NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2011.

In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Red Wings struggling to score, Kings and Ducks don’t want to profit at expense of NBA lockout, Ducks top line not finding the back of the net, Blues Chris Stewart have scoring woes, Jacob Markstrom makes case to stick with Florida Panthers, Cal Clutterbuck accidentally strikes an official, Sabres Patrick Kaleta suspended for four games, Hurricanes get good news on Jussi Jokinen, and Dominik Hasek ponders a comeback.

DETROIT NEWS: Despite shaking up their lines, the Red Wings have been struggling to score of late. Their six-game winless skid continues last night, falling 4-1 to the Calgary Flames.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After winning their first five games of the season, the Wings have been in free-fall of late, giving rise to concern among their fans. It may be too early to panic, but this kind of lengthy losing skid is unusual for the Wings.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks avoid attempting to profit at the expense of their NBA rivals during their work stoppage.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Part of the reason is an unspoken camaraderie among these teams, but I also daresay the Kings and Ducks understand the futility of it, for whatever new fans they might gain from the NBA lockout, they’re bound to lose most of them once the NBA returns. Basketball fans remain basketball fans, and hockey fans remain hockey fans. The NBA didn’t make any significant gains at the expense of the NHL during the latter’s work stoppage in 2004-05.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan have been unusually quiet for most of the first month of this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rival teams could be paying more attention to shutting down that line than in the past, considering the Ducks essentially a one-line team. Still, I daresay the trio will snap out of their early season scoring doldrums in the near future.

Stewart struggling to regain scoring touch.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Chris Stewart is hoping to find the remedy to get out of his early season scoring funk.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues had high expectations for Stewart when they landed him as part of a multi-player deal last season with Colorado. Stewart’s had previous slumps, plus it doesn’t help the Blues as a team haven’t played particularly well to begin the season. It’s only a matter of time until he finds his groove again.

MIAMI HERALD: Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made another strong case to stick with the Florida Panthers, making 31 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would be the height of stupidity to demote Markstrom now. No, Scott Clemmensen will be the one spending some time in the minors, and I expect he’ll be shopped at some point in the season.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck accidentally punches veteran linesman Darren Gibbs during a skirmish with Vancouver’s Maxim Lapierre.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t happen often, but something like this is still a hazard of the trade for on-ice officials.

KUKLA’S KORNER: The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta for head-butting Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Headbutting someone is bad enough, but doing it while wearing a helmet? I can think of harsher language to describe Kaleta’s action, but I’ll stick with disgusting and disgraceful.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Forward Jussi Jokinen, originally expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a leg injury, might not miss as much time as previously expected.

NHL.COM: Former NHL superstar Dominik Hasek is staying fit, taking on interesting challenges, and isn’t ruling out a comeback with a European team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to regular contributor GJ Berg. Don’t expect to see “The Dominator” back playing in the NHL. 


  1. I still would rather have Eric Johnson than Stewart + Shattinkirk.

  2. I think the league and the media need to put on their big boy pants for the Clutterbuck punch. Aside from Lapierre’s pushing and punching from the front, Clutterbuck was getting pulled into the bench by someone. Let’s just call him an “unknown assailant.” This was a clear case of accidental contact, and if the NHL suspends him for missing a punch during a hockey fight then they should have suspended PK Subban thrice for his fight with Brad Marchand last week (which was hilarious, by the way).

    Speaking of thrice, Kaleta’s really got to learn to stop headbutting people. Kind of an indecent thing to do. Besides you get so much more leverage leading with your shoulder.

  3. Yes, St. L gave up on Johnson way too early. Should be a good trade for both teams long term, but Colorado got the best player and therefore wins the deal.

    Patrick Katela is a no-talent goon and doesn’t belong in the league.

  4. chaas–Kaleta always had that goon in him, indecent is too nice a word for that action. I’ll stick with Spec’s real (and imagined) terms.

    Man, Gibbs can take a punch! Straight up left from Clutterbuck to the face. I’m sure I would’ve dropped like a bag of pucks. Completely unintentional though.

  5. The sad thing is, Kaleta does have some talent and speed – a good 3rd/4th line guy. The problem is that he plays physical and on emotion and it can lead to “cheap shots” or injuries. This type of play is taking its toll on him and even though I am a Buffalo fan, I don’t condone his cheap headbutt and he should have gotten more like an 8-10 game suspension.

  6. Nothing with come to Clutterbuck for that punch nor should it