NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 19, 2013.

Ducks down Coyotes in a shootout, plus the latest on Brad Marchand, Dany Heatley, Niklas Kronwall, Dave Bolland, Martin Erat, Ben Bishop, Sean Bergenheim and more.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jakob Silfverberg scored the winner in a shootout as the Anaheim Ducks nipped the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Silfverberg is among the Ducks leading scorers so far this season. As I expected, he’s become a terrific acquisition for the Ducks.

Brad Marchand is off to a struggling start this season.

Brad Marchand is off to a struggling start this season.

BOSTON HERALD: Struggling Bruins winger Brad Marchand is hoping a return to basics will kick-start his performance this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand hasn’t been the same since his buddy Tyler Seguin was traded this summer.  

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild are trying to find a way to jump-start the declining play of second-line winger Dany Heatley.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The sad fact is Heatley has definitely slowed in recent years, and it’s very apparent this season. I doubt there’s much the Wild can do about that. Given Heatley’s expensive salary for this season, they won’t find any takers in the trade market for him.

DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is “day-to-day” with a mild concussion after he was slammed into the endboards by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod, who faces an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kronwall’s lucky it was only a mild concussion as it could’ve been much worse.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks are gearing up for the return of former teammate Dave Bolland when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Chicago today.

WASHINGTON POST: As the struggling Capitals shake up their lines, Martin Erat will get his chance to prove himself with his elevation to the second line .

TBO.COM: Lightning netminder Ben Bishop’s calm, cool performance has been key to his club’s strong start to this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop’s name was mentioned by some rumormongers tying him to the Edmonton Oilers. Forget about it, Bishop’s not going anywhere.

SUNSENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen is growing frustrated over Sean Bergenheim’s prolonged injury-related absence, suggesting it may be more mental on the forward’s part than physical.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres rookies stage a “dance-off” during practice to lighten the mood.

SPECTOR’S NOTE; The struggling Sabres should heed the advice of Mr. Mambo.

STLTODAY.COM: The NHL has suspended Blues forward Maxim Lapierre five games for boarding San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.


  1. With regard to Heatly, I can see a trade of Vanek/Adam to MN for Heatley and Coyle or Granlund. The salary dump being Heatly, but the real piece being Vanek for Granlund or Coyle. I tend to believe that Vanek is looking to return to MN and the scenario would be ideal as Buffalo would get a youngster that has high potential (Granlund has played with Armia beforeI) or Coyle who was a high draft pick (something Darcy loves). It also give MN a top six player who most likely will resign with them – also unloads a player who is in decline. The bottom line is that for $1M Buffalo will get a potential top 6 player for Vanek.

  2. So, do you think it was worth it for the Sens to trade for Bobby Ryan? Or should they have waited a season to see how Jacob Silfverberg handled a full NHL season? Maybe they hit the panic button when Alfredsson flew the coupe? I suppose time will tell as usual. At least Bobby Ryan has proven he’s a true NHL’er and he is in the prime of his playing career, so I suppose the move made sense at the time.