NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2012.

Olaf Kolzig makes suggestion to Alexander Ovechkin…Jonathan Toews troubled by Blackhawks slump…Sharks Dan Boyle regaining his form…Ducks stay hot thanks to Teemu Selanne…James van Riemsdyk’s slow but steady recovery from concussion…Avalanche lose J-S Giguere to groin injury…Coyotes need more secondary scoring…Sabres Ville Leino promoted to top line to face his former team…Seattle could become prime destination for NHL.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals associate goalie coach believes Alexander Ovechkin may be “wrapped up too much in the rock star status that comes with being Alex Ovechkin.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kolzig is only trying to be helpful, but you can bet the “rock star” label will be added to the growing list of criticisms aimed at Ovechkin this year.

Troubled Toews.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is troubled by his team’s nine-game free fall in the Western Conference standings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Toews could improve the goaltending or defense on his own, you know he would.

MERCURY NEWS: Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle has rebounded from a slow start to this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And at the right time of the season, too. They need Boyle at his best if they hope to march to the Cup Final this year.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Teemu Selanne scored the game-winning goal, as well as tied Brendan Shanahan for 12th overall on the NHL goal-scoring list with his 656th career goal, as the Ducks edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t look now, but the Ducks are only six points out of a playoff berth and are 14-2-3 since January 6th. Anyone else get the feeling Selanne won’t be moved at the trade deadline?

PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk is making slow but steady improvement in his recovery from a concussion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: His NHL career has been anything but easy. Here’s hoping van Riemsdyk makes a full recovery.

DENVER POST: Avalanche goalie J-S Giguere was sidelined by a groin injury in last night’s 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giguere claimed he didn’t believe the injury was serious. For his sake, and the playoff hopes of his teammates, it better not be.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Secondary scoring could determine if the Phoenix Coyotes make the playoffs this year.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former Flyer Ville Leino will be on the Sabres first line when he faces his former team tonight.

THE SEATTLE TIMES: Wealthy San Francisco businessman Chris Hansen is expected to make an official announcement today of a proposal to construct a new arena in Seattle to lure NBA and NHL teams to that city.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this goes through, Seattle becomes the front-runner for a relocated NHL franchise or an expansion team.


  1. Is Kolzig’s opinion really news? Is there anyone watching hockey that is so obtuse they have not figured this out about Ovi? The Caps may want to take a page from the CBJ book and consider moving their superstar. They could get a good return, and it’s clear the current recipe is not a winning one.

    I would love to see a trade between the Hawks and Habs. I think Gill and Moen would really improve the Hawks’ situation. Those two guys would transform the PK. Perhaps something like Gill and Moen to Chicago for Saad and a 2nd? If either re-signs the pick becomes a 1st.

  2. Nice Offer Casey, but with not much sellers this year, my guess is that Moen and Gill can get ourself 1st round pick

  3. “Wealthy San Francisco businessman Chris Hansen is expected to make an official announcement today of a proposal to construct a new arena in Seattle to lure NBA and NHL teams to that city.” LOL – I bet he leads off with “Why don’t you take a seat over here…”

  4. The NHL has no chance in Seattle. In the article Hansen says he has NO plans for an NHL team. I lived there and it a terrible hockey town.

  5. I disagree with “Ha! Seattle”… there are plenty of successful WHL hockey teams in the Washington state area including the Spokane Chiefs, Seattle Thunderbirds, Tri-City Americans, Evertt Silvertips and the Portland Winterhawks are close by too, which should be enough proof that Washington state has embraced hockey. Don’t forget Vancouver (BC) is just 2.5 hours from Seattle, meaning lots of fans in British Columbia who cannot get tickets to Canuck games will drive down there for games. Think about how many Southern Ontarians are in attendance at most Buffalo Sabre games. NHL hockey in Seattle can and will thrive. Google NHL and Seattle and you will find tons of recent news articles on this. My guess is Phoenix gets relocated to Seattle and if the deal for the new arena goes through, Seattle beccomes the leading candidate.

  6. I’ll agree that Seatle might make an interesting place to try the NHL, I still believe that Quebec has the inside track. The support would be strong, and most importantly, steady. Seatle, being new to the NHL, could not guarantee that today. Thst said, it is also clear that Quebec will always rely heavily (more heavily than other Canadian cities) on a high CND $. Still think Quebec has the edge, though, but maybe I’m biased. Habs/Nordique rivalry was awesome in the day.