NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 5, 2012.

The LA Kings are one win away from their first Stanley Cup championship, an update on the sale of the Coyotes, updates on Daniel Cleary and Adam McQuaid, and more.


Kings are one win away from a Stanley Cup title.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings are one win away from their first Stanley Cup title, downing the New Jersey Devils 4-0 to take a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Goalie Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for the shutout, while the Kings superb penalty killing was a significant factor in the victory. They can complete the sweep and clinch the Cup in Game Four on Wednesday.

NJ.COM: The Devils woeful power-play has been a significant factor in their struggles against the Kings, failing to capitalize on 12 man-advantage opportunities in this series.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The game wasn’t without controversy, as the Kings game-opening goal by Alec Martinez came when the referee apparently failed to whistle the play dead when Devils goalie Martin Brodeur appeared to have frozen the puck.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The details of a proposed 20-year plan with a prospective buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes has been released by the city of Glendale, a deal which could cost its residents an average of $45 per year over the course of the deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Have to wonder if that proposal will pass muster with the tax watchdog Goldwater Institute.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Penguins acquisition of Tomas Vokoun was made to reduce the workload of starter Marc-Andre Fleury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully, that’ll nip any talk of the Penguins trading Fleury in the bud.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary is encouraged by the progress of his recovery from surgery on his left knee.

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has been clear of concussion symptoms for the past two weeks, and is well enough to resume workouts.

KUKLA’S KORNER: Former Red Army superstar and former Vancouver Canucks forward Vladimir Krutov has been hospitalized in serious condition due to internal bleeding.


  1. Grades from last night.

    Kings: A+

    Devils: C

    Referees: F

    That was a clean check by Richards, no elbow at all. Carter’s stick hit the player in the helmet, so how is that 4 minutes? Dive by Richards to draw the pathetic even-up call. Missed trip before the Kings’ first goal, then the whistle should have blown; clearly under his left pad. Surprised Brodeur kept his cool as much as he did. Just pathetic officiating, and these are supposedly the best the league has.

  2. Good pick up for the pens. Gives MAF some more time off, lights a fire under him at the same time and also gives the Pens a second option when MAF falters.

    I cannot see how this Phoenix stuff is going to work out. $45 extra added to every ones taxes to keep a team that most of the people don’t care about should not go over well with anyone there.

  3. The Phoenix thing is a gamble. The Yotes have created a bit of a buzz this year and if they can keep it going, people MIGHT be ok with it. That said, they would have to keep it going over the long term which is way easier said than done. My guesss is that it ultimtely falls through although I would not rule out something else being worked out.

    As for that goal in the Devils/Kings game I actually see it as a border line call. If Brodeur had put a glove over the pad where the puk was, no question it would be frozen. As it was, it kind of looked like Brodeur did not really know where the puck was and did not have complete control…way to easy for the Kings to get the puck free for the goal and the ref was right on top of it. But like I said, border line call that could as easily gone the other way and, for the sake of fainess, probably should have.

    Best wishes to Krutov.

  4. I agree, that play on Brodeur probably should of been blown down. The officiating has been awful this post-season. The worst play by far in my mind was when Mike Smith had his catching glove over the puck for about a second. Before Dustin Brown harpooned his glove off, and sent it flying into the corner. In that instance the referee was in the same position as last night. Behind the net and unaware. I read in The Hockey News a proposition for having three referees utilized in the future. Now I’m not completley against this notion, with the evolving speed of the game, along with new and old tactics players use to gain slight advantages. Perhaps an extra set of eyes at ice level is all we need to retain the integrity this game once knew. The only issue with this in my mind is does it become a matter of quantity over quality?

  5. Zero chance this is going to happen. I doubt it even makes it past the council stage as it is political suicide to vote in favor of this. Here is some of the number break downs.

    Approx Cost to tax payers: $16 million/year
    Approx cost over life of deal: $325 million
    City owes the NHL: $50 million
    Estimate Gross Revenue to city: -$180,000,000
    Arena Debt Payments: $240 million

    I don’t think I need to go on other than saying that if the city chooses to do this deal after years of layoffs, cutbacks, and budget fixing from a very poor city council with misguided direction this deal could COST the city over $700 million over the course of 20 years.

    What analysts are saying the Coyotes bring to the city is in fact a lower amount of revenue than what it cost to keep the ‘Yotes there and that is assuming they sell out every game for the next 20 years (which won’t happen). The deal is bad for the economy and the difference is approx $200 million that could be invested into much better things for Glendale.

  6. the NHL needs to refocus on giving the skill players room to do what they do best. last years Stanley Cup winner and likely this years have used size and intimidation to negate skill, stifling defense and an emphasis on blocking shots to actually scoring goals. in short they’ve taken an exciting game and turned it into soccer. a 1-0 game with 50 blocked shots isn’t going to sell the game it’s actually going to do the opposite. you could say it’s the team that sticks to the stifling defend the net at all costs mentality that will win but the reality is the game itself will lose. despite the rosy picture that Gary Bettman tries to paint a lot of teams are in financial trouble and there’s no easy fix in sight. driving away the few fans they have with dull uninspired hockey isn’t the answer.