NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2011.

Reaction in Carolina and Washington to the Hurricanes and Capitals coaching changes…Chris Pronger sidelined  by knee surugery…Max Pacioretty suspended…Groin injury sidelines Kari Lehtonen at least three weeks…Jonathan Quick shuts out the Sharks…Valtteri Filppula showing improvement…Avalanche still a terrible team…Wild snap two-game losing skid…Zach Parise mired in frustrating slump…Blue Jackets playing better in front of Curtis Sanford…David Krejci struggling in contract year…Blues did their homework on Brian Elliott…Scott Clemmensen ready to return…Lightning re-sign Tyrell.

RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER/WASHINGTON POST/WASHINGTON TIMES: Reaction to the Hurricanes hiring Kirk Muller to replace Paul Maurice as head coach and the Capitals hiring Dale Hunter to replace Bruce Boudreau.

Pronger sidelined by knee injury.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is expected to miss four weeks to knee surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could push the Flyers into the trade market. More on this shortly in my Trade Rumors section.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The NHL has suspended Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty three games for his blindside hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang on Saturday.

DALLASNEWS.COM: Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen will miss at least three weeks to a right groin strain.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jonathan Quick made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, backstopping the Kings to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick is leaving little doubt who the starting goalie is with the Kings.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild snapped a two-game losing skid, downing the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1.

MLIVE.COM: Red Wings forward Valterri Filppula has been showing more consistency in his performance of late, displaying maturity and confidence. He’s currently tied for second on the team in goals and points and is on pace for a 70-point season, which would be a career best.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Consistency has been an issue for Filppula throughout his career, but if he’s finally getting it together, that’s good news for he and the Red Wings going forward.

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche remain a terrible team, with no answers coming from management, which is refusing to speak to the media.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs are a better team than their current record, which could make them the next team to make a coaching change.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise remains mired in a frustrating slump.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the rumormongers claiming the reason for Parise’s slump is he’s thinking ahead to free agency in 3…2….1…

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets don’t want to look too deeply for an explanation as to why they play better in front of backup Curtis Sanford than starter Steve Mason.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not a mystery. They simply have more confidence in Sanford than they do in Mason. 

CSNNE.COM: Bruins forward David Krejci is struggling in his contract year.

BND.COM: The Blues off-season research in their search this summer for a quality backup is paying off, as Brian Elliott has regained his confidence and has played well.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Elliott has played so well he’s pushing starter Jaroslav Halak for playing time, forcing the latter to step up his game.

MIAMI HERALD: Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen has put his early injury woes behind him and ready to return to action.

TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning signed RW Dana Tyrell to a two-year, one-way contract worth a base salary of $650K per season.


  1. I understand that pacioretty deserve d some kind of discipline for the head hit, but I think it’s a valid argument that lasagna was lowered a foot a millisecond before the hit. The same reasoning for NOT suspending Malone earlier in the year for a hit on Campoli…. All I want for Christmas is consistency in NHL REFS and EXECUTIVES. Please Santa???

  2. Two factors that I think played into the suspension, which may or may not be of any particular consequence: Pacioretty’s been face down on the ice before, and so he ought to understand as well as anyone why hits like that earn the ire of the entire league; and since his teammate put a little hook on Letang just before contact, the league is going to pin the melon moving on the Canadiens, not Letang. Aside from that, I simply dislike Max Pacioretty. He’s a little too arrogant and cheap for my liking, which comes from a guy endorsing Sean Avery’s team. Oh, the irony.

    I liked Wyshynski’s take on Quick’s shut-out via twitter: “Jonathan Quick moves to within 98 shutouts of Martin Brodeur’s NHL record.”

    Parise is far too good a hockey player to be written off because of a slump. When he starts single-handedly decimating teams again, I’ll be able to compare it to Eric Staal’s ascension to glory sometime in March when he breaks out of his own slump. Krejci on the other hand …

    Why is Joe Sacco still the head coach in Colorado? Did they learn nothing from the mess in Carolina?

    Two games being a “losing skid” is my new favorite thing in the world.

  3. I don’t think Colorado are a playoff caliber team but they are certainly better than they’ve looked this season. Not sure what quality coaches are still available but certainly Sacco no longer appears to be the right man for the job. My money’s on Colorado to make the next coaching change.

  4. I think the Ducks may be considering a coaching change as well. If not, they should be.