NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2011.

Bruins finally lose in regulation…Flyers Claude Giroux a superstar in the making…Jordin Tootoo suspended two games…Sabres looking for home improvement…Realignment no help to Lightning…Barnaby could face deportation…NHLPA seeks more info on realignment…Sharks new owner…Why NHL won’t ban fighting…Jets claim Ben Maxwell off waivers, Coyotes O’Sullivan clears waivers.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins fourteen game unbeaten streak is over, as the Winnipeg Jets downed them in regulation by a score of 2-1, their first loss in regulation since October 29.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to take anything away from the Jets effort, but one reason for the Bruins loss may be top scorer Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch for missing a team meeting.

Claude Giroux a superstar on the rise.

PHILLY.COM: The Flyers have a special player in Claude Giroux, whc is is a legitimate candidate for the Hart Trophy this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d call Giroux a superstar on the rise, and if he wins the Hart, it’ll confirm what Flyers fans have known since last season.

KUKLA’S KORNER: The NHL suspended Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo for two games for running Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres are looking to improve their woeful home record, which ranks among the worst in the league so far this season.

TAMPABAY.COM: Gary Shelton on why realignment won’t help the Tampa Bay Lightning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed the Lightning were among the few teams which voted against the new alignment of conferences, but they’re stuck with it now.

DALLASNEWS.COM: Recently fired ESPN hockey analyst Matthew Barnaby could face deportation to Canada, as his recent drunk driving charge violates an agreement for an earlier arrest.

DENVER POST: The NHLPA says it need more information on the league’s new realignment plan, specifically on travel, competitive balance and revenues, before it will sign off on the plan.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A few observers believe NHLPA head Donald Fehr will try to use this as a bargaining chip for the next round of CBA talks, but cooler heads believe this is merely a procedural matter and don’t expect the PA to hold this up.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Sharks most visible owner prefers to stay in the background.

SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spectors explains why NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman believes there’s not enough data linking head trauma from fighting to CTE.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say it, but it’ll take an on-ice fatality before the league is moved to do anything about hockey fights. Most players don’t want it eliminated, nor do most fans. The league is giving both what they want.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Winnipeg Jets have claimed forward Ben Maxwell off waivers, while Phoenix Coyotes forward Patrick O’Sullivan has cleared waivers.


  1. Not only was Seguin missing from the lineup, but the Broons were playing their 3rd game in 4 nights.

  2. Sorry – no excuses, they lost a game, injuries/ lost players and tough schedules happen to every team. Right about now Lucic should have been coming back from his suspension, so the Bruins should count themselves lucky, but I guess it’s more like favored.

  3. The Jets played a helluva game last night and Pavelec was awesome. The Bruins had their chances but just couldn’t bury them. No one thought they would go 72-0 the rest of the way from 3-7. It was an amazing streak nonetheless. I find no shame in losing to a team that worked as hard as the Jets did.

  4. I agree 100% with gravity mike. Jets played a good game and in all honesty the Bruins gained more by sitting Seguin than getting the two points (if he was going to be the difference). Reports from Bruins management indicate this is not the first time this has happened with Seguin so good on them for doing something about it now. He is still 19y/o and will need a kick in the ass every so often. As far as Ian’s comments about Lucic let it go bro. That Miller hit happened like three weeks ago. For you to want Lucic out for that many games give me a break man. It wasn’t even that bad of a hit on Miller. Actually I think Ian and Miller might be the same person. hmmmmm.