NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2013.

Game recaps, TSN loses out to CBC & Sportsnet for NHL TV contract, ten former players suing the NHL over concussion injuries, franchise values and more.

STLTODAY.COM: Alexander Steen scored twice and Jaroslav Halak collected his 18th shutout with the Blues, who rolled to a 3-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild, who also lost Zach Parise to a foot injury.

Torey Krug celebrates his overtime goal against the Penguins.

Torey Krug celebrates his overtime goal against the Penguins.

BOSTON HERALD: After the Pittsburgh Penguins tied the game with one second left on a goal by Sidney Crosby, Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug’s overtime goal lifted his club to a 4-3 win.

THE TENNESSEAN: Three goals in the first period powered the Nashville Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, who lost captain Shane Doan to a lower-body injury.

TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the New York Rangers 5-0 on the night they also honored Martin St. Louis for playing his 1,000th NHL game. Ben Bishop made 37 saves for the shutout.

MIAMI HERALD: Sean Bergenheim scored twice and Tim Thomas made 38 saves as the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1.

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

CANADA.COM: TSN’s Bob McKenzie took to Twitter last night to break the news his network has lost out to CBC and Sportsnet in the bidding for NHL Canadian TV rights. The deals are expected to be announced today and will be for 12 years. It’s believed CBC will pay up to $200 million (double its current fee) to keep Hockey Night in Canada. The NHL also released further details this morning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I didn’t expect this at all. TSN’s been the leader in NHL coverage in Canada in recent years and it was expected their parent company would outbid CBC and Sportsnet. TSN’s NHL contract expires at the end of this season, and they’ll still have rights to televise local Leafs and Jets games, but they’ll now be limited strictly to highlight packages and specialty shows like That’s Hockey, the NHL Draft, Trade Deadline and the opening day of free agency. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk said he’s improving daily and may not be sidelined for long. Datsyuk recently suffered what appeared to be a concussion after being elbowed in the head by Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett had surgery for a “broken wrist/hand” and will be sidelined 8 to 10 weeks.

KUKLA’S KORNER: Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth faces a hearing with the NHL today over his recent hit on Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators.

NBC SPORTS: Ten former players are suing the NHL claiming the league didn’t do enough to protect them from concussions.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The players, including Rick Vaive and Gary Leeman, played from the 1970s through the early 1990s. They face a difficult road trying to prove the league deliberately concealed the severity of concussion injuries from them.

FORBES.COM: announced its 2013 NHL team values. The Toronto Maple Leafs top the list at $1.15 billion.


  1. Terrible day for hockey in Canada. News of more Healy Hughson Cherry Maclean (Doug not the half decent one…lol) and the rest of the Rodgers sideshow, less Duthy MacKenzie Dreger and s few the other guys there who made the media seem bearable at least.

    • And by media I mean present company excluded of course Lyle 😉

      • Waters Cox….ahhh just shoot me now.

        • Thank the lord for the Mute button – the amateurs have taken over hockey broadcasts. It’s only fitting that Bettman does a deal with these guys – sad day for hockey fans.

    • Amen. There is a value that you can’t put a price on that hockey continues to be televised on CBC. I’m completely understanding, even appreciative, that we get to see more hockey because of Rogers…but I don’t want to watch the Stanley Cup Final in a non-traditional, non-CBC way. It’s nice we have 4 more years, but I’m not looking forward to the transition.

    • Oh god, more Healy???? Just shoot me now. If he says “When I won my cup” one more time I swear… LOL At least Kelly Hrudey is humble and a good broadcaster. Him I like! So now we’ll have more of the monkeys from Sportsnet is what I understand?? More of Nick Kypreos? Oh my Buttman, what have you done?!? I’d say give your head a shake but it seems that it’s not helping, you can stop now…

      Sneaky little weasel you…

  2. i hope none of those players gets a penny. have always been on the players sides thru the labor wars but this is just silly. as long as the players willingly played a game for millions and didnt spend a dime on post-secondary education instead of making minimum wage at a grocery store, what are they complaining about? its not like the nhl outright lied to these specific players so why do they think theyre special? grow up you whiny babies

    • They will get money….with out a doubt. Me thinks the NFL could hire better lawyers Dr.s etc than Garry and the gang and they paid too keep it out of court, so will the NHL.

      • Just read the article on tsn, seems the main issue is the league possibly hiding conclusive information about concussions (*rolls eyes*) and that the players will have to prove the damage was done in the nhl. Good luck, cuz other than vaive/ leeman, theyve mostly got between 20 and 60 nhl games apiece and several hundred games apiece in other pro leagues.. Thats gonna be tough to prove

  3. sorry, but suing because you got hurt in a contact sport is the same as suing because you got cancer from smoking. grow up and take responsibility for your choices

  4. Im not agreeing with these players, quite the opposite but I do think the nfl could have raised the same questions concerning head traumas and it didnt. I dont think its so cut and dried as the NHL would have its fans believe. This should get settled out of court as to not get out of hand.