NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 7, 2017

New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson celebrates his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game recaps, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Brock Nelson scored twice, including the winner in overtime, to give the New York Islanders a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. All of the Leafs goals were scored by rookies such as Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. 

Pavel Zacha scored his first NHL game-winning goal as the New Jersey Devils edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Earlier in the day, the Sabres re-signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650K and brought back center Derek Grant by claiming him off waivers from the Nashville Predators. 

Carter Hutton turned in a 26-save shutout performance backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 2-0 blanking of the Philadelphia Flyers. 

SPORTSNET: Carolina Hurricanes rookie forward Sebastian Aho, Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending February 5, 2017. 

SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL: The Columbus Blue Jackets are among nine American-based NHL clubs to see a boost in their television ratings. The New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers also enjoyed a ratings boost. Twelve clubs saw a decline, notably the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks.  The decline in some markets was the result of last fall’s U.S. Presidential election. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In most cases, improved or declining ratings were tied to team performance from last season and the current campaign. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings activated winger Steve Ott from injured reserved, but placed center Frans Nielsen (shoulder) and defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) on IR. 

AZCENTRAL.COM:  Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald took to the ice for the first time yesterday, joining a handful of Coyotes players (including captain Shane Doan). Fitzgerald, who was co-winner of the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, will be honored by the Coyotes on Saturday with a bobblehead night depicting him in Coyotes gear. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 1, 2016

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was named one of the NHL's three stars for the week ending Oct. 30.

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was named one of the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Oct. 30.

Stars of the week, notable demotions, recalls, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending October 30, 2016.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: A plea agreement will see the harassment and trespassing charges against Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane dismissed, provided he remains out of trouble for the next six months.

THE HOCKEY NEWS:  The NHL intends to restrict All-Star Game participants to “bona fide players.” That could mean no repeat of a marginal player being selected via fan voting, such as what happened with enforcer John Scott last year. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Scott situation had a happy ending for the league. However, I see the sense in restricting this sort of thing from happening again. Just because the Scott story ended well doesn’t mean another scenario involving a player who is clearly not All-Star caliber couldn’t become an embarrassment for the league. 

THE MERCURY NEWS:  Despite being pointless in his last seven games, Mikkel Boedker will continue to skate on the San Jose Sharks’ top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Injuries and limited salary-cap space prevented the Minnesota Wild from icing a full lineup for practice yesterday. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  Stars winger Ales Hemsky is sidelined five-to-six months following hip surgery.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward David Backes (day-to-day, elbow surgery) will miss the club’s upcoming road trip to Florida. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL’s James Mirtle reports the Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Matt Hunwick on injured reserve. 

NBC SPORTS:  The injury-riddled Los Angeles Kings recalled defenseman Rob Scuderi. 

NJ.COM: Promising center Pavel Zacha is expected to remain with the New Jersey Devils beyond the nine-game deadline for returning him to his junior club. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Coyotes assigned forward Christian Dvorak to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens sent defenseman Mikhail Sergachev back to his OHL club in Windsor. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Martin Frk on waivers for the purpose of demotion to the minors. 

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