NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 28, 2014

Game recaps, record ratings for this past weekend’s Stadium Series, plus updates on Steven Stamkos, Henrik Zetterberg, Vladimir Tarasenko and more.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 27th career shutout and Sidney Crosby picked up two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Buffalo Sabres 3-0.

Patrice Bergeron scores against the NY Islanders.

Patrice Bergeron scores against the NY Islanders.

BOSTON HERALD: Brad Marchand had a four-point night and Patrice Bergeron had three points as the Boston Bruins thumped the New York Islanders 6-3.

DENVER POST: Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Tyler Seguin scored twice in a losing effort for the Stars.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jonathan Quick made 23 saves and Anze Kopitar tallied the game’s only goal as the LA Kings shut out the San Jose Sharks 1-0.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Staal brothers rallied the Carolina Hurricanes from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Eric Staal scored twice and Jordan Staal collected the game winner.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

NBC SPORTS: The recent outdoor games at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium drew strong ratings.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes chairman and governor George Gosbee hopes to convince the league to stage an outdoor game in Arizona.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The success of the Dodger Stadium game dispelled the notion an outdoor game wouldn’t work in the Sun Belt. The Coyotes, however, could wait a while to stage an outdoor game. The league prefers match-ups between competitive rivals.

CBC.CA: The NHL won’t commit to future Olympic participation beyond the Sochi Games, as officials see shutting down the league for Olympic participation not being good for business.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s why we’re hearing talk of resurrecting the World Cup of Hockey, which would be staged in September. That only cuts into pre-season. Enjoy these Olympics, NHL fans, as I expect they’ll be the last time we’ll see NHL players in the Olympics.

TBO.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos expects plenty of media attention as he travels with his club on a four-game road trip, three games of which are in Canadian cities. Stamkos is recuperating from a broken leg and it remains to be seen if he’ll recover in time to play for Team Canada at the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

NBC SPORTS: Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist and Carolina’s Andrej Sekera were the NHL stars of the week.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings will be without Henrik Zetterberg (back) and Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) but should have Jimmy Howard back as they face off tonight against Philadelphia.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues sophomore forward Vladimir Tarasenko is displaying more of his talent this season.

NBC SPORTS: Marco Sturm has announced his retirement after a fifteen-year NHL career spent with San Jose, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, Vancouver and Florida. He retires as the highest-scoring German player in NHL history, with 242 goals and 487 points.

3 Comments

  1. I believe if it becomes true that NHL players no longer participate in the Olympics, it will be the fall of Canada as a hockey super power on the Olympic stage. All of our players are in the NHL and we don’t have competitive level leagues to the degree that Russia and Sweden have for example. I also believe it will lead to the quick rise of Switzerland on the Olympic stage. Interesting that will be.

  2. I’d have to disagree JJB. Most of the dominant players in the world play in the NHL. While the KHL has a few great players in their prime, most of their guys are retired from the NHL, rejected by the NHL, or good youngsters who don’t have the talent for the NHL. Therefore, the playing field for competition who remain fairly equal, as many of the prospects for NHL teams would still be involved.

    I am a big fan of Swiss hockey. However, in recent years, many of the top Swiss players have been recognized by the NHL, and are now playing here, again creating an equal situation at the Olympics for team selection.

    Personally, I think players should not play starting this year. I believe strongly that however Russia structures the security measures, there are still going to be some major issues with terrorists, and we could lose a lot of the players for what?

  3. @ JJB/Roscoe

    It will suck if NHL players stop competing in the Olympics. Hockey is pretty much the only draw for me to watch, and I think the sponsors benefit when spectators like myself take in the non-hockey action before or after a game.

    From the team owner perspective, I think they are shortsighted. True, they lose that year if their player is injured; yet, they miss out on the opportunity to cash in from the extra exposure their player, team, and sport receives.