NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 8, 2012.

Bruins demote David Krejci to third line, Red Wings could have Jimmy Howard back sooner than expected, David Jones powers Avalanche over Blackhawks, Rangers offense continues to sputter, Flyers fall to Islanders, Capitals blank Panthers, Coyotes win third straight, Sabres GM remains upbeat, Blue Jackets down Wild, Owen Nolan officially retires as a Shark, and activist Ralph Nader calls on NHL to end fighting.


Struggling Krejci dropped to third line.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins head coach Claude Julien has demoted struggling center David Krejci to the third line in hopes the shake-up snaps him out of his slump.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It might also fuel trade rumors about Krejci, but given how well he performed in last year’s playoffs, the Bruins are unlikely to move him.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings could have injured starting goalie Jimmy Howard back by the weekend.

DENVER POST: David Jones scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks, handing the latter their sixth straight loss.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And putting pressure on Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman to do something to stop his team’s recent tailspin.

WASHINGTON POST: The see-saw battle for first in the Southeast Division between the Capitals and Florida Panthers tilted in the former’s favor, as the Caps blanked the Panthers 4-0 on two goals by Alexander Ovechkin.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils highlighted the Blueshirts continued scoring struggles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And add fuel to the rumors of GM Glen Sather shopping for offensive depth.

PHILLY.COM: NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 45 saves to blank the Flyers 1-0.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes extended their winning streak to 3 and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres GM Darcy Regier remains upbeat despite his team’s woeful performance this season and the recent injury to head coach Lindy Ruff.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild rookie Nate Prosser scored his first NHL goal in a losing cause as his team fell 3-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Owen Nolan signed a one-day contract with the San Jose Sharks, allowing him to officially retire with the team he had the most success.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nolan played 1,200 NHL games, and had his best seasons with the Sharks.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALKS: Activist Ralph Nader sent an open letter to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman imploring Bettman to end fighting in the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue rants against “pinkos” from traditionalists like Don Cherry and Mike Milbury in 3…2…1….


  1. Nader needs to stick to politics and keep out of hockey as all politics should be.

  2. Only if Cherry promises to kep out of politics.

  3. Krejci isn’t going anywhere. He’s led or tied for the team in points the last 2 years and has a newly signed 3 yr/$15.7m contract. He, Lucic and Horton, individually and as a line have always been streaky. Now with Horton out and the inconsistent play this past month, what better time to shake things up. Something Julien is always reluctant to do. (There’s been no time line on Horton’s return, skated for the first time Monday but not this morning.) Besides it gives the coaching staff a look at Pouliot and Caron playing with a skilled playmaking center. Before Xmas, the Bergeron, Seguin, Marchand line took over first line duties thru production and TOI. The only needs for Boston at this time is depth D and possibly 3rd line wing.

  4. Nolan was an absolute G when he was on the sharks. I will always love him for running over Belfour in the playoffs.

  5. And I thought Owen Nolan retired years ago!

  6. Nader is delivering the right message to Bettman. How can the NHL care about the players when they allow two people to pound each other in the head. It’s time to eliminate fighting from the game – http://itsnotpartofthegame.blogspot.com/.

    I don’t believe that fighting ever had a place in the game and as far as the accountability argument goes, why were the 70′s and 80′s some of the bloodiest hockey years while fighting was at its peak? There were lots of “policemen” in the game but it didn’t seem to help. Let’s focus on skilled hockey players, good hard hitting and fast paced action. Not two grown men wrestling for a few minutes before falling to the ice.

  7. Why in Gods name would Boston trade it’s 1b center??? For who? C’mon. Whoever is suggesting that doesn’t know anything about hockey. The kid is a solid player, maybe his Stanley Cup hangover is just a little harsher than the others, booze affects people differently ;). But really, trade Krejci? Geez…

    Surprised by this swoon from the Hawks. They better get their act together soon as these next 3 weeks separates the playoff teams from the golfers.

  8. I guess with Nader not making another ill-fated run for President, he now has time to annoy the NHL hierachy. Go away, Ralph!

    As for the above argument that the 70’s and 80’s were “bloodier” than the league is now, I don’t recall concussions being nearly as prevelant as they are now, with only a few of them due to the result of fighting. Maybe we should do away with checking so no one gets hurt……..and a puck made from foam……..and sticks made out of plastic!!!