NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 20, 2011.

The NHL holiday trade freeze is in effect…Rene Bourque, Milan Lucic suspended…Ian White brings pluses to Red Wings blueline…Injuries strike Rangers defense again…Ryan Miller working to improve his game…Martin Havlat to miss at least one game… Mike Knuble approaching career milestone…Ray Emery a nice catch for the Blackhawks…Ed Jovanovski sees parallels between two Panthers teams…Lightning’s Bruno Gervais remains patient…Patrick Roy would consider NHL coaching offers.

KUKLA’S KORNER: The NHL Christmas “roster freeze” regarding trades, waivers and loans is in effect until midnight on December 27.

CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Rene Bourque received a two-game suspension for hitting Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook from behind.

Lucic receives one-game suspension.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward Milan Lucic received a one-game suspension for a hit on Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers defense corps has been hit by injuries again, this time with Steve Eminger sidelined and Jeff Woywitka likely out.

BUFFALO NEWS: Ryan Miller is working overtime to improve his game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Miller is on pace for his worst season since taking over as the Sabres starting goalie in 2005-06.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Sharks winger Martin Havlat will miss at least one game after suffering a freak leg injury over the weekend when he attempted to jump onto the ice to join the play.

MIAMI HERALD: Ed Jovanovski sees parallels for the Panthers success this season, not just with the 1996 Panthers, whom Jovanovski played with as a rookie, but also the 2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes, which he was also a part of.

WASHINGTON POST: Mike Knuble is approaching his 1, 000 NHL game, and has been a consistent presence for the Capitals.

MLIVE.COM: Defenseman Ian White has brought many pluses to the Red Wings blueline this season.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Ray Emery has proven to be a good catch for the Blackhawks, with a 9-1-2 record this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was surprised there wasn’t more interest in Emery in the off-season, as his performance last season with the Ducks indicated he was fully recovered from career-threatening hip surgery and had also matured in his attitude. Several NHL GMs lacking goaltending depth (hello there, Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning) are likely kicking themselves now.

TAMPABAY.COM: Frequent scratch Bruno Gervais is staying positive as he fights for ice time with the Lightning.

DENVER POST: Patrick Roy would listen to coaching offers from the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fans and media in Montreal will be praying for the emotional, outspoken “St. Patrick” to swoop in and magically save the Canadiens, just like Dale Hunter did with the Washington Capitals….oh, wait…


  1. In May 2009 Patrick Roy was offered the head coaching position with the Colorado Avalanche. He turned down the position.

    He is currently the co-owner, general manager, and head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He has a 216-104-21 coaching record.

    In 2006 he won the Memorial Cup as Coach of the Quebec Remparts in his rookie year. Unfortunately with success comes controversey as Patrick Roy has had a very controversial coaching career with very public spectacles in 2007 and 2008.

    Will Patrick Roy be the next head coach in Montreal?

    The fans in Montreal want it to happen but will Geoff Molson, Pierre Boivin and the Board of Directors let it happen?

  2. Not even St. patrick can save the Canadiens. Their problem is the GM.
    My guess is that the Ghost was told to only hire an interm…. so that they can fire him and let the new GM bring in his own coach.

    Seeing as how the coach needs to be billingual, i would go after:
    1) Michel Therrien
    2) Bob Hartley
    Not) Patrick Roy

  3. Michel Therrien is an overrated coach as he couldn’t even coach a successful team with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal in the line-up.

    Bob Hartley has not coached an NHL team in years and has no wish to do so. He talked about the possibility of coaching in the NHL before he signed in the Suisse League and he said he had accomplsihed what he wanted in his career and did not specifically want to coach in the NHL again. Also Pierre Gauthier and Bob Hartley do not get along at all so it would take a change in GM to get him as coach. Who would be a good GM, needing to be French and all that. The list is quite small, unless they want to try an unknown like they did with the fiasco that was Tremblay and the beer salesman turned GM Rejean Houle

  4. I agree with NikK in the sense that the GM is the real issue in MTL. Some of the trades and picks they’ve made and the contracts they’ve picked up over the last few seasons have been atrocious. Martin and co have overachieved IMO and full credit to them for doing so.

  5. Maybe they haven’t offered the job to Roy because they’re planning to offer him the GM position instead.

    Wish the Rangers’ defense could stay healthy. Stralman hasn’t impressed at all. Stu Bickel is a tough customer and I liked the way he played in “camp,” but he reminds me of Jeff Beukeboom. Wrecking ball of justice if he gets hold of you, but if you’re faster than Brian Boyle he might look like a pylon.

  6. I see Roy being offered the spot in the summer…trade deadlid could be interesting as Montreal might be doing some serious house cleaning. Give Roy a fresh start rather than this mess….Sadly, I think the Habs will do well enough to net only a mid level 1st rather than a top flight 1st.

  7. Pierre Boivin ? he is no longer in the picture. I suppose you meant Pierre Gauthier.

  8. CoachBowman,

    your right…Pierre Gauthier.

    got my Pierre’s mixed up.

  9. The Habs are their own worst enemy. Given that Montreal “must” have a bilingual GM and Coach, they really are limiting themselves to people no one has ever heard of, people with no AHL / NHL Coaching or GM experience ( Mr. Roy), or people they have already fired…which is way too many to list here.