NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 10, 2017

The Ottawa Senators celebrates their second-round series victory over the New York Rangers.

Senators advance to Eastern Conference Final, Ben Bishop dealt to Stars & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.  

NHL.COM: Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal and collected an assist while Craig Anderson made 37 saves as the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers 4-2 to win their second-round series in six games. The Senators advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and await the winner of the Washington Capitals – Pittsburgh Penguins series. Rangers forward Rick Nash was possibly hampered by injury in the final games of this series.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson was the standout in this series. Playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, he was the Senators’ best player. He’s not only the Senators top scorer (13 points) in these playoffs but also leads all playoff defensemen in points and all active skaters in time on ice per game (28:56).

DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  The Dallas Stars “acquired the rights to goalie Ben Bishop in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth-round pick (the 114th pick acquired from Montreal for Jordie Benn) in this year’s draft.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move gives the Stars exclusive negotiating rights with Bishop up to July 1, when he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency. Dallas’ goaltending was among the league’s worst this season and a key reason why they missed the playoffs.

Signing the 30-year-old Bishop could cost between $6 – $7 million annually on a five-year deal to lock him up. He also has an injury history but when healthy is one of the league’s elite goalies. I’ll have more about this story later this morning in my Rumors section. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS:  The Los Angeles Kings yesterday re-signed winger Tanner Pearson to a four-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $3.75 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A reasonable and affordable signing by the Kings, as the 24-year-old Pearson gets a nice pay raise over his current $1.4 million cap hit. He tallied 24 goals and 44 points in 2016-17 and was among the few brights spots for the offensively anemic Kings this season. The Kings now have over $62 million invested in 16 players for 2017-18 and will now turn their attention to re-signing restricted free agent forward Tyler Toffoli. 

TSN: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly claims the league’s concussion spotters lacked the authority to pull Pittsburgh Penguins captain from Game 6 against the Washington Capitals after he crashed head first into the boards. Crosby was shaken up but able to continue playing and was medically cleared by the team doctor.

Daly also said colliding with the boards wasn’t a “mechanism of injury” that would enable concussion spotters to remove a player. “The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal. ‘Ice’ as compared to ‘boards’ is in there for a reason. It’s the result of a study on our actual experiences over a number of years. ‘Ice’ has been found to be a predictor of concussions — ‘boards’ has not been.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Face Off Hockey Show host Scotty Wazz put it best: “I love the NHL reasoning on the Crosby collision: people cause concussions, boards aren’t people; doesn’t count.”

EDMONTON SUN: As the Oilers prepare to face the Anaheim Ducks tonight in Game 7 of their second-round series, forwards Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hope to find a way to snap out of their respective playoff scoring funks. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks recalled Sam Carrick in case ailing center Nate Thompson is unavailable for Game 7 tonight against the Oilers. 

BOSTON HERALD: “Patrice Bergeron (sports hernia) and Tuukka Rask (right groin) underwent successful surgeries in the last two days.” Both are expected to be ready for the start of next season. 

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko denied speculation he required surgery. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL:  The Vegas Golden Knights could have more time to pursue restricted and unrestricted free agent before the June 21 expansion draft. They had a 72-hour period but the league is looking into widening that window.

NHL.COM: The league announced the 2018 Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers at Citi Field.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 3, 2017

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko celebrates one of his two goals against the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2017 Winter Classic.

Blues win 2017 Winter Classic, three stars of the week & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.com: Two third-period goals by Vladimir Tarasenko carried the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory in the 2017 Winter Classic before over 46,000 fans at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Alexander Steen also tallied a goal and an assist for the Blues. 

Corey Schneider turned in a 22-save shutout performance backstopping the New Jersey Devils to a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins. Taylor Hall scored one goal and set up another for the Devils. 

Sven Baertschi scored twice (including the game winner) and goaltender Ryan Miller got his 350th career victory as the Vancouver Canucks edged the hapless Colorado Avalanche 3-2. The Avs have only one win in their last 10 games. 

