NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 14, 2012.

Blackhawks don’t blame coach for their current woes…Rangers success overshadowed by Knicks and Giants…Capitals fall to Sharks…Equipment tweak helping Brodeur…Ducks playing better with Blake?…Hurricanes rally to down Canadiens…Lightning hampered by big contracts?…Patrick Kaleta’s working to answer questions with Sabres…Panthers call-up blueliners filling the gaps…Flyers Rinaldo suspended two games…NHL benefiting from new network…Mike Comrie retires.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks aren’t laying the blame for their current woes upon head coach Joel Quenneville.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quenneville is doing his best with what he has. It’s not his fault the goaltending’s been terrible.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The NY Rangers are the best team in the Eastern Conference, but are being overshadowed by the focus on Knicks player Jeremy Lin’s feel-good story, and the Giants Super Bowl win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll likely change as the NHL season continues, the glow over the Giants Super Bowl win fades, and the “Linsanity” dies down.

WASHINGTON POST: The struggling Capitals fell to the visiting San Jose Sharks 5-3.

NJ.COM: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur’s recent “tweak” to his goalie pads has resulted in his winning four of his last five games.

Ducks have better record with Blake in the lineup.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: It may be a coincidence, but the Anaheim Ducks have a better record when oft-injured winger Jason Blake is in the lineup (13-3-3) than without him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Ducks trying to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, perhaps it would be best not to trade Blake at the deadline?

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes blew a two-goal lead, but rallied in the third to down the Montreal Canadiens 5-3.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Gary Shelton suggests the Lightning’s efforts to improve their roster are hampered by some of the big contracts they’re carrying.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s the potential danger of signing players to lengthy, long-term, contracts.

BUFFALO NEWS: Patrick Kaleta is working hard to address the questions over his place with the Sabres.

SUNSENTINEL.COM:Call-up defensemen Tyson Strachan and Colby Robak are doing a good job so far filling in for injured Panthers blueliners like Jason Garrison, Ed Jovanovski and Dmitry Kulikov.

CSNPHILLY.COM: The NHL suspended Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo two games for a charging call on Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson in the Flyers 4-3 loss to Detroit over the weekend.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The NBC Sports Network is proving a bonanza for American-based NHL hockey fans.

EDMONTON SUN: Former Oiler Mike Comrie officially announced his retirement yesterday, as nagging hip injuries forced him from the game at the age of 31.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I always felt Comrie had the talent to be a much better player than he was, especially earlier in his career.

2 Comments

  1. The NYR struggle with their profile in spite of their longevity, supposed strong hockey market, and great season record.

    I’d really love to see Nash choose a Canadian market team. That would be good for hockey.

  2. With regards to the Rangers excitement level, most New York City sports fans care about the Giants and Yankees first. The Knicks are always going to be a bigger story than the Rangers, unless the Rangers win the Cup and the Knicks don’t win the NBA Championship. We saw in 1994 that they were both championship contenders and the Knicks were a bigger story. It’s true with most American cities with multiple sports teams. Football and Baseball are king, and basketball will always be ahead of hockey unless the basketball team sucks and the hockey team doesn’t.