NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Valentine’s Day, 2013.

Recap of the Blues-Red Wings game, the latest on Drew Doughty, Thomas Vanek and Victor Hedman, the reason behind the Devils trading for Alexei Ponikarovsky and more.

Alex Steen celebrates his OT winner over the Red Wings.

Alex Steen celebrates his OT winner over the Red Wings.

STLTODAY.COM/DETROIT FREE PRESS: Alex Steen potted the game winning goal as the St. Louis Blues overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty isn’t pleased with his overall performance so far this season and hopes his numbers will improve.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Austria qualified for Men’s Hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, meaning Thomas Vanek could realize his Olympic dream.

TAMPABAY.COM: Four years after being drafted second overall by the Lightning, defenseman Victor Hedman is emerging as a star.

USA TODAY: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is out indefinitely with a head injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson’s injury is another hit to an Avalanche roster already missing Gabriel Landeskog, Steve Downie and Ryan Wilson to injuries, and Ryan O’Reilly to a contract holdout.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils reacquired winger Alexei Ponikarovsky because Dainius Zubrus is expected to miss two months to wrist surgery.

MIAMI HERALD: The “Kid Line” of Jonathan Huberdeau, Drew Shore and Peter Mueller shows great promise for the Florida Panthers.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers must soon decide if they’ll retain rookie center J.T. Miller or demote him for contractual reasons for the rest of the season.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets yesterday officially announced Jarmo Kekalainen as their new general manager, becoming the first European-born GM in NHL history.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Andrew Brunette has retired as an NHL player and has accepted the position of hockey operations advisor with the Minnesota Wild.

ESPN.COM: Despite a lockout which killed half the season, NHL teams instituted a 5.7 percent ticket percentage increase.

NOTE: Coverage of Wednesday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, including Erik Karlsson’s injury, can be found in “Canadian Corner”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the NHL’s new way of saying, “Thank you, fans”. Actually, those ticket increases were made prior to the lockout, as teams sell their season tickets and most of their other ticket packages during the off-season. It’ll be interesting to see what the prices will be for next season.


  1. “MIAMI HERALD: The “Kid Line” of Jonathan Huberdeau, Drew Shore and Peter Mueller shows great promise for the Florida Panthers.”

    Good now maybe they can finally give up Bjugstad in a RL trade. 😀

    Speaking of lines how about that RuSH line of Raymond Schroeder Hansen? playing really well.

    • Raymond seems rejuvenated and is showing the speed that makes him dangerous. While Hansen is also playing well it is Justin Schroeder that has impressed me. He has always had the knock of being too small to play in the NHL and not only has he proven he can play with the big boys he is also not afraid to go to the dirty areas and fight for the puck. I am gad to see that he is getting a chance and making the most of it.
      Equally, the play of Zack Kassian has been an eye opener. Last year he appeared slow and looked kind of lost at times and this year he seems to have found his role. He has been skating hard, scoring some timely goals and has impressed a lot of people with his soft hands and passing ability.