NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Thursday, March 28, 2013.

The Jarome Iginla trade wasn’t the only notable NHL headline. Read on for the latest.


Mikko Koivu scores the OT winner as the Wild edge the Coyotes 4-3.

Mikko Koivu scores the OT winner as the Wild edge the Coyotes 4-3.

STARTRIBUNE.COM/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Mikko Koivu scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3. The win puts the Wild atop the Northwest Division. Though tied with the Vancouver Canucks in points, the Wild have two more wins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t wanna jinx anything, but are you getting excited, Wild fans? I believe your club is for real and will clinch its first playoff berth in five years.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Tommy Wingels had a goal and two assists and Logan Couture collected two assists as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Anaheim Ducks 4-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the Ducks fourth straight loss, making it official: they’re mired in a slump.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited reports by TSN’s Darren Dreger indicating time may be running out for the NHL’s efforts to keep the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona.  Relocation now appears a real option, with Dreger listing Quebec City, Kansas City and Seattle as possible destinations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL has carried this franchise for almost four years now, and every effort to keep the Coyotes in Glendale has failed. Barring a last-minute deal, I predict the Coyotes will be relocated this summer, possibly to Quebec City, despite the conference issues it’ll raise under the new divisional system.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres will give struggling winger Drew Stafford another chance to snap out of his scoring slump, while Thomas Vanek is expected to miss tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers with an upper body injury.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is sidelined indefinitely once again with a shoulder injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That will effectively kill any talk of Meszaros being moved at the trade deadline.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes winger Jussi Jokinen cleared waivers yesterday, but is expected to remain on their roster rather than being demoted.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jokinen’s stock has tumbled, and no one wanted to pick up the remaining year and $3 million left on his contract.

SPORTING NEWS: NHL TV ratings across America are up substantially this season.


  1. Here’s hoping it’s Coyotes to Seattle – might be able to get tickets. By way of comparison, there are seven thousand Canadian season-ticket holders for the Seattle Seahawks. An NHL franchise in Seattle’s new arena would do really well.

  2. The Coyotes were doomed the day they moved out of Scottsdale. Scottsdale has the most retired Canadians in Arizona and hence, the highest attendance. Glendale waved a bunch of $ and couldn’t bring in the numbers Scottsdale did. The team will stay in the west (Sorry Quebec) I can see Seattle taking the team and a bunch of Canucks making the trip across the border to watch them play.

  3. Isn’t it time to stop pretending that Darren Dredger is a credible media source despite his plum job? Or did Iginla go to Boston? Seriously, I just woke up …

  4. Shaun, even the Bruins thought they had Iginla. Dreger and the other TSN guys are usually way more reliable than the print guys, (other than Lyle of course!)