NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Remembrance Day, 2011.

In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Five reasons to watch the Dallas Stars…Kris Versteeg powers Panthers…Steve Montador gets a Gordie Howe hat trick…Avs take “must-win” game over Islanders…Sharks snap Wild five-game win streak…Struggling Ducks hold team meeting…Capitals coach optimistic over Mike Green’s return.


Souray silencing his critics.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika offers up five reasons to watch the Dallas Stars this season, including the performance of defenseman Sheldon Souray.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like so many pundits and bloggers, I thought Souray was washed up and wouldn’t be of any help to the Stars. He’s silenced his critics with a performance this season that, if he can maintain it, will make him the favorite to win the Masterton Trophy for perseverance, and maybe a Norris trophy nomination. Seriously, he’s been that good so far, folks, tied for the league lead in plus-minus (+11), and is one of the leading scorers among defensemen this season.

MIAMI HERALD: Kris Versteeg netted a hat trick as the Florida Panthers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2, climbing to first in the Southeast Division.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen how long the Panthers can continue their strong play, but so far, so good for GM Dale Tallon’s off-season overhaul.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador had a “Gordie Howe hat trick” (a goal, an assist, and a fight) as the ‘Hawks downed the floundering Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3.

DENVER POST: Mark Kiszla suggests the Avalanche 4-3 victory over the NY Islanders may have saved the battered credibility of head coach Joe Sacco.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If anything, it may have bought Sacco a bit of a reprieve. They’ll need to string together a few more wins to help Sacco’s credibility.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Patrick Marleau netted two power-play goals as the San Jose Sharks defeated their former teammates Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, and the remainder of the Minnesota Wild, by a score of 3-1, snapping the Wild’s five-game win streak.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The slumping Anaheim Ducks held a 45-minute team meeting in hopes of addressing the issues which have led to only one win in their last ten games.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau is optimistic puck-moving defenseman Mike Green will return to the lineup by this weekend.


  1. Ah yes… everyone applauded when the Habs got rid of Souray and Streit. Now they are rolling with Diaz and Yemelin.

  2. I didn’t applaud streits departure. In fact, I was pissed. I have liked the play of both Diaz and emelin though, except diaz has to be a bit stronger on the pick (last nights Torres goal). As far as Souray goes, NO ONE thought he would be having this kind of season. Period.

  3. it’ll be interesting to see if Dallas can keep up their intensity for the whole season. the way they finished last year by losing the last game of the season against a non-playoff team to miss the playoffs must’ve been heartbreaking for their fans.