NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 10, 2017
Game recaps, stars of the week, Luongo and Ovechkin reach milestones & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo picked up career win 448 and career shutout 73 as he backstopped his club to a 3-0 blanking of the New Jersey Devils. Luongo moves past Terry Sawchuk into fifth on the all-time wins list.
Alexander Ovechkin tied Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice Richard in career goals (544) and moved to within one point of 1,000 to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens. Ovechkin scored a goal and set up two others, leaving him tied with Richard for 29th on the all-time goal list.
Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves as the Winnipeg Jets shut out the Calgary Flames 2-0. Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler tallied for the Jets.
Patrick Sharp and Radek Faksa each collected three points and Jiri Hudler scored his first goal of the season as the Dallas Stars downed the Los Angeles Kings 6-4. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty each had two points for the Kings.
TSN.CA: New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner, Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 8, 2017.
NEWSDAY: Despite his club’s struggles this season, New York Islanders captain John Tavares insists he remains committed to improving the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Isles’ struggles this season prompted some Toronto-area pundits to daydream about Tavares joining the Maple Leafs as an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Far too early to start musing about that. Given the rise of young Leafs such as Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, the Leafs won’t need to bring in an expensive free agent in 2018.
SUN-SENTINEL.com: Former Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant claims his strong opinions, rather than management’s devotion to analytics, were responsible for his firing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Noble of Gallant to put the blame on himself, but I believe panic in the front office was the reason he was fired. I don’t expect he’ll be unemployed for long.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers placed backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on waivers and demoted rookie winger Jesse Puljujarvi to their AHL affiliate.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets placed backup goalie Curtis McElhinney on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the Sun article observed, maybe the Oilers will put in a claim for McElhinney.
VANCOUVER SUN’s Ben Kuzma reports via Twitter that Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton could be placed on injured reserve after blocking a shot with his left hand on Friday.
Freelance writer Dhiren Mahiban reports via Twitter former NHL center Mike Richards still hopes to play this season and could look at Europe for options.
YAHOO SPORTS: Adidas is phasing out third jerseys, leaving some NHL teams to decide whether to adopt their alternative jerseys as their primary ones.