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 1, 2017. 

TSN: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed backup goaltender Al Montoya to a two-year, $2.125 million contract extension. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes claimed forward Alexander Burmistrov off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  A former first-round pick of the Jets, Burmistrov’s struggled through five NHL seasons. Perhaps a change of scenery will help him reach his potential. Otherwise, this season could be his last in the NHL. He’s a restricted free agent in July. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM:  The New Jersey Devils  claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the Nashville Predators. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres center Johan Larsson’s season is over after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated wrist and elbow.

THE MERCURY NEWS:  The San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Mirco Mueller. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 1, 2017

The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate their 15th consecutive victory.

Game recaps, injury updates and alumni game results in your NHL morning coffee headlines

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to 15 games while ending the Minnesota’s Wild’s 12-game streak with a 4-2 victory. Cam Atkinson scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win matches the second-longest streak in NHL history and puts the Jackets only two games away from tying the record of 17, set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Chris Kreider tallied a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist moved past Dominik Hasek for most career NHL wins by a European-born goaltender as the New York Rangers defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-2. Lundqvist picked up his 390th victory. J.T. Miller also scored twice for the Rangers. 

Conor Sheary’s game-tying goal late in the third period set the stage for Evgeni Malkin’s overtime tally as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Malkin has 43 points on the season, tying him with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the league’s points lead. 

Jaromir Jagr netted his 756th career NHL goal and James Reimer kicked out 35 shots in the Florida Panthers 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars. 

Jeff Carter’s 20th goal of the season was also the game winner as the Los Angeles Kings squeaked past the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is listed as day-to-day after being struck in the face by a puck during the Sharks’ recent game against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Jacob Markstrom made 42 saves and Bo Horvat netted the only goal in the shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid tallied the game-tying goal that forced overtime and the shootout. 

Tuukka Rask’s 26-save performance backstopped the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the struggling Buffalo Sabres to sweep their season series. Sabres center Johan Larsson suffered a suspected dislocated left wrist and could be out for weeks, while defenseman Josh Gorges suffered a hip pointer.  Earlier in the day, the Bruins announced winger David Backes (concussion) will be sidelined indefinitely. 

The Washington Capitals killed off nine penalties, including four in the first period, on route to a 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The win, however, was overshadowed by Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson hitting Devils defenseman John Moore from behind, resulting in the latter leaving the game on a stretcher. Moore was released from hospital but has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion. There was no penalty called on the play. 

John Tavares and Ryan Strome each netted a goal and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Earlier in the day, Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak cleared waivers and was sent to their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. Meanwhile, Jets forward Marko Dano is out for up to eight weeks with a lower-body injury suffered during a recent loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

First-period goals by Michael Frolik, Dennis Wideman, Lance Bouwma and Mikael Backlund carried the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. 

Nikita Kucherov collected two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 26 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. An illness to Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack saw equipment manager Jorge Alves pressed into service as a backup. With the game out of reach in the final seven seconds, Carolina coach Bill Peters put Alves in the net, allowing him to fulfill his dream of playing an NHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s a nice way to end 2016. Meanwhile, in other news…

The Detroit Red Wings edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in Saturday’s Centennial Classic alumni game at Toronto’s BMO Field, but the highlight was a dazzling first-period glove save by Leafs goalie Mike Palmateer. Unfortunately for the 62-year-old Palmateer, he wrenched his back and had to leave the game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was exactly the type of acrobatic save Palmateer used to make in the 1970s that made him a fan favorite. 

Pierre Turgeon scored twice, including the game winner, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-7 in the Winter Classic alumni game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Former Blues star Keith Tkachuk wore a Pavol Demitra jersey in honor of his late teammate, who perished in the 2011 plane crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nice touch by Tkachuk to remember Demitra, who sits fifth on the Blues all-time points list with 493. 

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman last night reported Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will meet with team doctors to discuss treatment for a suspected herniated disc. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Subban requires surgery, his season will be over.