NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 31, 2013.

Wild end Blackhawks win streak, more problems with Coyotes sale, plus updates on Ryan Callahan, Adam Henrique, Dustin Penner and more.

Nicklas Backstrom backstops Wild to win over Blackhawks.

Nicklas Backstrom backstops Wild to win over Blackhawks.

STARTRIBUNE.COM/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Minnesota Wild snapped the Chicago Blackhawks winning streak at six with 3-2 shootout victory. Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves, replacing Josh Harding who gave up two goals on four shoots in the opening 6.45 of the first.

ESPN.COM: Today is the deadline for Greg Jamison to finalize his purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes, but Scott Burnside recently reported Jamison might not have the cash to complete the sale. A separate group of investors are apparently poised to step in if Jamison fails to come through, but it remains to be seen if Glendale’s new mayor and city council might extend his deadline. Pierre LeBrun, meanwhile, discussed the Nashville Predators slow start with team captain Shea Weber.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I feel sorry for are the Coyotes players, staff, their families and the team’s fans. Otherwise, I’m sick and tired of this never-ending saga. At this point, I just want this story to go away. Keep it in Glendale, move it or contract it. I no longer care.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be sidelined ten – fourteen days with a “left shoulder subluxation” (temporary, partial dislocation).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Callahan, the Rangers and their fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief, as that injury could’ve been much worse.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is hoping to bounce back from a bad game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The Sabres fell 4-3 in overtime to the Leafs.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Goaltender Jimmy Howard and rookie forward Damien Brunner have provided the Red Wings with an early boost.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The Devils are looking forward to Adam Henrique’s return.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings forward Dustin Penner, a healthy scratch in recent games, is patiently awaiting his chance to play, saying he has no issues with coach Darryl Sutter.

MIAMI HERALD: Injuries have been a factor in the Florida Panthers five-game losing streak.

TORONTO STAR: The city of Markham may be moving toward building an NHL arena, but it could still take a long time to land a franchise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment could try to prevent another NHL franchise from landing in their backyard.

CSN BAY AREA: New San Jose Sharks owner Hasso Plattner is a very rich man, which could increase the club’s NHL influence.


  1. I’ve been a jets – coyotes fan since the mid 80’s , I was dad when they left Winnipeg , now this ownership crap with coyotes is getting out of hand !! Goldwater screwed up the other deal , now greg jamison doesn’t have the money !! I really thought this guy was the one that would turn this team around if he took control but here we are at deadline day and still now owner for a very good team !! I am from Canada so I don’t want to be called a cry baby American fan !! I know that the team has crappy attendance but all and all they have one of the best teams in the league !! A owner that is willing to spend a little bit of money on this team could take them to the next level

  2. I don’t know if there is any truth to what I heard on the drive in to work, but it was mentioned there are plans for two expansion teams – one to Quebec city and another in southern Ontario with the league taking in 1 billion in expansion fees.

    I can’t imagine what it is like to live with the uncertainty of the Phoenix situation if you worked for the org or was family. Good money after bad, it is prolly time to move on.

  3. The Phoenix situation is a perfect storm of bad events that kept swooping in on it to prevent it from recovering and the vultures on the situation don’t help either. It’s like a bad romantic life where someone keeps getting distracted by false suitors to keep them unavailable for true suitors. A true bridegroom needs to come out and finally take the hockey team. I’m pretty sure the people who are most tired of dealing with the situation is the NHL itself.

    Glad to see Henrique back but I wish the Devils would stop waiting for an injury to happen. They have too many defenseman, now sitting Fayne out. And they haven’t decided what to do with Matteau, yet. I’m not even sure how it works, if keeping him as a healthy scratch prevents him from burning a year of his entry level contract with them.

  4. Shane Doan should have looked into the wings vs promises.

  5. Remember when that Balsillie guy wanted to buy the team and move them to Southern Ontario and make the league a ton of money instead of having the league lose 30 Million each year?