NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 21, 2016

Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr celebrates his 750th NHL goal.

Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr celebrates his 750th NHL goal.

Another milestone for Jaromir Jagr, notable game recaps, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr became only the third player in NHL history to score 750 career goals in his club’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin tallied the game winner for the Capitals, while teammate Daniel Winnik lost a small piece of his ear whilst blocked a shot. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another impressive achievement for Jagr, who sits behind only Gordie Howe (801 goals) and Wayne Gretzky (894) on the all-time list. As for Winnik, his injury isn’t expected to leave him sidelined for long. 

Third period goals by Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. This was the first game between the two clubs since the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Carey Price made his first start of the season, stopping 27 shots to backstop the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Shea Weber scored his first goal as a Hab. 

Patrice Bergeron also played his first game of the season, tallying the winner to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

St. Louis Blues winger Nail Yakupov scored against his former team, but the Edmonton Oilers won the game 3-1 thanks to a goal and an assist by Connor McDavid and a 33-save effort from Cam Talbot. 

The Vancouver Canucks collected their fourth straight win by edging the Buffalo Sabres 2-1.

Eric Staal scored twice as the Minnesota Wild rallied to down the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Rookie Auston Matthews scored for the Leafs, who’ve had difficulty holding on to leads so far this season.

Matt Duchene scored twice and Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0. 

Alec Martinez’s overtime goal gave the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. 

The Carolina Hurricanes got their first win of the season, doubling up the Calgary Flames 4-2. 

The Anaheim Ducks spoiled the Philadelphia Flyers home opener with a 3-2 victory. 

TSN:  The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed goaltender Matt Murray to a three-year, $11.25 million contract extension yesterday. The annual cap hit is $3.75 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable and reasonable deal for Murray, who is in the final season of his entry-level contract. The youngster rose to prominence last season by replacing sidelined starter Marc-Andre Fleury and backstopping the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. His re-signing only stokes speculation Fleury could be dealt later this season, but that’s not a certainty. I’ll have more later today in my Rumors section. 

ESPN.COM: Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury. Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell could become a healthy scratch for the first time since 2011. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has returned to Phoenix for further evaluation of his lower-body injury, believed to be his left leg. He remains listed as day-to-day. 

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

TVA SPORTS:  Montreal Canadiens defenseman Zach Redmond is sidelined six weeks with a broken foot. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets placed defenseman Cody Goloubef on waivers.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 16, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 16, 2016

The Toronto Maple Leafs officially retired the numbers of 17 players.

The Toronto Maple Leafs officially retired the numbers of 17 players.

Leafs retire 17 player numbers. Details & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines. 

NHL.COMMitch Marner tallied his first NHL goal in the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Prior to the game, the Leafs announced in a pregame ceremony they were retiring the numbers of 17 players, including Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Dave Keon, Darryl Sittler, Mats Sundin, Borje Salming, Turk Broda, Syl Apps, Frank Mahovlich and Johnny Bower. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was an honor long overdue for those Leafs legends. Nice to see the current management and ownership finally do the right thing and retire those numbers. 

Richard Panik’s hat trick lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators. 

Joe Colborne’s hat trick helped the Colorado Avalanche nip the Dallas Stars 6-5. 

Daniel Winnik two goals lifted gave the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders

Phil Kessel tallied his second straight game-winning goal to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Chris Stewart had a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) as the Minnesota Wild edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.

NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets have suspended forward Gregory Campbell for failing to report to their AHL affiliate 

OTTAWA SUN: John Horan wonders why NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito’s legacy hasn’t received proper recognition in Canada. Esposito set several scoring records (many eventually broken by Wayne Gretzky) and led Team Canada to victory over the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe part of the reason why Esposito doesn’t get his just due is he was overshadowed by teammate Bobby Orr, who was the NHL’s dominant, game-changing star during Espo’s glory years in the late-’60s and early-’70s. Some also considered Esposito a one-dimensional scorer who merely parked himself near the crease and swatted in rebounds. A better appreciation of his game didn’t occur until the Summit Series. 

Daniel Winnik to Pittsburgh, Jiri Tlusty to Winnipeg

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Daniel Winnik to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Zach Sill, a 2nd round pick in 2016 & a 4th round pick in 2015. The Carolina Hurricanes have traded winger Jiri Tlusty to the Winnipeg Jets for a third-round pick in 2015 and a conditional sixth rounder. (more…)