NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 2, 2011.

Kings costly victory over Panthers…Will Zach Parise ever leave the Devils?…Patrick Kane moved back to wing…More losses for Hurricanes and Capitals…Chris Pronger still plagued by mysterious illness…Valtteri Filppula shining alongside Henrik Zetterberg…Derick Brassard’s agent lashes out at Blue Jackets head coach…New Jets down old Jets…Stars could get injured players back soon.


Kings lose Richards in victory over Panthers.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jonathan Quick made 41 saves backstopping the Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, but lost Mike Richards and Willie Mitchell to injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panthers Sean Bergenheim could face a suspension over this hit on Richards, which would eventually knock him out of the game. Panthers fans with long memories will undoubtedly recall Richards blind side hit a couple of years ago on then-Panther David Booth and have little sympathy for Richards.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Some Minnesota Wild fans hope Minnesota native and New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise will join the Wild this summer as a UFA, but not even Parise’s dad knows what his son will do.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise and the Devils maintain they’re hopeful of getting a new deal in place before he becomes eligible for UFA status on July 1st.

SUNTIMES.COM: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane enjoyed his stint at center but is happy to return to right wing, where he’s now paired with center Jonathan Toews.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM/WASHINGTON POST: The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals dropped their second straight games under their new head coaches.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hurricanes new coach Kirk Muller will do his best, but quite frankly, he doesn’t have much to work with this season. The Capitals, on the other hand, are a more talented team, but have shown little real improvement so far under new head coach Dale Hunter. The Capitals game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the first clash this season between Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, was unmemorable, as both were held scoreless, though Ovechkin appeared to be the better of the two in this game.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, currently sidelined by minor knee surgery, continues to experience symptoms of a mysterious virus which had him suffering headaches and nausea. Pronger claimed he passed a concussion test and his symptoms are now almost gone.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Valtteri Filppula is shining on the same line as Henrik Zetterberg, on pace for a career year.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Agent Alan Walsh, who represents Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard, lashed out at Jackets head coach Scott Arniel for his handling of Walsh’s client this season. Brassard has been a healthy scratch in seven of the last ten games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the purpose is to spur the Jackets into moving Brassard to another team, it’s probably not going to work.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The New Winnipeg Jets defeat the former Jets – now the Phoenix Coyotes – by a score of 1-0.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars could have Brenden Morrow, Alex Goligoski and Trevor Daley back in the lineup within a week.


  1. Good news on the Goligoski front, Dallas needs him. The hit on Mike Richards I don’t think is a suspendable one, he hit the head but body was first and he was going after the puck, I dunno, slippery slope on that one. What’s the latest and greatest on Visnovsky? The Ducks really need this guy back…and soon.

  2. NHL.com reports Jets won 1-0, as does TSN. Typo Mr. Spector?

    I hope for the Stars they got Morrow and Goligoski back soon. Play swell without them, but they are major boost players!!! Doubt a suspension is coming for the hit, I could see a fine though. Brassard won’t be with the Jackets at season end, but the move will likely be more around deadline when the cash is less to absorb and my bet is to Ottawa.

    • Yes, it was a typo, Josh. I correctly noted the score in the Canadian Corner

  3. Was there any news on the Prust hit against Skinner last night?