (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A classy move by the Hurricanes to honor their past. The Whalers jersey is among the most iconic in NHL history. Here’s hoping they also blast some Brass Bonanza during the home game.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders winger Andrew Ladd is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and remains questionable for the club’s season opener next week. General manager Lou Lamoriello said he currently doesn’t plan to place Ladd on injured reserve or long-term injured reserve.

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was suspended for the club’s remaining two preseason games and the opening game of the regular season for elbowing Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny earlier this week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. As I noted yesterday, Bortuzzo had been fined twice by the league in the last two years.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators are hoping recently demoted forward Eeli Tolvanen will remain with their AHL affiliate. He has a clause in his contract allowing him to return to his KHL team (Jokerit) after 10 games with the Milwaukee Admirals. If he returns to the KHL, he’ll be ineligible to return to the NHL for the remainder of the regular season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tolvanen is a highly-touted Predators prospect who was expected to crack their roster this season. They’re obviously hoping some time in the minors will better acquaint him to the North American game. 

THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks winger Antoine Roussel (concussion) will miss the start of the season,. 

CBS SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Daniel Sprong is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Travis Boyd is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks signed defenseman Brandon Davidson to a one-year, $650K contract. 

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets signed forward Mark Letestu to a one-year, two-way contract. He was placed on waivers yesterday for the purpose of sending him to their AHL affiliate in Cleveland.