NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2013.

Semyon Varlamov arrested on domestic violence charges, game updates, and the latest on Teemu Selanne, Claude Giroux, Mike Smith, Zach Parise, TJ Oshie and more.

Semyon Varlamov arrested on domestic violence charges.

Semyon Varlamov arrested on domestic violence charges.

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was arrested last night on domestic violence charges (which include kidnapping) stemming from an incident the previous night.

“Varlamov turned himself in to police around 6 p.m. and is being held without bond on second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault charges, police said. The kidnapping charge is a Class 4 felony, punishable by to two to six years in prison, according Colorado statutes. Class 4 felony kidnapping is defined by taking someone and moving them to another place without their consent. The assault charge is a misdemeanor.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a serious incident, but we must withhold judgement until more is revealed and Varlamov has his day in court.  

TRIBLIVE.COM: Third period goals by Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in the first matchup of the two clubs since the 2013 Eastern Conference Final.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anze Kopitar set up the game-tying goal then scoring in overtime to lift the LA Kings to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.

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

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin missed practice yesterday with an upper body injury and is questionable for Friday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: The Blackhawks were still raving over captain Jonathan Toews hat trick performance against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne could miss two weeks to a month after undergoing oral surgery to repair damage caused from an accidental high stick from Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn.

PHILLY.COM: The struggles of Claude Giroux and the Flyers go hand-in-hand.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The puckhandling skills of Coyotes goalie Mike Smith sets him apart from other NHL goalies.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild will try Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu on separate lines in hopes of generating more offense.

BND.COM: The relentless T.J. Oshie is a contributing factor in the St. Louis Blues strong start. Oshie and linemates David Backes and Alex Steen have contributed 19 goals and 37 points through the club’s first ten games.

SUNSENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg hopes to buy the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.

NEW YORK POST: Carl Hagelin’s return to the lineup provided a much-needed boost to the NY Rangers offense.


  1. Hey “Jiggy”

    Got anything left in the tank?

    • To bad for Avs fans….no matter if he can play or not this is bound to be a distraction at the very least, wonder how it will play out till he goes to court Im not so sure he could cross the border with charges pending. Yep Jiggy is going to be busy.

      • Won’t be able to leave the country with those charges pending. So 100% for sure that Jiggy will be starting all games in Canada, very interesting situation here.

        • It may be Miller time in Colorado. This team looks like a playoff team come January if they are still looking good Avs should be calling Sabres up. If charges are dropped then I wouldn’t do the trade.

  2. Giguère suffers from a rare gastric condition that causes his body to take in too much air when he drinks fluids. As a result, his body has difficulty absorbing water, leading to severe dehydration when he sweats.[13] This became the case when he was in the AHL during the 1997-98 season. During one game, he lost 19 pounds, became sick, and was rushed to the hospital.[14] Team doctors in Calgary then discovered the condition.

  3. It’s funny how life is.

    Giguere is from Montreal, Quebec, played in the QMJHL and now has Patrick Roy as his coach.

    Full circle!

  4. That High stick from Luke Schenn could kill Selannes chance at getting to 700 nhl goals