NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 6, 2012.

Artem Anisimov snaps out of scoreless drought in Rangers win over Flyers…David Clarkson and Zach Parise nets their 20th goals as Devils defeat the Penguins…Bruins snap two-game losing stretch with win over Capitals…Blackhawks must improve defensively…Time is running out for the Ducks to get back into playoff race…Lightning soon to have excess of blueliners…Blue Jackets defenseman Brett Lebda out indefinitely.


Anisimov snaps 17-game pointless skid.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Artem Anisimov snapped a 17-game pointless drought with a goal and two assists as the Blueshirts downed the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.

NJ.COM: David Clarkson and Zach Parise each netted their 20th goals of the season as the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.

BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins ended a two-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks must improve their defense as they’re currently 25th overall in goals-against average.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hence the reason for management push to find a top-four defenseman. Don’t expect them to shop for a goaltender.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Time is running out for the Anaheim Ducks playoff hopes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks performance over the next couple of weeks will determine if GM Bob Murray becomes a seller by the trade deadline. Don’t, however, expect Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Cam Fowler or Jonas Hiller to be shopped.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: With Marc-Andre Bergeron due back soon from injury, the Lightning will have a glut of defensemen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: GM Steve Yzerman could shop a blueliner for depth at forward if his team plays its way into playoff contention over the next couple of weeks. Then again, he could also move one or two if he goes into “sell” mode.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Brett Lebda is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.


  1. Spec, totally agree about the Ducks. They are very unlikely to shop any young, core players.

  2. I don’t see the Ducks actively shopping Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Cam Fowler or Jonas Hiller either but like all GM”s would say ” make me an offer I can’t refuse about any one of them and I”ll make a deal”.

  3. Barring a run of nearly historic proportions over the next 30 games (something like 25-6-0) the Ducks will not make the playoffs. I understand for the fan base and the media it’s the right thing to say that they’re chasing the playoffs but the reality is they’ve been all but mathematically out of it for some time.

    That said, I agree there is no reason to shop any of the core unless it’s for a significant piece (think Ryan for Weber/Suter), which prior to the TDL is about as likely as them making the playoffs. Logically, I can see them asking Koivu (or potentially even Selanne) to waive his NTC for prospects/picks given their age, even if these were the only 2 Murray singled out as not tradeable in his tirade a few months back. Anaheim are currently 2nd from bottom and are in line for lottery pick. Grigorenko could immediately slot into the 2nd line C position.

  4. Alex, agreed. One thing though I don’t see the ducks finishing the season in there current position in the standings. As the deadline approaches and the other teams unload players the ducks will remain pretty much the same which is a very talented team that really had a bad start and it cost them. Eventuallly the other teams will come down and the ducks will rise a few spots and there goes the lottery pick.